The Rise of US Data Privacy Issues in a COVID-19 World


Webinar | June 24, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm EST

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Data privacy issues are being amplified in the US—a country where coronavirus has hit the hardest and there is now a glaring gap of federal data privacy and protection laws. The California Consumer Protection Act, or CCPA, went into effect January 1 and is set to start being enforced this summer. However, COVID-19 could change the path of what many were expecting from this new law and potentially the future of data privacy laws across the country.

In this webinar, MLex data privacy regulation experts Mike Swift and Amy Miller will dive deeper into the various changes and activity in US data privacy issues over the past 6 months, including:

  • The first lawsuits have appeared under CCPA, with tech companies Zoom and Houseparty  making headlines for allegations about their data protection practices. We’ll discuss how these early lawsuits could shape the future of CCPA enforcement.
  • Contact tracing & location monitoring may be helpful in minimizing COVID-19, but these new practices are driving data privacy debates across the globe.  US tech giants Google and Apple are paving the way, but different countries are taking different approaches. How does the US compare and what new privacy concerns do these methods introduce?  
  • The submission of more than 900,000 petition signatures make it likely that California voters will decide in November whether to add significantly tougher measures, such as higher penalties for violating children’s privacy to the existing CCPA.
  • In light of COVID-19, many companies have asked California Attorney General to postpone CCPA enforcement so that companies will have more time to prepare, but the Attorney General has signaled its likely that enforcement will begin on time, with the final guidelines due out by end of June.  

CLE is approved or in the process of approval for 60 minutes of CLE credit.  The type of credit allowed is determined by the state governing MCLE Board. 

Note:  If you are licensed in New York or New Mexico, this program does not qualify for CLE credit.

Mike Swift

Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent, MLex

Amy Miller

Senior Correspondent, Data Privacy & Security, MLex



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