Pegasus Spyware on Mobile Devices: Your Privacy and Security Risks
202107.21
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Pegasus Spyware on Mobile Devices: Your Privacy and Security Risks

What Happened? Amnesty International, with assistance from Forbidden Stories, has uncovered a wave of “zero-click” and other spyware attacks that have compromised thousands of iPhones and Android mobile devices. These spyware attacks have targeted journalists, government officials, and activists across the globe, using Israeli technology firm NSO Group’s highly sophisticated and military-grade Pegasus spyware. While…

European Commission Deems the UK as an Adequate Jurisdiction
202106.28
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European Commission Deems the UK as an Adequate Jurisdiction

On June 28, 2021, the European Union (“EU”) Commission (“European Commission”) adopted two adequacy decisions for cross-border data transfers from EU and EEA member states to the United Kingdom (UK) – one under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. The European Commission found that the UK’s implementation of GDPR-based data…

Data Trans(Atlantic)fer: Enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Negotiations Heating Up
202103.30
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Data Trans(Atlantic)fer: Enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Negotiations Heating Up

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders released a joint press statement regarding the intensifying negotiations on an “enhanced” EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to comply with the Schrems II decision.  The press release emphasized their “shared commitment to privacy, data protection and the rule…

Virginia Joins the Data Privacy Party: Introducing the VCDPA
202103.12
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Virginia Joins the Data Privacy Party: Introducing the VCDPA

Proposed state data privacy laws are springing up across the country as states race to enact comprehensive data privacy laws and regulations. California passed the highly anticipated California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in 2018.  This November, the state significantly amended the CCPA when state voters passed the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), which goes into…

Data Privacy Day 2021
202101.28
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Data Privacy Day 2021

Today is Data Privacy Day, an annual international event to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding data and the promotion of data protection and privacy best practices.  In honor of Data Privacy Day, we are providing our followers with links to three of our most popular data protection and privacy checklists:

From the Polls to the Law Books: The California Privacy Rights Act Sets New Expectations for California Consumer Privacy
202011.24
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From the Polls to the Law Books: The California Privacy Rights Act Sets New Expectations for California Consumer Privacy

Riding on the heels of the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (“CCPA”) recent enactment, Californians voted on November 3rd to pass Proposition 24, otherwise known as the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”).  While California consumers are looking forward to broader privacy protection, businesses must adjust and enhance their privacy and data protection programs to…

Protecting Your Vote: 2020 Election Security
202010.28
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Protecting Your Vote: 2020 Election Security

Protecting Your Vote: 2020 Election Security I. Election Interference in the United States  Doubts about a fair and secure U.S. election on November 3, 2020 are at an all-time high.  According to an August 2020 Pew Research Foundation survey, a majority of American voters believe that foreign governments will try to influence the 2020 election….

California Genetic Information Privacy Act Vetoed by Governor as Too Broad in Light of Covid-19
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California Genetic Information Privacy Act Vetoed by Governor as Too Broad in Light of Covid-19

On September 25, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 980 (“SB 980″), California’s “Genetic Information Privacy Act,” which sought to regulate direct-to-consumer genetic marketing companies and other entities that collect and process consumer genetic information. Newsom vetoed the bill because he believed the broad language of the bill conflicts with current COVID-19 testing…