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Plaintiffs Allege Security Promises Ring False

John and Jennifer Politi, purchasers of several Ring products, have filed a putative class action lawsuit against Ring, LLC arising out of Ring’s alleged failure to implement industry standard security features into its products.  The case has been consolidated with

Posted in Internet of Things, Litigation

What Is A “Reasonable Link” Under CCPA?

On February 7, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra published modified regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act after reviewing the public comments received on the initial draft regulations.  While the modified regulations provide some much-needed clarity, they also leave

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Posted in CCPA, Privacy, Regulations

Is Privacy Profitable?

It is evident that a company must invest in its privacy practices to meet legal requirements if it wants to avoid investigation costs and potential civil penalties.  But can investment in privacy, data security, and data management bring benefits to

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Posted in Data Security, Privacy

In Search Of A Federal Data Privacy Law

In the absence of a comprehensive federal data privacy and data security law, states continue to fill the gap. The California Consumer Privacy Act took effect on January 1, 2020, and several other states have similar laws under consideration. Nevertheless,

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Posted in Data Security, Legislation, Privacy

New York AG Files Lawsuit Against Dunkin’ Donuts For Attacks On Customer Accounts

On September 26, 2019, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the franchisor of Dunkin’ Donuts (“Dunkin’”). The lawsuit involves security issues surrounding Dunkin’s stored value cards, which customers can use to purchase Dunkin’

Posted in Data Breach, Data Security

Privacy Primer: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is a U.S. law, passed in 1974, that protects the privacy of student educational records.  FERPA applies to all schools, from elementary schools to postsecondary education institutions, that receive federal funds under a program of the U.S. Department of

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Posted in Privacy

Ninth Circuit Finds Article III Standing For Procedural Violation Of Biometric Privacy Law

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has written the latest chapter of the ongoing saga of Article III standing for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).  BIPA requires, among other things, that before collecting a person’s biometric

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Posted in Data Security, Privacy

Year To Date Changes To State Data Breach Notification Laws

With so much attention being paid to the impending California Consumer Privacy Act, it can be easy to forget that other states have privacy and data security laws too.  And those laws change routinely, with potentially significant impacts on businesses. 

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security

Privacy Primer: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

GLBA, sometimes called the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, is a U.S. banking law that has important privacy and data security requirements for institutions that are subject to the law.  The law applies to “any institution the business of

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Posted in Legislation, Regulations

Case Update: Wakefield v. ViSalus, Inc.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how a jury found multilevel marketing company ViSalus, Inc. responsible for making over 1.8 million robocalls in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Given the TCPA’s minimum statutory damages of $500

Posted in TCPA
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