The OCR could look to stave off such challenges by moving to issue new regulations that address the issues and ambiguities highlighted in the MD Anderson decision, according to Foley Hoag Privacy & Data Security practice co-chair Colin Zick.
Rapidly-shifting regulatory requirements affecting data privacy often leave businesses struggling not only to keep up with immediate compliance needs, but also wondering how they can “future proof” their businesses to account for increasingly robust laws. And as the technology around artificial intelligence increases in sophistication and ubiquity, lawmakers and consumers are taking notice and action. How should businesses be thinking about these changes beyond mere compliance? What are the ethical implications around data use affecting how individuals and regulators are thinking about data use?… More
January 28 is Data Privacy Day, and on this 14th annual Data Privacy Day, I find myself reflecting on the question of data ethics.
Far from being an academic concept, “data ethics” presents a model for data management with real practical implications for organizations. (I should note that I am focused here on personal data.) To understand what the concept might entail, let’s take a step back and talk about two other models for data management: compliance and governance.… More
Editors’ Note: This is the fourth in our fifth-annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity in the coming year. Read our previous posts on Energy, Cannabis, and the GDPR.
As the Trump Administration ends, it is time to look forward to what may be on the horizon with regards to law enforcement at the FTC under the Biden Administration.… More
Editors’ Note: This is the third in our fifth-annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity in the coming year. Read our previous posts on Energy and Cannabis.
A year ago, transferring data from Europe to the United States was inconvenient but manageable. Thousands of companies participated in the Privacy Shield, an agreement between the United States Department of Commerce and the European Commission where data importers certified that protected Europeans’ data at European levels.… More
You may have forgotten that there is a federal criminal identity theft statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, which says:
Whoever, during and in relation to any felony violation enumerated in subsection (c), knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person shall, in addition to the punishment provided for such felony, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 2 years.
Section 1028A is not frequently invoked,… More
Editors’ Note: This is the second in our fifth-annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity in the coming year. Read our previous post on Energy.
Though the final results of the 2020 presidential race took a few days to become clear, it was obvious by the morning of November 4 that cannabis legalization had run the table: from deep red Montana,… More
The First Circuit’s recent opinion in Project Veritas Action Fund v. Rollins, upheld a challenge to the Massachusetts anti-wiretap law, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, § 99, carving out an exception for certain activity protected by the First Amendment. The opinion begins:
Massachusetts, like other states concerned about the threat to privacy that commercially available electronic eavesdropping devices pose,… More
By now, you have heard about the SolarWinds Orion hack. But what do you need to know about it?
First, if you want or need the technical details, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has them. In particular, on December 13, 2020, CISA released Emergency Directive 21-01: Mitigate SolarWinds Orion Code Compromise, ordering federal civilian executive branch departments and agencies to disconnect affected devices.… More