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Laura Jehl serves as global head of the Firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Focusing on the intersection of data, law and emerging technologies, Laura advises clients on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity issues. She has extensive experience identifying and mitigating privacy and data protection issues arising out of the collection, use and storage of data as well as the design of new business models, products and technologies. Click here to learn more about Laura Jehl's practice.

New Proposed CCPA Regulations Add Clarity to Process for Opting Out of Sale of Personal Information


By , and on Oct 21, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield, Telehealth

On October 12, 2020, the California Department of Justice announced the release of a new, third set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations. The proposed modifications amend a final set of regulations that were approved by the California Office of Administrative Law just two months earlier. The Third Set of...

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Uber Criminal Complaint Raises the Stakes for Breach Response


By , , and on Sep 3, 2020
Posted In Big Data, Cybersecurity, Data breach, Data Privacy, Mobile Apps

On August 20, 2020, a criminal complaint was filed charging Joseph Sullivan, Uber’s former chief security officer, with obstruction of justice and misprision of a felony in connection with an alleged attempted cover-up of a 2016 data breach. These are serious charges for which Mr. Sullivan has the presumption of innocence. At the time of...

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The Toughest Problem Set: Navigating Regulatory and Operational Challenges on University Campuses


By , and on Aug 27, 2020
Posted In Data Privacy, Mobile Apps, Workplace Privacy

When the academic year ended in the spring of 2020, many US university students assumed that a return to campus would be straightforward this fall. However, it is now clear—at least in the near term—that a return to the old “normal” will not be possible. Some universities have concluded that their best course of action...

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Schrems II Special Report: What Does the CJEU’s Decision Mean for Transfers From the EEA to the US?


By , and on Aug 7, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Data Transfers/Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield

For our Schrems II Practical Guidance special report, members of McDermott’s internationally recognized Global Privacy & Cybersecurity group have outlined practical guidance and next steps to ensure your business is prepared for what’s next following the final ruling in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems. As your organization navigates the post-Schrems II...

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Key Issues We’re Tracking as CCPA Enforcement Nears


By , and on Jun 29, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy

Although 2020 has already provided more than its share of surprises for businesses, one thing appears to remain unchanged: the California attorney general’s commitment to enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act beginning July 1, 2020. As companies work to ensure compliance with this legislation, we explore several key issues. No one will disagree that a...

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Importance of CCPA Compliance Highlighted by First Round of Private Actions


By and on Jun 26, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data breach, Data Privacy

The first wave of California Consumer Privacy Act litigation has begun to roll in, and the complaints are already raising interesting questions about the scope of CCPA’s private right of action. The actions assert a variety of claims under numerous theories and present a broad range of potential risks to businesses subject to CCPA. In...

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New California Privacy Ballot Initiative Would Expand the CCPA


By , and on Jun 26, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy

A proposed ballot initiative in California known as the California Privacy Rights Act, which is likely to pass if placed on the 2020 ballot, would both clarify and expand the existing California Consumer Privacy Act. Companies doing business in the state should closely monitor these developments and prepare for compliance, as we outline in this...

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Public Backlash Calls Use of Facial Recognition Systems into Question


By and on Jun 25, 2020
Posted In Big Data, Consumer Protection, Data Privacy, Workplace Privacy

In recent weeks and months, legal and technical issues related to use of facial recognition systems in the United States have received national attention, including concerns that the technology lacks accuracy in identifying non-white individuals and that its widespread use by police departments may play a role in racially discriminatory policing. Privacy considerations will play...

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Washington State Takes the Lead in CCPA Copycat Legislation Race, Trends Emerge


By , and on Mar 6, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy

Since the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect on January 1, 2020, “copycat” legislation has been introduced at a dizzying pace by state legislatures across the country. Taking their cues from CCPA, at last count 16 states have borrowed language from California’s watershed law regarding consumer notices, data subject rights requests, and definitions of...

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Privacy and Data Security: 2020 Considerations for the Insurance Industry


By and on Feb 7, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

With the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) having taken effect on January 1, 2020, the privacy and data security landscape for insurance carriers, producers and insurtech (collectively, “insurers”) continues to grow more complex. A number of states have also recently passed laws regulating data security in the insurance industry, with the first transition...

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