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Written by: Brock Wolf, Esq. and Alyssa J. Feliciano, Esq. California continues to update its privacy policies. Changes and clarifications are constantly being announced, making it imperative for businesses to stay vigilant in their practices. Notably, the California Privacy Protection Agency subcommittee (the "Agency"), which was created under the California Privacy Rights Act ("CPRA"), proposed a framework for rulemaking. Additionally, the California Consumer Privacy Act's (“CCPA”) definitions of a

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Last month I wrote about the need for federal data privacy legislation.  Although numerous Senators have introduced such legislation, nothing much seems to happen after the initial introduction.  Adding to the list, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is introducing the Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance (DATA) Privacy Act.  There does not seem to be much new here as Senator Cortez Masto also introduced

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 4, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has added Associate Brock Wolf as its office in Charlotte, North Carolina continues to expand. Brock focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, data privacy and cyber security, and general liability litigation. Brock was previously a law clerk and a summer associate at HBS, and he worked as a teaching assistant at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. On September 16, 2021 by Royal Decree, Saudi Arabia implemented the Personal Data Protection Law (“PDPL”). The PDPL becomes effective on March 23, 2022 and will be enforced by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (“SDAIA”). Regulated businesses have until March 23, 2023 before the PDPL is enforced. We outline key areas of the PDPL below: 1. Scope and Application The PDPL applies to the

In an article published by Part B News on November 1, 2021, Hall Booth Smith Charlotte-based Partner Richard Sheinis discusses the potential sanctions healthcare providers can incur by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) if they pay a sanctioned international criminal actor as part of a ransomware attack. Sheinis told the publication in an interview what steps providers can take to protect

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. The U.S. is lagging further and further behind the rest of the world when it comes to the privacy of personal data.  The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became effective in 2018, has become the "gold standard" for data privacy.  Many countries have used the GDPR as the model for their own national data privacy laws. In the U.S., however, it has been a

Written by: Alyssa Feliciano, Esq. Representative Deborah Ross [D] and Senator Elizabeth Warren [D] proposed the Ransom Disclosure Act (“RSA”), to provide DHS with information regarding ransomware attacks and subsequent payments that are made by covered entities.  The goal of the RSA, according to Rep. Ross and Sen. Warren, is to provide DHS with data on these types of attacks, so the government can provide recommendations to minimize the

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. 1. California’s Genetic Information Privacy Act On October 6, 2021, California passed the Genetic Information Privacy Act (“GIPA”). Under GIPA, California residents have greater control over how their genetic information will be collected and used by specific companies. GIPA becomes effective on January 1, 2022. GIPA applies to “direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies,” which are entities that perform any of the following services: Sells, markets, interprets, or

Written by: Alyssa Feliciano, Esq. On September 24, 2021, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) released an opinion on the draft adequacy decision for South Korea, which in large part was positive for the country.  There were certain areas of concerns that were pointed out by the EDPB.  Once the EDPB’s stated issues are addressed by South Korea, the country should not have any problem receiving its adequacy decision. Areas

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. On August 20, 2021, China passed its Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”). This is China’s first general and broadly sweeping privacy law regulating the collection, processing, and transferring of personal information, similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). PIPL takes effect on November 1, 2021, less than three (3) months after its promulgation. We highlight the key areas of PIPL below: 1. PIPL