Massachusetts Introduces Revolutionary Privacy Bill 

The Massachusetts Senate began deliberating a new privacy law this year. The Massachusetts Information Privacy Act (MIPA) could be one of the strongest data privacy laws in the United States, if passed. Representatives Andy Vargas and Dave Rogers and Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem introduced the bill, which currently sits before the Joint Committee on…
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Privacy

U.S. Privacy Law: Past, Present and Future

Privacy law is a hot topic for legislatures in the United States at both the state and federal levels. With the advent of influential laws from international governments, including the European Union, the lack of significant privacy regulation in the U.S. has become glaringly apparent. In this article, we discuss the history of privacy regulation…
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Privacy

Data Privacy Update Q3 2021

In our latest update of the data privacy landscape, we look at legislative developments in Virginia, Colorado, New York, and China, and we offer insights on current trends affecting how businesses approach data privacy readiness and governance. New and noteworthy Virginia’s VCDPA Virginia has become the second U.S. state (after California) to enact a broad, multiple-rights…
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Privacy

Senate Hearings Call for Creation of New Data Privacy Bureau

On Wednesday, September 29, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on data privacy titled, “Protecting Consumer Privacy.” The issue of data privacy is of particular interest to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Committee Chair, who introduced the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) in 2019. Much of the testimony revolved…
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Minnesota

Minnesota Privacy Act Unveiled

On Monday, September 27, the Minnesota legislators held a preliminary hearing on the Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act” (HF1492). With Colorado and Virginia passing their own privacy bills this year and numerous other states considering their own, Rep. Steve Elkins (DFL-Bloomington) says he introduced the bill to, “create a common framework of as many states…
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Privacy Law

Colorado Privacy Act: Another Piece to the Data Privacy Puzzle

Introduction Privacy laws have entered the compliance world by storm and are quickly changing data privacy practices. The most recent state, Colorado, passed the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) into law on July 7, 2021. This new act follows California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) but calls out several additional rights, actions, and policies. The CPA pulls…
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Cybersecurity

How Cybersecurity Frameworks Can Protect Your Organization (Even in the Event of a Breach)

It’s certainly no secret how damaging data breaches can be for organizations today. And if lost revenue and a tarnished reputation aren’t enough to make you want to act, your organization could face punitive damages if you fail to protect your customers’ private information. Yes, that’s right—steep fines imposed by regulatory agencies can await those…
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PHPA

Illinois Passes Law Protecting Household Device Data 

Last week, the Protecting Household Privacy Act (PHPA) became law with Governor JB Pritzker’s signature. The law, which takes effect Jan 1, 2022, stops law enforcement officials from acquiring household electronic data from third-parties without a warrant or consent.  The type of data protected by the new law includes any electronic communication–provided by a human–that’s…
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