Minnesota Proposes its Own Version of CCPA

Ever since the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) set the tone for state-level privacy laws, more and more states have followed suit. At the start of the year, Minnesota proposed its own data privacy bill–and yes, it’s heavily influenced by CCPA. The bill, known as HF-36,has been sent for referral to the Committee on Commerce,…
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Data Silos

What are Data Silos? And are They Right for Your Organization?

One interpretation of the ongoing call for “data privacy” is to take every measure possible within your organization to protect personal information. Encryption, minimizing the data collected, and placing limits on retention are all crucial ways to minimize risk of exposure. That’s partly why the idea of data silos–only making certain data accessible to those…
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Why Your Organization Should Implement “Privacy by Design”

 Privacy by Design (PBD) the idea that organizations should design every part of their operation with data privacy in mind was popularized by the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). Any products or services that call for the processing of personal data should account for privacy from their inception and every stage of development…
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A Guide to India’s Proposed Data Privacy Law

Indian legislators introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPB) into parliament in December 2019. Recent policy changes by messaging company WhatsApp have resurfaced the need for a comprehensive bill like PDPB. The company is requiring Indian users consent to their data being shared with its parent company, Facebook. Meanwhile, citizens in the European Union are…
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New WhatsApp Policy Tests Privacy Laws Across the Globe

A new privacy policy decision has put messaging company WhatsApp at risk of losing its roughly 450 million Indian users. In an update to its terms and conditions, the service has asked its user base in India to consent to the app sharing personal user data–such as location and phone numbers–with its parent company, Facebook.…
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The Washington Privacy Act is Back in Play

It’s been a turbulent journey for the Washington Privacy Act (WPA). When initially proposed in 2019, the legislation seemed like Washington’s answer to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), establishing a stricter approach to state-level data privacy. However, the bill narrowly failed to pass in 2019, meeting the same fate when reworked in 2020. Though…
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New York State Proposes Biometric Privacy Law

New York State legislators have proposed a private right to action with Assembly Bill 27–a proposed amendment to New York’s General Business Law (GBL). This amendment–also called the Biometric Privacy Act (BPA) –would allow consumers to sue companies for improperly collecting or using certain biometric data. Here’s our analysis:  What Qualifies As Biometric Data?  BPA takes…
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2020 News in Review

Week Ending December 28  ICO Warns SolarWinds Victims to Report Breaches  The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to organizations compromised by the SolarWinds breach. The breach, which was carried out by Russian hackers, affected more than 18000 organizations worldwide. ICO requires UK data controllers subject to NIS regulations to report…
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What We Can Learn From the SolarWinds Breach

SolarWinds, a network management software company, found itself the direct victim of an insidious malware breach last week that had been in the works for months. The hack involved the installation of malware onto an updated version of their software,…

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