On August 22, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) indicated through the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking its intent to limit commercial surveillance – the common corporate practice of collecting, analyzing, and monetizing consumers’ data. As slews of data breaches resulted in millions of dollars in settlement and countless consumers whose data had been jeopardized, 33 states, including Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, showed support for the FTC’s proposed rule through a comment letter dated November 17,… More
Monthly Archives: December 2022
‘Tis the (Insurance Renewal) Season! What Enhanced Consumer Data Protection Laws Mean for Your Business
- Insurance renewal season is upon us. Now is the time to make sure your insurance coverages are aligned with your business needs over the coming year.
- Consumer privacy laws are changing and developing rapidly.
- Enhanced protections for consumers’ data, particularly biometric and sensitive personal information, have implications for a variety of businesses and industries.
- Colorado is and will likely continue developing laws that protect consumers’ personal information and may open businesses up to increased exposure to liability.…
Governor Charlie Baker recently took steps to strengthen cybersecurity in Massachusetts by signing an executive order on December 14, 2022 creating an advisory panel to improve the state’s cyber defense. The new state task force will assess existing resources, develop contingency plans, and identify strategies for preventing future cyberattacks. The goal of the task force is to ensure that the Bay State is at the forefront of the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.… More
HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Bulletin on Requirements under HIPAA for Online Tracking Technologies to Protect the Privacy and Security of Health Information
On December 1, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin to highlight the obligations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on covered entities and business associates under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (“HIPAA Rules”) when using online tracking technologies. These online tracking technologies, like Google Analytics or Meta Pixel,… More