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If your company has experienced a data breach, contact us any time on Hall Booth Smith’s 24 hour data breach hotline for assistance. Call for immediate assistance 888-427-8296 or email to: databreach@hallboothsmith.com

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Many of you are probably asking what is the "Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2)", before worrying about being ready for it!  PSD2 is a Directive from the European Parliament (Directive (EU) 2015/2366) intended to modernize Europe's payment services for the benefit of consumers and business, and to facilitate innovation, competition, and efficiency in the EU online payments market.  While many elements of he PSD2 are

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. It has been almost two (2) months since the EU Court of Justice struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield.  At the same time, while holding that the Standard Contract Clauses ("SCC") in principle are still valid, the Court cautioned that SCC must still provide the level of protection guaranteed by the GDPR.  Unfortunately, the Court did not provide guidance as to what needs to be

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. In a wild turn of events over a few days at the end of August, Brazil’s Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais ("LGPD") will take effect on September 16, 2020, barring a presidential veto or another act of the Brazilian legislature. What is the LGPD? The LGPD is Brazil’s national data privacy legislation that is very similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. Businesses subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") can breathe a small sigh of relief. On August 30, 2020, the California Legislature passed AB 1281. AB 1281 extends the business-to-business and employee personal information carve outs until January 1, 2022. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s office for signature. There is no reason to believe the Governor will not sign

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. The utility of biometric data is more prevalent than it has ever been, primarily because developing technology has created a broad swath of convenient uses for it. It can help law enforcement authorities quickly target wanted individuals and also secure a business' access to proprietary information. The best and most relatable example being the Apple iPhone's fingerprint and facial recognition software. However, with such valuable

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. and Brock Wolf Last month, Canada's Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of provisions of its Genetic Non-discrimination Act ("GNDA") with a 5-4 decision. In 2017, Canada's federal government enacted the GNDA, establishing rules for businesses regarding genetic testing for diseases. Specifically, the GNDA prohibits requiring an individual to undergo genetic testing for diseases, or to share the results of a genetic test, in order

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. and Brock Wolf Last month, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU"), Europe's top court, struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. The Privacy Shield was created to allow businesses to transfer personal data to the United States from the European Union ("EU"). The decision not only invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield as an approved cross-border transfer mechanism, it also

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. On August 4, 2020, yet more data privacy legislation was introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley.  Titled "The National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020,"  this continues the trend of law makers introducing piecemeal, and frequently punitive, data privacy legislation rather than working on a single comprehensive data privacy law to address all aspects of data privacy regardless of industry.  Unfortunately, many

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. and Brock Wolf Early last month, Walmart joined Minted Inc., Zoom, TikTok, and Salesforce.com to become the largest company targeted by a class action lawsuit following a data breach under the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA"). On July 10, 2020, shortly after CCPA enforcement began on July 1, Lavarious Gardiner filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In his

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. has created a new 24/7 data breach hotline that businesses, governments and other organizations can call for immediate response and assistance on data and technology breaches. Security breaches, ransomware attacks, system compromise and cloud penetrations are a constant threat.  When an attack occurs, the dedicated Data Privacy and Security team at Hall Booth Smith is available 24/7 to provide counsel and guidance in the crucial