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The technology that science fiction promised us has finally arrived, but accompanying it are new duties, liabilities, and causes of action.  Smart homes, or homes interfaced with internet functionality, are growing in popularity.  In a smart home, features like door locks and appliances may be connected to the internet, allowing consumers to remotely control or

2020 has been a year for the record books, and the area of data breach litigation is no exception.   Several key developments, when considered individually or in conjunction, will likely make breach litigation a top of mind data privacy issue going into the next year.  So fasten your seatbelts and read on as CPW recaps

As the first year for litigation and enforcement, 2020 was a big year for the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).  Read on for ConsumerPrivacyWorld’s highlights of the year’s most significant events, as well as our predictions for what 2021 may bring.

Recap – What is the CCPA?

Following the lead of the European Union’s General

This week brought news of a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint and proposed $4.25 million settlement with AppFolio, Inc. (“AppFolio”), a California-based company that provides “screening reports” to property management companies regarding potential tenants’ rental, credit, and criminal histories,. While the settlement bears a hefty price tag, it was Commissioner Rohit Chopra’s dissenting statement that

As you will recall from CPW’s prior update (here), earlier this fall, the CFPB issued a final rule (the “Rule”) to implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).  12 CFR Part 1006 et seq.  The Rule is perhaps the most significant development affecting the debt collection industry since the FDCPA came

For those of you who happened to somehow miss CPW’s prior coverage of the impact of the November election on data privacy litigation, not to worry.  CPW’s Lydia de la Torre, Glenn Brown, Kristin Bryan and Aaron Garavaglia have an article in Law360 expanding upon their prior analysis.  As they explain:

The U.S. is in

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) permits consumers to dispute the details of their credit reports.  Upon receipt of a dispute, the credit reporting agency (“agency”) must notify the party that furnished the disputed information, which then has a duty to investigate.  15 U.S.C. § 1681i(a)(2).  The FCRA provides a private right of action to

From consumers and merchants to financial institutions and investors, fraud is a global problem that damages healthy economic growth.  Two sobering statistics illustrate that as the world has become more connected, fraud has only proliferated.  In 2001, the FTC received 137,306 reports of fraud.  In 2019, that number increased to 1,697,934 – an increase of

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) regulates the collection and use of biometric data and includes a private right of action as an enforcement mechanism.  This month, a BIPA class action lawsuit was filed against Del Monte Foods, Inc. in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.  In Metoyer v. Del Monte Foods, Inc.