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Brandon Robinson is a partner at Balch & Bingham. He counsels clients in a wide variety of industries regarding cybersecurity and data privacy issues to assist them in proactively managing risks while maintaining innovative customer service.

A new bill introduced by the Senate (S. 2666), the “Sanction and Stop Ransomware Act of 2021”, would require a strict 24-hour limit for reporting ransomware payments for businesses with more than 50 employees. The bipartisan bill, put forward by leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also focuses on critical infrastructure,

Background

Yesterday, on September 22, 2021, the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) — the new privacy regulatory agency created by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA” or “CCPA 2.0”) — issued an invitation for public comment on its proposed rulemaking.  Such comments “will assist the Agency in developing new regulations, determining whether

Background

On August 30, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sanctioned eight firms in three actions for cybersecurity failures in their policies and procedures that exposed the personal information of thousands of customers at each firm. These firms included: Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Cetera Investment Services LLC, Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, Cetera Advisors LLC,

On March 17, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsome, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the members of the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) the new administrative agency created by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) charged with protecting consumer privacy rights overs personal information.

“Californians deserve

California Attorney General Issues Additional CCPA Regulations Advancing Consumer Protections

On March 15, 2021, the California Attorney General (“AG”) approved additional CCPA regulations to enhance consumer protections for opting out of the sale of information.  These regulations come after the third set of modifications was approved last October, and after the California Privacy Rights Act

As the nation closely watches the election results coming in, the majority of votes counted in California suggest that the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”, or commonly known as “CCPA 2.0”), is on track to pass.  Proposition 24 under the California General Election, as of the information available to us at the time

On October 22, 2020, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published NIST Technical Note (TN) 2111, “An Empirical Study on Flow-based Botnet Attacks Prediction”. The note, authored by Mitsuhiro Hatada and Matthew Scholl of NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory, presents a method to predict botnet attacks, such as mass spam email and distributed denial-of-service

On October 12, 2020, California’s Attorney General proposed a third set of modifications to California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) regulations. These proposed modifications come nearly two months after the final regulations were approved and made effective by the California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) on August 14, and less than a month before the California

On October 7, 2020, The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced that it had assessed a $400 million civil penalty against Citibank, N.A. regarding alleged deficiencies in its enterprise-wide risk management and data governance programs and its internal controls.  In particular, the OCC found violations of 12 CFR Part 30, Appendix D

On September 18, 2020, Brazil’s data protection law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais, or “LGPD”) became retroactively effective August 16, 2020.  Penalties do not begin until August 1, 2021, based on a previous delay passed by Brazil’s legislature. Brazil’s legislature previously rejected a provisional measure which would have postponed applicability of