Biometric InformationBIPA Illinois Biometric Law Sets the Stage for Biometric Litigation
BIPA Illinois Biometric Law Sets the Stage for Biometric Litigation

BIPA Illinois Biometric Law Sets the Stage for Biometric Litigation

COVID-19 is accelerating company adoption of biometric technologies. With a global shift towards remote working, biometric technologies, which measure physiological, behavioral, and psychological characteristics, can promote, or at least monitor, productivity by recording employee performance.
Facial RecognitionFTC & EverAlbum Inc. Settlement Clarifies Privacy Standards for Facial Recognition Technology
FTC & EverAlbum Inc. Settlement Clarifies Privacy Standards for Facial Recognition Technology

FTC & EverAlbum Inc. Settlement Clarifies Privacy Standards for Facial Recognition Technology

One of Beckage 2021 privacy predictions is the continued rise of biometric lawsuits and legislation, even outside Illinois’ BIPA. Case in point is a recent consent decree the Federal Trade Commission issued against EverAlbum, a California company, concerning its use of photo-tagging and facial recognition technologies.
Health DataOCR Continues its Focus on Patient Access Rights
OCR Continues its Focus on Patient Access Rights

OCR Continues its Focus on Patient Access Rights

The Beckage Health Law team continues to monitor OCR developments that relate to patient access rights. In 2020, it became clear that patient right of access to records is a significant priority of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Just last month OCR reported on a settlement, audit results, and proposed rules, all focused on patient access to records.
Artificial IntelligenceArtificial Intelligence Best Practices: The UK ICO AI and Data Protection Guidance
Artificial Intelligence Best Practices: The UK ICO AI and Data Protection Guidance

Artificial Intelligence Best Practices: The UK ICO AI and Data Protection Guidance

Artificial intelligence (AI) is among the fastest growing emerging information digital technology. It helps businesses to streamline operational processes and to enhance the value of goods and services delivered to end-users and customers. Given AI is a data-intensive technology, policymakers are seeking ways to mitigate risks related to AI systems that process personal data, and technology lawyers are assisting with compliance efforts.
Health LawHHS Proposed Rules Could Have Significant Impact on Health Plans and Health Care Providers
HHS Proposed Rules Could Have Significant Impact on Health Plans and Health Care Providers

HHS Proposed Rules Could Have Significant Impact on Health Plans and Health Care Providers

Beckage’s Health Law Team is monitoring recent developments concerning patient’s right to access health information. Last week, two agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced proposed rules that could have a significant impact on health plans and health care providers. Though applicability of the proposed rules varies, both rules focus on individuals’ right to access health information, a compliance area that has seen increased scrutiny and enforcement actions in recent years.
Canada PrivacyCanada’s New Privacy Bill Aims to Strengthen Privacy Rights for Citizens
Canada’s New Privacy Bill Aims to Strengthen Privacy Rights for Citizens

Canada’s New Privacy Bill Aims to Strengthen Privacy Rights for Citizens

On November 17, 2020, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry introduced a new federal privacy bill that would reshape Canada’s privacy framework with a main goal of strengthening interoperability with both the European Union and the United States. Bill C-11 proposes the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 which includes the Consumer Privacy Protection Act.
EU Data TransfersThe EU Continues to Weigh In on Cross-Border Data Transfers
The EU Continues to Weigh In on Cross-Border Data Transfers

The EU Continues to Weigh In on Cross-Border Data Transfers

In the past month, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has provided insight into its interpretation of the Schrems II decision by the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) in July 2020. In Schrems II, the ECJ invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield, the mechanism allowing for the lawful transfer of personal data from the EU to the US.