Is a U.S. federal privacy law on the horizon?

Tomorrow, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.”

The hearing will examine the current state of consumer data privacy and legislative

Partners Martin Zoltick and Jenny Colgate with associate Caitlin Wilmot will present a webinar in conjunction with Lexology titled “Employee privacy and security considerations in the age of COVID-19” on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 11 am – 12 pm ET.

The world changed dramatically in early 2020 as COVID-19 forced companies worldwide to change

Partners Martin Zoltick and Jenny Colgate, along with associate Caitlin Wilmot, will present a webinar titled “Connected Healthcare – Navigating the Patchwork of US Privacy Laws and Developing a Platform that Promotes Trust” for the American Bar Association (ABA) on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 1 pm ET.

As the field of connected

Have you seen the new headline about Twitter in the news?  It may be time to double-check your corporate practices and check-in with your employees.
The top new FTC privacy probe concerns Twitter, which has been charged by the FTC for breaching a 2011 consent decree by using phone numbers and email addresses that users

Last week, on July 16, 2020, Europe’s top court invalidated the EU-US data flow arrangement called Privacy Shield.  In a world with competing privacy regulations, many thousands of global businesses relied heavily Privacy Shield to conduct their business across EU-US borders (there are 5300+ current Privacy Shield participants, and the transatlantic economic relationship is valued

Rothwell Figg attorneys Martin M. Zoltick and Jenny L. Colgate published a chapter titled “Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity: A State-Law Analysis” in the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2020, published by Global Legal Group Ltd.

While some countries have enacted comprehensive privacy and data protection laws, like the EU’s General Data Protection

As of July 1, 2020, the California Attorney General began enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). While many details about CCPA enforcement remain uncertain, many states have enacted or will enact their own privacy laws. Businesses clearly must wrestle with this mosaic of new and emerging privacy restrictions.  Some industries have explored legal challenges

Today the U.S. Supreme Court found in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc. that the federal debt collection exemption to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s general prohibition on autodialed calls violates the First Amendment.  The Supreme Court held that the exemption was a content-based restriction on speech because it favors speech made

The question is – do wiretapping statutes apply in cases where there is no traditional third party interceptor?  And more practically speaking, how does an entity using plug-ins and cookies avoid liability under wiretapping statutes while there is so much uncertainty in the law?

We previously blogged about this issue In re: Facebook, Inc. Internet

On May 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on preventing online censorship targeting the Communications Decency Act, or CDA, titled “Protection for good Samaritan blocking and screening of offensive material.”[1]

While there remain serious doubts as to the legality of the order, including the extent to which it is a constitutionally impermissible