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California Attorney General Settlement Requires Hiring of Privacy Officer: Businesses with Web Presences Subject to Increasing...

On Friday, Oct. 2, home design and renovation company, Houzz, Inc., reached a settlement with the Office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris over allegations that Houzz had recorded customer and employee...more

COPPA, Meet DOPPA – Delaware AG Action Leads to New Child-Protection Data Privacy Laws

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is serious about online privacy, and aims to make Delaware “the safest state in America for kids to use the internet.” This August, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law four...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

DOJ Issues New Cyber-Incident Preparedness and Response Guidance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released new guidance on cyber preparedness and incident response last week, becoming the latest federal agency to do so in recent months. Newly sworn-in Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has...more

NY Attorney General To Propose Bill To Strengthen Cybersecurity

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing an "overhaul [of] New York's data security law [that would] require new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers." The proposal would create new...more

Federal Communications Commission Steps Loudly Into Realm of Data Privacy Enforcement

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced its entrance into the data privacy enforcement realm by issuing a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies for failing to adequately...more

New York Attorney General’s Office Settles With Large Financial Institution

On October 15, the New York Attorney General’s office announced a settlement with a large financial institution in connection with a 2012 data breach. Of the $850,000 settlement agreement, New York State will receive over...more

The California AG’s New Guide on CalOPPA – A Summary for Privacy Pros

Last week, the California Attorney General’s Office (AGO) released a series of recommendations entitled Making Your Privacy Practices Public (Guide) designed to help companies meet the requirements of California’s Online...more

California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered

California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a long-awaited report entitled Making Your Privacy Practices Public (Report) on May 21, 2014. The Report recommends “best practices” for compliance with the California Online...more

California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Do Not Track

In 2013, the California Legislature passed a tracking transparency bill, AB 370, which amended the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). AB 370 requires commercial website operators to inform users of how they...more

California Attorney General Files Suit Over Untimely Data Breach Notice

On January 24, the California Attorney General (AG) sued a health care company over its alleged failure to timely submit notice of a 2011 data breach. According to the complaint, the company learned of the breach at the end...more

Target and Neiman Marcus Face Government Probes and Litigation as a Result of Holiday-season Cyberattacks

The massive holiday hacking of consumer information belonging to Target and Neiman Marcus customers has the impacted retailers under a microscope. State Attorneys General across the country have banded together to launch a...more

Vermont Grocery Store Agrees to Settlement with Attorney General for Alleged Violation of State Data Breach Response Laws

Natural Provisions, Inc., a Vermont health foods grocery chain, agreed to pay $30,000 to settle claims brought by the Vermont attorney general that it failed to notify consumers and the attorney general within the statutory...more

California Attorney General’s Report Reveals Millions Affected By Data Breaches In 2012

A report recently issued by the California Attorney General reveals that millions of Californians were the victims of a data breach in 2012, mostly due to intentional intrusions by outsiders or by unauthorized insiders....more

Advertising Law -- Jul 19, 2013

California AG Reports on Data Breaches - In a new report, California Attorney General Kamala Harris revealed that 2.5 million state residents were the victims of a data breach in 2012, with the average breach...more

Lessons from the California AG’s Data Breach Report for the Health Care Industry

Our sister blog, Privacy and Security Matters, recently posted a comprehensive analysis of the newly released data breach report from the California Attorney General’s Office (AG Report). The AG Report is the first...more

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State Attorneys General Look Into Recent Data Breach Incident

On May 1, the Connecticut Attorney General, George Jepsen, and the Maryland Attorney General and NAAG President, Douglas Gansler, sent a letter to representatives of a “daily deals” website that recently disclosed a data...more

California Does It Again! - Recommends Best Practices for the Mobile App Industry

In last month’s Technology Advisory, I described recent actions of the California Attorney General designed to improve privacy protections for users of mobile applications. This included an agreement the California Attorney...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

FTC and California Attorney General Issue Reports on Mobile Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General have recently published reports focused on mobile privacy. The FTC’s “Mobile Privacy Disclosures” staff report, released on February 1, 2013, followed the...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Consumer Data Collection

Recent FTC and California Attorney General actions highlight the need to reassess privacy policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently ordered the data brokerage industry to provide information on the collection...more

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