Personally Identifiable Information

On November 16, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission released a proposed order in connection with a complaint filed in August of 2020 against Global Tel*Link Corp. and its subsidiaries, Telmate and TouchPay, which offers communication and payment services for incarcerated individuals.
Continue Reading In an FTC First, Proposed Order Requires Global Tel*Link Corp. to Notify Users and Facilities of Future Breaches

On August 8, 2023, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved 205 CMR 257: Sports Wagering Data Privacy, a set of regulations designed to create new rights and obligations with respect to sports betting operators’ use of patrons’ Confidential Information or Personally Identifiable Information. The regulations took effect on September 1, 2023.
Continue Reading Massachusetts Sports Wagering and Data Privacy Regulations Take Effect

On July 28, 2022, a federal judge approved TikTok’s $92 million class action settlement of various privacy claims made under state and federal law, which will resolve litigation that began in 2019 and involved claims that TikTok violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and the federal Video Privacy Protection Act.
Continue Reading Judge Approves $92 Million TikTok Settlement

As reported on the Hunton Retail Law Blog, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal on Article III standing grounds of a data breach class action predicated on an alleged increased risk of identity theft. Notably, the district court that dismissed the action raised the issue of standing sua sponte in advance of a scheduled class settlement fairness hearing.
Continue Reading Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Data Breach Class Action on Article III Standing Grounds

On November 12, 2020, Chief Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois rejected Apple Inc.’s (“Apple’s”) motion to dismiss a class action alleging its facial recognition software violates Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). Judge Rosenstengel agreed with Apple, however, that the federal court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over portions of the complaint.
Continue Reading BIPA Lawsuit Proceeds Against Apple in Federal Court

On February 9, 2020, amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China, in order to protect personal information collected during the fight against coronavirus, such as the personal data of diagnosed patients, suspected patients and individuals who have been in close contact with diagnosed patients, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued a new circular to emphasize the protection of relevant personal data.
Continue Reading China Emphasizes Protection of Personal Data by Issuing a New Circular