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California Strengthens Breach Notification Requirements

This week California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new California data breach statute that strengthens notification requirements for residents of California. California currently has some of the most prolific and detailed consumer protection oriented laws impacting privacy and breach protection in the country. The current law requires that any entity that owns or … Continue Reading

Personal Information is Not Property Under California Unfair Competition Law

On May 12, 2011, a California federal court dismissed substantive claims in a class action privacy lawsuit against Facebook.  The plaintiffs alleged eight causes of action under federal and state law, claiming that Facebook shared users’ personal information with advertisers without the users’ consent.  Although the judge found that the plaintiffs had standing to bring … Continue Reading

California Social Networking Privacy Act Stalls

California SB 242 (Social Networking Privacy Act), which we covered here, would require social networking websites to design default privacy settings that prevent information about a user from being displayed without affirmative consent from the user.  On May 27, 2011, the bill failed to receive enough votes to pass the California Senate.      The bill faced … Continue Reading

California Retailers Who Collect Zip Codes In Credit Card Transactions May Now Face Class Action Lawsuits

On February 10, 2011, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma (.pdf), finding that a ZIP code constitutes “personal identification information” under California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 (the “Song-Beverly Act”).  The Song-Beverly Act prohibits retailers from requesting and recording “personal identification information” as a condition of a credit card transaction.  … Continue Reading
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