Tag Archives: Data Protection

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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Privacy in the Face of COVID-19



Conversations have sparked around data regulation and privacy in direct correlation to how it’s being used to provide insights about the impact of COVID-19. Location data is a big focus. Recently, the Senate conducted an unprecedented ‘paper hearing’ of which the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) weighed in. Katelyn Ringrose, Policy Fellow of FPF, discusses all the details from a data optimist perspective. It’s a good one, take a listen!


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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Data Breaches Still on the Rise



There is no slowing down in data breaches. That is clear. Businesses have a responsibility to stay informed on the latest trends and news regarding data security. Eva Velasquez, CEO of The Identity Theft Resource Center gives us a birds-eye view of current happenings and what to expect in this new landscape of digital warfare.