Happy (belated) New Year! 2020 marks the second anniversary of CyberAdviser.  In the word of data privacy and cybersecurity, a great deal has happened over that span of time, including the enactment of the GDPR,  BDLC (Brazil’s new privacy law), and the CCPA, the continued expansion of data breach and biometrics litigation, important US federal and state enforcement activity, enactment of the CLOUD Act, guidance from the Supreme Court regarding Article III standing (especially critical in privacy related litigation) and privacy protections for mobile devices, numerous data breaches (over 5000 reported breaches, affecting 8 billion records in 2019), historic FTC settlements with Facebook and Equifax, the development of new AI and machine learning technologies raising new privacy and security concerns,  among other important developments. Here is a link to our 10 most read blog posts of 2019:

Analysis: Verifying Consumer Requests Under the CCPA

Privacy Legislation Proposed in New York

Denmark DPA Rules on How GDPR Applies to Voice Recordings

Analysis: Notice Provisions of CCPA Proposed Regulations

California Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Amendments to the CCPA    

Proposed Expansion of CCPA’s Private Right of Action Defeated in State Senate

Texas Legislature Weighing Proposed New Privacy Laws        

California Legislature Adopts Five Amendments to CCPA, But Largely Rejects Industry Efforts

Connecticut Becomes Latest State to Enact Insurance Data Security Law

New York State Data Privacy Law Fails   

2020 promises to be a very active year for this blog. Already several states have proposed CCPA-style privacy laws. It is also likely that other states will pass biometric protection laws, and data broker registration laws. The FTC is also expected to announce new proposed regulations to the Safeguards Rule in the coming year. India has a new proposed privacy law that we are closely monitoring. The Supreme Court will be hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of the TCPA. We will be blogging about these issues as they develop. We will also be tracking litigation under the CCPA’s new private right of action for data breaches, and enforcement actions by state AGs with regard to data privacy.

We want to thank our many readers around the world who continue to make this blog such a success. If you’d like to learn more about Ballard Spahr’s Privacy & Data Security Group, please visit our website.