GAO Report Backs Comprehensive Privacy Legislation

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Equifax and Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandals, coupled with the proliferation of state privacy and security laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)—as well as proposed laws in Washington and Massachusetts—have increased demand for a comprehensive national privacy law.  Last week, the Senate announced plans to hold hearings to discuss a proposed privacy law.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released its report recommending that Congress develop comprehensive privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections. 

The GAO, a non-partisan government watchdog, commenced its investigation into the current state of privacy law at the request […] Read more

TCEA 2019: As Ed Tech Expands, So Do Privacy Concerns

Educators and IT leaders gathered on Wednesday to talk about privacy in education — or, as Sheryl Abshire put it, “the things that keep you up at night.” Abshire, CTO of Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, presented “From Privacy to Trust: Strengthening Your District” at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition in San Antonio.

“What’s the state of privacy in education today? Scary,” Abshire said. “So how do we change this conversation in our school districts?”

Privacy concerns are increasing among parents and lawmakers, Abshire said. Parents want more regulation of how districts handle children’s sensitive information, and states are responding […] Read more

Data Privacy Reminder: Five risks and remedies

Privacy and security may seem unattainable. Every day, we learn of some new hack, some new incidence of a trusted partner or service exposing or selling our information.

Securing your business and personal information — the focus of Data Privacy Day that happened on Jan. 28 — takes diligence, consistency, and maintenance. The results may not be perfect. But ask yourself if you shouldn’t bother locking your front door because — after all — someone can break a window and get in. No? Then don’t just be a victim. Do something.

Here are five risks and how to better guard against them for […] Read more

Securities Fraud Claims Get Boost From EU Data Privacy Rules

Shareholders are using the European Union’s data protection rules to help bolster privacy-related securities fraud claims against publicly traded companies.

Investors have filed 14 class actions since January 2018 against companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., alleging that bad publicity around data breaches or security flaws, or changes in the data privacy landscape, caused their stock prices to drop, Bloomberg Law data show. Eleven of the lawsuits were filed after the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect last May.

The number of securities fraud actions are on the rise amid a series of high-profile data incidents, despite […] Read more

Can Big Brother protect our privacy?

A new coalition of advocacy groups is proposing stronger privacy laws along with a new federal agency to protect consumers from the “bad behavior” of tech companies.

The coalition, according to an announcement, includes Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and Public Citizen.

“Curbing companies’ bad behavior will require stronger data privacy laws and a new federal data privacy agency,” the coalition said.

“Big Tech is coming to Washington looking for a deal that affords inadequate protections for privacy and other consumer rights but pre-empts states from defending their citizens against the tech companies’ surveillance and misuse of data,” said […] Read more

Public Knowledge Pans Privacy Bill

Public Knowledge, which is all for strong privacy laws, wants to make sure state attempts to do so aren’t foreclosed by federal legislation.

Reacting to Sen. Marco Rubio’s introduction this week of the American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act, the group said Thursday (Jan. 17) that it was an antiquated effort—based in the 1974 Privacy Act—that already has two strikes against it in their eyes.

It would prevent states from passing their own new privacy laws, and preempt state laws and rules already on the books.

Specifically, the bill requires the Federal Trade Commission to submit recommendations for the privacy requirements Congress can impose […] Read more

Data Privacy Day 5 risks and remedies for individuals and businesses

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Privacy and security may seem unattainable. Every day, we learn of some new hack, some new incidence of a trusted partner or service exposing or selling our information.

Securing your business and personal information — the focus of Data Privacy Day on January 28 — takes diligence, consistency and maintenance. The results may not be perfect. But ask yourself if you should not bother locking your front door because – after all – someone can break a window and get into the house? No? Then don’t just be a victim. Do something.

Here are five risks and […] Read more

Data Privacy Laws — U.S. Citizens Lack Protections

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Think of all the questions you can’t answer about your data right now.

There is a new custom among humans, the custom of clicking a box that says, “OK” when you haven’t read the tens of thousands of words of microprint on the software use agreement you are entering. Out of this understandable absence of mind, an enormous industry arises. This industry trades in our personal data, the passively-generated facts about where, and with whom, we spend our time, what stories we visit, who we talk to, and what we say.

This enormous trade in data is not, as it currently exists, […] Read more

We Warn Congress: After Equifax, Firms Will Step Up Trojan Horse Efforts to Eliminate State Privacy Laws

Like clockwork, after any big data breach is disclosed, powerful special interests seek to turn the problem into a bigger problem for consumers by using it as an opportunity to enact some sort of narrow federal legislation that broadly eliminates state data breach notification, state data security and other privacy protections.  I testified yesterday in the House Financial Services Committee (link to full hearing archive and video transcript) warning of their efforts. I warned in particular of their Trojan Horse efforts to hide their broader plans. They don’t simply want to create a “uniform national breach law.” Inside that Trojan […] Read more

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