Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

This article was originally published in American City & County on March 1, 2024.

For years, private companies have struggled to protect the data of consumers against security incidents and cyber-attacks by malicious threat actors. More recently, there has been a growing surge of data breaches impacting the public sector, and local governments face unique challenges in responding to such incidents.Continue Reading Unique Aspects of Data Incident Response in Local Government

In a recent alert, we reported that California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta announced a settlement with DoorDash over allegations that the company violated the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) by selling consumers’ personal information without providing notice or an opportunity to opt out.Continue Reading California AG Announces Second CCPA Settlement, Asserting DoorDash Failed to Deliver Privacy

This article was originally published on February 14, 2024 in Reuters and Westlaw Today. It is republished here with permission.

As we discussed in part three of this series, “Navigating the Complexities of Regulatory Data Incident Investigations,” when an organization is the subject of regulatory data incident investigations, it must navigate a tangled regulatory web. Extricating itself from that web is the ultimate goal. But what form does that take?Continue Reading That’s a Wrap…or Not? Regulatory Data Incident Investigation Resolutions and the Path Forward

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 November 30, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) does not apply to health care workers whose fingerprints are collected, stored, and used to access medication and medical supplies.

Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Health Care Worker Finger Scans Are Exempt From BIPA

This article was originally published on December 12, 2023 in Reuters and Westlaw Today. It is republished here with permission.

It is indeed a tangled regulatory web woven to potentially trap an organization in the wake of a data incident. Navigating this web can involve significant resources, time, and stress. As we discussed in part two of this series, “Your organization has suffered a data incident: Now here are the regulators it will likely encounter,” Reuters Legal News and Westlaw Today, Oct. 16, 2023, there is no shortage of regulators likely to come calling. Organizations therefore have little margin for error when assessing and responding to an incident.

Continue Reading Navigating the Complexities of Regulatory Data Incident Investigations

Rutters, a prominent grocery chain in Pennsylvania with 80 locations statewide, settled a data breach investigation with Attorney General (AG) Michelle Henry’s office by agreeing to pay $1 million and to implement certain injunctive relief. Henry announced the settlement on Wednesday, October 11, following a months-long data breach lasting from 2018 to 2019 that potentially exposed the payment card data of 1.3 million Pennsylvania consumers.

Continue Reading Cleanup on Aisle 1: Pennsylvania Grocer Rutters Latest to Settle Single-State Data Breach Investigation With Pennsylvania AG

This article was originally published on October 16, 2023 in Reuters and Westlaw Today. It is republished here with permission.

Government regulators are seemingly as numerous as the stars nowadays, especially in the universe of data incidents. When organizations experience a data incident, they will need to quickly assess what happened, why it happened, and who (e.g., clients, consumers, vendors, employees) was affected. They will also need to chart a course by which they resolve the incident while limiting their legal exposure.

Continue Reading Your Organization Has Suffered a Data Incident: Now Here Are the Regulators It Will Likely Encounter