Tag Archives: California

Record Data Breach Settlement in Anthem Class Action

On June 23, 2017, Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer, reached a record 115 million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit arising out of a 2015 data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 78 million people. Among other things, the settlement creates a pool of funds to provide credit monitoring and reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for customers. … Continue Reading

Putative Data Breach Class Action Dismissed for the Third Time

On June 13, 2017, Judge Andrea R. Wood of the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a putative consumer class action filed against Barnes and Noble. The case was first filed after Barnes and Noble’s September 2012 announcement that skimmers had tampered with PIN pad terminals in 63 of its stores and exposed payment card information.… Continue Reading

California Attorney General Releases Report Defining “Reasonable” Data Security

On February 16, 2016, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released the California Data Breach Report 2012-2015 which, among other things, provides (1) an overview of businesses’ responsibilities regarding protecting personal information and reporting data breaches and (2) a series of recommendations for businesses and state policy makers to follow to help safeguard personal information. … Continue Reading

California Attorney General Announces $25 Million Settlement with Comcast

On December 15, 2015, the California Attorney General announced an approximately 25 million dollar settlement with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC stemming from allegations that Comcast disposed of electronic equipment (1) without properly deleting customer information from the equipment and (2) in landfills that are not authorized to accept electronic equipment.… Continue Reading

California Passes New Digital Privacy Law

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The law requires police to obtain a warrant before accessing an individual’s private electronic information. … Continue Reading

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
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