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Colorado has joined the growing list of US states passing new comprehensive privacy laws by enacting the Colorado Privacy Act (the “CPA”). Governor Jared Polis signed the CPA into law on July 7, 2021, making it the third comprehensive state privacy law enacted in the US. With other states also considering proposals on comprehensive privacy legislation, CPA is another signal that companies must be prepared for more (not less) privacy regulatory risks. Like the California…

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…

On May 31, 2021, Max Schrems’ privacy organization, noyb (or “none of your business”), made over 500 complaints to companies related to what the organization called their “unlawful cookie banners.” Using automated scanning programs, nyob searched commonly used European websites and analyzed the cookie options provided on certain of these websites. nyob claims that it identified “more than fifteen common abuses” of cookie consent management, with some of the most prevalent “violations” identified as follows:…

The European Commission (“EC”) recently issued its revised standard contractual clauses for data transfers to third countries (“Ex-EU SCCs”) and a companion set of standard clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”). Both are now published in the Official Journal. The following is an introduction to the core elements of the Ex-EU SCCs and a brief overview of the Intra-EU SCCs. Legal Context The Ex-EU SCCs are a mechanism that companies can…

The Supreme Court of the United States has addressed a contentious split among federal circuit courts of appeals on the definition of “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) with a decision that should greatly reduce the amount of TCPA litigation in the US. The TCPA prohibits any person from placing phone calls (including text messages) to a wireless number using an “autodialer,” among other things, without the recipient’s prior express consent (or, for…

The roller coaster of comprehensive state data privacy laws continues in earnest.  California has now double dipped: first with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and second with the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).  With all eyes on New York, Washington State, and other potential early movers for more state legislation, Virginia has surprised the nation by coming out very quickly with its own version of comprehensive privacy law, which Governor Ralph Northam signed into…

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, and the speaker of the state’s house of representatives, Chris Sprowls, each recently highlighted proposed new privacy legislation in Florida that resembles the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This has landscape-changing potential, as House Bill 969 is the first CCPA-like proposal endorsed by a Republican governor. The bill the governor and speaker lauded was filed on February 15th, and if passed would become effective on January 1, 2022. Application/Exceptions House Bill…

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) recently published the draft Guidelines on Examples Regarding Data Breach Notification, a document that encompasses eighteen examples of data security incidents, on a spectrum of risk and necessary mitigating measures.  Each example concludes with recommended actions based on the identified risks, mainly: recording the incident in the organization’s internal register, notifying the organization’s supervisory authority, and notifying affected individuals.  The Guidelines are currently open for public consultation. The Guidelines…

Adding to an emerging trend of federal cases addressing privilege in the context of forensic reports, the DC District Court ruled last month that forensic reports created in response to a cybersecurity incident were not subject to attorney-client privilege nor attorney work product protection because the reports were created in the ordinary course of business. This decision has significant implications for organizations preparing to respond to cybersecurity incidents and continues a pattern of increased scrutiny…