The Senate’s Talking Privacy Laws Again…But Is Anything Different?

The Senate’s Talking Privacy Laws Again…But Is Anything Different?

If you want to take the privacy pulse of the nation, there are few better venues than a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which to do so. Yesterday, the Committee that will be the source of a federal US privacy law – if there ever is one! – convened a hearing called “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” It’s fair to say they had an all-star cast of privacy experts as witnesses: Julie Brill, Former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission William Kovacic, Former Chairman and Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission Jon Leibowitz, Former Chairman and Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Commissioner and Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission Mr. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, State of California   Pretty impressive! …

Did The EU Just Pull The Rug Out From Data-Driven Businesses? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Did The EU Just Pull The Rug Out From Data-Driven Businesses? Here’s What You Need To Know.

“The rug.” That’s how privacy activist Max Schrems began a tweet reacting to yesterday’s news that the Irish Data Protection Commission will act to stop Facebook from sending European citizens’ data overseas to the United States. Schrems, the individual most responsible for this development, was accurate to characterize this as a rug being pulled out from under the feet of the world’s biggest social network. But in truth, this is the opening gambit of a new data privacy chapter that could take years to unfold. Why Are EU Regulators Acting Now? Some background context: EU citizens’ data is protected by the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s a law that affords far greater privacy protections to European …

Here’s why a cookie consent manager won’t get you CCPA-compliant.

Here’s why a cookie consent manager won’t get you CCPA-compliant.

It’s a wild time in the world of data privacy. With the California Consumer Privacy Act becoming eligible for legal enforcement on July 1, companies all over the US are rushing to get compliant with the country’s first truly far-reaching privacy law. When a marketplace is full of urgency, it can be hard to separate truth from fiction. I’m writing to put paid to one of the more pervasive myths I’ve seen out on the front lines of CCPA compliance: the idea that you can adhere to the CCPA’s “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” requirement using just a cookie consent tool. You can’t. If you could, it wouldn’t be called a cookie consent tool. Here’s what I mean: Data …