State Attorneys General Address Data Privacy and Security Issues

There have been several recent data protection actions by state attorneys general across the United States, which is the subject of “Update on State Attorneys General: Connecticut Creates a Permanent Privacy Department; NAAG Covers Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing; and States Amend Breach Laws,” a post on Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog written by attorneys Divonne Smoyer and Christine Czuprynski. These actions include:

  • Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced on March 11, 2015 that the privacy task force he appointed in 2011 will become a permanent Privacy and Data Security Department, which will handle investigations and litigation relating to data privacy and security.
  • The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region Meeting, which concluded on March 13, 2015, featured presentations on big data, cybersecurity, cloud computing and data breaches (including the proposal for a national data breach notification law). In addition, a NAAG presidential initiative summit will be held in mid-April in Biloxi, MS, with agenda topics to include intellectual property theft, cloud computing and digital currency.
  • Following in the footsteps of attorneys general in New York and Oregon, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has proposed several amendments to his state’s current data breach notification law that would expand the scope of requirements in an effort to increase consumer protection.

State attorneys general are focusing a significant amount of attention on issues relating to data privacy and security, and continued action on this front is to be expected.

To read the full post, click here.

Reed Smith Gearing Up For "Big Data Monetization" Conference

Next week, Reed Smith will host a conference on “Big Data Monetization” at the Quadrus Conference Center in Silicon Valley (8:30-11:30 a.m. PDT). Big Data is a term used to characterize the accumulation of data. Virtually every company, in every industry, is now an information and technology company. Companies run on Big Data, whether it be customer information, employee information, or competitive intelligence. Companies store, share, and use that information in increasingly complex ways, taking advantage of cloud-based solutions and revolutions in analytics, and finding ways to turn these massive databases into revenue. There is no doubt a plethora of opportunities in Big Data, however, using it comes with its own set of risks. The key with monetizing Big Data is striking the balance between risk and reward.

View a preview of the types of issues we’ll be tackling at the conference over on our Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog.