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Apr 08, 2020

Zoom Class Actions Illustrate Pitfalls of Failing to Accurately Disclose Data Practices

The recent scrutiny and class action litigation accompanying Zoom’s rapid transformation to the cultural mainstream stands as a powerful reminder of the importance of proactively understanding and disclosing how a business collects, uses, and shares its customers’ personal information. In a cruel twist to the adage “the coverup is worse than the crime,” it is not Zoom’s data practices that [...]

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Mar 28, 2020

CARES Act Provides Emergency $349B in Forgivable Loans to Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law Friday by President Trump. The Act drastically expands loans available through the Small Business Act (SBA) in order to allow small businesses to pay regular expenses, with extensive loan forgiveness for certain essential business expenses, including payroll. The Act is intended to spare businesses and employees [...]

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Mar 23, 2020

Pennsylvania AG and Feds Work Together to Combat Coronavirus Fraud

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Attorney Scott Brady have joined forces to investigate potential fraud related to coronavirus. In addition, the task force includes the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. postal inspectors, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Social Security Administration’s inspector general, the U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general, and the state police. The group seems to [...]

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Mar 12, 2020

California AG Releases Version 3 of Proposed CCPA Regulations

Last month, the California AG released Version 2 of its proposed CCPA regulations. Version 2 made significant changes to the original draft released last October. Yesterday, the AG released Version 3 of the proposed regulations. This round of edits consists primarily of minor clarifications and text clean-up; however, the following changes are noteworthy: Point of Collection Disclosures for Indirect Collections. [...]

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Feb 20, 2020

Plaintiff Cites CCPA in Breach Lawsuit

Approximately one month after taking effect, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) popped up—albeit in a limited fashion—in consumer litigation. At the beginning of February, online retailer Hanna Andersson and Salesforce.com were hit with a class action lawsuit stemming from a reported data breach spanning approximately three months in the fall of 2019. The information compromised in the breach is [...]

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Feb 19, 2020

FTC Seeks Public Comment on its Endorsement Guides

Today’s online marketplace is filled with reviews, testimonials, and endorsements from a host of sources including everyone from the average consumer to bloggers and other celebrities. The power of an endorsement can significantly influence consumer behavior and almost always leads to increased sales. With this in mind, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published guidelines in 1980 that include requirements for [...]

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Feb 10, 2020

California AG Issues Modifications to Proposed CCPA Regulations

Late Friday, the California Attorney General’s Office (“CAG”) released substantial modifications to the draft California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) regulations it proposed last October. Although several changes consist of minor clarifications or enhancements to readability, others will have a profound impact on businesses working to comply with the CCPA. Notable changes include: Personal Information. Further clarifies that information is not [...]

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Jan 21, 2020

FTC Shares Its “New & Improved” Data Security Orders

On January 6, 2020, Andrew Smith, The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Consumer Protection Director, outlined key changes made in 2019 to its data security orders. These changes, intended to provide improved guidance for businesses and greater protection for consumers, have been part of an ongoing effort over 2019 to enhance the Commission’s data security orders. The Commission sought to build a more [...]

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Nov 21, 2019

Trump Administration: CFPB Suits Should Survive Unconstitutionality Ruling

In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is constitutional. The Court will specifically look at whether the CFPB’s structure, which insulates the Director of the Bureau from the President, violates the separation of powers. In anticipation of the ruling, the Trump Administration asserted in its brief that [...]

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Nov 21, 2019

Republican Attorneys General Association Changes Leadership Ahead of 2020 Election

Earlier this week, the Republican Attorneys General Association (“RAGA”) officially announced the election of a new leadership team that will lead the organization’s campaign efforts in 10 states holding attorney general races in the upcoming 2020 elections. The leadership team, which will be led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, will focus on holding [...]

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