On Oct. 30, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence.[1]

The executive order provides a sprawling list of directives aimed at establishing standards for AI safety and security and protecting privacy.

While the executive order acknowledges the executive branch’s lack of authority for any lawmaking or rulemaking

In this corner, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC): 

“Facebook has repeatedly violated its privacy promises,” said Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The company’s recklessness has put young users at risk, and Facebook needs to answer for its failures.”

In that corner, Meta (formerly, Facebook):

Meta head of communications Andy

A number of federal privacy laws provide private rights of action, allowing individuals (or class actions) to bring claims alleging violations of certain privacy laws. Some examples of these statutes include the Video Privacy and Protection Act (VPPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). What is more is

The Federal Trade Commission will have its eye on privacy and data security enforcement in 2023.

In August, the agency announced that it is exploring ways to crack down on lax data security practices. In the announcement, the FTC explained that it was “concerned that many companies do not sufficiently or consistently invest in securing

Google agrees to pay a historic $391.5 million to settle with attorneys general from 40 U.S. states for misleading users about its location tracking and collection practices. The settlement is the largest ever attorneys general-led consumer privacy settlement.

The attorneys general opened the Google investigation following a 2018 Associated Press article that revealed Google “records

Yesterday, October 12, 2022, was the first time that a case under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) went to trial – and the result was a big win for the Plaintiffs, more than 44,000 truck drivers whose fingerprints were scanned for identity verification purposes without any informed permission or notice. BIPA is an

In July 2020, the Schrems II decision issued and the European Commission’s adequacy decision for the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework was invalidated.  Further, and broader than the invalidation of Privacy Shield adequacy decision, the Schrems II judgement found that US surveillance measures interfered with what are considered “fundamental rights” under EU law, i.e., the rights

On Friday, January 28, 2022, the California Office of Attorney General issued a press release announcing that California DOJ sent notices alleging non-compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to a number of businesses operating loyalty programs in California.  The press release stated, inter alia:

“Under the CCPA, businesses that offer financial incentives,

It has been nearly a year and a half since the Schrems II decision issued in July 2020, which invalidated the European Commission’s adequacy decision for the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.  As a result, companies were forced to reexamine their transfers of personal information out of the EU, and the safeguards that they rely on