White House, industry reveal more details on US privacy framework

(Sep 25, 2018) Movement toward a U.S. privacy framework is gaining steam this week as lobbying efforts in Washington intensify ahead of the release of White House document outlining an initial approach to consumer privacy and a highly anticipated Congressional hearing Wednesday in which privacy professionals from several major tech companies will testify.  An "unpublished Notice by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration," an arm of the Department of Commerce, has appeared on the Federa... Read More

How a new EU copyright law could weaken privacy and free speech

(Sep 25, 2018) Earlier this month, the European Parliament gave its approval to the latest version of the EU Copyright Directive, an update to the 2001 law of the same name. The directive was first formally proposed by the European Commission a couple years back, and now it's entering its final stages, with parliamentary approval opening the way for "trilogue" negotiations between member states and the EU institutions. To put it mildly, a lot of people are very unhappy with the text that's going to trilogue. ... Read More

Draft motion calls for action ahead of European elections and following Facebook revelations

(Sep 25, 2018) Following its investigation into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and just eight months ahead of the European Parliament elections, MEPs worried about malicious interference via Facebook plan to issue a series of recommendations. The motion is likely to be debated and presented in LIBE, the Parliament’s civil liberties committee, on Sept. 27, with a deadline for amendments the following day and a vote in LIBE on Oct. 10. A leaked draft of the suggestions from the committee includes th... Read More

European Parliament voted to suspend Privacy Shield: Now what?

(Sep 25, 2018) On July 5, the European Parliament recommended by way of a non-binding resolution from its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) that the Commission suspend the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield Sept. 1 unless and until all defined corrective actions are taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Those corrective actions include, but are not limited to: Privacy Shield being made fully compliant with the GDPR. Privacy Shield being made fully compliant with the recommenda... Read More

Ankura acquires Navigant team to bolster privacy offerings

(Sep 25, 2018) On Aug. 24, Ankura Consulting Group completed its acquisition of the privacy team housed within the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment of Navigant, a firm specializing in advisory, consulting and outsourcing services. The announcement concluded a month's-long process between the two organizations, giving Ankura the opportunity to use the Navigant privacy team to bolster its presence worldwide to more than 30 offices globally, manned by 1,400 professionals and allowing the consultin... Read More

A look at one law school's privacy certificate employment outcomes

(Sep 25, 2018) In 2014, the Santa Clara University School of Law adopted a first-in-the-nation Privacy Law Certificate for JD students. We have taken steps to make the certificate's requirements particularly rigorous. Students must take five privacy-related courses, complete an externship/internship in the privacy field, obtain an IAPP certification and publish a paper on privacy law. Four classes — 21 students in total — have graduated since the certificate was enacted. These students have entered a boom mar... Read More

A starting point for CaCPA compliance, despite the unknowns

(Sep 25, 2018) Implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 will take time, and organizations should start evaluating exposure and designing compliance plans now. There are many open questions, but that does not mean you can’t conduct an initial assessment that enables you to start planning for the resources you will need during 2019. This article outlines a pragmatic four-step approach to how to assess your exposure to CaCPA by identifying what entities in your group will be subject to the act (th... Read More

North Carolina AG talks ID theft, breach notification, federal pre-emption

(Sep 25, 2018) Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s Attorney General in 2017. Before serving as attorney general, Stein served as a state senator (2009-2016) and as a senior deputy attorney general (2001-2008) in the North Carolina Department of Justice. Throughout his tenure as attorney general, Stein has made consumer fraud protection a top priority. Specifically, Stein has shown a clear commitment to data privacy and security through his advocacy for strong protection of individuals’ personal informa... Read More

US privacy framework gains momentum ahead of Senate hearing

(Sep 25, 2018) Movement toward a U.S. privacy framework is gaining steam this week as lobbying efforts in Washington ramp up ahead of a White House document on its approach to consumer privacy and a highly anticipated Congressional hearing Wednesday in which privacy professionals from several major tech companies will testify. An "unpublished Notice" by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Commerce, has appeared on the Federal Register and includes a PDF r... Read More