While it received little publicity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State recently passed a landmark facial recognition law regulating state and local government agencies’ deployment of facial recognition software. The law becomes effective July 1, 2021, and could ultimately forecast future private sector regulation.

The law regulates facial recognition services, defined as

Synthetic data — defined as artificial data having the same statistical properties as real data — has gained much attention recently as a privacy-enhancing technology. If done properly, the artificial data acts as a proxy for the real data, is completely anonymous, de-identified, and cannot be connected to the original data. Not only can synthetic

Technology companies are rushing to aid in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic by developing applications that can aid in contact tracing and assist public health authorities in containing the spread of the virus. These efforts, while promising, often involve processing massive amounts of personal location and health data, which carries significant privacy risks.

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