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Data Breach Compliance Under the CCPA – What You Need to Know

Businesses should be aware and prepared to comply with the date breach compliance requirements of the CCPA in the event of a data breach incident, as discussed below, or risk facing litigation.

Some Proactive Measures to Improve Cybersecurity Preparedness

The impact of ongoing ransomware events in the healthcare and broader business communities compel us both professionally and personally to self-reflect and to ask tough questions like “how ready are we?” “can we really do anything to prevent it from

The California Privacy Rights Act: The Who, What, Where, When, and How of the “CCPA 2.0”

The same group behind the CCPA has proposed a new ballot initiative, the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”), dubbed “CCPA 2.0.”

Legal and Practical Implications of the CMS and ONC Interoperability Rules - Part One

The Final Rules implement interoperability and record access requirements intended to help patients obtain health records and payment data so they can make informed decisions about healthcare.

Website Accessibility Under the ADA: What You Need to Know

More and more companies with or without brick and mortar stores have some type of online presence. As such, the past few years there has been a tremendous amount of litigation surrounding how the ADA should be applied to websites.

What the Recent OCC Bulletin Means For Your Risk Management Program

This bulletin provides guidance to banks for the assessment of risks and more broadly, managing risks associated with third-party relationships.

Beckage Urges NYS AG To Delay SHIELD Act Enforcement

Beckage PLLC has sought from New York’s Attorney General (AG) Letitia James a delay to the March 21 compliance milestone and general enforcement of the New York State Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD) Act by six months.

Recent Cannabis Industry Data Breach Highlights Importance of Risk Mitigation Through IT Contracting & Insurance

When it comes to cyber security threats, everyone is at risk - regardless of the size or industry of the business.

Data Security Considerations as the Coronavirus Spreads

As many of us know, there has been a recent expanded awareness of the Coronavirus here in the United States since the virus first impacted China in late 2019.

Algorithmic Bias – What Businesses Need to Know

Algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI), “data scraping” and other means of evaluating vast amounts of information about people have indeed become widespread and are increasingly common tools in the hiring toolbox.

New York Privacy Act: Why This Bill is One to Watch

After stalling last summer, the New York Privacy Act is back in play as legislators returned to Albany for the 2020 session. Featured in our roundup of top headlines from 2019, this bill has the potential to provide New York residents with more

Understanding the Landscape of Education Law & EdTech: FERPA, COPPA and Other Considerations

Technology has transformed the way in which students are learning. Schools increasingly integrate IoT devices and third-party applications into the everyday delivery and management of education.

Highlights from the NIST Privacy Framework

Last week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Version 1.0 of the NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy through Enterprise Risk Management, a tool for managing privacy risk that’s been a year in the making

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.