Recently, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP submitted formal comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration in response to its request for public comments on developing the administration’s approach to consumer privacy.
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Effective November 2, 2018, a new Ohio breach law will provide covered entities a legal safe harbor in certain data breach-related claims brought in an Ohio court or under Ohio law if, at the time of the breach, the entity maintains and complies with a cybersecurity program that (1) contains administrative, technical, and physical safeguards for the protection of personal information, and (2) reasonably conforms to one of the “industry-recognized” cybersecurity frameworks enumerated in the law.
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On November 1, 2018, Senator Ron Wyden released a draft bill, the Consumer Data Protection Act, that seeks to “empower consumers to control their personal information.” The draft bill imposes heavy penalties on organizations and their executives, and for certain thresholds would require senior company executives to file annual data reports with the Federal Trade Commission.
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As reported on the Insurance Recovery Blog, Hunton Andrews Kurth insurance practice head, Walter Andrews, recently commented to the Global Data Review regarding the infirmities underlying an Orlando, Florida federal district court’s ruling that an insurer does not have to defend its insured for damage caused by a third-party data breach.
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Vizio, Inc., a California-based company best known for its internet-connected televisions, agreed to a $17 million settlement that, if approved, will resolve multiple proposed consumer class actions consolidated in California federal court. The suits’ claims, which are limited to the period between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, involve data-tracking software Vizio installed on its smart TVs.
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