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Florida Passes Drone Surveillance Bill Requiring Individual Consent

On April 28, 2015, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (SB 766) that prohibits businesses and government agencies from using drones to conduct surveillance by capturing images of private real property or individuals on such property without valid written consent under circumstances where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.… Continue Reading

Data Security Act Introduced in New York State Assembly

On April 8, 2015, a New York Assemblyman introduced the Data Security Act in the New York State Assembly that would require New York businesses to implement and maintain information security safeguards. The Data Security Act also expands the scope of New York’s breach notification law.… Continue Reading

Two Wyoming Bills Amending the State’s Breach Notification Statute Are Headed to the Governor

On February 23, 2015, the Wyoming Senate approved a bill that adds data elements to the definition of "personal identifying information" in the state's data breach notification statute. The Wyoming Senate also agreed with amendments proposed by the Wyoming House of Representatives to another bill that adds content requirements to the notice that breached entities must send affected Wyoming residents. … Continue Reading

Safeway Reaches Settlement with California District Attorneys Over Allegations of Unlawful Disposal of Medical Records

On January 5, 2015, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced that Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay USD 9.87 million to settle claims that the company unlawfully disposed of customer medical information and hazardous waste in violation of California's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and hazardous waste laws. … Continue Reading

California Governor Approves New Privacy Legislation

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the recent signings of several bills that provide increased privacy protections to California residents. These bills are aimed at protecting student privacy, increasing consumer protection in the wake of a data breach, and expanding the scope of California's invasion of privacy and revenge porn laws.… Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Amend State’s Breach Notification Law

At the end of August, a bill amending California's breach notification law passed and was sent to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. The revised law would extend certain obligations to safeguard personal information to entities that "maintain" such information, add a requirement to offer identity theft protection to individuals affected by a security breach, and bolster protection for Social Security numbers.… Continue Reading

Illinois Becomes the Latest State to “Ban the Box”

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, Illinois recently joined a growing number of states and municipalities that have passed “ban the box” laws regulating when employers can inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2015.… Continue Reading

Delaware Enacts New Data Destruction Law

On July 1, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law a bill that creates new safe destruction requirements for the disposal of business records containing consumer personal information. The law will take effect on January 1, 2015.… Continue Reading

Florida Amends Breach Notification Law to Cover Health Data, Tighten Notice Deadline and Require State Regulator Notification

On June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that repeals and replaces the state's existing breach notification statute to cover health information and online account credentials, impose a 30-day notification timing requirement and require notification to the state regulator for breaches affecting 500 or more residents. The amendment took effect on July 1, 2014. … Continue Reading

White House Releases Report on Big Data

On May 1, 2014, the White House released a report examining how big data is affecting government, society and commerce. In addition to questioning longstanding tenets of privacy legislation, such as notice and consent requirements, the report recommends (1) passing national data breach legislation, (2) revising the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and (3) advancing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.… Continue Reading

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

On April 10, 2014, the Governor of Kentucky signed into law a data breach notification statute requiring persons and entities conducting business in Kentucky to notify individuals whose personally identifiable information was compromised in certain circumstances. The law will take effect on July 14, 2014. … Continue Reading
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