Posts tagged Federal Privacy Law
Federal privacy law: Hearings continue as CCPA and GDPR discussed

Once again, data privacy was hot on the agenda this week, as the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs met on Tuesday for the first of two privacy-related hearings scheduled this week.

As Congress continues to move at a snail’s pace towards the creation of a federal consumer privacy law, critics complain that, yet again, old ground is being covered, judging by the testimonies offered by some senators.

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Ireland’s GDPR regulator assists Congress with federal privacy law

Last week we posted on how Congress is being advised by various industry experts, as lawmakers’ wrestle with the task of codifying a federal consumer privacy law. However, as we reported, there are concerns that some external “advice” could potentially come from industry-funded lobbyists, whose job is to influence in favor of the big tech players.

Whether you support the introduction of a federal privacy law or prefer to see state-level consumer privacy legislation, you might find it comforting to know that at least one advisor to Capitol Hill has no such ulterior motives for providing assistance.

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Marketing sector coalition pushes for new data privacy law

A new coalition group called Privacy for America, has been set up by four U.S. advertising trade groups are calling for strong, nationwide data protection for all American citizens.

The group is lobbying Congress to ensure federal online privacy legislation is not as strict as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is due to come into effect in January 2020.

The group is seeking to create a new criterion for data privacy and responsible data use. It wants a national law that favors the interests of the consumer and makes peoples' personal information less vulnerable to breach and misuse, as well as clearly defined prohibited data practices.

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SMBs fret about the cost of data privacy compliance

Will new U.S. data privacy laws prove to be too costly for small businesses?

Owners of small and medium sized businesses are deeply apprehensive about the true cost of compliance with new data privacy regulations, according to a recent survey.

Concerns range from a lack of budget to implement operational changes, and the impact on business growth, to the inability of start-ups to take off due to regulatory burdens.

If you are one of the 30 million+ businesses with fewer than 500 employees, that make a massive contribution to the U.S. economy, this article is for you.

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Federal Privacy Law: Congress seeks answers on location tracking consent

At a Committee on the Judiciary hearing on March 12, lawmakers were seeking answers from witnesses on how companies profit from users' personal data. They also want to know whether consumers should be given more choice in the matter, as Congress considers a future federal privacy law.

One of the highlights of the hearing was when Google’s senior privacy counsel, Will DeVries crossed swords with Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo, over whether users are fully aware of the extent of Google’s use of location tracking.

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CFPB director faces scrutiny of privacy practices

Last Tuesday, March 12, the privacy practices of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) came under the spotlight at a U.S. Senate hearing.

Probing questions were being asked about the CFPB’s structure and authority, as regulators and lawmakers focus their attention on consumer privacy and data security, both in the U.S. and further afield.

Suggestions that the Trump-appointed leadership is attempting to undermine the agency’s mission came to a head as Maxine Waters, who chaired a previous hearing, claimed the Trump Administration has “undertaken a sustained effort to destroy the agency”

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House Hearing dismisses GDPR and CCPA as models for Federal Data Privacy

As lawmakers consider the way forward for federal data privacy legislation, the sense of urgency appears to be ramping up, as states like California and Colorado prepare to launch home-grown consumer privacy laws in 2020.

Moreover, the rise in data breaches and privacy violations by big tech companies is refocusing the conversation in government circles, on the need to protect the personal information of U.S. citizens. Rather ironic, when you consider who knows more about individuals than any other organization.

Nonetheless, Congress continues to discuss and debate how to protect the population from corporate misuse of data and increasing privacy violations, with federal laws and enforcement.

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Government watchdog finds weak enforcement of US privacy regulations

While some states work on developing local data privacy laws, politicians and lawmakers push for a federal regulation. According to a report published in this month (February 209), data privacy is not under government control. In the report, by the Government Accountability Office (GOA), a recommendation is made for the implementation of a federal internet privacy law, with serious consequences for companies that fail to comply.

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CCPA: Congress’ Model for Data Privacy - or Oblivion?

How often do lawmakers of both sides of the house, businesses and tech industry lobbies totally agree with each other? Well, they certainly appear to be united in their views that this session of Congress could be the best chance in years of passing effective data privacy legislation.

…but that’s not to say it has the best chance of success.

It is widely acknowledged that California’s development of a data privacy law, based on the European Union’s GDPR, has propelled members of Congress forward, to create a federal privacy protection regulation. And certainly, various scandals involving some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms and the misuse of social media during the 2016 election, has given lawmakers the cover to take on tech giants.

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Could the EU’s Data Privacy Laws leave the U.S. languishing in the dust?

Last week’s headline news of a €50 million ($57 million) fine imposed on GOOGLE LLC confirms yet again that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not to be messed with.

The French data protection authority, CNIL, found that Google had violated GDPR rules by misleading users into “consenting” to allowing their personal information to be used for advertising purposes, when setting up new accounts. It remains to be seen whether the search giant’s appeal against the punitive fine, on January 25, is likely to hold water.

In other parts of the European Union, similar investigations are ongoing against Facebook and Instagram.

The case against Google demonstrates the increasingly prominent role that the EU intends to play in the policing the use of personal information by major companies and organizations online. It seems fair to say the U.S. is definitely lagging behind Europe on this front.

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Data privacy discussions in Congress getting hotter!

It’s January 2019 and the long-awaited privacy and data protection rights ‘discussions’ are looming large in Congress. What will be the outcome of each topic up for debate? And what influences will be brought to bear, as powerful commercial players with a vested interest prepare to join the fray.

Tech giants Facebook and Google, who already have previous battle experience with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are busy hiring more lobbyists and public relations gurus. What do they hope to achieve? Possibly to scupper efforts to protect American consumers, while also pre-empting the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) before it is enacted in 2020?

So, what’s the burning question that increasing numbers of American citizens are asking…?

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Senators legislate for data privacy law

A collective of U.S. senators recently introduced new legislation, known as the Data Care Act, that includes a duty of care concept for online businesses. The Act is supported by 15 Democratic senators, would give the Federal Trade Commission the authority to make rules and enforce the law.

The bill's fiduciary-like standards, such as; duty of care, loyalty and confidentiality represent a new concept in federal U.S. privacy law.

Among the bill's sponsors is Senator Maggie Hassan D-N.H. During a recent telephone interview, Sen. Hassan commented:

"It's incumbent for those of us in Congress to impose laws" that help better align the interests of online companies with the well-being of their users, she said. "No matter how big a company gets, they still need to be held to the same standards."

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