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Privacy in the Time of COVID-19



When the first cases of a novel coronavirus were reported in China in late 2019, US businesses were not focused on what would become a global pandemic. What they were thinking about was how to comply with tough new state privacy laws that were about to go into effect in 2020.

Flash forward to today and the California Consumer Privacy Act, the New York SHIELD Act and several other state and territorial privacy and security laws are in effect (or soon will be). Some of those laws prohibit the kind of data sharing that health experts say is needed to help respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the US.

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Self-Regulation in Political Advertising



“Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.” That’s what humorist Will Rogers said about political campaigns in the 1930s, well before the advent of digital advertising. 

According to the US Federal Election Commission, candidates for the US Senate and House of Representatives spent a record $5.25 billion dollars on advertising in their quest for public office in 2018. Projections for 2020 Congressional campaign spending top $6 billion. 

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AI in the Hiring Process



In the science fiction film, Terminator, computers designed to think and act like humans decided they didn’t need carbon-based lifeforms and set out to end the pesky human race. While it’s easy to dismiss depictions of artificial intelligence as Hollywood fantasy, the use of algorithms to help make good decisions continues to grow in scope and scale.

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What Happened to Data Breaches in 2019?



Since 2005, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has been collecting information about data breaches. While we have probably stopped counting the number of data breach notification letters we’ve received over the years, the ITRC has tallied more than 11,000 publicly reported data breaches and related events during the past 15 years.

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