Apr 302019
 
 April 30, 2019  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Kaeley Brown and David Keating of Alston & Bird write:

We may now have more clarity on what the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”) will look like when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The California Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection approved a series of bills last week that will now advance to the Appropriations Committee before being put to a full vote and potentially advancing to the California Senate for consideration. Here are some of the proposed amendments that were approved: AB 25.

Read more on Privacy Blog.

And in related coverage, Bryan Reece Clark and Elizabeth (Liz) Harding of Polsinelli PC write:

On March 25, 2019, California Assembly Member Ed Chau introduced Assembly Bill 25 (AB 25) to amend the definition of “consumer” under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) set to take effect on January 1, 2020. This amendment would expressly exclude employees, contractors and agents from the definition of “consumer” under the CCPA. On Tuesday, April 23, AB 25 cleared a large hurdle when the Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection voted unanimously to advance it along with seven other industry-backed bills in a bid to clarify key parts of the CCPA.

Read more on The National Law Review.

Apr 302019
 
 April 30, 2019  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Christopher Voltz of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. writes:

Easton Area Sch. Dist. v. Miller, 191 A.3d 75 (Pa. Cmmw. 2018).  The Commonwealth Court holds that a school bus surveillance video that depicted a school teacher roughly disciplining a student was not an “education record” under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g because the video directly related to the teacher, not the students. Central Dauphin School District v. Hawkins, 2018 WL 6441638 (Pa. Commw. December 10, 2018).  The Commonwealth Court holds that school bus surveillance video that recorded a confrontation between a student and a parent of another student was not an “educational record” of the student under FERPA because it was not directly related to the student or maintained by the District

Read more on JDSupra.

Apr 302019
 
 April 30, 2019  Posted by  Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Charlie Savage reports:

Intelligence officials asked the National Security Agency to unmask the identities of Americans in surveillance-based intelligence reports 16,721 times last year — a significant rise from a year earlier, a new report revealed on Tuesday.

But the N.S.A. also collected fewer logs of Americans’ phone calls and text messages for analysis by counterterrorism officials via a troubled system created in 2015 to replace the agency’s once-secret program for collecting domestic calling records in bulk. The law that authorizes that system, the U.S.A. Freedom Act, is set to expire at the end of this year.

Read more on The New York Times.

Apr 302019
 
 April 30, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic writes:

If ever you needed a reason to turn off your cellphone, then maybe this story this will convince you.

The Palm Beach Post recently revealed how the City of Palm Beach, Florida wants to track everyone’s cellphones

“The idea is to analyze where downtown visitors go — what shops, what public places, and at what time — and how they get there. The city could use it to study traffic flow and gauge the impact of changes it makes to the streetscape, while merchants could use the data to strategize to improve business.”

Read more on MassPrivateI.