As US Midterm Elections Approach, Political Advertising Controls Take Center Stage

This article originally appeared in The Privacy Advisor.

In the shadow of Russian intelligence officers surreptitiously using digital advertising tools in the 2016 election, both regulators and online platforms acknowledge that technology creates new challenges to the integrity of elections. Existing election laws — which generally prohibit the use

INSIGHT: Cracking Open a Can of Worms: Why Carpenter v. United States May Not Be the Privacy Decision That Was Needed or Wanted

This article was originally published in Bloomberg Law on July 9, 2018.


On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court appeared to establish a new standard for privacy rights when its decision in Carpenter v. United States, 2018 BL 222220 (2018), held that the government’s acquisition

Vermont Enacts Nation’s Most Stringent Automatic Renewal Law

On May 28, 2018, the Vermont legislature enacted the most stringent automatic renewal statute in the country. While similar to some state laws that govern auto-renewal contracts by requiring sellers to clearly and conspicuously disclose the material terms of the offer, obtain express consumer consent, provide an easy way to

The Clock is Ticking!: The Types of Cybersecurity Disclosures Required by the Securities and Exchange Commission

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “voted unanimously to approve a statement and interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.”[1] The SEC did not wait long for the public to absorb this guidance. On April 24, 2018, the

Vacation is Canceled!: Consumer Reporting Agencies Must Satisfy First-in-the-Nation N.Y. Cybersecurity Regulations by the Fall

On June 25, 2018, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a final regulation (the “Regulation”) requiring consumer reporting agencies with “significant operations” in New York to (1) register with NYDFS for the first time and (2) comply with the NYDFS’s cybersecurity regulation. Under the Regulation, consumer reporting


Illustration of edits being made to a documentBusiness Community Announces California Consumer Privacy Act Amendment “Wish List”

A coalition of business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce and a broad array of industry associations, wrote to state lawmakers on Monday requesting a series of amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“AB 375”) to correct drafting errors and fix aspects of the bill deemed “unworkable” by

Q&A: Privacy and Security Partner Christopher Ott on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

This article was originally published in Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet and Westlaw Journal Automotive.

Christopher Ott answers questions about the newly enacted California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 — the most progressive and comprehensive consumer privacy law in the U.S. — which gives consumers unprecedented control over their

Woman monitoring her progress on smartwatchHow a Rushed California Law Will Change the Privacy and Security Landscape for Mobile Health Apps

California passed the most comprehensive privacy law in the U.S. on June 28, 2018, with a compliance date of January 1, 2020. For mobile health app developers, that date may seem far away, but the California law will require significant and challenging operational changes. It is unclear whether the law

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IAPP Web Conference Featuring Adam Greene: Health Information Privacy and Security Trends

In the highly regulated space of health information privacy and security, it’s important to keep up to date on policy developments and enforcement action trends. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is responsible for the enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act