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April A. Goff assists her clients in the areas of data privacy/security, employee benefits, and labor and employment.

A court-ordered stay on enforcement of updates to certain parts of the California privacy regulation (the Ruling) has not slowed down enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). In fact, the hot summer months of July and August are poised to be busy months of regulator activity. On Friday, July 14, the California Attorney General distributed a series of “inquiry letters” to certain businesses as part of an investigative sweep concerning employee privacy. Simultaneously, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) detailed its enforcement strategy for California state privacy laws in a public meeting, announcing the Agency’s plans to continue with enforcement where it is able, despite the stay on updates to the regulations. Most recently, on July 31, the CPPA announced a review of privacy practices around connected automobile data. This increased level of activity should encourage companies that have been slow to implement a compliant privacy program, including the updates that went effective on January 1, 2023.Continue Reading Full Steam Ahead: Updates in Enforcement of California Privacy Law

This Update is the third installment of the ongoing series covering Washington state’s new My Health My Data Act. The original impetus for the act was the protection of reproductive rights, and it was signed into law alongside several other pieces of legislation focused on providing abortion and gender-affirming protections. However, because of the broad

As detailed in Part 1 of this ongoing series, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the state’s My Health My Data Act into law on April 27, 2023. The act is a first-of-its-kind law that creates new privacy protections relating to the collection, sharing, and selling of “consumer health data.” Most of the provisions of the

The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) adopted final rules for Local Law 144 on April 6, 2023. This landmark law prohibits employers from using automated employment decision tools (AEDTs) to evaluate job candidates or employees when making employment decisions, unless certain bias audit and notice requirements are met. Enforcement of

The exemption for employment-related and business-to-business (B2B) data under California’s privacy law expired on January 1, 2023. Without this exemption, information previously allowed to be excluded now falls within the scope of California’s extensive privacy requirements, including notice and transparency, data minimization, and data subject rights requests.

In this blog post, we provide an overview of the now-expired exemptions and offer next steps on the requirements that now pertain to employment and B2B data.Continue Reading With the CPRA Enforcement Deadline On the Horizon, Employment and B2B Data Could Mean Cloudy Skies For Those Unprepared

New cybersecurity developments and observations, including those relating to U.S. Department of Labor review of cybersecurity issues, warrant prompt consideration by plan fiduciaries, including those plans covered by HIPAA.

The following update includes recommendations to help ERISA retirement and health and welfare plan sponsors and responsible fiduciaries protect benefit plans and participants against cybersecurity risks

Certain California-licensed healthcare facilities are now subject to additional breach reporting obligations pursuant to regulations (Regulations)[1] issued by the California Department of Public Health (Department) on July 1, 2021. These Regulations modify California Health and Safety Code section 1280.15 (section 1280.15) and impose requirements on healthcare facilities (as defined below) regarding what information must