Leading the Way in Privacy Law The Privacy and Technology Project helps stakeholders navigate the complex new privacy protection laws. 38 SPRING 2014 iven the Bay Area’s status as a hotbed of technological innovation, it’s no surprise that California leads the country in digital privacy protections. To keep the collection of increasingly vast amounts of consumer information by businesses in check, California has many statutes requiring transparency. For example, websites and mobile apps must disclose privacy policies to consumers and companies must report data breaches to their clients and the state. California Attorney General Kamala Harris ’89 championed many of these initiatives. Promising to prosecute companies for failing to protect consumer data, she formed a Department of Justice privacy enforcement unit in 2012. Recently, highprofile security breaches have hit companies, compromising the personal and financial data of millions of consumers, and subjecting companies to regulatory enforcement and liabilities into the billions of dollars. Yet this ever-evolving area of the law can be confusing to the tech companies themselves, especially startups, which want to follow the rules but may not entirely understand them. Enter UC Hastings, whose prime location in the hub of San Francisco’s Former Privacy and Technology Project fellow Alea Garbagnati ’11 now works in cyber risk services at Deloitte.
Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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