Category Archives: CCPA

Countdown to CCPA: Foley Hoag Podcast Series Number 3

Companies that have already done the work to become GDPR-compliant are a step ahead, but all companies that collect California users’ personal information or just do business in California should check to see whether they are obligated to comply with the CCPA. Foley Hoag’s Privacy & Data Security practice group has more than a decade of experience and deep knowledge in domestic and international privacy law. Our CCPA team, with lawyers admitted to practice in California,… More

Watch – Best Practices: Terms of Service and Privacy Policies

Terms of service and privacy policies form the primary legal agreement between your organization and anyone who visits your website, downloads your app, or subscribes to your platform. These agreements are ubiquitous, yet often overlooked by start-ups and established companies alike. And with new privacy laws like GDPR and CCPA affecting businesses globally, understanding how these laws affect your policies and terms is crucial for doing business.

Foley Hoag attorneys Christopher Hart and Jessica Turko present a webinar discussing how companies can mitigate risk when drafting terms of service and privacy policies.… More

Does Accidental Listening by Smart Speakers Raise Compliance Concerns?

That sixth sense you have that someone is listening – could it be your smart speaker?  There’s a chance the answer is yes, even when you don’t ask it to.  A new study from Northeastern University finds that smart speakers often accidentally activate and record conversations, although just how often (sometimes as often as 19 times a day) and for how long (sometimes recording for 43 seconds) depends on the device. … More

A Spate of Legislative Action Portends a Busy Year in Privacy and Security

The new decade has barely begun, and the world of privacy already seems set to change quickly.  Here is a brief overview:

New Laws In Effect as of January 1

On January 1, 2020, new data breach notification requirements went into effect in three states:  Texas, Oregon, and Illinois.  Each law has a unique twist on privacy-related notifications (and thus places additional burdens on businesses):

  • Texas places a definite time limit on notifying individuals after a breach occurs:  60 days (and not “as quickly as possible”).…
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CCPA: Q&As for Investment Advisers and Private Fund Managers

As you may already be aware, the CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020. California’s Attorney General has issued draft regulations under the CCPA and final regulations are expected to be issued shortly. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the CCPA as a short guide to assist you with understanding what the CCPA may require.

What is the CCPA?

It is the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that creates new “consumer” rights relating to the access to,… More

CCPA Amendments – and a Ballot Initiative on the Horizon

October brought three new developments to California’s comprehensive data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA” or “Act”).  First, the state enacted a series of amendments to the CCPA that both clarify ambiguities and create new exceptions.    Second, we learned that the organization whose 2018 ballot initiative pushed California to enact the CCPA is planning to introduce another data privacy ballot initiative in 2020.  Finally, California’s Attorney General published draft regulations for notice and comment.… More

Colin Zick and Chris Hart to Speak at MassTLC Policy and CyberMA Seminar

New Trends in Data Privacy: GDPR, CCPA and Beyond

Changes to data privacy laws and regulations continue to happen at a rapid clip. Join Foley Hoag’s Colin Zick and Chris Hart for a question and answer discussion about recent GDPR enforcement actions, the latest status on the California Consumer Privacy Act, recent changes to the Massachusetts data breach statute, and what other changes are in store nationally and internationally in the world of privacy and data security.… More

Is the CCPA Too Burdensome … for Consumers?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) has been lauded as a “huge step forward” that could set a standard for other states and the federal government that enact increasingly robust data privacy legislation.  Indeed, some federal lawmakers view the law so favorably that they do not want future federal legislation to replace it. In the words of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) to Politico: “California’s bill is the best.… More