Model Data Privacy Bill Approved: What the UPDPA Could Do for State Legislatures Across the Country

By Krishna Jani, Flaster Greenberg   In July 2021, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) voted to approve the Uniform Personal Data Protection Act (UPDPA). The UPDPA is a model data privacy bill designed to provide a template for states to introduce to their own legislatures, and ultimately, adopt as binding law.   The UPDPA The
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Third Party’s Collection of Website Visitor Data Not Considered “Intercepted” Under New Pennsylvania WESCA Ruling

By Anokhy Desai   A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV of the Western District of Pennsylvania held that there was no interception of communication per the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act (WESCA) when a third-party company collected data from a user’s browser as she visited another website, writing that
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First City in Pennsylvania Passes Ordinance on Controversial Facial Recognition Technologies

By Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D.   Background Previously on this blog, Patrick McKnight wrote about facial recognition technologies coming under increased congressional scrutiny, noting companion bills introduced on June 25, 2020 by Senators Markey and Merkley (S. 4084) and Representatives Jayapal and Pressley (H.R.7356) known as the “Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act
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A Dramatic Expansion of Biometrics Proposed by Department of Homeland Security

By Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D.   On Sept. 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the “Collection and Use of Biometrics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.” The NPRM involves a dramatic shift in policy, expanding the types of biometrics collected and broadening the use
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Updates in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy – August 2020

By Krishna Jani, Flaster Greenberg   There is a lot going on in the world right now — and the world of data privacy is no exception.   Here is a snapshot of what’s on my radar:   1. Senators Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders introduced the National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020 on Tuesday, August
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