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Washington Becomes the Third State with a Biometric Law

On May 16, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law H.B. 1493—Washington’s first statute governing how individuals and non-government entities collect, use, and retain “biometric identifiers,” as defined in the statute.  The law prohibits any “person” from “enroll[ing] a biometric identifier in a database for a commercial purpose, without first providing notice, obtaining consent, or … Continue Reading

New California Laws Restrict Employer, College Access to Personal Social-Media Content

California is the latest state to enact legislation restricting the circumstances under which employers or schools can demand access to employees’ or students’ personal social media accounts. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills into law on Sept. 27.  The first, A.B. 1844, bars employers from requiring or requesting that employees or job applicants disclose … Continue Reading

Court Holds Interception of Unsecured Wi-Fi Communications Does Not Violate the Wiretap Act

Late last month — in a decision that seems to have been largely overlooked in the privacy trade press — a federal judge in Illinois held [PDF] that the Wiretap Act did not prohibit the interception of communications sent over unsecured Wi-Fi networks provided by hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and other commercial entities.  The decision came … Continue Reading

Illinois Prohibits Employers from Requesting Employees’ Social Networking Passwords

On August 1, Illinois became the second state in the country to prohibit employers from requesting or requiring employees to provide their passwords for social networking accounts.  As reported in this blog, Maryland adopted similar legislation in April.  The bill (HB 3782) was signed into law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and will become effective on … Continue Reading

Rep. Engel Introduces Federal Bill to Limit Access to Social Networking Accounts

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) recently introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit employers from requiring current and prospective employees to disclose website usernames, passwords, and other online content.  The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), H.R. 5050, also would apply to students at colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, and impose a … Continue Reading

Maryland and Illinois Introduce Bills to Limit Employer Access to Employees’ Social Networking Accounts

Lawmakers in Maryland and Illinois have introduced bills that would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants or employees to grant access to their social networking accounts.  The bills arose from reports that employers have impliedly or explicitly required access to social networking accounts as a condition of hiring or employment. A few bills have been … Continue Reading

Amendments to California, Illinois Data Breach Laws Now in Effect

As we’ve previously noted (here and here), California and Illinois recently enacted amendments to their data security breach notification laws.  The amendments took effect this week.  California’s changes are the more notable.  For example, businesses that are required by California’s breach notice statute to notify more than 500 California residents now must also notify the state … Continue Reading

Illinois Bill Would Require Specific Contents for Breach Notification Letters

The Illinois legislature has passed a bill that would require data owners to include specific information in a letter notifying an Illinois resident of a data breach affecting that resident’s personal information.  The bill, which still must be signed by Governor Pat Quinn, would require notice letters to include “(i) the toll-free numbers and addresses … Continue Reading

New Ponemon Survey Identifies Trends In Data Breach Responses

According to the annual Ponemon Institute survey report released March 8, 2011 in 2010, U.S. companies affected by data breaches incurred an average cost of $7.2 million per incident.  (In comparison, in 2009, companies reported an average cost of $6.75 million).  The Ponemon survey identified a number of other interesting trends: Companies are responding to data breaches … Continue Reading
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