In an op-ed recently published by The Richmond Times-Dispatch, former Governor of Virginia and Global Strategy Advisor of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth Terry McAuliffe discusses why a U.S. federal privacy law is essential to economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On September 8, 2020, AB-1138, the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act, was enrolled and presented to the California Governor for signature. If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would require a business that operates a social media website or application, beginning July 1, 2021, to obtain verifiable parental consent for California-based children the business “actually knows” is under 13 years of age.
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On August 31, 2020, the California Senate joined the Assembly in passing SB-980, as amended, a bill to establish the Genetic Information Privacy Act, which would require direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to comply with certain privacy and data security provisions. The bill is pending California Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.
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On August 30, 2020, the California legislature passed AB-1281. As background, the CCPA currently exempts from most of its requirements certain information collected in the HR context and certain information collected about B2B personnel. AB-1281 would extend each exemption until January 1, 2022.
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Earlier this year, The Retail Equation and Sephora were hit with a class action lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed Sephora improperly shared consumer data with The Retail Equation without consumers’ knowledge or consent. On August 3, 2020, the plaintiff, now joined by others, amended her complaint to cast an even wider net.
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On June 24, 2020, the Washington State Attorney General announced that it had settled an enforcement action against the owners of a social media platform for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.
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