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Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. In the absence of a federal law addressing data privacy and security across all industries, the FTC has begun the rulemaking process to adopt regulations to fill this void. The FTC has invited public comment for potential regulations to address the ways in which companies collect, aggregate, protect, use, analyze, and retain consumer data, as well as transfer, share, sell, or otherwise monetize that

Written by: Joseph Stepina, Esq. On August 24, French cosmetics brand Sephora entered into the first enforcement settlement under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). California Attorney General Rob Bonta alleged that Sephora failed to disclose to its customers that it was selling their personal information, did not have a “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” button on its website, and failed to honor requests of users to not

Written by: Gabriel Lopez, Esq. A $35 million settlement between the residents of Illinois and Snapchat has been reached following a class action lawsuit over the collection of biometric data. According to the complaint filed on May 11, 2022, for alleged violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, the company allegedly collected biometric data through its “Lenses” and “Filters” features without obtaining user consent. Snapchat's Lenses feature allows users to

Written by: Brock Wolf, Esq.  On August 31, 2022, California’s legislative session came to a close. As the session ended, so too did the opportunity for state legislators to pass a bill extending human resources and business-to-business data exemptions under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). Many expected California lawmakers to pass an extension that would continue to exempt these types of data indefinitely, or at least through 2026.

Written by: Joseph Stepina, Esq. Class-action lawsuits brought against Amazon and Clearview AI under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) will proceed, despite attempts by the tech companies to have the suits dismissed. BIPA requires organizations obtain informed consent prior collecting an individual’s biometric information, as well as inform consenting individuals how their data will be managed. Biometric information is defined broadly by the law and includes retina or iris

Written by: Brock Wolf, Esq.  At the beginning of the year, it was expected that India would finalize its Personal Data Protection Bill (“PDPB”), targeting early 2023 for the law to go into effect. As of this month, that is no longer the case. On August 3, following consideration by India’s Joint Committee of Parliament, the bill was withdrawn. The first draft was originally introduced in 2018, and the bill

Written by: Brock Wolf, Esq.  On June 1, 2022, a joint investigation by Canada’s federal and provincial data protection authorities found that users who downloaded the Tim Hortons app had their movements tracked and recorded in violation of Canada privacy laws. The Tim Hortons app requested user permission to access their device’s geolocation functions. However, according to the data protection authorities, it led consumers to believe that their location would

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. As summer winds down, September 21, 2022, is a date to keep in mind if your company transfers personal data from the UK to the U.S.  As of that date, any contracts entered into that involve the transfer of personal data from the UK to the U.S. (as well as other countries that are not the subject of an adequacy decision) that rely on

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. The PRC’s Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”) states that one manner in which personal information can be transferred outside of the PRC is for the personal information handler to enter into a contract with the foreign receiving side in accordance with a standard contract formulated by the Cyber Space and Informatization Department, agreeing upon the rights and responsibilities of both sides. Up until now,

Written by: Brock Wolf, Esq.  Since our post last month discussing the American Data Protection and Privacy Act’s (“ADPPA”) “Discussion Draft,” the bill has been formally introduced in the House, was voted out of subcommittee, and has seen some noteworthy changes. The latest draft of the bill is available here. A handful of the changes to the ADPPA since the Discussion Draft are highlighted below. Covered Data. In the draft,