General Privacy & Data Security News & Developments

Despite their distrust in tech giants and lack of confidence in their privacy practices, people aren’t likely to go out of their way to safeguard their information, shows a survey of nearly 4,000 people across generations.

Per the survey:

  • 33 percent of respondents claim to read end user license agreements
  • 66 percent either skim through

Much like your credit report, where you can look and check who has been accessing and using your credit information and make corrections, so should be the case with the rest of your personal information – says, Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5376, passed by the Senate of Washington state.

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FTC, the De Facto Privacy Regulator.

The Federal Trade “Commission has settled or litigated more than 60 law enforcement actions against businesses that allegedly failed to take reasonable precautions to protect consumers’ data,” said FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith in testimony before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee.

Cases included:

“It is important that organizations have appropriate technical and organisational measures in place. This includes having clear data protection policies, taking a ‘data protection by design and default’ approach and continuing to review and monitor performance and adherence to data protection rules and regulations” – says Adam Stevens, Head of Intelligence at the UK Information

The Federal Trade Commission should be the primary enforcer of a federal privacy bill and to do so would need a larger budget. That is one point that seemed to be in consensus at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing held on February 27, 2019 in connection with a U.S. Federal privacy

Thailand’s Parliament passed the Personal Data Protection Act, a bill created to offer citizens similar protections to the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

The data protection law, effective after a one-year transition period, will apply not only to companies located in Thailand, but also overseas companies which collect, use, or disclose personal data of subjects

To U.S. Federal Privacy Law or To Not U.S. Federal Privacy Law, that is the question.

At a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing February 26, industry professionals and advocates made their pitches for what should be contained within a federal privacy bill. The discussion revolved around how prescriptive a federal law should be

Under a proposed amendment to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) filed Feb. 22, companies that amass user data could be the target of class-action litigation from state consumers if they’re accused of violating the CCPA.

This expands the existing private right of action under CCPA which currently applies only to data breaches. Other proposals

What’s in store for CCPA?

Narrower definitions? Broader private right of action? Increased funding?

All were discussed at a hearing regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) held at the California State Assembly in Sacramento, CA.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General on Consumer Protection Stacey Schesser indicated that her office would seek to expand the private

Show me the money and I’ll show you my data.

“How much would you charge a marketer to use your personally identifiable information for general advertising purposes?”

About 60 percent of 2,000 U.S. adults polled in November 2018 were willing to share personal data for a price. A majority (57 percent) said it was worth