In the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of privacy and cybersecurity law, gathering the biggest news from 2019 was no small feat – from new laws and landmark cases, to major technological developments and international guidelines, it was a busy year for anyone trying to stay up to date. But Beckage has narrowed down the top privacy and cybersecurity stories that shaped last year:
The end of the year is finally upon us. As the year draws to a close, we look back over our most popular blog posts of 2019. From understanding New York’s SHIELD Act to website accessibility claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and gearing up for the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), it has certainly been a great year for the Beckage team. We pride ourselves on producing informative and timely content to our community in this fast-moving legal landscape. For this reason, we have picked out our very best blog posts from 2019 just in case you missed any of our top posts. We thank you all for your continued support, Happy Holidays from all of us!
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT) – a suite of emerging technologies that promises great value to businesses, individuals and society. As broadband internet and Wi-Fi capable devices become more readily available, and reduced costs in technology supply chain fuel innovation, the number of IoT devices and applications is estimated to grow into the billions. What’s more, the nature and applicability of IoT is constantly evolving. According to the Government Accountability Office, IoT “can be used in almost any circumstance in which human activity or machine function can be enhanced by data collection or automation.” IoT is clearly the future, enabling new efficiencies and technological capabilities for businesses looking to grow and compete in a competitive marketplace. But before businesses jump into this next big thing, it’s critical to understand exactly what IoT is and how it will impact data security and privacy issues.
Hearings on two federal privacy law bills from opposite sides of the aisle were held late last week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The bills stand as indications of differences in between Democrat and Republican views on a comprehensive privacy law. The first – Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) – was proposed by Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, D. Wash, and has the backing of several other Democrat Senators. The second – the United States Consumer Data Privacy Act (CDPA) – was proposed by Republican Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is likely to have other Republican support.
While companies prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to come into effect on January 1, they may also need to catch up on a law that is already on the books – Nevada’s internet consumer privacy law.