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Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive...more

New Tool in Calif. AG’s Privacy Enforcement Efforts: Consumers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is enlisting new enforcers in her efforts to get companies to comply with the state’s privacy policy requirements: members of the public. On October 14, Harris released an online...more

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Provides New Online Tool to Report California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Violations

It’s time for a compliance check on those website or mobile app privacy policies, before the California Attorney General comes knocking. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of a new tool for...more

California Attorney General 'Crowdsources' Reporting of Privacy Policy Violations

This initiative by the Attorney General is effective immediately and is just the latest example of California’s effort to increase enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the privacy and data security of individual consumers....more

California Helps Consumers Crowdsource Privacy Policy Violations

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced yesterday that her office has rolled out a new online form to help consumers report companies who violate California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). Under the...more

California Court of Appeal Finds AG’s Privacy Suit Over Fly Delta Mobile App Is Preempted

In a recent ruling, California’s Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the dismissal of California’s complaint against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”), which alleged that the company’s Fly Delta mobile application violated...more

Delta Wins CalOPPA Case – But Your Mobile App May Not Fly

In a decision favorable to the airline industry—but not helpful to other companies—the California Court of Appeal said that a privacy enforcement action against Delta is not going to fly. On May 25, 2016, the Court of Appeal...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

Advertising Law - January 2016 #2

Uber Drives Settlement With NY AG Over Data Breach, Privacy Violations - In a pair of settlements, ride-sharing company Uber agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for failing to report a data breach in a timely manner as...more

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

The Legacy of the RadioShack Bankruptcy and the Importance of PII

Customer information has become an increasingly valuable business asset. And, the volume and detail of other available information about consumers has increased along with it, well beyond mere customer names and addresses to...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #4

FTC And Florida AG Team up Against Medical Alert Systems - Together with the Florida Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Lifewatch for allegedly using deceptive robocalls to urge older...more

Cybersecurity is once again a hot topic as Illinois undergoes PIPA update

Cybersecurity is a hot topic at both the state and federal level. Specifically, Illinois is in the process of amending its Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). Illinois SB 1833 will amend PIPA by establishing more...more

Connecticut Updates its Data Security Laws, Imposing Stringent New Requirements

On June 30, 2015, the Governor of Connecticut signed into law S.B. 949, “An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness." The new law updates Connecticut’s data security laws, including by adding a 90-day hard...more

“Never Say Never”: Lessons From RadioShack’s Sale of Customer Information

When a bankrupt company’s most valuable assets include consumer information, a tension arises between bankruptcy policy aimed at maximizing asset value, on the one hand, and privacy laws designed to protect consumers’...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #2

Uber’s Privacy Mess Results in Legislative Inquiry - Providing a lesson in how not to handle a privacy policy, car service app Uber is now facing questions from the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the...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

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's New How-to Guide for Privacy Policies

On Wednesday, the Attorney General of California released a new privacy guide, titled Making Your Privacy Practices Public. The guide doesn’t purport to be a restatement of California law (or other law) and expressly...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 Issues Guidance To Companies on Disclosing Privacy Practices

This week, California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris released a series of recommendations designed to help businesses make their privacy policies meaningful to consumers: Making Your Privacy Practices Public. As...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

Privacy Update - January 2013

In This Update: - Video Privacy Protection Act Amended to Allow Sharing of Online Viewing Histories Through Social Media Platforms - New State Laws Prohibit Employers From Requesting Social Media Passwords From...more

Recent Privacy Developments: California AG Continues to Lead on Mobile with New Recommendations and FTC Amends COPPA

Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more

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