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Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. In the last fifteen (15) months, no less than six (6) data privacy Bills have been introduced in the Senate.  Two of these Bills are specifically related to data collection and use in response to COVID-19.  This does not include the Data Accountability and Transparency Act of 2020, announced by Senator Sherrod Brown on his website on June 18, 2020, but which has not

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. As businesses continue to prepare for the enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA"), which will begin on July 1, 2020, new privacy legislation is already on the way. On June 24, 2020, the Office of the Secretary of State of California announced that the California Privacy Rights Act ("CPRA") has raised enough signatures to appear on the November 3, 2020, General Election

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Thailand's Personal Data Protection Act was passed in May 2019, and was scheduled to go into effect May 27, 2020.  The Act is very similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. Only a few days before the Act was to become effective, it was decided that 22 types of agencies and businesses would be exempt from compliance until May 2021.  The 22 types

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. On May 4, 2020, Hungary issued a governmental decree suspending the rights of data subjects under Articles 15 to 22 of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such articles include giving individuals, whose personal data has been collected, the right to know where their data is being transported, the right to object to

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. Brazil’s new data privacy law, the “LGPD,” was set to go into effect on August 15, 2020. The LGPD is based largely on the European Union’s GDPR. Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses, the effective and enforcement dates have been delayed. Keeping track of the new effective and enforcement dates has become a full-time job, as referenced by the

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. A Dutch court has ruled that a grandmother is violating the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation by posting photographs of her grandchildren on her social media account without the consent of the children’s parents. The court’s ruling arose from a complaint filed by the children’s mother, who wanted the photographs removed. The grandmother faces a fine if she does not remove the photographs. The

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. Washington D.C. amended its data breach notification statute at the end of March. The new law is set to take effect by June 13, 2020. This is the first update to the law since it was passed in 2007. Personal Information Defined Washington D.C. is following the national trend in expanding the definition of “Personal Information.” Specifically, D.C. is adding the following data elements

Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq.  On April 14, 2020, The Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") announced it will exercise further enforcement discretion in easing back penalties for failing to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA").  The enforcement discretion has retroactive effect beginning on March 13, 2020.  This has been a frequent occurrence on the part of

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne, IV, Esq. As we continue to wait for the ePrivacy Regulation, the European Union is being left to govern cookie consent procedures on their own. Some individual member states are taking it upon themselves to issue guidance, while others sit back and wait. I wrote an article late last year outlining guidance issued by the United Kingdom’s ICO and France’s CNIL regarding cookie consent mechanisms,

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne, IV, Esq. The California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") is not set to be enforced until at least July, but just last week the group that spearheaded the CCPA ballot initiative in 2018 has submitted 900,000 signatures to put a new initiative, the California Privacy Rights Act ("CPRA") on the November 2020 ballot. Some are dubbing this initiative "CCPA 2.0." In its current form, the