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Click for PDF. The COVID pandemic, which continues to devastate communities worldwide, raised new and challenging questions about the balance between data protection and public health. Unprecedented cyberattacks by, among others, foreign state actors, highlighted vulnerabilities in both the private and public sectors. Sweeping new privacy laws were enacted, and came into effect. The full ramifications of these changes and challenges are extraordinary, and stand to impact almost every person and company in the country.
This Review places these and other developments in broader context, addressing: 1 the regulation of privacy and data security, including key updates related to the COVID pandemic, other legislative developments, enforcement actions by federal and state authorities, and new regulatory guidance; 2 trends in civil litigation around data privacy in areas including privacy class actions, digital communications, and biometric information privacy laws; and 3 the collection of electronically stored information by government actors, including the extraterritoriality of subpoenas and warrants and the collection of data from electronic devices.
While we do not attempt to address every development that occurred in , this Review examines a number of the most significant developments affecting companies as they navigate the evolving cybersecurity and privacy landscape. This Review focuses on cybersecurity and privacy developments within the United States. We have adopted the practice of referring to companies by generic descriptors in the body of this Review; for further details, please see the endnotes.
Biden Administration and Presidential Transition. Data Privacy 2. Consumer Protection. Federal Regulatory Efforts 2. State Regulatory Efforts. Legislative Developments. State Legislative Developments 2. Federal Legislative Developments. Enforcement and Guidance. Federal Trade Commission 2. Securities and Exchange Commission 4. Other Federal Agencies 5. Data Breach Litigation. Collection of Cell Phone Data. Extraterritorial Warrants and Data Transfers. Other Notable Developments. The year brings with it a new administration under President Biden and a potential shift from the deregulatory priorities often pursued under President Trump.
Republican and Democratic policymakers alike have recognized the need for federal privacy legislation, but persistent differences in approach have foiled efforts to enact a comprehensive legislative scheme so far.
Key points of contention around potential federal legislation have included whether and to what extent that legislation should preempt more stringent state laws and whether the legislation should include a private right of action.
But as momentum builds among states to enact increasingly stringent data privacy and breach notification laws, so too does the pressure on policymakers seeking to enact meaningful privacy legislation at the federal level.
That said, the Democratic Party Platform on which President Biden ran provides some additional insight into potential legislative initiatives of the new administration. The Department of Justice DOJ has proposed revisions to the law, including significant limitations on immunity.
With respect to such federal regulatory enforcement action, it is worth noting that the Federal Trade Commission FTC had, at the end of the Trump administration, a Republican Chairman and a Republican majority. The U. Given the strong ties that President Biden and Vice President Harris each have to state Attorneys General,  cooperation between federal and state enforcement authorities is likely to increase even further under the Biden administration.
On another note, in early Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act CARES Act , which, among other things, provided forgivable loans to small businesses and placed payment forbearance obligations on financial institutions for mortgage and student loan borrowers and other prohibitions on negative credit reporting due to the COVID pandemic.
In addition, the Biden administration likely will bring several Obama-era priorities back into focus, including regulation of payday lenders, student loan servicers, affordable credit, credit reporting, and discriminatory lending practices against minority borrowers. In May of , during the last Congress, federal lawmakers introduced two competing privacy bills aimed at protecting privacy interests related to data collection in connection with the COVID response.
Additionally, the bill outlined definitions for data deidentification standards and would have established security requirements for companies collecting covered data. The bill would only have applied for the duration of the COVID health emergency, as declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services,  and it would have established an exclusion for employee health data collected for COVID workplace safety.
Proponents of the bill suggested that this would have allowed companies to strike the right balance between individual privacy and innovation, but others argued it would have resulted in less protection for people in states, such as California or Illinois, where current state laws may already provide broader privacy protections.
Ultimately, neither bill moved forward in the last Congress, and so to the extent such proposals remain salient in the th Congress , they would need to be reintroduced. This guidance addressed how covered entities may disclose protected health information to law enforcement, paramedics, and other first responders so as to comply with HIPAA and still facilitate the sharing of real-time information to keep themselves and the public safe.
In many states considered laws that would have limited how contact tracing apps and individual contact tracers could use, store, and share location data. To date, though, very few states have passed such measures.
Unlike other contact tracing bills, it specifically rejects the use of cell phone location data for contact tracing. It also requires that contact tracers not obtain contact tracing information from a third party, unless the affected party consents or the information was obtained pursuant to a valid warrant. HB is slated to expire May 1, New York.
SB1 would prohibit the use of contact tracing data for any other purpose. The bill authorizes the Alabama State Health Officer to adopt rules to implement the act, including defining the types of data that may be collected.
New Jersey. Further, the act would have imposed strict limits on how and for what purpose covered entities could have processed, shared, or retained such emergency health data. In terms of information security, the act would have required covered entities to implement reasonable security procedures and practices. It also would have required all covered entities to undergo regular data protection audits—conducted by third-parties—to assess if they had lived up to any promises made to consumers in their privacy notices.
California considered two bills, AB and AB , that aimed to preserve the privacy of data gathered through contact tracing, but neither made it out of the California Senate Appropriations Committee. This failed bill specified that contact tracing is voluntary, that information acquired during contact tracing is not a public record, and that consent is requisite to beginning any contact tracing. State Attorneys General Joint Letter. A videoconferencing software made more popular during the pandemic was the first target of a SHIELD-like enforcement action, one that yielded a significant consent decree.
The videoconferencing business also agreed to stop sharing user data with social media companies and to give videoconference hosts more control over outside access to videoconferences. Effective January 1, , the California Consumer Privacy Act CCPA aims to give California consumers increased visibility into and control over how companies use and share their personal information. On October 12, and December 10, , Attorney General Becerra submitted additional modifications to the regulations, clarifying the opt-out requirement for the sale of personal information.
