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Privacy Regimes for Protecting Biometric Information

Enforcement of biometric privacy laws has been on the rise, starting with the Illinois case Rosenbach v. Six Flags (discussed in a January alert), which held that statutory non-compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) constitutes sufficient injury to permit suits for damages and injunctive relief. The acquisition of biometric information also is being scrutinized under the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with the Swedish Data Protection Authority recently issuing a $20,650 fine to a school that used biometric facial recognition technology to record attendance.

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Ask and You Shall Receive: Straws and Soda with Kids’ Meals Only Available upon Request

Over the past few years, cities have enacted laws to mandate the default drink sold with kids’ meals and only give plastic straws to consumers upon request. In September 2018, when then-Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1192 and AB 1884 into law, California became the first state to enact these types of measures statewide. In the current legislative session, other states are following suit and proposing statewide legislation to mandate certain default drinks for kids’ meals and to ban or limit single-use plastic straws. Most of these laws define a “single-use plastic straw” as a straw predominantly made of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically based polymer that is designed to be used once. The following is a brief summary of the enacted and proposed laws.

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Google Fined 50 Million Euros for Violating GDPR

When the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, discussed in a December 2017 client alert) took effect May 25, 2018, the French data protection regulator, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), which translates to National Information Rights Commission, began investigating Google’s data privacy practices. Now, the CNIL has imposed on Google a €50 million fine (about $57 million), the largest to date under the GDPR, for lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding its personalized ads. Below is a summary of the enforcement action and what it means going forward.

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Melissa G. Powers Appointed Young Privacy Professional Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals

Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that associate Melissa G. Powers has been appointed Young Privacy Professional (YPP) Leader for the St. Louis Chapter of International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). IAPP helps professionals manage the risks associated with the information economy and protect their organization’s data. In her role as YPP Leader, Melissa will plan networking activities for other young professionals pursuing and engaged in privacy careers. Only one YPP Leader is accepted per chapter and serves a one-year term.

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California Consumer Privacy Act Amendment Signed into Law

On September 23, 2018, California’s Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed SB 1121 into law. SB 1121 modifies the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “Act”), which was passed earlier this year (discussed in a September 2018 alert). SB 1121 leaves the Act largely intact, but it does clarify certain aspects of the Act, as briefly discussed below.

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