Tag Archives: California

NTIA Announces Cybersecurity Stakeholder Meeting

On July 9, 2015, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced the launch of its first cybersecurity multistakeholder process, in which representatives from across the security and technology industries will meet in September to discuss vulnerability research disclosure.… 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

Banning the Criminal Background Check Box in San Francisco

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, on February 14, 2014, San Francisco passed the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and became the latest national municipality to "ban the box" and limit the use of criminal background checks in employment hiring decisions.… Continue Reading

Hunton Global Privacy Update – January 2014

On January 21, 2014, the Hunton and Williams Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group hosted the latest webcast in its Hunton Global Privacy Update series. This blog post provides a link to a recording of the session and previous updates. … Continue Reading

California Governor Vetoes Electronic Communications Privacy Bill

Following recent approvals of two new online privacy laws in California, on October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an electronic communications privacy bill that would have compelled law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before seeking access to electronic communications maintained by service providers. … Continue Reading

California Expands Online Privacy Law to Bolster Protection for Minors

On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World" into law, adding new sections concerning California residents under age 18 to the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Changes include a prohibition on online marketing or advertising of certain products to minors, and an obligation to honor requests made by minors who are registered users to remove content posted online. … Continue Reading

Court Approves 20 Million Dollar Facebook Settlement

On August 26, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement with Facebook related to the company’s alleged misappropriation of certain Facebook members’ personal information in connection with its Sponsored Stories program.… Continue Reading

U.S. Court Finds National Security Letter Nondisclosure Provisions Unconstitutional

On March 14, 2013, a federal district court in California granted a motion to prohibit the government from issuing National Security Letters pursuant to the statutory provision that prohibits recipients of such letters from disclosing that they received a National Security Letter requesting subscriber information. The court held that the nondisclosure provisions of two federal statutes relating to National Security Letters are unconstitutional because they violate the First Amendment as well as the separation of powers principles.… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Ruling Benefits Plaintiff in Zip Code Case

On March 11, 2013, in Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court effectively reinstated the suit against the retailer by answering favorably for the plaintiff three certified questions from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts regarding Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93, Section 105(a) entitled “Consumer Privacy in Commercial … Continue Reading
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