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This week, the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) released modified proposed regulations (“Modified Regulations”) for compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”), and an explanation of the proposed changes, ahead of its upcoming Board Meetings. It is expected that the CPPA will discuss, and possibly adopt or modify further, the Modified Regulations during the CPPA Board Meetings which are scheduled for October 21-22 and October 28-29, 2022.…

In March 2022, U.S. and EU leaders reached an agreement in principle on a new accord to protect data flows entitled the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework (“EU-U.S. DPF”).  Today, the US Government has taken important steps to implement this critical data flow framework, and strengthen legal certainty for EU to US personal data transfers.   First, President Biden signed an Executive Order on “Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities” (“EO”). The EO enhances privacy…

*Article originally posted on IAPP.org* On Aug. 31, hopes were dashed when the California legislative session ended without enacting Assembly Bill 1102. The bill would have extended grace periods for certain business-to-business and human resources personal information under the California Consumer Privacy Act as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act. CCPA/CPRA will become fully operational on Jan. 1, 2023, for B2B and HR personal information and will be subject to the same rigorous California privacy regulations…

In brief The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA) amended the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) with most changes taking effect on 1 January 2023 with a twelve-month look-back. Limited exceptions concerning the personal data of employees and business contacts will expire. The new California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) has published draft regulations that will, once finalized, expand on the rules in the statute and existing regulations from the California Attorney General. The CPPA is…

In advance of its June 8 public board meeting, the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) has released draft regulations intended to implement and interpret new requirements under the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”).  In addition to codifying the new obligations under the CPRA (e.g., the right to correct, right to opt out of “sharing”), the Draft Regs include helpful illustrative examples and also provide details regarding certain new obligations, which we’ve summarized below. Key Takeaways…

After years of legislative debate, Congress passed a new law requiring key businesses to report certain data breaches—or “covered incidents”—to the government. Signed by President Biden on March 15, 2022, the law, part of the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act, requires companies that operate critical infrastructure—financial institutions, utilities, and other organizations—to share information with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) about certain cybersecurity incidents within 72 hours and ransomware payments to cyber criminals within 24…

Friday 28 January 2022 is Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. To mark Data Protection Day 2022, our Global Data Privacy and Security Team have provided a roundup of key trends and developments across the globe from a data protection perspective as well as looking ahead to what to expect in 2022. There are new laws and developments to keep…

A flaw in a widely used software threatens system security and makes companies vulnerable to cyber threats. The Apache Software Foundation released an advisory that Apache Log4j versions up to and including 2.14.1 has a defect that may allow threat actors to execute arbitrary code and deploy viruses including ransomware on that IT infrastructure. Entities that directly or indirectly leverage this software should act with haste to mitigate the risk of a data incident. These…

The new standard contractual clauses for data transfers to third countries (“Ex-EU SCCs”) and standard contractual clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”) issued by the European Commission provide for, both, chances and challenges for EU service providers supporting EU and non-EU customers, some of which are outlined below. 1. When do the Ex-EU SCCs apply? EU service providers supporting non-EU customers might want to enter into the new Ex-EU SCCs with…

The European Commission (“EC”) recently issued a set of standard contractual clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”). The Intra-EU SCCs accompany a wider set of clauses issued for extra-EU/EEA personal data transfers (“Extra-EU SCCs”), covering transfers between different types of data processing actors (processors, controllers, sub-processors etc.). Both of them were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 7, 2021. The clauses for intra-EU data processing arrangements…