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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…

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 this episode, Paul Glass, head of Cybersecurity in the UK, is joined by Teresa Michaud, co-chair of the North America Class Action subgroup, and Stephen Reynolds, partner based in Chicago, as they discuss consumer class actions in relation to data breaches and security incidents. Listen in to hear about: overriding themes that have characterized the last year of US class action litigationcybersecurity and data privacy trends and significant developments in the class action space,…

In this episode, Brian Hengesbaugh, Global Chair of Data Privacy and Security, is joined by Stephen Reynolds, partner in Chicago, as they discuss the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act, a law recently signed by President Biden, which requires key businesses to report certain ransomware incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Listen in to hear about: An overview of the new law, including key elements such as mandatory reporting requirements, timelines and which “critical…

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…

In this episode of Connect On Tech, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Stephen Reynolds, data privacy and security partner in our Chicago office, to highlight developing trends surrounding the Log4j security vulnerability. In this episode, you will learn about: Log4j: what it is and why it’s importantWhat organizations should be doing to prepare for and prevent a security eventLegal risks and potential issues associated with this vulnerability https://open.spotify.com/episode/79ufz5Zr1z9MDDrCnbYdEm Want to Learn More?Stay tuned…

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…