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  • The “New” EU Standard Contractual Clauses: FAQs for U.S. Organizations

    Globalization, compliance, and the growth in outsourcing have created a myriad of cross-border data transfer scenarios. These scenarios include marketing to and servicing customers, assessing global compliance with diversity and including goals, and outsourcing back office business functions. However, the emergence of far reaching data privacy regulation, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation...… Continue Reading
    July 6, 2021
  • Supreme Court Weighs in on School Regulation of Students’ Social Media Speech

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Pennsylvania school district went too far when it suspended a student from participation in the school’s cheerleading squad based on “vulgar” comments made about the coach on the student’s personal social media account. In an 8-1 decision, the high court emphasized that while schools have some...… Continue Reading
    July 5, 2021
  • City of Baltimore May Criminalize the Use of Facial Recognition Technologies by Businesses

    The Baltimore City Council recently passed an ordinance, in a vote of 13-2, barring the use of facial recognition technology by city residents, businesses, and most of the city government (excluding the city police department) until December 2022.  Council Bill 21-0001  prohibits persons from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or using certain face surveillance technology or any... Continue Reading…
    June 21, 2021
  • City of Baltimore May Criminalize the Use of Facial Recognition Technologies by Businesses

    The Baltimore City Council recently passed an ordinance, in a vote of 13-2, barring the use of facial recognition technology by city residents, businesses, and most of the city government (excluding the city police department) until December 2022.  Council Bill 21-0001  prohibits persons from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or using certain face surveillance technology or any...… Continue Reading
    June 21, 2021
  • Musings of Retirement Plan Fiduciaries on Cybersecurity: Episode One

    By now, plan fiduciaries and their service providers likely have heard about the DOL’s cybersecurity guidance. The Department of Labor’s stepping into cybersecurity in this way – a posting of best practices on the agency’s website – has left plan fiduciaries with some questions. Here are a few: “When is this effective?” “Does this apply...… Continue Reading
    June 15, 2021
  • Musings of Retirement Plan Fiduciaries on Cybersecurity: Episode One

    By now, plan fiduciaries and their service providers likely have heard about the DOL’s cybersecurity guidance. The Department of Labor’s stepping into cybersecurity in this way – a posting of best practices on the agency’s website – has left plan fiduciaries with some questions. Here are a few: “When is this effective?” “Does this apply...… Continue Reading
    June 15, 2021
  • Texas Joins Other States with New Texas Data Breach Notification Requirement: Is This a New Trend?

    The Texas Legislature, which meets every other year, pushed a changed to its data breach notification law at the end of the session in late May, and yesterday Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law.  It follows a growing trend of changes to privacy and cybersecurity laws at the state level. Texas House Bill...… Continue Reading
    June 15, 2021
  • Connecticut on its Way to an Enhanced Data Breach Notification Law

    State legislatures across the nation are prioritizing privacy and security matters, and Connecticut is no exception. This week, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the passage of An Act Concerning Data Privacy Breaches, a measure that will enhance and strengthen Connecticut’s data breach notification law. The Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill on...… Continue Reading
    June 9, 2021
  • Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Interpretation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

    In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030 et seq., does not prohibit improper use of computer information to which an individual has authorized access. Rather, the law prohibits obtaining information from areas of a computer, such as files, folders, or...… Continue Reading
    June 9, 2021
  • NY Attorney General Announces Settlement After Website Data Breach

    In late May, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $200,000 settlement agreement with Filters Fast, an online water filtration retailer, stemming from a 2019 data breach compromising the personal information of over 300,000 consumers across the U.S., including nearly 17,000 in New York state.  The settlement also requires the online retailer to strengthen...… Continue Reading
    June 8, 2021

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