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The Three C’s: Cannabis, CBD and Cybersecurity

Fueled by increased legalization and the growing popularity of derivatives like Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabis is set to become a multi-billion dollar industry by 2024

Looking Back: Top Privacy and Cybersecurity Headlines from 2019

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,

How IoT Will Impact Data Security & Privacy For Businesses

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

Federal Data Privacy Law Proposals: Notable Differences

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 Snowball Effect of Privacy Laws: GDPR, CCPA and now Nevada, and more to come

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.

What Does PrivacyCon Say About the FTC’s Data Privacy and Security Enforcement?

On June 27, 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted its fourth annual privacy conference PrivacyCon. Tasked with protecting consumers against privacy and security violations, at PrivacyCon

Drones, Growth & Data

The Federal Aviation Administration forecasts rapid growth in the commercial drone industry with drone registrations expected to exceed 800k by 2023. Read below why operators, especially in commercial applications, must be aware of drone flying laws.

Important Privacy Developments in New York State

The SHIELD Act has been signed into law, and is effective in New York State on March 22, 2020. As always, Beckage lawyers are available to assist in addressing any questions you may have regarding data security developments. Find out more here.

Biometric Law Compliance: What do State Biometric Laws Require of Businesses?

An increasing number of companies are implementing biometric identifiers across a wide variety of industries. While biometrics streamline the identification process privacy concerns may arise and several states have passed or proposed biometric laws.

Vendor Contracts and Legal Requirements Regarding Pen Testing and Vulnerability Assessments

Let’s examine a few questions you should ask before signing up for a pen test or vulnerability assessment:

Important Clarifications Initiated on California Consumer Protection Act

The CPPA aims to sets forth landmark privacy rights for Californians and becomes effective January 1, 2020. These bills are actions to advance proposed changes through the legislative process. Read the most notable clarifications from the bills here.

Reminder - March 1, 2019 Deadline for Third-Party Vendor Policies

Once again, March 1st nears. And with it comes a cybersecurity compliance milestone for those entities operating under New York’s insurance, finance and banking laws. Let’s breakdown what this means...

Does the GDPR Apply to Your US-Based Business?

Does the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation apply to your non-EU company? State-side, this is the million-dollar question that many US based companies are still grappling with today – some 8 months after the GDPR’s enactment.

Next Compliance Milestone Approaches Under the NYS DFS Cybersecurity Regulation

The New York State Department of Financial Services issued a Cybersecurity Regulation that carried with it several compliance milestones applicable to “Covered Entities” under the Regulation.

The Importance of an Incident Response Plan

Headlines confirm data breaches continue to be a threat to companies regardless of size. From reputational harm, disruption to your daily business, to significant monetary penalties and litigation, potential effects of a data breach are important.

Preparing for New York’s New Sexual Harassment Laws

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and widespread attention on sexual harassment in the workplace, on April 12 Governor Cuomo passed into law the 2019 Budget, which included a package of laws aimed at combating sexual harassment.

Privacy Statements and Terms of Use - Low Cost Updates Can Provide High Impact Results

If you have not noticed, most websites have Terms of Use and Privacy Statements. What is the difference between them, what do they mean, and why are they important?

Changing Times Means Revising Employee Handbooks

Handbooks are a document that must be updated regularly (ideally annually) to ensure compliance with evolving federal, state and local laws as well as fast-moving changes to technology.

Evolving Privacy Paradigms

While the specifics vary, the international trend in adopting a comprehensive privacy law to govern all sectors, industries and emerging technologies remains.