Of note, the CPRA will become law as written and cannot be readily amended by the state legislature. Instead, any significant changes to the law would require further voter action. The Act would also carry data minimization requirements, and would allow consumers to enforce this and other requirements through a private right of action.
In prior legislative sessions, comprehensive data privacy bills with even stronger protections have been proposed, such as the New York Privacy Act. A number of other states continued to consider passing comprehensive privacy laws, both in and at the start of In Washington State, for instance, Senator Reuven Carlyle has released the draft Washington Privacy Act for review and public comment,  which marks the third introduction of the Washington Privacy Act. The draft Act seeks to provide consumers the right to access, correct, and delete personal data, and to opt out of collection and use of personal data for certain purposes.
Several other states also considered biometric privacy legislation in , including Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Arizona. As the patchwork of federal, state, and local privacy regulations grows more complex, comprehensive federal privacy legislation remains a popular, but elusive goal, often divided along partisan lines.
At the same time, because many states and cities have made noteworthy legislative developments in as outlined above , Democratic legislators may feel less incentive to compromise on a federal privacy law if it means accepting federal preemption of such state- and city-level efforts. In any case, with the election behind us, may well see a renewed push for a comprehensive federal privacy law. Several bills introduced during , as discussed below, provide insight into the type of legislation we may see in the months and years ahead.
But it remains to be seen which, if any, of these approaches will gain traction in , particularly as any such bills from the last Congress would need to be reintroduced in the current one.
Republican-Backed Legislation. Democratic-Backed Legislation. This proposal was the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate in September Bipartisan-Backed Legislation. The APPS Act would have established new rules governing the collection and use of consumer data by applications on mobile devices. In addition to the comprehensive privacy proposals considered in , additional federal legislation was proposed, and in some cases enacted, on narrower and more specific topics related to data privacy and cybersecurity.
Below are proposals that gained traction in or that may gain legislative momentum in Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act. Biometric and Facial Recognition Legislation. Three federal legislative proposals were introduced in regarding the use of biometric and facial recognition technology. While none were enacted in the last Congress, each reflects the increased emphasis placed on this issue:.
Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act was a Republican bicameral proposal that would have required device manufacturers and service providers to assist law enforcement in accessing encrypted data if a proper warrant were obtained, and which would have directed the United States Attorney General to create a prize competition to award participants who create a lawful access solution to an encrypted environment.
Under Section of the Communications Decency Act Section  online platforms and technology companies are shielded from liability for content posted by certain third parties. First, the bipartisan PROTECT Kids Act would have: 1 raised the minimum age under which parental consent must be obtained before a company can collect personal data from 13 to 16 years old; 2 clarified that COPPA applies to mobile applications; and 3 added geolocation and biometric data as categories of personal data protected under COPPA.
The FTC pursued a number of significant enforcement, and related, actions in relating to data privacy. These types of studies typically lead to reports and potentially legislative proposals.
Landmark Settlement. In April, the U. Significant Consent Breach Settlement. Cybersecurity Practices Settlement.
Skip to Main Content. Feature Links Cybersecurity. The Act became effective on January 1, The Act defines the requirements applicable to a "licensee" and establishes standards for data security and standards for the investigation of and notification to the Director of a cybersecurity event. Key Implementation Dates. Bulletin This bulletin provides answers to questions such as to whom does the Act apply, what does the legislation do, and when will the legislation be effective.
The National Cybersecurity Legal Institute is an annual conference that brings together experts from across fields and disciplines to share best practices and help keep you safe from a cyber attack. Similar to the institute, the task force will also produce webinars throughout the year to help you stay up-to-date on the latest trends in cybersecurity. Our next Cybersecurity Legal Webinar will soon be announced. Please check back for more details. The Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division periodically releases Private Industry Notifications PINs to help cyber security professionals and system administrators guard against the persisent malicious actions of cyber criminals. Articles written by Task Force members can be found here, and serve as a resource available anytime you are looking for best practices in the fight against cyber attacks:. School of Law SC.
Cyber law, also known as cyber crime law, is legislation focused on the acceptable behavioral use of technology including computer hardware and software, the internet, and networks. Cyber law helps protect users from harm by enabling the investigation and prosecution of online criminal activity. It applies to the actions of individuals, groups, the public, government, and private organizations. What is cyber law's role in society and business? Cyber crimes include fraud, forgery, money laundering, theft, and other illegal activities performed via computer hardware and software, the internet, and networks. Cyber law investigates crimes perpetrated in the physical world but enabled in cyberspace. For example, organized crime syndicates using the internet to distribute illegal substances may face prosecution under cyber laws.
PDF | Written in an easy and descriptive manner, the Cyber Law and Information Security book touches almost every important aspect of cyber.
ICLG - Cybersecurity Laws and Regulations - Germany covers common issues in cybersecurity laws and regulations, including cybercrime, applicable laws, preventing attacks, specific sectors, corporate governance, litigation, insurance, and investigatory and police powers — in 26 jurisdictions. If so, please provide details of the offence, the maximum penalties available, and any examples of prosecutions in your jurisdiction:. Hacking constitutes a criminal offence according to Sec. According to Sec. Denial-of-service attacks constitute a criminal offence according to Sec.
The preamble of the IT Act simply indicates that the Act is centred around affording legal recognition to transactions carried out electronically. However, the scope of the IT Act goes much beyond its preamble. It covers multiple areas including data protection and security, cybercrimes, adjudication of cyber disputes, government mandated surveillance of digital communication, and intermediary liability.
Unfortunately, this adage does not necessarily resonate to international law on cyberspace.
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