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Georgia Attorney General Supports Federal Data Breach Standard

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has come out in support of federal data breach preemption as a more realistic way to ask companies to comply with regulatory requirements in the wake of a breach or data loss incident.  His...more

5/12/2016 - Attorney Generals Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Preemption

State AGs Upping the Ante on Health (and Other) Information Data Incidents – Expect Increased Enforcement Actions

State attorneys general (AGs) continue to emerge as major regulators of privacy, and increasingly, with respect to compromises of health-related data. Businesses concerned with U.S. customer or employee data have long...more

4/9/2016 - Attorney Generals Data Breach Data Security Enforcement FTC HIPAA HITECH OCR Personally Identifiable Information PHI Popular

California AG Proposes State Consensus on Breach Laws

Businesses scrambling to comply with the dozens of varying state laws governing data privacy and security breaches may have a new ally in California Attorney General Kamala Harris, but they shouldn’t expect her to relax any...more

2/18/2016 - Attorney Generals Data Breach Data Privacy Data Security Kamala Harris Preemption Uniform Law Commission

47 Attorneys General to Congress: Federal Breach Legislation Should Not Preempt the States

On July 7, 2015, attorneys general from 47 states and territories sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to consider federal data breach notification legislation that does not preempt the states. The move comes on...more

7/9/2015 - Attorney Generals Cybersecurity Data Breach Federal Breach Notification Standard Legislative Agendas New Legislation OMB Preemption UDAAP

State AGs’ Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity – No End in Sight – REDUX (or, if you prefer, we told you so…)

Reed Smith has been closely following the interest and activities of State AGs in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity, and recently blogged on a major NAAG (National Association of Attorneys General) conference in April on...more

5/19/2015 - Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Federal Breach Notification Standard Personally Identifiable Information

State AGs' Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity - No End in Sight

State AGs continue to have a strong interest in privacy, and despite efforts on Capitol Hill to pass national legislation that would, in many instances, preempt state privacy laws (particularly data breach notice laws), there...more

4/21/2015 - Attorney Generals Cybersecurity Privacy Laws

Washington Amends its State Data Breach Notification Law

On April 13, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the state’s data breach notification law. The amendment, which was requested by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and which we discussed in...more

4/17/2015 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach New Amendments Pending Legislation

Update on State Attorneys General: Connecticut Creates a Permanent Privacy Department; NAAG Covers Big Data, Cybersecurity, and...

The federal government may be pushing a cybersecurity and data privacy agenda, but that doesn’t mean that the states are taking a back seat. The state attorneys general are maintaining their focus on issues relating to...more

3/20/2015 - Attorney Generals Cybersecurity Regulatory Agenda

White House Previews Ambitious (if Familiar) Privacy and Cybersecurity Proposals for 2015

On January 20, 2015, President Obama will address Congress with his annual State of the Union report. On Monday, the president spoke at the Federal Trade Commission, providing a “sneak peek” of the privacy and cybersecurity...more

1/20/2015 - Barack Obama Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights COPPA Cybersecurity FTC HIPAA Legislative Agendas Personal Data Notification and Protection Act Popular Privacy Policy

California Attorney General Issues Recommendations for Privacy Policies and Do Not Track Disclosures

On May 21, 2014, the California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, issued her long-awaited guidance for complying with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). “Making Your Privacy Practices Public,”...more

5/27/2014 - CalOPPA Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Internet Privacy Policy

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