Jake Romero

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Target Becomes a Target: Proposed California Bill Aims to Make Retailers Liable for Data Breach Incidents

Following a string of high-profile data breaches and new data suggesting that approximately 21.3 million customer accounts have been exposed by data breach incidents over the past two years, the California legislature has...more

4/18/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Retailers Target

Stop Phoning It in on Mobile Security: What Your Business Needs to Know About the FTC’s Settlements with Fandango and Credit Karma

If you’re like most Americans, you probably think that the worst thing that Fandango, the online movie ticket service, has ever done to you is make you watch those commercials with the creepy talking paper bags before your...more

4/4/2014 - Cybersecurity Fandango FTC Mobile Devices

Over 20 Million Customer Accounts Affected by Data Breaches in California; Attorney General Harris Promises Increased Enforcement

When you think of catastrophic events that take place online and have a devastating effect on millions of people, you probably think of HBO Go crashing during the True Detective finale. However, California Attorney General...more

3/18/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Kamala Harris Personally Identifiable Information

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

3/10/2014 - CPUC Data Protection Mobile Apps Telecommunications Wireless Industry

California Moves to Restrict Collection of Consumer Personal Information Online: the Process, History and Politics Behind Senate...

The California Senate has passed a bill restricting the information that certain online retailers can collect in connection with consumer purchases. Senate Bill 383 would amend Sections 1747.02 and 1747.08 of the California...more

2/7/2014 - Data Collection Internet Personally Identifiable Information

AB 1149: Expanding state data breach notification rules

California has expanded its data breach notification requirements by adding certain online account information to the definition of "personal information" used to determine whether notification is required under state law. As...more

1/27/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Breach Plans Data Protection

On the Eighth Day of Privacy, my Mobile Apps Know Everything About Me . . .

Of all the “Days of Privacy” looking forward to 2014, we believe that the issues surrounding mobile applications and privacy will see some of the most intense regulatory focus …. read on, and be prepared…....more

12/19/2013 - COPPA Data Collection FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Privacy Policy

Collection of Email Addresses in Credit Card Transactions May Be Prohibited by California Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has held that the prohibition against requesting or requiring personal identification information in connection with credit card transactions contained in...more

12/11/2013 - Apple Class Action Consumer Protection Act Credit Cards Email Email Policies Internet Payments Internet Retailers Nordstrom Inc. Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Concerns Privacy Laws Retailers Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Williams-Sonoma

On the Second Day of Privacy, California Gave to Me……

Well, the headlines don’t exactly work with the traditional tune, but blame the editor for that... 2013 was a busy year for California. We passed a budget with a surplus, let Kim and Kanye get engaged in one of our...more

12/10/2013 - Advertising Data Breach Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Healthcare Minors Natural Gas Notice Requirements Personally Identifiable Information PHI

The Dark Cloud Over Nordstrom’s Black Friday: California Law May Prohibit Retailers from Collecting Email Addresses at Checkout

This past weekend if you survived the towel aisle and other Black Friday dangers and made it to the register to purchase your items, it is possible you were asked to provide an email address so that your receipt could be...more

12/4/2013 - Black Friday Class Action Email Nordstrom Inc. Retailers Song-Beverly Credit Card Act

The Clock is Ticking for Implementation of “Enhanced Notice”: The 6 Questions Online Service Providers Should be Asking about...

Walking around a department store isn’t the only time you’re being tracked while you shop. If you’ve ever visited a web page and seen an advertisement for the exact same pair of shoes you were looking at on a different web...more

11/13/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising Native Advertising Notice Requirements

Big Brother is Watching You (Shop For Pants): Mobile analytics firms implement code of conduct for tracking customers while they...

If you’ve ever dealt with that pushy salesperson at Bed, Bath & Beyond who won’t take your word for it that you’re just browsing and not ready to commit to a high-end home espresso machine, you know that being followed around...more

11/8/2013 - Data Collection FTC GPS Mobile Devices Opt-Outs Retailers Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wifi

Consent Isn’t the Only Consideration: NY Comic Con Attendees Disagree that Hijacking Twitter Accounts Makes the Event “100x...

