At the end of October 2019, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information imposed a fine of about EUR 14.5 million against a German residential real estate company for various violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fine is not yet legally binding but, reportedly, has been appealed. However,

On Nov. 25, 2019, GT Shareholder Adam Snukal participated in a fire-side chat at NICE’s Annual Personal Connections Elevated Israel Conference. The discussion focused on the effects of the GDPR, CCPA, and other privacy laws on Israeli-based call center technology providers that operate in an increasingly global arena.

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On Nov. 22, 2019, the representatives of the EU member states rejected the Finnish Presidency’s proposed text for the ePrivacy Regulation, making the future of ePrivacy Regulation uncertain. The ePrivacy Regulation, which if adopted would be binding across all EU member states, will govern direct electronic marketing messages, cookies, and similar tracking technologies. The ePrivacy

On Nov. 5, California Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, to balance the actual needs of businesses with users’ fair privacy rights and expectations. The proposed privacy bill seeks for the United States to adopt many of the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is effective Jan. 1, 2020, and that exist under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Below is a brief summary of the main components of the Act. A copy of the Online Privacy Act can be found here, and a section-by-section analysis by the Congresswomen can be viewed here.
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On Oct. 10, the California Attorney General’s Office issued the California Consumer Privacy Act Proposed Regulations.  Stakeholders have until Dec. 6 to submit comments, and there will be four public hearings prior to that date. On the same day, the Attorney General’s Office also published the Initial Statement of Reasons describing the basis for each

Greenberg Traurig, LLP shareholders Ian C. BallonKate Black, and Gretchen A. Ramos will speak at the 2019 Privacy + Security Forum Oct. 14 – 16 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, D.C.

The annual forum brings together thought leaders from across the privacy and security sector to discuss the

On the heels of the California Attorney General’s release of the draft California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Regulations, on Friday Gov. Newsom signed seven bills amending various provisions of the CCPA. The relevant amendments signed by the governor are described below. With less than three months before the CCPA becomes effective on January 1,

On Oct. 10, 2019, the California Attorney General’s Office issued the California Consumer Privacy Act Proposed Regulations. The proposed regulations focus on the following CCPA provisions:

  1. notice to consumers;
  2. business practices for handling requests;
  3. verification of requests;
  4. special rules regarding minors; and
  5. nondiscrimination.

Organizations will have until December 8 to submit comments on the

On Sept. 24, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that the “right to be forgotten” does not require a search engine operator to carry out de-referencing on non-EU member state versions of its search engine.

Background

The case relates to a penalty of €100,000 that the French data protection authority,

As state legislatures across the country adjourn for summer recess, privacy legislation has stalled in many states. Nevertheless, organizations should be aware of several developments on the horizon, including:

  • Nevada’s new opt-out law is effective October 1, 2019, less than six weeks from today;
  • California’s legislature is set to finalize proposed amendments to the California