California Deputy Attorney General Lisa Kim shared insights on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) enforcement and rulemaking at a live webinar hosted by the IAPP and California Lawyers Association Privacy Law Section on April 22, 2021. She pointed out key areas of focus for businesses as they develop and improve their CCPA compliance efforts. Here are some key takeaways from her remarks:

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On March 19, 2021, Colorado State Senators Richard Rodriguez (D) and Paul Lundeen (R) introduced Senate Bill 21-190 as part of a bipartisan effort to make Colorado the latest state to implement comprehensive legislation establishing certain consumer data privacy rights. Dubbed “A Bill for an Act Concerning Additional Protection of Data Relating to Personal Privacy,” SB 21-190 largely follows in the footsteps of California’s CCPA, Virginia’s CDPA and the European Union’s GDPR with a stated intent to “empower consumers to protect their privacy and require companies to be responsible custodians of data as they continue to innovate.”
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Guest Author Bird & Bird, Anna Shashina, Partner

On March 1, 2021, substantial amendments to the Russian Federal Law on Personal Data (No. 152-FZ), implemented on July 27, 2006, came into effect (“Amendments”). The Amendments change the rules on processing of publicly disseminated personal data and affect businesses that publish or use personal data on the internet. In particular, employers who publish employee personal data on a website need to examine the Amendments and implement new consent requirements. Data subjects now have wider powers to control and authorize the processing of their data in the public domain. Data subjects also have a right to request that data operators that are disseminating their data (and any company down the data processing chain) cease transferring such data.

What Are the Key Amendments?
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As the California legislature reconvened in Sacramento in January with hopes for a more regular legislative session in 2021, it again returned its focus to address the potential for bias and discrimination from the use of automated decision systems (ADS) by businesses. Assemblymember Ed Chau, chair of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, is spearheading a bill—AB 13, or the Automated Decision Systems Accountability Act of 2021. AB 13 would require any business in California that provides a person with a program or device that uses an ADS to “to take affirmative steps to ensure that there are processes in place to continually test for biases during the development and usage of the ADS.”
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In late January 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against a children’s hospital for allegedly failing to properly safeguard minor patients’ medical information in light of a ransomware attack on its cloud software provider. Plaintiffs allege claims against the hospital based on purported

On February 2, 2021, a California magistrate judge dismissed claims against a defendant tech company based on alleged violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) because the plaintiff admittedly failed to allege a security breach.
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The Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD) has been effective for almost six months.  Since then, there have been movements to form the National Data Protection Authority responsible for enforcing the law (ANDP), guidance on best practices for data security has been published and private enforcement of the LGPD is underway.  This quick tip will shed some light on how Brazil’s landmark privacy legislation has made way despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a $17.5 million multi-state settlement with The Home Depot, Inc. regarding a data breach affecting point-of-sale systems at the retailer’s facilities. The breach affected the payment card information of approximately 40 million consumers and 53 million email addresses. The settlement includes both monetary and injunctive relief, pursuant to

In the latest chapter of the discussions about Brazil’s LGPD, on August 26, 2020, the Senate rejected the article in the Executive Order (‘Medida Provisória’ – MP) which provided for the extension of its implementation to May 3, 2021. Accordingly, the MP will lose effect in relation to that article, and the LGPD will go into force promptly, pending only the presidential sanction. The implementation of the LGPD articles covering the administrative penalties remains set for August 1, 2021, as per the amended Law enacted on June 10, 2020.
Continue Reading In a Surprise Move, the Brazilian Landmark Privacy Law, LGPD, Is About to Be in Effect

The Schrems II decision issued on July 16, 2020, is seismic.

In invalidating the Privacy Shield program, it immediately jeopardizes the portion of the $7.1 trillion in commerce between the European Union and United States that is in part underpinned by the Privacy Shield program.

But it does not have to be seismic for