California has everything: big cities, small towns, tall mountains, dry deserts, farms, factories, miners, fishermen, surfers, hipsters, yuppies, startups, and people of all walks of life. You can look at the state of California and see everything that makes America great. Unsurprisingly, California also has some of the most comprehensive privacy laws in the country. The Golden State is a national leader when it comes to privacy legislation. California was the first state to pass a breach notification law, and other states soon followed suit. State privacy laws from coast to coast are often modeled, in some way or another, after California legislative precedents. So goes California, so goes the nation.
Currently, a handful of privacy bills have made their way through committees and at least one house of the state legislature. These bills reflect an evolving attitude towards the protection of more data from new technological services We can expect that within the next year each bill will come up for a vote, possibly expanding privacy rights for all Californians. Because of California’s leadership on the privacy issue, businesses and consumers across the country may expect to see their own states adopt several of California’s protections.
July 29, 2015
July 1, 2015
The Chinese word for “crisis” is comprised of two characters. One represents “danger,” and the other represents “opportunity.” On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the United States was reminded of both the dangers and opportunities faced in the digital age after news broke that Chinese hackers allegedly breached government personnel records belonging to millions of current and former federal employees. In response, the Chinese government denied responsibility for the hack, and described any accusations as “irresponsible and unscientific.” Feel free to pause and collect yourself after such a surprising response.
The facts surrounding the hack and China’s involvement are still developing. Many questions remain unanswered: How did this happen? Why did this happen? What happens next? Likewise, many Americans have questions about what this hack means both for their own personal information and for our country’s standing in the world. The whole situation is terrifying because it is so easy to see the danger. But in addition to outlining the danger caused by the hack, this post also aims to reveal the opportunities for those of us wondering where we go from here.
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June 8, 2015