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Ron leads the firm’s Privacy + Cyber team. Drawing from nearly 30 years of experience, he provides comprehensive services to companies in all aspects of privacy, security, data use, and risk mitigation. Clients rely on his in-depth understanding of technology and its application to their business to solve their most important challenges — from implementation and strategy to litigation and incident response. Ron and his team have redefined the boundaries of typical law firm privacy and cyber services in offering a 360 degree approach to tackling information governance issues. Their holistic services include drafting and implementing bespoke privacy programs, program implementation, licensing, financing and M&A transactions, incident response, privacy and cyber litigation, regulatory investigations, and enforcement experience.

In an era where privacy, security, and artificial intelligence are at the forefront of many business operations, staying informed about the latest developments is crucial. Our 2023 Privacy Year in Review is an in-depth analysis of the past year’s significant advancements and challenges in these areas.Continue Reading Navigating the Privacy Landscape: Insights from Troutman Pepper’s 2023 Privacy Year in Review

On January 16, New Jersey became the first state this year to enact a comprehensive privacy law, S332, which applies to businesses conducting operations in the state or targeting its residents. As noted in this article by our privacy team, similar to other state comprehensive privacy laws, S322 grants consumers the right to confirm, correct, delete, obtain a copy of their personal data, and opt out of its processing for targeted advertising, sale, or profiling. Controllers and processors are obligated to limit data collection, establish security practices, and provide a privacy notice. They are also required to conduct a data protection assessment for processing activities that pose a heightened risk of harm to consumers. The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has exclusive authority to enforce violations, treating them as “unlawful practices” under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. The law takes effect on January 16, 2025, with an 18-month grace period for organizations to correct violations before enforcement actions are taken.

Continue Reading NJ Charges Into 2024 With New Privacy Law

On June 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a request for information (RFI) to gain additional insight into how it can optimize joint enforcement with state attorneys general (state AGs) to protect consumers from fraud. The announcement signals a growing trend of cooperation between the FTC and state AGs, which we have also seen between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the state regulators.Continue Reading FTC Comment Request Signals Joint Enforcement With State AGs Will Continue Increasing

Many companies use machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to assist with employment decisions and tenant screening. In our final episode, Stephen Piepgrass and colleagues Ron Raether and Dave Gettings examine the use and impact of AI in background screening, including the potential risks companies may face with increased reliance on AI.Continue Reading AI: Impact and Use in Background Screening (Part Five)

Critical Infrastructure Must Soon Report Cyber Incidents to CISA Immediately

In March, President Biden signed the “Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act” (CIRCIA) into law. CIRCIA applies to the Critical Infrastructure Sector, which includes entities that are “vital to the United States” and whose incapacitation or destruction would have an adverse effect on national

Introduction

On April 29, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (Aerojet) settled claims by whistleblower Brain Markus for a reported $9 million after the second day of a jury trial.[1] This is the second recent settlement under the False Claims Act (FCA) relating to alleged misrepresentations about a company’s cybersecurity practices and systems in connection with

Creation of CyTech. On May 9, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announced the creation of the NAAG Center on Cyber and Technology (CyTech), joining a number of other centers focused upon key issues for state attorneys general and the public, including tobacco and public health, ethics and public integrity, and consumer protection.

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On April 18, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corporation[1] in which the court clarified its position on an important topic: whether the common practice of data “web scraping” can create criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). To be clear, the Ninth Circuit was

On February 28, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed to a $930,000 settlement with Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) to resolve False Claims Act allegations. The resolution represents the department’s first settlement under the False Claims Act since instituting its Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative in October 2021.[1] This is a watershed moment in the

On July 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a FCRA Tenant Screening Enforcement Compliance Bulletin, outlining its enforcement focus areas as the country transitions to a post-pandemic rental market. The Bureau states that it “intends to look carefully at the accuracy and dispute-handling practices of [consumer reporting agencies “CRAs”] that