What the latest LinkedIn-hiQ court ruling means for data scraping

(Sep 20, 2019) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit determined information posted to social networks that are publicly accessible may be scraped and aggregated by third parties regardless of the social media sites’ terms and conditions or even technical means taken to prevent data mining. In its recently issued opinion, the federal appellate court affirmed a lower court’s opinion granting a preliminary injunction against professional social networking site LinkedIn that prevents the company from block... Read More

Data scraping and the implications of the latest LinkedIn-hiQ court ruling

(Sep 20, 2019) Information posted to social networks that are publicly accessible may be scraped and aggregated by third parties regardless of the social media sites’ terms and conditions or even technical means taken to prevent data mining, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. In an opinion issued Monday, Sept. 9, the federal appellate court affirmed a lower court’s opinion granting a preliminary injunction against professional social networking site LinkedIn that prevents the company ... 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

Inside the Privacy Shield annual review: Increasing common ground

(Sep 16, 2019) Dozens of senior U.S. and EU government officials gathered at the National Press Club in Washington last week for the Privacy Shield annual review. They were joined by officials from data protection authorities in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Hungary to discuss whether the three-year-old framework is functioning as intended. I had the opportunity to catch up with Privacy Shield Director Alex Greenstein shortly after the review concluded Friday evening to get his take on how it all wen... Read More

The unique challenges CCPA poses for SMEs

(Sep 5, 2019) Will small- and medium-sized enterprises face unique challenges implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act? The IAPP’s Westin Research Center reviewed responses to six IAPP surveys and conducted a focus group for Californian SMEs to find out.   Encouragingly, our research suggests that company size is not a major differentiator in CCPA preparedness. SMEs that responded to IAPP surveys and inquiries express comfort or confusion with CCPA requirements in alignment with their larger peers. T... Read More

How prepared is your organization for the CCPA?

(Aug 13, 2019) The IAPP and OneTrust recently released a second in a series of surveys to better understand how prepared businesses are for the California Consumer Privacy Act. The second CCPA readiness survey is still open. The first survey revealed that only about one in four businesses was highly prepared for the CCPA. As the January implementation date approaches, we are interested in whether organizations are more prepared now than before, the factors that influence readiness, and whether preparations for... Read More

CCPA Amendment Tracker

(Aug 6, 2019) There has been a flurry of state-level legislative activity in 2019 leading up to the implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act Jan. 1, 2020. More than a dozen amendments addressing various parts of the comprehensive state law have surfaced in the California Legislature this year. To help keep track of all this activity, the IAPP has put together the "CCPA Amendment Tracker." The grid includes the bill number, a brief summary of the amendment, subject, lead author, status, and last l... Read More

IAPP infographic: FTC-Facebook vs. largest global privacy fines

(Jul 26, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's fine this week of Facebook for $5 billion is the largest ever global enforcement fine for privacy violations, and according to the IAPP Westin Research Center, is more than twice the total number of global privacy and data security regulatory fines in history. The cumulative global fines estimate is based on a historical review of fines and settlements by the FTC, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and other U.S. agency enforcement bodies, U.S. state a... Read More