On March 29, 2023, Iowa became the latest in a small but growing number of states to enact comprehensive data privacy legislation. Like its counterpart laws in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Utah and Virginia, Iowa’s data privacy law – formally titled “An Act Relating to Consumer Data Protection, Providing Civil Penalties, and Including Effective Date Provisions” (“IDPL”) – provides a detailed framework regulating the collection and use of consumer personal data, and affords consumers various rights as to data collected about them. Fortunately, many of the requirements imposed by the IDPL, which goes into effect on January 1, 2025, are largely similar to those applicable in the other five states, and especially those in Connecticut, Colorado, Utah and Virginia.
The Door Opens for Astronomical Damages Under BIPA
An Illinois Supreme Court ruling on February 17, 2023 opened the door to astronomical damages under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). Enacted in 2008, BIPA provides for a private right of action against an entity that collects or discloses a person’s biometric identifier without opt-in consent.…
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New California Law Bans Tech Companies From Disclosing Data for State Abortion Investigations
Compliance with out-of-state investigative requests, like warrants, just got a little trickier for some California-based companies.
Read on for details and implications of a new California law that, among other things, prohibits technology and communications companies based in the state from providing user data to out-of-state authorities investigating abortions that would be legal under California
First CCPA Enforcement Action Shows Accepting User-Enabled Global Privacy Controls Is Mandatory
On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the California Attorney General released a public statement addressing its first enforcement action under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) against Sephora. The Attorney General alleged that Sephora failed to disclose to consumers that it was selling personal information, it failed to honor requests submitted through Global Privacy Controls (“GPC”), and it failed to cure these violations within the 30-day period. The parties settled for a $1.2M fine and injunctive relief requiring Sephora to comply with the CCPA and accept GPC.
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New Utah Privacy Law Largely Overlaps with Existing State Statutes
The Utah Consumer Privacy Act (“UCPA”) passed by the Utah legislature was signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox on March 24, 2022 and becomes effective December 31, 2023. While companies conducting business in Utah will need to familiarize themselves with the law in order to become complaint if they are covered by the statute, the good news is that the UCPA creates only marginally different obligations than those found in California, Colorado, and Virginia’s data privacy laws.
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