Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy

States nationwide facing the risks of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic are attempting various approaches to fight the disease, such as through social distancing, use of facemasks, increased disinfection of surfaces, and contact tracing. Unfortunately, contact tracing appears to be an effective way not only to fight COVID-19, but also for scammers to steal personal information

Ron Raether, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Wynter Deagle, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Sharon Klein, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Alex Nisenbaum, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Sadia Mirza, Associate, Troutman Sanders
Sam Hyams, Associate, Troutman Sanders

On June 24, 2020, the California Secretary of State released a memorandum (available here) stating that the

With all 50 states in the process of lifting stay-at-home orders, many businesses are eager to reopen but remain committed to protecting their most important assets — their employees. As part of establishing reopening procedures, some businesses have considered collecting health-related information from employees to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the workforce.

While collecting

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A review of privacy and data breach class action lawsuits reveal an ongoing trend. Plaintiffs filing these actions, time and time again, rely on the same allegations concerning missteps taken by an organization in the areas of privacy and data security. Allegations usually range

HyperBeard, Inc., a developer of popular children’s applications, has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations of its failure to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”). HyperBeard agreed to pay $150,000 in fines and to delete the information allegedly obtained from children under 13 years old without

Ethan Ostroff, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Sadia Mirza, Associate, Troutman Sanders
Alex Teixeira, Attorney, Troutman Sanders
Brett Dorman, Associate, Pepper Hamilton

There is no shortage of legislation to address the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic and the emerging contact tracing applications. In late April 2020, Republican senators introduced a bill called the COVID-19

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) launched its first installment of its “Cyber Essentials Toolkit” titled, “Yourself, The Leader – Drive Cybersecurity Strategy, Investment, and Culture” on May 29. CISA is developing the Cyber Essentials Toolkit, with the assistance of small businesses, to equip businesses with resources to improve their cybersecurity practices.

CISA will

Wynter L. Deagle, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Sharon R. Klein, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Alex C. Nisenbaum, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Ronald I. Raether, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Anne-Marie Dao, Associate, Troutman Sanders
Sadia Mirza, Associate, Troutman Sanders

Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted the final proposed regulations package under the California Consumer

Please join Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton for a complimentary webinar titled, “The Nuts and Bolts of CCPA 2.0,” on June 10, 2020 at 1pm ET. During this webinar, partners Ronald Raether, Sharon Klein, Wynter Deagle, and Alex Nisenbaum will provide an overview of the California Privacy Rights Act ballot initiative (dubbed, “CCPA 2.0”) and

The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has resulted in the California legislature rolling out several emergency initiatives to address the impact of the outbreak. Initiatives range from introducing measures to address key employment issues to financial packages that provide funding to increase hospital capacity and protect those most vulnerable to the disease. Given the immediate impact these