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When All You Want for the Holiday's is the Latest IoT Device

Internet of Things (IoT)

Does your holiday wish list have a Google home, Nest thermostat, Smarter iKettle, Fitbit Versa smartwatch (guilty), or another internet-connected device on it? Before making your wish list be sure to consider the potential privacy and security concerns that can accompany these so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Read More ›

After News of Data Leak, Google Ramps Up Security and Sunsets Google+

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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 ›

California Establishes New Cybersecurity Standards for IoT Devices

Internet of Things cityscape

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 ›

FBI Memo: Ed Tech Systems and K-12 Students Increasingly Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

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 ›

California Consumer Privacy Act: Applicability and Compliance for Employers

Collection of data in folder

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 ›

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Jane Hils Shea has lead FBT’s Privacy and Information Security Practice Area since its creation in 2001 and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US).

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