Tag Archives: Texas

Washington Becomes Third State to Enact Biometric Privacy Law

On May 16, 2017, the Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, signed into law House Bill 1493, which sets forth requirements for businesses who collect and use biometric identifiers for commercial purposes. The law will become effective on July 23, 2017. Washington becomes the third state to pass legislation regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers.… Continue Reading

Texas AG Argues EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks Violates State Sovereignty

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, on November 4, 2013, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the grounds that the agency's April 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions "purports to preempt the State's sovereign power to enact and abide by state-law hiring practices." … Continue Reading

Texas Enacts Law Requiring Warrants to Search Emails

On June 14, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant showing probable cause that a specific offense has been committed before accessing customer electronic data held by email service providers.… Continue Reading

Texas Enacts Expansive New Health Privacy Law

Last month, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a new health privacy bill into law that imposes new obligations exceeding those in the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The law could have a broad impact on many non-HIPAA covered entities. … Continue Reading

Proposed Bills Target Google Earth and Google Street View

Google Earth and Google Street View, two popular applications offered by Google that enable users to view detailed satellite images of buildings or street-level panoramas of major roads and neighborhoods, have recently engendered controversy.  In the United States, legislators in California and Texas have introduced bills directed at Google Earth and other similar applications.  The … Continue Reading