Tag Archives: State Attorneys General

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

House Debates Federal Data Breach Legislation

This morning, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), held a hearing to determine what elements should be included in federal data breach legislation.  Despite the momentum for legislation created by high-profile breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, and most recently at Sony, ongoing efforts in … Continue Reading

A Conversation with State and Federal Privacy Regulators Turns to State Data Breach Enforcement

On Monday, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) hosted a discussion that featured state and federal privacy regulators.  The panel included Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director for the Division of Privacy and Identity Theft at the Federal Trade Commission; Marty Jackley, Attorney General of South Dakota; and Bill Sorrell, Attorney General of Vermont.  The panel … Continue Reading

Google Settles Safari Tracking Charges Brought by State AGs for $17 Million

Google has entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia over allegations that the company engaged in unauthorized tracking of users of Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012.  The allegations stemmed from 2012 reports that Google had bypassed Safari’s default privacy settings and placed cookies … Continue Reading

New Jersey AG Settles COPPA Suit Against Mobile App Developer

The New Jersey Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs have announced a settlement with 24x7digital, the developer of the “TeachMe” mobile apps for preschool through second-grade children, to resolve claims that the company violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).    The state alleged that children were encouraged to submit their full names, along with a photograph, … Continue Reading

Do-Not-Track Legislation Unveiled in California

As we previously posted, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced federal do-not-track legislation in February.  California State Senator Alan Lowenthal announced at a press conference earlier this week that he is backing a similar bill in the California legislature, with the support of Consumer Watchdog and other public advocacy groups.  SB 761, as amended, directs the California attorney … Continue Reading

New Law Restricts Misleading Online Sales Practices

On December 29, President Obama signed the “Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act” into law.  The legislation prohibits e-commerce retailers from passing customers’ billing information to post-transaction third-party sellers, and also requires post-transaction sellers to meet certain requirements before charging consumers’ financial accounts.  Specifically, the post-transaction seller must (1) disclose all material terms of the transaction, including … Continue Reading
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