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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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Illinois Supreme Court Sheds Light on the Importance of Strict Compliance with State’s Biometric Information Privacy Act

On January 25, 2019, in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entm’t Corp., the Illinois Supreme Court held that an individual is an “aggrieved” party under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) and may seek damages absent an allegation of harm

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Senators Introduce Data Care Act to Establish Duties for Online Service Providers

On December 12, 2018, Senator Schatz (D-HI), along with 15 other Senators, introduced the Data Care Act of 2018 “to establish duties for online service providers with respect to end user data that such providers collect and use.” The bill

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Posted in FTC, Legislation, Privacy, Standards

Senate Subcommittee Evaluates Expansion of the FTC’s Data and Privacy Authority

On November 27, 2018, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security held a hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission,” which included testimony from Chairman Joseph Simons and Commissioners Rohit Chopra, Noah Phillips,

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California Passes Internet of Things Law

California continues to pave the way for privacy and cybersecurity legislation as Governor Brown recently signed the first Internet of Things (“IoT”) security law in the United States (SB-327). While connected devices offer users convenience and efficiency, California lawmakers recognized

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