U.S. Senate Commerce Committee To Hold Hearings on Privacy February 27, 2019

On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will convene a hearing titled “Privacy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.” Committee members will focus on potential Congressional action to “address risks to consumers and implement data privacy protections for all Americans.” Committee Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi described the hearing as an opportunity to “help set the stage for meaningful bipartisan legislation.” The hearing comes in the midst of calls from policymakers, advocates and industry for law that would protect individuals, foster trust, and promote innovation. Several lawmakers introduced legislation in the last Congress, and bills are expected…

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The Class-Action Risk Inherent in California’s New Strict Data Privacy Law 

Right on the heels of GDPR’s compliance deadline and hitting a little closer to home, the governor of California has signed AB 375—the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. This is a first-of-its-kind law, at least from a US-perspective, that has been called historic in terms of privacy and consumer protections.  Much like GDPR, the comprehensive law gives users more control over their data and places penalties on companies that fail to comply. There is a very unique American aspect to this law however – the private cause of action that is given to California residents. Whereas the “teeth” in the EU-law is the threat of regulatory investigation and…

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