The comic book industry is no stranger to displays of heroic anger and berserker rage, but over the weekend New York Comic Con (NYCC) was on the receiving end of considerable fan fury after it began ghostwriting effusive...more

10/18/2013 - Cybersecurity Internet Twitter

Golden State Privacy Warriors: California Has Just Passed a Number of Data Privacy Laws; Here Are Your Next Steps

The federal government may be completely unable to pass laws, but that certainly isn’t the case with the State of California, which has just completed a data privacy hat trick by passing three significant laws addressing a...more

10/9/2013 - CalOPPA Cybersecurity Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws

A Different Kind of Adobe Update: Adobe Announces Data Breach Compromising Information of 2.9 Million Customers

Adobe Systems Inc.,(ADBE -1.24%) announced earlier today that has been the victim of a cyber attack that has compromised information of 2.9 million of its customers. In a blog post Thursday morning, Adobe’s Chief Security...more

10/4/2013 - Adobe Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information

Google Must Face Most Claims in Keyword Wiretap Class Action

If you were on Google’s home page Friday at the office, you probably spent more time than you care to admit playing the “help the letter ‘g’ hit the piñata” game that Google created for its 15th birthday. For Google,...more

9/30/2013 - Class Action Google Keyword Search Wiretapping

Your Cat’s Name Could Soon Be Your “Personal Information”: 4 Steps You Can Take to Prepare Yourself for the Proposed Expansion of...

As we learned this summer, online account usernames can be, well . . . somewhat embarrassing when made public. Here in California, however, that type of username or an email address, in combination with a password or...more

9/10/2013 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Jerry Brown Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

Your Face is for Sale! The 4 Most Interesting Things About the Proposed Update to Facebook’s Governing Documents

If you use Facebook (and you likely do, if only to play some game that apparently involves crushing large amounts of candy), then you received an email last week informing you that Facebook is proposing changes to its Data...more

9/3/2013 - Facebook Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions

Summer Break is Over for California Senate, Which May Mean New “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirements for You

What did you do over your summer vacation? Yes, the sad truth is that summer is almost over. You can tell because there wasn’t a single superhero movie that opened at the box office last weekend (no, Smurfs2 does not count)...more

8/15/2013 - Data Collection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Mozilla New Legislation

Will California Voters Move US to Opt-In?

The California ballot measure process permits any California voter to propose a ballot initiative to the state’s Attorney General which, if enough signatures are gathered, will then appear on state-wide ballot for approval at...more

8/6/2013 - Ballot Measures Opt-In Voter Registration

California AG Releases Report on 2012 Data Breaches

If You Care About the Security of Your Online Data or Just Love Charts, This Report is For You - Californians are a diverse bunch (as you’ve probably gathered from those commercials with Arnold Schwarzenegger), but...more

7/5/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Encryption Notice Requirements

Delta Finds Reprieve in State Court, but Not Everyone Will Get to Fly the Friendly Skies

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ attempt to bring an enforcement action against Delta Air Lines, Inc. won’t be leaving the runway. California Superior Court Judge Marla J. Miller has dismissed a data privacy...more

6/4/2013 - CalOPPA Data Protection Delta Airlines Enforcement Actions Mobile Apps

The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors

Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for...more

5/20/2013 - Data Collection Data Protection Information Sharing Internet Privacy Internet Service Providers Minors Proposed Legislation Social Media

About California’s Right to Know Act of 2013 – What, Me Worry?

If you got Google, Facebook and Microsoft into a room and asked them to compile a list of things that they are most afraid of, that list would probably look something like this...more

4/30/2013 - Data Protection Internet Retailers Personally Identifiable Information Right To Know

FTC Staff Report Shines a Light on the Treacherous Road Ahead for Mobile Payments

Perhaps we are being cynical, but if we imagine the current conversation between consumers and the makers of mobile payment applications, it would be something along the lines of...more

3/11/2013 - Data Protection FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Payments

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