General Privacy & Data Security News & Developments

“Though it was hailed as a potentially groundbreaking bill, the New York Privacy Act (NYPA) failed to materialize during the state’s most recent session. Had it done so, the bill would have introduced a regulatory framework that rivaled or potentially even surpassed that of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the first major piece of

The FTC has entered into a consent order with a sole proprietor for a failure to implement reasonable protections of personal information.

At issue were the following statements, which the FTC held to be deceptive/misleading:

  • “[We] utilize the latest security and encryption techniques to ensure the security of your account information.”
  • “We understand clearly that

“The loss of privacy often seems like no big deal, a small price to pay for the convenience of the digital world. This is an all-too-common misunderstanding that can have grave consequences, as privacy invasions are often invisible, harms frequently only happen in the future, and they always affect some people more than others.”

“In

The UK’s ICO has issued a report on data protection in the adtech process of real time bidding (RTB).

RTB relies on the potential advertiser seeing information about you. That information can basic … but it can have a more detailed picture, including the websites you’ve visited, what your perceived interests are, even what health

“Whenever we make a call, go to work, search the web, pay with our credit card, we generate data. While de-identification might have worked in the past, it doesn’t really scale to the type of large-scale datasets being collected today.”

It turns out that ” four random points (i.e. time and location where a person

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a settlement with a provider of management software for car dealerships that held personal information, including SSN’s and payroll information, in cleartext, holding its practices to be in violation of the FTC Act’s prohibition against unfair practices and GLBA’s Safeguards Rule, which requires financial institutions to develop,

A Tennessee District Court recently ruled in Wachter Inc. v. Cabling Innovations, LLC, 3:18-cv-00488 (M.D. Tenn. May 7, 2019) that two former employees with permitted access to company computers were not liable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for sharing their employer’s confidential information with a competitor.  Wachter adds to the

The U.S. Congress is considering increased enforcement powers for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), reports Bloomberg’s Sara Merken

“House and Senate lawmakers are weighing whether to give the FTC broad or targeted new rulemaking authority, and more resources, to enforce privacy and data security obligations. They also are discussing whether federal legislation should override state

First we take Sacramento, then we take Albany…

The New York Privacy Act, a privacy bill proposed by State Sen. Kevin Thomas, D-N.Y., bears similarities to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Like the CCPA, it would allow people to find out what data companies are collecting on them, see who they’re sharing that data with,

What is sold in Vegas, can be opted-out-of in Vegas.

Nevada’s new privacy law will go into effect October 1, providing consumers with a right to opt out of the sale of their personal information.

Key provisions:

  • Applies to an “operator of an Internet website or online service which collects certain items of personally identifiable