Will U.S. Citizens Pay a Price for State-Level Privacy Laws?

Back in June of this year, we wrote about the continuing frustration that lawmakers on Capitol Hill were still debating what form a federal privacy bill should take. Since then, matters have continue to drag on. So it’s really no surprise that a growing number of states have chosen to make their own arrangements for consumer privacy.

However, not everyone is in favor of state-level privacy laws…

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Should GDPR Fines Be Higher?

Do all European Union members agree on the level of fines imposed on companies who are found to be in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? The Data Protection Commissioner in one member state appears to think current fines should be set closer to the maximum fine limits under GDPR Article 83.

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Spoof Emails That Cost Businesses Billions

There are now so many different flavors of cyber-crime, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for companies to prioritize their defense measures against data breaches, virus attacks and corporate sabotage. We see it every day - from influencing major elections, to crippling businesses overnight, the way cyber-crime infects our every-day lives should not be underestimated.

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UK Data Privacy ~ Post-Brexit

BREXIT -- It’s a word that keeps the eyes of UK citizens glued to the latest news … OR, it simply draws a huge groan from a deeply frustrated British population.

But what will the UK’s departure really mean for UK businesses and citizens? Many think the EU’s GDPR will no longer apply - or is this just wishful thinking, on the part of those businesses that have so far ignored data privacy laws? For the rest, it’s a waiting game, during which all they can do is prepare and hope for the best.

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Data Breach: The Legal Implications

A data breach can have potentially disastrous consequences for any business. The prospect of hefty fines and reputational damage are just the tip of the iceberg. If not handled swiftly and carefully, a data breach can have other long term negative effects on a business, hampering its commercial recovery and its position in the marketplace.

But, preparing for such a daunting incident can help to reduce the amount of damage and speed up the recovery process, if the worst happens.

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The Evolution of State Consumer Privacy Laws

It’s hard to deny that the example set by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has provided an urgent incentive for U.S. states to provide appropriate protections for its own citizens.

As we approach the final quarter of 2019, and with still no concrete signs of a Federal privacy law on the horizon, several states are busily working on the enactment of their own consumer privacy laws.

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Protecting Your Business Against a Phishing Attack

Last week, we published an article about Minimizing the Risk of a Data Breach and described various types of cyber-attack that have the potential to wreak havoc with your systems and confidential data.

‘Phishing’ is the predominant method used by fraudsters to obtain confidential information. And yet, few businesses have the knowledge and expertise to protect confidential information against this major cybercrime.

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CCPA Readiness Similar to GDPR?

Fortunately for businesses that are covered by the California Consumer Protection Act, fair warning has already been given that, although the CCPA comes into effect on January 1, 2020, the actual enforcement of the Act will not begin until July 1, 2020 – in effect providing an unstated “period of grace” of six months for affected organizations to get their act together.

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GDPR: The 4 Essential Parts of a DPIA

Under the GDPR businesses are legally required to carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment DPIA if any type of processing is likely to result in a high risk to the data subject. A DPIA provides a methodical and comprehensive way to analyze the processing of personal information and help to identify and mitigate data protection risks.

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GDPR: Impact of Increasing Volume of SARs

15 months since the GDPR came into effect, we take a look at an issue which is becoming a major concern for businesses, as they grapple with the law's legal requirements. Subject Access Requests (SARs) are increasing rapidly, as individuals exercise their rights to access their personal information.

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