State Attorneys General

On July 11, 2019, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office had entered into a consent decree and $10 million settlement with Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”) that stems from a 2014-2015 breach that affected more than 11 million individuals. The settlement, which includes a payment of roughly $5.4 million to Washington state and $4.6 million to a coalition of 29 other state Attorneys General (the “Multistate AGs”), is one of the largest ever for a breach involving protected health information (“PHI”) and comes just one month after another notable HIPAA settlement involving a similar coalition of state AGs.

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With the one-year mark since the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, Hunton reflects on the past year and recent developments in the law. This blog entry provides a link to Hunton’s CCPA Amendment Tracker chart.
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On April 12, 2019, Senator Edward J. Markey (MA) introduced the Privacy Bill of Rights Act, comprehensive privacy legislation intended to protect individuals’ “personal information,” defined as “information that directly or indirectly identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked to, a particular individual.”
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