Protecting confidential information remains a significant issue nowadays, encouraging further development and regulatory enforcement. Several states are now exploring laws on comprehensive data protection and privacy, following the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in 2020. Accordingly, Biden's administration has issued an executive order to establish rules focusing on areas including the regulation of data collection, user surveillance, and consumer privacy.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) significantly reshaped privacy laws, creating a profound impact on California-based companies and consumers. Since its enactment, businesses have been faced with increased challenges and compliance hurdles and its effect will be further felt as revisions to the existing regulations are still possible.
Over the years, cyber incidents have become more and more rampant. Companies encounter various risks and challenges daily, that avoiding such attacks does not anymore suffice as a countermeasure. Companies must, therefore, develop a comprehensive cyber incident response and recovery plan that will efficiently protect them from risks, costs, and damages.
Intended to enhance consumer privacy rights and data use transparency, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018 is regarded as the most comprehensive privacy law in the U.S. The Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020, imposes stringent privacy requirements with significant impacts on many entities that do business with California residents.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule and COVID-19: Trends, Developments, and Compliance Issues in the Current PandemicIwork OJT2021-04-28T02:57:21-04:00
The current COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for health care providers and their business associates. This public health emergency has changed the way health care providers operate and deliver health care, including the increasing reliance on telehealth. Privacy officers for covered entities and their business associates need to keep abreast of notices and guidances issued by Department of Health and Human Services regarding compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) during this public health emergency.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect on January 1, 2020, is the newest statute intended to improve the data use transparency and privacy rights within the state. One of its significant prohibitions is the selling and disclosure of California residents’ personal information, particularly of children under 16 years old. Businesses and individuals who fail to comply with and violate these prohibitions are further confronted with increased liability under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that restricts the collection and use of personal information of children under the age of 13.
Several regulatory developments that further reshape the future of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have taken place over the last few months. Last August, California's Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the enforcement regulations under CCPA, whereas the state's legislature has passed AB 1281, a bill that extends the CCPA compliance deadline for business-to-business (B2B) and employee data. Furthermore, in November 2020, Californians voted to approve the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) which significantly expands and strengthens the CCPA through a new set of consumer privacy rights.