Niloufar Massachi

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Attempt to Expand CCPA Private Right of Action Fails, While Bills Exempting Employee Data and Otherwise Refining CCPA Advance

Over the past several weeks, the California State Assembly has voted in favor of advancing to the California Senate bills that would narrow the reach of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Senate bills did not fare as well and have died. Two of the CCPA amendment bills moving forward have the potential to greatly … Continue Reading

Washington Privacy Act Dies in the House While California Continues to Consider Refinements to the CCPA

After passing the Senate nearly unanimously, the Washington Privacy Act (SB 5376) has stalled in the House of Representatives. The bill failed to achieve passage out of committee by the April 17 deadline for consideration of bills originating in the opposite house, and was returned to the Senate on April 28. As a result, SB … Continue Reading

California Assembly Privacy Committee Votes in Favor of Advancing CCPA Amendments

Last Tuesday, the California Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection (Assembly Privacy Committee), which has jurisdiction over matters related to privacy, the protection of personal information and information technology, held a committee hearing in which it voted in favor of advancing eight industry-backed bills that would amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), set … Continue Reading

Additional California Bill, AB 25, Proposed to Further Amend the CCPA

On March 25, Assembly Member Chau introduced Assembly Bill 25 (AB 25), which proposes to amend a section of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. This amendment would expressly exclude employees from the definition of a “consumer” under the CCPA. As currently drafted, the CCPA governs the … Continue Reading

Increased Scrutiny on Notice and Choice for Use of AD Profiling, Especially Using Mobile Location Data

Are you an app publisher or do you advertise via mobile apps or obtain marketing data that originates from them?  If so, you need to beware that regulators and consumer protection authorities are taking action against companies with regard to the notice and choice, or lack thereof, they are providing to consumers for the collection … Continue Reading

California Sets Forth Further Legislation Imposing New Obligations on Companies

Over the past few weeks, California Republican lawmakers have introduced a new package of legislation called “Your Data, Your Way,” which would expand and strengthen consumer privacy rights beyond what is required by the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The “Your Data, Your Way” package is comprised of bills that would impose new obligations … Continue Reading

Public Forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act Continue in Los Angeles – Rulemaking to Follow

The public forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), held by the California Attorney General (AG) and the Department of Justice, continued on Friday, Jan. 25, in Los Angeles, California. At the forum, speakers had a brief opportunity to provide their comments on the CCPA. Prior to opening up the floor to members of … Continue Reading

California Consumer Privacy Act: Navigating Consumer Lawsuits & Limiting Remedies

California’s new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA or act), which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, grants California residents (referred to as consumers in the act but not limited to consumers) a wide range of rights in regard to their personal information, broadly defined. To enable compliance with the act, … Continue Reading

Not Too Early to Start to Prepare for New California Privacy Law

In late June, the California legislature signed into law Assembly Bill 375 (AB 375) as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), a privacy law, unprecedented in the U.S., that grants California residents a broad range of European-like rights when it comes to their personal information (PI), effective Jan. 1, 2020. To be able … Continue Reading

California Passes Groundbreaking Data Privacy Law Granting Consumers Expansive Privacy Rights

California has passed an unprecedented privacy law that protects consumers’ rights by providing them with a greater degree of transparency and choice with respect to their personal information online. On June 28, 2018, Assembly Bill 375 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) just hours … Continue Reading

California Passes Law Protecting Consumers’ Online Privacy

On June 28, 2018, California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 375 and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, a privacy law that grants consumers a range of rights with respect to their personal information online. This marks the advent of a new era of consumer privacy protection … Continue Reading

California Legislative Effort to Avert Privacy Ballot Initiative a Race Against the Clock

On Thursday, June 22, 2018, a previously dead California Assembly bill, AB 375, was revised as a proposed alternative to the ballot initiative known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA),[1] which is expected to be on the November ballot. It was read a third time and amended on June 25 and re-referred to … Continue Reading

The Video Privacy Protection Act: Watching the Courts Through Crossed Eyes

The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), passed by Congress in 1988, is intended to prevent a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing an individual’s “personally identifiable information” (PII) to third parties where that individual “requested or obtained … video materials,” such as “prerecorded video cassette tapes or similar audio visual materials.” At the time … Continue Reading
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