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California May Limit Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Data Collection

Posted in Cybersecurity, Privacy Regulation

Eager to retain its spot among the principal laboratories for domestic privacy legislation, California’s legislature is set to debate Senate Bill 178, legislation restricting state law enforcement agencies from requesting data without a warrant. Five other states have adopted similar legislation in recent months, and California’s proposal largely follows that trend.

Target Becomes a Target: Proposed California Bill Aims to Make Retailers Liable for Data Breach Incidents

Posted in Data Breach, Data Breach Notification, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero, CIPP/US Following a string of high-profile data breaches and new data suggesting that approximately 21.3 million customer accounts have been exposed by data breach incidents over the past two years, the California legislature has introduced legislation aimed at making retailers responsible for certain costs in connection with data breach incidents.  If… Continue Reading

Over 20 Million Customer Accounts Affected by Data Breaches in California; Attorney General Harris Promises Increased Enforcement

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero, CIPP/US When you think of catastrophic events that take place online and have a devastating effect on millions of people, you probably think of HBO Go crashing during the True Detective finale.  However, California Attorney General Kamala Harris wants to remind you that you should be thinking about data breaches.  New… Continue Reading

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

Posted in Cybersecurity, Privacy Monday, Privacy Regulation

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public Utilities Commission Declines to Develop New Regulations and Standards for Wireless Carriers and Mobile App Providers  . . …. Continue Reading

California Moves to Restrict Collection of Consumer Personal Information Online: the Process, History and Politics Behind Senate Bill 383

Posted in Data Compliance & Security, Legislation, Privacy Litigation, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero The California Senate has passed a bill restricting the information that certain online retailers can collect in connection with consumer purchases.  Senate Bill 383 would amend Sections 1747.02 and 1747.08 of the California Civil Code to address the collection of customer information in connection with credit card purchases in online transactions… Continue Reading

On the Second Day of Privacy, California Gave to Me……

Posted in Children, Data Breach Notification, Data Compliance & Security, Legislation, Privacy Regulation

Well, the headlines don’t exactly work with the traditional tune, but blame the editor for that….. Written by Jake Romero, CIPP/US 2013 was a busy year for California.  We passed a budget with a surplus, let Kim and Kanye get engaged in one of our stadiums and panicked over possibly losing Sriracha sauce.  At the… Continue Reading

Changes to California’s Privacy Laws: What They Mean for Your Business

Posted in Data Breach Notification, Data Compliance & Security, Privacy Regulation

The federal government may be completely unable to pass laws, but that certainly isn’t the case with the State of California, which has just completed a data privacy hat trick by passing three significant laws addressing a broad subset of data privacy issues. The big question: is your online and/or mobile business ready for the… Continue Reading

Privacy Monday – September 30, 2013 – Here’s the New Mintz Matrix

Posted in Data Breach, Data Breach Notification, Data Compliance & Security, Privacy Monday, Privacy Regulation

As we all ponder the potential for the first U.S. government shut down in 18 years, here are some Monday privacy tidbits to change the subject a bit. September Mintz Matrix As our readers know, we maintain a summary of the US state data breach notification laws, which we refer to as the “Mintz Matrix.”  … Continue Reading

California Update: What Can Brown Do for You? What You Need to Know About the Two Data Privacy Bills Headed to the Desk of California’s Governor

Posted in Legislation, Online Advertising, Privacy Regulation

Two data privacy bills, Assembly Bill 370 and Senate Bill 568 have been sent to California Governor Jerry Brown for signature.  As we previously reported, A.B. 370 would require commercial websites or online services that collect personally identifiable information to disclose how that site or service responds to “do not track” signals or similar mechanisms. … Continue Reading

California “Do Not Track” Bill Stays on Track

Posted in Privacy Regulation

  As we predicted, the California Senate has approved A.B. 370, a bill that would require commercial websites or online services that collect personally identifiable information to disclose how that site or service responds to “do not track” signals or similar mechanisms.  Next, A.B. 370 will head back to the California Assembly, where the Assembly… Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing the Intriguing California Personal Privacy Initiative

Posted in Data Compliance & Security, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero Following up on my recent post on story, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on an interesting California ballot initiative that would make consumers’ personal information private by default. In the brief interview, I describe the basics of the California Personal Privacy Initiative and explain its… Continue Reading

Summer Break is Over for California Senate, Which May Mean New “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirements for You

Posted in Online Advertising

Written by Jake Romero  What did you do over your summer vacation?  Yes, the sad truth is that summer is almost over.  You can tell because there wasn’t a single superhero movie that opened at the box office last weekend (no, Smurfs2 does not count) and because the California Senate is preparing to reconvene from its summer… Continue Reading

California AG Releases Report on 2012 Data Breaches

Posted in Data Breach Notification, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero If You Care About the Security of Your Online Data or Just Love Charts, This Report is For You Californians are a diverse bunch (as you’ve probably gathered from those commercials with Arnold Schwarzenegger), but apparently there is something that 2.5 million of us all have in common.  California Attorney General… Continue Reading

The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors

Posted in Children, Legislation, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for president in 40 years?  If so, you’ll be glad to know that the California… Continue Reading

California’s AG Puts Mobile Apps on Notice

Posted in Data Compliance & Security, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero If a haunted house or trick-or-treating was your scariest experience last week, you must not be one of the 100 mobile application developers who received a notice of non-compliance from California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.  On October 30, Attorney General Harris’s office announced that letters had been sent to the… Continue Reading

Online and Off-Limits: New California Legislation Prohibits Employers from Requiring Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees

Posted in Employee Privacy, Privacy Regulation, Security

Written by Jake Romero Facebook announced last week that it now has upwards of 1 billion active users.  That same week, over 10 million Twitter messages were sent during the U.S. presidential debate .  With the number and use of social media websites rapidly expanding, your privacy rights with respect to your tweets, “likes” and… Continue Reading

Law & Order PEPU: California’s new Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit

Posted in Data Breach, Data Compliance & Security, Identity Theft, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero In a move signaling increased enforcement of the state’s data privacy and security regulations, California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the creation of the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit.   The Privacy Unit will be staffed by California Department of Justice Employees, including six dedicated prosecutors, and will have… Continue Reading

No Harm, No Foul; Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Data Breach Case Against The Gap

Posted in Data Breach

Written by Kevin McGinty It’s a distressingly common scenario. A corporate laptop containing job applicant data, including social security numbers, is stolen from an employee who has taken the laptop off of corporate premises. Access to the social security numbers makes it possible for wrongdoers to engage in identity theft. Is an applicant’s fear that… Continue Reading

Long-Awaited California Decision on Cameras in the Workplace

Posted in Employee Privacy

California Supreme Court has finally issued its decision in a workplace privacy case finding that an employer’s placement of a hidden camera in an office used by two employees did not violate the employees’ right to privacy. This case has drawn much attention as it worked its way through the appellate courts. My colleagues in… Continue Reading

New E-Discovery Rules in California

Posted in Legislation

It’s not necessarily a “privacy” issue, per se, but electronic discovery (known as “e-discovery”) rules of litigation require that companies plan ahead with respect to document retention. Here is the latest on the new California e-discovery rules just enacted.