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Federal Response Before California Privacy Law Takes Effect? Not Likely

California Consumer Privacy Act
Posted on March 18, 2019 by | California Consumer Privacy Act, Data Privacy | No Comments

The countdown is on. With the California Consumer Privacy Act slated to go into effect Jan. 1, the call is growing by big tech companies and industry advocates for federal data privacy legislation to preempt differing state laws. Until that occurs, additional states are sure to follow California’s lead in enacting their own laws. Read the full report.

Data Protection Laws Complicate Cross-Border e-Discovery

Data at Cross Purposes
Posted on March 13, 2019 by | Big Data, e-Discovery | No Comments

For global businesses navigating litigation concerns, varying data protection laws are triggering potential complications in cross-border discovery. State and federal laws maintain differing levels of compliance, and new data protection laws overseas, led by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, are calling for more uniform approaches to data collection. Read the full report.

Escalating Cyber Attacks Pose New Challenges for General Counsel

Cybersecurity chalenges for general counsel
Posted on March 1, 2019 by | Cybersecurity, Data breach, Information Governance | No Comments

Recent cyber attacks on major U.S. businesses and government agencies are putting pressure on general counsels to help fortify internal data protocols. Beyond recent attacks against dozens of U.S. corporations and agencies, companies also face the escalating threat of financial liability. Earlier this year, former executives of a major web services provider agreed to pay $29 million to settle assertions they did not live up to their fiduciary duties in safeguarding customer data during cyber attacks between 2013 and 2016. Read the full report.

Growing List of Chief Legal Officers Reporting Directly to CEOs, Boards

Chief Legal Officers
Posted on February 19, 2019 by | Corporate Governance, General Counsel | No Comments

A new study finds chief legal officers under increasing pressure because of regulatory and technological change to provide greater input into corporate strategy. Surveying more than 1,600 chief legal officers in 55 countries, the findings highlight the increasingly close collaboration between legal heads and the CEOs and boards of nearly all Fortune 500 companies. The same reporting arrangement, however, characterizes only about 78 percent of the largest corporations worldwide, the study found. Read more.

Companies See Competitive Advantage in Sustainability Efforts

Social Sustainability ESG Investing
Posted on February 5, 2019 by | Sustainability, White Paper | No Comments

In the early 1900s, writer Upton Sinclair shocked American consumers with depictions of the meatpacking industry, and food safety regulations followed. Today, customers and investors aren’t focused simply on bare-bones regulations, but on more expansive efforts that further strengthen the bottom line, protect assets, and minimize employee turnover. Health and safety concerns are evolving from mere compliance to proactive measures that enhance wellness across the supply chain and benefit recruitment and retention. Read the full report.

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