Privacy in US Law Schools: An IAPP Westin Center Report

(Sep 17, 2019) With demand for privacy professionals surging, students are seeking an on-ramp into the profession, and law schools are responding. In a first-of-its-kind research project, the IAPP set out to produce a privacy tiering of American Bar Association–accredited U.S. law schools. We tiered the schools according to curriculum offerings in privacy law and defined "privacy law" narrowly, excluding more general courses in cybersecurity or law and technology. Our methods include reviewing materials public... Read More

Answering FAQs on recent CCPA amendments

(Sep 17, 2019) The California State Legislature gave its final approval to a new round of amendments for the California Consumer Privacy Act. Those amendments now make their way to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., for his signature. The substantive and technical amendments passed this year answer some of the questions that have been pending since the last round of amendments at the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session. In a piece for Privacy Tracker, Maynard, Cooper & Gale Shareholder Starr D... Read More

Recently approved AB 25 narrows application of CCPA to employers

(Sep 17, 2019) Just hours before California’s 2019 legislative session ended Sept. 13, the California Assembly approved Assembly Bill 25 that, if enacted, would substantially narrow the application of the California Consumer Privacy Act to employers. Understanding the contours of these limitations is critical for employers as they prepare to comply with the CCPA before it goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. In a piece for Privacy Tracker, Littler Mendelson Shareholders Philip Gordon, Kwabena Appenteng, CIPP/E, CIPP... Read More

South African court deems communication interception act to be unconstitutional

(Sep 17, 2019) The South Gauteng High Court ruled South Africa’s Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act is unconstitutional, The South African reports. Investigative journalism organization amaBhungane challenged the RICA after the communications of one of their journalists were intercepted as he reported on corruption allegations against former President Jacob Zuma. Judge Roland Sutherland ruled such surveillance activities are unlawful and invalid.... Read More

Amazon asks judge to send children's privacy lawsuit to arbitration

(Sep 17, 2019) MediaPost reports Amazon has asked U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones to send a children’s privacy lawsuit to arbitration. A group of parents filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech company for allegedly storing children’s voiceprints through Alexa devices without consent. The plaintiffs claim this practice violates privacy laws in eight states, including Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. “The plaintiffs’ parents in this suit, who signed up for and then permitted their chi... Read More

JPMorgan hacker to plead guilty to cybercrimes

(Sep 17, 2019) Bloomberg reports Russian hacker Andrei Tyurin will plead guilty for his role in a scheme to hack the financial data of 80 million customers at JPMorgan Chase. Tyurin is alleged to have carried out hacks that helped steal hundreds of millions of dollars from JPMorgan clients. The charges of wire and bank fraud come after Tyurin was extradited from Georgia last year in order to face punishment. (Registration may be required to access this story.)Full Story... Read More

A brief FAQ on the latest CCPA amendment updates

(Sep 17, 2019) Although scheduled to end Friday, Sept. 13, the California State Legislature was not able to conclude its business for the term until early Saturday morning. A protestor dropped blood onto the Senate floor Friday afternoon, necessitating an evacuation and cleanup that delayed the session’s conclusion.  However, the disruption did not prevent the Legislature’s final approval of several California Consumer Privacy Act amendments that will now go to Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., for his signature. ... Read More

Employers receive last-minute reprieve from the most onerous CCPA compliance obligations

(Sep 17, 2019) Just hours before California’s 2019 legislative session ended Sept. 13, the California Assembly approved Assembly Bill 25 that, if enacted, would substantially narrow the application of the California Consumer Privacy Act to employers. Understanding the contours of these limitations is critical for employers as they prepare to comply with the CCPA before it goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. What personal information does AB 25 exclude from most aspects of the CCPA? The CCPA generally applies to a... Read More

How my summer internship led to the IAPP's law school tiering project

(Sep 17, 2019) My strong interest in privacy law drew me from the ideal weather of my Southern California hometown, a shady hammock in the jungles of Panama, and job security in Miami to move to the dynamic and often-cold climate of New England. That, and a desire to avoid traffic. Happily, I can say that through the University of Maine School of Law’s certificate program in information privacy law, its Information Privacy Summer Institute and its relationship with the IAPP, I have been able to fulfill many o... Read More

Privacy in US Law Schools: An IAPP Westin Center Report

(Sep 17, 2019) In this research project, the first of its kind, the IAPP set out to better understand how privacy is taught at American Bar Association–accredited U.S. law schools. We have tiered schools according to their curriculum offerings in privacy law. For purposes of this project, we defined “privacy law” narrowly, excluding more general courses in cybersecurity or law and technology, and focusing strictly on courses in privacy, information privacy or a close equivalent. Read More