The Federal Trade Commission weighs in on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic:

For Ed Tech:

  • COPPA is not a barrier to schools providing robust remote learning.
  • Schools can consent on behalf of parents to the collection of student personal information only if such information is used for a school-authorized

The Federal Communications Commission clarifies that auto-dialed calls and SMS messages regarding COVID-19 are exempted from Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) consent requirements.

  • Efforts to slow the spread of the disease depend on effective communications about measures to mitigate transmission of the illness, as well as other health and safety information.
  • Automated calls to wireless

Responding to recent reports that the U.S. Government may send payments by check or direct deposit to Americans in the near future to offset some of the economic damage done by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Trade Commission has offered a list of three important tips consumers should keep in mind to avoid getting scammed.

Following an 11th Circuit Court decision that struck down a 2018 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order as “unenforceably vague,” the FTC has “instructed staff to closely review [their] orders to determine whether they could be strengthened and improved – particularly in the areas of privacy and data security.” Recent enforcement orders show the FTC

A Florida privacy bill, resembling one passed last year in Nevada, would introduce significant new privacy notice requirements for Florida operators similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act, and require giving consumers the ability to opt out of a sale of information.

The privacy “notice” would need to include several items.  Most importantly, the operator

On the sixth day of CCPA the California Senate Health Committee gave to me … a HIPAA carve-out.

AB 713, reported favorably by the California Senate Health Committee, would expand the exemption related to HIPAA and medical research.

Specific carve-outs:
  • De-identified PHI or medical information, provided that the business does not attempt nor actually re-identify

“Though it’s hard to predict what will happen with regard to a federal privacy bill in 2020, the reality is that the CCPA is here and other states will surely follow,” writes Jedidiah Bracy of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

“In addition to driving policy talks in the nation’s capital, the CCPA may also

The House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a first draft of a bipartisan federal privacy bill.

Staffers on the committee sent the draft legislation to stakeholders and are seeking comments by mid-January. The draft from Republican and Democratic staffers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee comes as the Senate continues to wrestle with its

Colorado should enact a privacy law to hold tech companies accountable for consumer harms because the federal government isn’t likely to adopt a measure, the state’s attorney general, Phil Weiser (D), said in a Dec. 9 interview with Bloomberg Law.

“It’s likely we pass a privacy law” in Colorado in 2020 that would provide