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On May 25, 2018, General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 went into effect in the EU. Better known as the GDPR, EUGDPR.org calls it the “most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.” Unlike a number of previous data privacy regimes, the GDPR came with a sharp set of teeth, calling for a fine of up to €20 million or 4% of the previous year’s global turnover, whichever is greater. Companies were now on notice that they had to be extremely careful in how they responded to a data breach or face the consequences.
By Alan L. Friel
Part One of a Two-Part Article
Responses to questions businesses frequently ask about the impacts of the CCPA. Implementation challenges inevitably will arise as a company works to apply these new requirements to its business practices. The time is now to start preparing for the CCPA, as well as for other new U.S. privacy laws that are likely to follow.
By Debra Gray
Gone are the days of “basic security.” What used to be optional is now standard: two factor authentication, complex passwords, clean desk policies, data encryption at rest and in transit, mobile device management and up-to-the-minute patching. Clients expect these items to already be in place and are further expanding their expectations.
By Andrew Mohr and C. Kelly Kroll
A new wave of False Claims Act cases is crashing ashore. Based on the federal government’s inclusion of toughened cybersecurity requirements for government contractors, numerous FCA cases will undoubtedly be filed and litigated in coming years against prime contractors and their major subcontractors for allegedly failing to comply with their contractual cybersecurity obligations.
By Josh Becker
Whether they like it or not, lawyers interact with data every day. While there is no need for them to seek advanced degrees in data science or statistics, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to provide adequate representation without being skilled in the uses of data.