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Alex M. Pearce

Alex M. Pearce

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Alex dedicates his practice to privacy and data security law. He assists clients with compliance strategies, policy development and implementation, data monetization and data use analyses, privacy and security issues in transactions, privacy and security incident response, and regulatory and litigation matters that involve privacy and data security issues.

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Sense and Sensitivity: Latest FTC Enforcement Actions Continue Focus on Sensitive Health Data

We’ve talked before about the FTC’s focus on consumer health privacy. In cases against BetterHelp and GoodRx, a…

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FTC Gives it to X-Mode: 5 Lessons from the Agency’s Latest Consumer Location Data Case

The FTC announced an action last week against location data broker X-Mode Social and its corporate successor Outlogic (collectively, “X-Mode”) based on several alleged…

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The Next Post They Write Might Be About You: The FTC’s Business Blog Calls Out Health Data Practices That Can Violate Section 5

In another example of the agency’s practice of regulation by blog, the FTC published last week a Business Blog…

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Less Is More, Too Much Is Not Enough: What the Irish DPC’s €390 Million Fine Against Meta Could Mean for Your Privacy Notice

European data protection authorities kicked 2023 off with a bang when, on January 4, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced that…

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Glow Up or Blow Up: Five Takeaways from the CCPA Enforcement Action Against Sephora

As we discussed last year, the California Attorney General’s Office (“OAG”) has been wielding its enforcement authority under the California Consumer Privacy…

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Carnival Cruise Line’s $1.25 Million Multistate Breach Settlement: 5 Lessons to Avoid and Mitigate Unstructured Data Breaches

Corporate email systems can often become repositories of personal information, with sensitive data elements appearing in the bodies of messages and their attachments, often with…

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Buyers Beware: the FTC’s Case Against CafePress Highlights Privacy and Data Security Risks in Corporate Transactions

Last week the Federal Trade Commission announced a privacy and data security enforcement action against the online retail platform CafePress. The allegations in the…

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To-Do in 2022: Top 5 Data Protection Contracting Tasks

Since 2018, a consistent stream of newly adopted privacy laws and other regulatory developments (such as GDPR, CCPA, Schrems…

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The EU Commission’s New SCCs for International Transfers: Top 5 Immediate Takeaways

Ending months of anxious speculation from privacy lawyers around the globe, the European Commission announced on Friday that it had adopted final versions of the…

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High Stakes: North Carolina Consumer Privacy Bill Sees Virginia’s CDPA and Raises a Private Right of Action with Automatic Treble Damages

Since California enacted the CCPA in 2018, legislatures in other states throughout the country have sought to pass their own comprehensive privacy laws. So far,…

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Cranking up the Pressure: Federal Financial Regulators’ Proposed Rule on Computer-Security Incident Notification and How it Could Impact Banks, Fintech Firms, and Other Bank Service Providers

From California to Europe, the final months of 2020 featured several high-profile developments in the privacy and data security fields. One development that…

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The California Attorney General’s Settlement with Glow: A Wake-Up Call for Consumer Health App Developers

Consumer-directed health apps are experiencing a boom thanks to COVID-19, as consumers seeking to avoid doctors’ office waiting rooms are increasingly…

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Could Data Subjects or EU Supervisory Authorities Use the US Court System to Enforce GDPR?

United States companies without a presence in Europe often ask us whether they need to comply with GDPR.  Often the answer (as with most things…

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Zoom for Improvement: Lessons Learned from Zoom’s Privacy and Security Backlash

As anyone working from home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic can appreciate, the video conferencing platform Zoom has rocketed to popularity as the app of…

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Back to the Drawing Board? The Top Ten Impacts of the California AG’s Modified CCPA Regulations (Part 2 of 2)

Last Friday, the California Department of Justice released a modified version of the Department’s proposed…

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So Don’t Sue Me: Strategies for Responding to CCPA Consumer Enforcement Notices

After a holiday break marked by a steady stream of emails from media, technology, and retail companies announcing updates to their privacy policies, the California…

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Update Your Status: Takeaways from Facebook’s $100 Million Privacy Settlement with the SEC

The Federal Trade Commission’s historic $5 billion civil penalty against Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been the subject of intense coverage…

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Latest GDPR Fine Emphasizes Need for Privacy and Data Security Due Diligence in Corporate Acquisitions

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that it intends to impose a record-setting $230 million GDPR fine on British Airways for a…

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