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The European Union Artificial Intelligence Act: Part One – Scope and Prohibited Systems

The European Union recently enacted its new artificial intelligence regulation, the (“EU AI Act”).  The new law is expected to have a substantial impact on the AI industry, including on companies outside of the EU, much as the GDPR did.

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Artificial Intelligence Systems, Profiling, and the New U.S. State Privacy Laws

The rapid spread of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems in recent years has overlapped with the enactment of comprehensive privacy laws by multiple U.S. states.  Aside from being generally applicable to AI systems in the same way as they are to

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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Legislation, Privacy, Regulations

Introduction to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act – Part II

This is the second installment of our summary of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”).  In our first post, we covered the goals of the law as well as its applicability and thresholds, what qualifies as personal data, the

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Posted in Data Security, Legislation, Privacy, Regulations, VCDPA

Introduction to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act – Part I

Virginia recently joined California in enacting a comprehensive data protection law intended to protect the privacy of its residents. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (the “VCDPA”) is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023, so impacted businesses have

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Bipartisan Bill Would Regulate Automated COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

A new federal COVID-19 data privacy bill with bipartisan support, the Exposure Notification Privacy Act, would have a substantially narrower scope of application than two previous partisan draft COVID-19 privacy laws.  The bipartisan bill specifically regulates “automated exposure notification services,”

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Democrats and Republicans Introduce Competing COVID-19 Data Privacy Bills

Responding to widespread calls for uniform rules and restrictions regarding the collection and use of individuals’ COVID-19-related health information, Congressional Republicans and Democrats have each recently introduced their own versions of federal COVID-19 data privacy bills.  Although both parties’ bills

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Senate Bill Seeks to Protect Health Information Gathered from Wearable Devices

I wear a fitness tracker.  I rarely take it off.  Throughout the course of the day, it collects a bevy of information about me: my heart rate, my exercise habits, the length and quality of my sleep.  When aggregated and

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Congress Holds Hearings on Privacy and Data Protection

With all of the hubbub swirling around Capitol Hill last week with the Michael Cohen hearings, you can’t be blamed if you missed the fact that two important congressional hearings on privacy and data protection took place as well, one

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FTC Announces Record Settlement for Children’s Privacy Violations

On February 27, the FTC announced that the operators of the video social networking application Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to the

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Privacy Primer: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

COPPA is a U.S. law enacted by Congress in 1998 to address concerns regarding the online collection and disclosure of children’s personal information. Children (defined by COPPA as individuals under the age of 13) may not appreciate the significance of

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