What’s trending on NP Privacy Partner



October 18, 2019

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Karl D. Belgum, Jenny L. Holmes

The Ninth Circuit indicates that information on public LinkedIn profiles is fair game and the California governor signs seven bills related to data security and privacy. Here’s what’s trending in data privacy and cybersecurity.

Consumer Privacy

Ninth Circuit Indicates that Information on Public LinkedIn Profiles is Fair Game for Automated Data Scraping Bots Under the CFAA

The CFAA, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1030, prohibits the intentional accessing of a protected computer “without authorization” in order to obtain information from it. The Ninth Circuit considered the meaning of the phrase “without authorization” and determined that its use in the statute is meant to protect against the digital equivalent of “breaking and entering.” As such, simply collecting publicly available data from a website like LinkedIn does not give rise to a CFAA violation. The court rather indicated that the CFAA is violated only “when a person circumvents a computer’s generally applicable rules regarding access permissions, such as username and password requirements, to gain access to a computer.”—Jenny L. Holmes

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California governor signs seven bills related to data security and privacy

On October 13, 2019, the California governor signed bills amending the California Consumer Privacy Act into law.—Karl Belgum

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