Why Organizations Need to Start Implementing Data Minimization

When the European Union (EU) enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 2, 2018, the world was introduced to the concept of data minimization. According to Article 5 of the GDPR, data minimization means “personal data shall be…

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Interest

Interest Groups Exert Influence as Support Grows for Federal Privacy Law

As calls for comprehensive national privacy legislation grow louder in the United States, Big Tech and Big Business are deploying armies of lobbyists and monied interests to influence state and federal legislation. Legislators from both parties have rallied around the need for stronger consumer protection laws. This sentiment was echoed at a recent hearing held…
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Data Protection

Opinion: How the U.S. Government’s Efforts Can Improve Data Privacy and Protection in 2021

This year, cybersecurity incidents, such as data breaches, have led to the proliferation of identity theft and fraud, facilitated by a lack of digital identity verification credentials. Additionally, data privacy legislation has gained momentum at the state level and become a key area of concern for lawmakers and citizens alike. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence and blockchain…
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PIPL

China’s Personal Information Protection Law: Key Takeaways

On August 20, 2021, China’s first comprehensive Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”) was passed into law. The Cybersecurity Law, the Data Security Law, and the PIPL of China are the three pillars of China’s data protection framework, which govern cybersecurity, data security, and personal information protection respectively. The Cybersecurity Law largely governs cybersecurity requirements for Critical Information Infrastructure operators…
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California

California Passes Suite of New Privacy Laws

California continues to be at the vanguard of privacy protection.  On October 11, 2021, California’s Governor Newsom signed several bills addressing privacy and data security. These new laws go into effect January 1, 2022 and include: AB 335, which adds an exemption to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) consumer personal information sales opt-out right.…
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House

House Passes Bills to Strengthen Telecommunications Infrastructure and Supply Chains

On Wednesday, The U.S. House of Representatives passed a slate of bipartisan bills aimed at securing U.S. telecommunications infrastructure. Concern is growing throughout the government about the risk to U.S. telecom networks from foreign adversaries, particularly from China. According to Reuters, a group of five senators recently wrote a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission…
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Massachusetts Introduces Revolutionary Privacy Bill 

The Massachusetts Senate began deliberating a new privacy law this year. The Massachusetts Information Privacy Act (MIPA) could be one of the strongest data privacy laws in the United States, if passed. Representatives Andy Vargas and Dave Rogers and Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem introduced the bill, which currently sits before the Joint Committee on…
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Ransomware

Senate Introduces Ransomware Notification Mandate 

The US Senate has introduced a bill that would require businesses with more than 50 employees to report ransomware payments within 24 hours.  (S. 2666), the “Sanction and Stop Ransomware Act of 2021,” was introduced by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee and also would apply to nonprofits, state and local government…
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