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It is hardly news that cyber incidents are front of mind for companies. Whether costly data thefts, pernicious data manipulation attacks, or crippling ransomware or disruptive denial of service attacks, cyberattacks are trending toward greater frequency, severity and sophistication. Geopolitical tensions have further increased the risk. In fact, the New York State Department of Financial Services recently warned its regulated entities to be alert for an increased risk of malicious cyber activity directed at United States industries and government agencies by highly cyber-capable Iranian actors and proxies. The New York Times reports a 41% increase in 2019 in the number of files hacked in ransomware attacks, and notes that according to American authorities, several of these attackers have operated with the protection of their governments and have helped their governments by passing along hacked files.
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By Kenneth K. Dort and Mitchell S. Noordyke
New Jersey legislators are joining a growing line of states in proposing a bill to strengthen data privacy protections, following in the footsteps of privacy laws enacted in Europe and California.
By David Keating, Jim Harvey and Dan Felz
Class Action Complaints Test Whether Plaintiffs Can Sue for Any Violation of the CCPA
This article provides an overview of how the CCPA addresses private rights of action, summarizes recent class action complaints that attempt to use CCPA violations as the basis for class-wide claims, and provides suggestions for prioritizing activity in CCPA compliance programs in this new litigation environment.
By Leigh Vickery
With the advent of stringent privacy regulations in Europe and the United States, corporations are spending more time and money scrambling to ensure their privacy and compliance processes are able to withstand these high levels of scrutiny. At the same time, competition to provide these services is heating up as the Big Four professional services firms plant their stakes more broadly in this fertile ground.
By Frank Ready
Exterro’s Annual Study of Legal Spend Management indicates that organizations are expecting to spend less on compliance with privacy laws in 2020 as they wait to see how new regulations like the CCPA are enforced first.