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Australia Takes Steps to Tighten Data Security Laws

Australia has recently taken significant action in the realm of data security that will potentially have global impact. In December 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) released recommendations on ways big technology companies can improve data security.
 

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2018 – Privacy, A Year in Review

Privacy was a hot topic throughout the U.S. in 2018. California lawmakers passed some groundbreaking legislation regarding consumer privacy and the Internet of Things (“IoT”). Several other states also began to address some important data privacy concerns. Additionally, lobbying for a federal privacy law increased. Below are some key privacy developments from 2018.

 

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Data Protection in Chicago: A Shift in Perspective?

Wikipedia defines privacy as “the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share common themes.” Said simply, privacy means different things to different people. 

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Is Colorado Changing the Landscape of Data Breach Laws?

In the wake of massive breaches, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect, all 50 states now have data breach laws in place.  However, Colorado just passed the “Protections for Consumer Data Privacy,” which now sets the bar as the most stringent requirements in the U.S.  This law substantially tightens reporting requirements for organizations hit by a data breach and requires much firmer measures be taken to protect consumers’ personal information.  

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