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Your quarterly privacy & cybersecurity update

Welcome to the third edition of Updata – the international quarterly update from Eversheds Sutherland’s dedicated Privacy and Cybersecurity team. Updata provides you with a compilation of privacy and cybersecurity regulatory and legal updates from our contributors around the globe over the past quarter. This quarter’s report features commentary on a number of interesting developments,...

Biometrics beware – Compliance and the Biometric Information Privacy Act

In light of the rising tide of costly class action lawsuits brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), companies that use biometrics—even, in some cases, companies outside of Illinois that do not themselves collect biometric information—should be become familiar with this statute’s strict requirements. • Even photographs, when used for security purposes like...

FTC Issues Largest Fine Ever Under COPPA

On February 27, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with video social networking app TikTok, in which the company agreed to pay $5.7 million for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the largest fine issued under the law to date. According to the FTC, the company was aware that children under 13 were using the app but failed to obtain...

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy review and update: Looking back on 2018 and planning ahead for 2019

From the implementation of the GDPR to the passage of the CCPA, the year 2018 proved to be a monumental one for cybersecurity and data privacy. Regulators from around the world responded to devastating, large-scale cyber-attacks, and a desire for their citizens to have more control over their data, by passing a wide range of regulations aimed at protecting consumer information. These...

January’s Privacy Blizzard

The start to 2019 provided scant respite from the frenetic pace of privacy and cybersecurity developments. Already this year, regulators have amended and enforced existing regulations; courts have issued significant interpretations of law; and legislators have proposed new rules aimed at increasing privacy obligations and liability for businesses. This alert highlights the pressing...

The floodgates open – Illinois Supreme Court issues landmark ruling in biometrics case

In a unanimous decision on January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court found that a plaintiff need not show actual harm to seek relief under the state’s Biometric Information and Privacy Act (BIPA). This is welcome news for plaintiffs’ attorneys who have already used BIPA as a vehicle to file dozens of class action lawsuits against businesses across a wide swath of industries in each...

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