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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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Oct 24, 2019

Health Care Practitioners Beware: Ohio Enacts New Law Regulating Solicitations

Recent changes in Ohio law make it illegal for chiropractors and certain health practitioners to contact individuals immediately after an automobile accident or crime. The law marks a substantial change for many health practitioners who derive a large amount of business from direct solicitation of individuals. The law mandates that practitioners must wait at least 30 days to contact an [...]

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Oct 10, 2019

California AG Drops Proposed CCPA Regulations

Last month, the California legislature passed several bills to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and adopt a sister law regulating data brokers. The governor has until October 13th to sign those bills into law. Today, the California Attorney General released the first draft of its CCPA regulations. The AG is holding four public hearings between December 2nd and [...]

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Sep 19, 2019

California Amends CCPA, Adopts Data Broker Law

During the final days of the 2019 legislative calendar, California lawmakers passed several bills to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). If signed into law by the governor, the bills make the following substantive changes and clarifications: Employee information. Provides a partial CCPA exemption for information a business collects from job applicants, employees, and independent contractors — and their [...]

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