Showing 9 posts by Jane Hils Shea.
On Monday, France’s data protection authority (CNIL) levied the largest fine to date arising from violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by fining Google 50 million euros (more than $56 million) for Google’s lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding advertisement (ads) personalization. Read More ›
On October 8, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that, as early as 2015, a flaw in Google’s social media platform, Google+, made it possible for third-party developers to access data from users’ non-public profile fields. Read More ›
As additional evidence that the United States takes enforcement of the Privacy Shield Framework seriously, a new wave of settlements has been reached concerning the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) complaints related to companies’ false claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification. The timing of these enforcement actions is significant since they come at a time when the future of this EU-U.S. agreement concerning the cross-border transfer of personal data is unclear. Read More ›
California has signed into law SB-327, which establishes new cybersecurity standards for devices capable of connecting (directly or indirectly) to the internet and that have a designated IP or Bluetooth address. By some estimates, nearly 12 billion of these internet-connected IoT units are already in use, from smart appliances to wearables, and together comprise what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Read More ›
Amendments to California’s Privacy Legislation Address, Among Other Things, “Personal Information” and Consumers’ Private Right of Action
On August 31, California Governor Jerry Brown approved several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which clear up some of the original legislation’s ambiguities, while leaving other issues unresolved. Read More ›
Due to the rapid adoption of education technologies by K-12 schools, students have become increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, according to a public service announcement issued by the FBI on September 13. Read More ›
Have you heard about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that recently passed and goes into effect on January 1, 2020? Do you know that it may apply to businesses located outside of California that employ California residents? Read More ›
Ohio Enacts Law Acknowledging Blockchain Transactions and Granting Safe Harbor Protections to Eligible Businesses from Data Breach Claims
On Friday, August 3, Governor Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 220, which acknowledges for the first time the legitimacy of blockchain transactions as enforceable electronic transactions and creates an affirmative defense to tort actions against eligible businesses for claims relating to data breaches. The law goes into effect in 90 days. Read More ›
This is the second article in a series on the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), based on an fbtTECH webinar held in November 2017. You can access the first article, “AI is Surging: Are We Ready for the Fallout?”, or the third article "You Can’t Sue a Robot: Are Existing Tort Theories Ready for Artificial Intelligence?". Read More ›
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