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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…

The Empire State is making waves in the world of privacy with the introduction of its own version of the now infamous California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  SB 567, which was introduced on January 6, 2021, is New York’s attempt to introduce new consumer rights with respect to personal information, as well as regulate the sale of consumer personal information to third parties.  Notably, the Bill also introduces a private right of action for consumers…

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued an advisory to alert companies about potential sanctions risks when making payments in response to ransomware attacks. The advisory is in response to the demand for ransomware payments during the COVID-19 pandemic as cyber criminals have severely debilitated systems that merchants rely on to continue to conduct business. A Threat to National Security Ransomware is a form of malicious software designed…

In response to the July 16, 2020 Schrems II ruling from the European Court of Justice, the US Department of Commerce has issued a formal “Standard Contractual Clauses” White Paper to help organizations assess whether their transfers offer appropriate data protection in accordance with the ECJ’s ruling outlining the robust limits and safeguards in the United States for government access to data. Government data access safeguards post-Schrems II Following the Schrems II ruling, organizations that…

Riot Games, Inc. (“Riot”) is the developer and publisher of League of Legends (“LoL”), a popular multiplayer online battle arena game.[1] In LoL, two teams of five players each battle to destroy each other’s Nexus, or base. Players control characters that have various different attacks and abilities. Each team also has minions that stream towards the other team’s base, and each team attempts to protect their base by attacking other characters and pushing their own…

A new interpretation of the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) removes some uncertainty from a key exemption for virtual currencies. On March 23, 2020, the CFTC approved its final interpretive guidance on the meaning of the term “actual delivery”. In order for retail commodity transactions involving digital assets to be exempt from CFTC regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the transaction must result in actual delivery within 28 days, or such other…

In this episode of Connect On Tech, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Amy de La Lama, a partner in our Chicago office. Amy and Brian discuss a top of mind topic: telehealth, and the changes to US privacy regulations or enforcement priorities that evolve in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear: A summary of the current regulatory environment in the US regarding to privacy and telehealthHow US authorities taken steps to…

In this episode of Connect On Tech, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Lothar Determann, a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Palo Alto office. Lothar and Brian discuss the finalization of the California Consumer Privacy Act. You can expect to hear: Lothar’s predictions for timing and substance of the final CCPA regulationsAspects of the draft regulation that may pose issues as standsPotential new privacy legislation to come from California in the future https://open.spotify.com/episode/6DgZ1KgqBwVLrnN3ex105Y Related Resources…