Sunday, July 27, 2014

The language is close, but does not quite require companies to go after PII stolen from them. Too much to ask I guess.
Steven Caponi and Elizabeth Sloan of Blank Rome LLP write:
On July 1, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Delaware House Bill 295, which amends Section 6 of the Delaware Code relating to trade and commerce. The new law, 6 Delaware Code §§50C-101 thru 50C-401, places new obligations on commercial entities with respect to the destruction of records containing the personally identifiable information of consumers. Importantly, the law exposes companies to new civil lawsuits by consumers and administrative enforcement actions by the Delaware Department of Justice. The new law is effective on January 1, 2015.
The heart of the new law is the obligation of “commercial entities” to take “all reasonable steps” to destroy consumers’ personal identifying information that is “no longer to be retained by the commercial entity” by “shredding, erasing, or otherwise destroying or modifying the personal identifying information in those records to make it entirely unreadable or indecipherable through any means. …” By adopting a broad definition of “commercial entity,” the new requirements impact all corporations, business trusts, estates, trusts, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, associations, organizations, joint ventures, or other legal entity—whether or not for-profit. Importantly, the law does not specify when documents must be destroyed, but rather, addresses how records should be destroyed when they will no longer be “retained” by a company.
Read more on JDSupra.

Not all surveillance is evil.
Stephen Rex Brown reports:
Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he has introduced legislation to provide law enforcement around the country with tracking devices that parents can voluntarily place on their autistic child.
The device could be a bracelet or sewn into pants and hopefully prevent a replay of last year’s Avonte Oquendo tragedy, in which a 14-year-old autistic boy died after wandering out of school.
Read more on NY Daily News.
And although it may surprise some readers, I think this type of tracking is not only okay, but helpful – as long as it continues to be voluntary on the parents’ part.

The Pirate Party will destroy Copyright and Kim will ban surveillance.
Hannah Jane Parkinson reports:
Tech tycoon Kim Dotcom has told the Guardian that “governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control”, before a crowd fundraising event for the Mana Internet party, the political party he founded to contest New Zealand’s September 20 elections.
Dotcom also reiterated his promise that five days before the election, the world will “witness a moment of truth” at an event alongside Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA revelations with Edward Snowden. “We’re about to make history”, he said.
Read more on The Guardian.

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