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Senate to Introduce “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act”

On April 30, 2020, four Republican Senators[1],including the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, announced that they intend to introduce federal privacy legislation to regulate the collection and use of personal information in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic.  According to the Senators’ press release, the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act (the … Continue Reading

How Safe Is “COVIDSafe” – Australia’s COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App?

As the world struggles to deal with the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), governments are turning to technology to help “flatten the curve” and slow the rate of transmissions. Although Australia has been relatively successful in mitigating the widespread health impacts of COVID-19, the federal government has encouraged all Australians to download its COVIDSafe … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar: Privacy Law, Coronavirus, and Post-Pandemic Best Practices

On April 30, 2020, Partner, Elliot Golding will co-present a complimentary webinar,  Privacy Law, Coronavirus, and Post-Pandemic Best Practices.  The program, organized by Bloomberg Law, will address recent HIPAA changes and temporary waivers, telehealth privacy and cyber considerations, and practical tips and recommendations to manage privacy and cyber risk during these challenging times. Additional information … Continue Reading

New York’s SHIELD Act Provisions Now In Effect

The final provision of New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (“SHIELD Act”), 2019 N.Y. Ch. 117, took effect on March 21, 2020.  For more information on the SHIELD Act, visit our previous blog post, New York Cybersecurity Upgrades: Are you Ready?, which provides an overview of the most-recent provision that took … Continue Reading

A Timely Reminder: Maintain Data Security in the Face of the Pandemic

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and related Government guidance, requiring social distancing and individuals to work from home where possible, has resulted in many organisations rapidly having to adapt the way in which they operate. Despite the unprecedented challenges that will need to be faced over the coming weeks, including in many cases significantly reduced resources … Continue Reading

CCPA Enforcement Still Imminent; Temporary Exemptions May Lapse

Despite the request for a delay in the enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) made by five leading advertising and marketing trade associations, it appears CCPA enforcement will continue as planned.  As evidence of this, the California Attorney General recently issued a press release reminding Californians of their rights and businesses’ … Continue Reading

The UK Government Sets Out How it Will Use Data During the Pandemic

Recently, the ICO published a statement about the use of mobile phone tracking during the COVID-19 crisis. The statement provided that generalised location data, where properly anonymised and aggregated, does not fall under the remit of data protection laws. In addition to this statement, the government has now set out further information on how it … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar – Compliance/Regulatory: We scares because we CARES

Partners Eric Troutman and Elliot Golding will participate as panelists in an upcoming webinar hosted by LeadsCouncil as part of its Leadership Series. This webinar will discuss the new Post-COVID Legal Environment and the impact it is having on outreach efforts to consumers, including lead generation and outbound calling. The session will also provide critical … Continue Reading

ICO’s Data Protection and Coronavirus Information Hub

The ICO has created an information hub for organisations and individuals with guidance on how to tackle data protection issues in their response to COVID-19. The ICO’s main message is that the data protection law will not stop organisations in responding to the crisis. The hub contains several sections dedicated to organisations, individuals concerned about … Continue Reading

Protecting Data During the Covid-19 Crisis

The Covid-19 virus has forced substantially increased numbers of employees to work from home, potentially for an extended period of time. Against an already cluttered landscape of other business-critical issues they have to deal with, businesses also need to be mindful of the increased risk to cyber, and other types of data security, that this … Continue Reading

Business in the time of COVID-19: US Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues for You to Consider

The current COVID-19 pandemic raises some significant issues and risks relating to cybersecurity and data privacy in the US that should be considered carefully and addressed appropriately. Concerns range from cybercriminals targeting a newly-remote workforce with clever phishing scams that prey on the environment of uncertainty, to worries that the crisis will give cover to … Continue Reading

Further Update from ICO on COVID-19 and Individuals

The ICO has updated its own blog with more helpful information, this time for individuals who may be worried about the increased processing of their own personal data and sensitive information, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Of interest to businesses and employers, is the recognition that whilst employees might think requests for information … Continue Reading

Recommendations by the CNIL in the Context of COVID-19

On March 6, 2020, the CNIL published recommendations on the collection of personal data in the context of COVID-19. Health data is particularly protected within the framework of a series of regulations (notably GDPR, French Data Protection Act and French Public Health Code). Restrictions The CNIL insists that employers cannot take measures likely to impair … Continue Reading

Update – ICO Issues Guidance on Data Protection and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further to our earlier blog on the data protection aspects of responding to COVID-19, we note that the ICO have now issued guidance on the matter, answering some of the key questions for organisations, businesses and employers. This is helpful guidance, issued under a statement aimed at public bodies and health practitioners, (so could easily … Continue Reading

Data Protection Issues Raised by Guidance and Efforts to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

As government agencies and businesses attempt to deal with the ramifications of Covid-19, the potential impact on privacy rights should not be overlooked.  Certain measures that are under consideration to help combat the threat of the Covid-19 virus raise a number of questions about the practical impact of current guidance and efforts to prevent the … Continue Reading
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