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Sarah Parker is an associate in the firm’s Washington Office. Her practice focuses on privacy, advertising, and consumer protection regulatory matters and government investigations.

Sarah also maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on criminal justice and civil rights litigation

On November 3, the FTC announced that it entered into a significant $100 million settlement with Vonage to resolve allegations relating to the internet phone service provider’s sales and autorenewal practices. The FTC alleged that Vonage violated both the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) by failing to provide a simple cancellation mechanism, failing to disclose material transaction terms prior to obtaining consumers’ billing information, and charging consumers without consent.

Continue Reading FTC Flexes ROSCA Muscle With $100 Million “Dark Patterns” Settlement with Vonage

The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) staff has posted updated draft rules implementing the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).  The CPPA Board will discuss the updated draft rules during two virtual public meetings on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22.  Agency staff and counsel will also be present at these meetings, which could follow

During its September 23, 2022 board meeting, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) provided an update on the status of the ongoing California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) rulemaking.  Since the closure of the required 45-day comment period, the agency staff have been reviewing the written and oral comments submitted by the public.  The agency will be promulgating revised regulations, which will be drafted by the staff and presented to the Board.  These revisions will be followed by an additional public comment period of 15 to 45 days depending on the scope of the revisions.

Continue Reading California Privacy Protection Agency Provides Update on CPRA Rulemaking

Today, the California Attorney General announced the first settlement agreement under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).  The Attorney General alleged that online retailer Sephora, Inc. failed to disclose to consumers that it was selling their information and failed to process user requests to opt out of sale via user-enabled global privacy controls.  The Attorney General also alleged that Sephora did not cure these violations within the cure period. 

Continue Reading California Attorney General Announces First CCPA Settlement

On June 23, Congressman Patrick McHenry released a discussion draft of new legislation to modernize federal financial data privacy law. The draft legislation would amend and build on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”). The draft includes notable provisions on consumer rights, data minimization, and disclosures. It also updates the definition of “financial institution” to include data

During its June 8, 2022 board meeting, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) voted to initiate the formal California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) rulemaking process.  The draft rules are expected to be very similar to those previously published in advance of the Board meeting, although Deputy Attorney General Lisa Kim noted during the meeting that minor errors may be updated prior to the formal submission of the draft rules.  The current draft rules and Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) continue to be accessible on the CPPA website.

Continue Reading California Privacy Protection Agency Votes To Initiate Formal Rulemaking Process

In advance of the June 8, 2022 board meeting, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) staff has posted draft rules implementing the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).  The draft regulations keep much of the pre-existing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations intact, but modify certain provisions and propose new regulations.  A copy of the proposed

The California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) held two informational hearings on March 29, 2022 and March 30, 2022, in anticipation of its upcoming rulemaking later this year.  While the CPPA Board was present throughout the hearings, its members did not present any views as part of the program.  The speakers covered the following topics of note:
Continue Reading California Privacy Protection Agency Holds Informational Hearings

A financial institution and its vendor recently reached a $50 million settlement in a class action lawsuit for violating the call recording provision of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”).  The settlement is nearly three times the size of the largest previous settlement under CIPA, which provides for damages of $5,000 per violation.
Continue Reading Financial Institution Reaches Settlement in Call Recording Class Action