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  • Colorado Introduces a Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Bill

    Colorado recently become the latest state to consider a comprehensive consumer privacy law.  On March 19, 2021, Colorado State Senators Rodriguez and Lundeen introduced SB 21-190, entitled “an Act Concerning additional protection of data relating to personal privacy”. Following California’s bold example of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) effective since January 2020, Virginia recently...… Continue Reading
    March 30, 2021
  • Small NJ Medical Practice Becomes 18th Target of OCR’s HIPAA Right of Access Enforcement Initiative

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has taken enforcement action against a small New Jersey plastic surgery practice for its failure to timely respond to a patient’s records access request. Putting in place relatively simple policies, carefully developing template forms, assigning responsibility, training, and documenting responses can go a long way toward substantially minimizing the...… Continue Reading
    March 30, 2021
  • Small NJ Medical Practice Becomes 18th Target of OCR’s HIPAA Right of Access Enforcement Initiative

    A small New Jersey plastic surgery practice, Village Plastic Surgery (“VPS”), has become the eighteenth HIPAA covered entity to face an enforcement action under the Office for Civil Right’s HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. According to the OCR’s announcement, VPS agreed to a two-year corrective action plan and pay $30,000 to settle a potential HIPAA...… Continue Reading
    March 30, 2021
  • California State Healthcare Worker Accesses COVID-19 Data on More Than 2,000 Patients and Employees

    As we noted in late January 2020, the spread of infectious disease raises particular concerns for healthcare workers who want to do their jobs and care for their patients, while also protect themselves and their families. Perhaps the desire to protect one’s self and family is what motivated a California state healthcare worker to access... Continue Reading…
    March 19, 2021
  • California State Healthcare Worker Accesses COVID-19 Data on More Than 2,000 Patients and Employees

    As we noted in late January 2020, the spread of infectious disease raises particular concerns for healthcare workers who want to do their jobs and care for their patients, while also protect themselves and their families. Perhaps the desire to protect one’s self and family is what motivated a California state healthcare worker to access...… Continue Reading
    March 19, 2021
  • AG Becerra Announces Approval of Additional CCPA Regulations

    Here we go again! On March 15th, 2021, the California Department of Justice (“Department”) announced approval of modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) regulations, originally introduced in December of 2020.  The new regulations mainly modify provisions related to a consumer’s right to opt out of sale of their personal information, with the aim of “protecting consumers from... Continue Reading
    March 17, 2021
  • AG Becerra Announces Approval of Additional CCPA Regulations

    Here we go again! On March 15th, 2021, the California Department of Justice (“Department”) announced approval of modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) regulations, originally introduced in December of 2020.  The new regulations mainly modify provisions related to a consumer’s right to opt out of sale of their personal information, with the aim...… Continue Reading
    March 16, 2021
  • Virginia Becomes 2nd State to Enact a Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law

    On Tuesday, March 2nd, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), officially joining California as the second state with a comprehensive consumer privacy law, intended to enhance privacy rights and consumer protection for state residents.  We provide an in-depth analysis of the CDPA here, along with legislative activity in...… Continue Reading
    March 3, 2021
  • Maryland Joins New York with a BIPA-like Biometric Privacy Bill

    On January 13, House Delegate Sara Love Introduced the “Biometric Identifiers and Biometric Information Privacy Act” (the “Act”) substantially modeled after the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois, 740 ILCS 14 et seq. (the “BIPA”). Enacted in 2008, the Illinois BIPA only recently triggered an avalanche of class actions in Illinois, spurring other legislative activity, including... Continue Reading…
    February 21, 2021
  • Maryland Joins New York with a BIPA-like Biometric Privacy Bill

    On January 13, House Delegate Sara Love Introduced the “Biometric Identifiers and Biometric Information Privacy Act” (the “Act”) substantially modeled after the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois, 740 ILCS 14 et seq. (the “BIPA”). Enacted in 2008, the Illinois BIPA only recently triggered an avalanche of class actions in Illinois, spurring other legislative activity, including...… Continue Reading
    February 21, 2021

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