Thought Leadership

Privacy Flash Five – April 2021

Client Updates

Our data privacy video series brings you five key developments each month. In our first episode, Partner Cynthia Cole runs down what companies need to know in this ever-evolving area:

1. Focus on Nation’s Cybersecurity Regulations Increases

Recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure systems have prompted the Biden administration to announce that it is preparing to take executive action to improve the nation’s cybersecurity defense. 

2. Virginia Enters the Privacy Sphere

Virginia recently became the second state to pass comprehensive data privacy regulations with its adoption of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”). 

3. GDPR Enforcement Ramps Up

European data protection authorities drastically ramped up enforcement actions across the EU in 2020 with a particular focus on user consent.

4. California Privacy Board Ready to Start Work

The five newly appointed board members of the California Privacy Protection Agency are likely to tackle issues such as tech equity and children’s privacy as the agency takes control of enforcing and interpreting the CCPA and CPRA from the attorney general.

5. FTC Stays Focused on Consumer Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission under acting chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter is likely to maintain  the agency’s focus on policing companies’ privacy practices and on enhancing consumer protections in fields such as biometric data, while seeking enhanced tools.

Baker Botts recognizes that data-protection and privacy issues are a concern for all companies that gather, store, or process the sensitive or personal information of their customers, third parties or employees. Privacy regulations around the world change constantly and the growth in technology available to transfer, manipulate, process, and access data shows no sign of abating. Learn more about our Privacy and Data Security practice here.

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