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DBR Kicks Off Its Year-Long CCPA Webinar Series … While the CA AG Seeks Public Input on the CCPA and Lawmakers Propose Changes to It.

DBR’s CCPA Webinar Series Kicks Off

The end of February marked the beginning of Drinker Biddle’s nine-part webinar series on the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) — one of the most significant data privacy laws in the United States.

Compliance with the new law will require considerable knowledge and effort. Our webinar series delves into the complex details and strategies that companies doing business in the state need to know. The series will feature a panel of CCPA professionals from Drinker Biddle’s Information Privacy, Security and Governance team, including Peter Blenkinsop, Jeremiah Posedel, Reed Abrahamson, and others.

The first webinar held on February 27 provided a comprehensive overview of the CCPA, including the obligations and limitations imposed on businesses that collect and process personal data of California residents, the rights of such residents, and the enforcement mechanisms and potential penalties available under the act. The DBR team also highlighted some key open issues that will hopefully be addressed or clarified by California regulators before the law becomes operative on January 1, 2020. For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation materials are available here.

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GAO Report Recommends Congress Consider Comprehensive Privacy Regulation

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The GAO recently concluded a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. federal regulatory landscape with respect to internet privacy, specifically focusing on FTC and FCC enforcement actions and authorities. GAO interviewed representatives from industry, consumer advocacy groups, academia, FTC and FCC staff, former FTC and FCC commissioners, and officials from other agencies. (See page 40 of the GAO report for a complete list of those interviewed.) GAO recommends that Congress consider developing comprehensive legislation on internet privacy that would enhance existing consumer protections and provide flexibility to address a rapidly evolving privacy environment.

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$3 Million Settlement for Two Separate HIPAA Breaches Affecting Over 62,500 Individuals

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Cottage Health and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OCR) recently entered into a $3 million no-fault settlement and three year corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This was HHS-OCR’s last HIPAA related settlement of 2018 – a record year in HIPAA enforcement activity, as detailed in this DBR on Data blog post.

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New Washington State Privacy Bill Incorporates Some GDPR Concepts

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A new bill, titled the “Washington Privacy Act,” was introduced in the Washington State Senate on January 18, 2019. If enacted, Washington would follow California to become the second state to adopt a comprehensive privacy law.

Similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Washington bill applies to entities that conduct business in the state or produce products or services that are intentionally targeted to residents of Washington and includes similar, though not identical size triggers. For example, it would apply to businesses that 1) control or process data of 100,000 or more consumers; or 2) derive 50 percent or more of gross revenue from the sale of personal information, and process or control personal information of 25,000 or more consumers. The bill would not apply to certain data sets regulated by some federal laws, or employment records and would not apply to state or local governments.

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Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation – Illinois Supreme Court Holds That a Technical Violation of Statutory Biometric Rights is Sufficient to Bring a Claim

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On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that in order to pursue a claim for $1,000 – $5,000 in statutory damages under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) an individual need not plead or prove more than a technical violation of the statute.  This decision opens the door to additional lawsuits under the only biometric law in the nation that allows for a private right of action.

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European Union Adopts Adequacy Decision For Safe Data Flows With Japan

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On January 23, 2019, the European Commission announced its decision to adopt adequacy status with Japan for transfers of personal data.  Pursuant to the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this decision will allow personal data to flow freely between the 28 EU countries, three additional European Economic Area member countries (Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland), and Japan, without the need for additional data protection safeguards or derogations.  Japan adopted an equivalent decision with the EU on January 22, 2019.  These reciprocal findings of adequacy will create the largest area of safe data flows in the world.

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