Deborah George

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Deborah George is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Business Litigation Group as well as its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Ms. George advises clients on and focuses her practice on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. She also has experience providing counsel in civil litigation and employment law matters. She has significant experience offering advice and counsel on legal issues related to human services agencies, including Medicaid, as well as drafting and reviewing contracts, business associate agreements, and data use agreements. Read her full rc.com bio here.

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WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app announced a hack and the exposure of a security flaw this week. The flaw injected malware onto users’ phones, potentially exposing their otherwise encrypted data and messages. WhatsApp allows users to instant message and make phone calls throughout the world. The app features described on its website include simple, secure, and reliable messaging and is widely known for encrypting messages between users. This week’s announcement of the security flaw…
There was unfortunately some bleak news out of the Department of Health & Human Services, (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently. The OIG recently released the results of a performance audit of the HHS’ compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). The OIG Report states that FISMA requires that there be an annual independent evaluation of the information security program and practices of the agency to determine the effectiveness…
A few weeks ago, I pondered whether the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) is still a bit of a work in progress with the introduction of a proposed amendment. Recently, another amendment was proposed by Assembly Member Edwin Chau in the form of Assembly Bill 25. Assembly Bill 25 would exclude employees and job applicants from the definition of “consumer.” The new amendment states: “Consumer does not include a natural person whose personal…
We write about data breaches and privacy issues all the time. We are desensitized in some ways to the fact that our privacy may have been, or will be, compromised and, quite frankly, many people now distrust some of the very companies with which they shared their information. California led the way regarding privacy legislation with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). Washington, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are a few of the…
So this week’s blog article takes a page from my very own “smart” home devices. Monday morning at about 3:42 a.m. our entire household woke up because every “smart” lightbulb in the house came on at the same time! It was a bit distressing and once we got up and shut off all the lights, some of us (me!) couldn’t get back to sleep. What if my “smart” light bulbs and/or home Wi-Fi somehow got…
This was a busy week for activity and discussions on the federal level regarding existing privacy laws – namely the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). But the real question is, could a federal privacy law actually happen in 2019? Cybersecurity issues and the possibility of a federal privacy law were in the spotlight at the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. This week also saw the introduction…
My fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues, and this week I found two new medical uses of AI that are pretty interesting. Digital Trends reported on two exciting developments: smart stethoscopes and smart toilet seats. In the first example, researchers at Johns Hopkins and the startup Sonavi Labs are developing an updated stethoscope, a piece of equipment that hasn’t changed much over the years. Sonavi reports that they “re-engineered the classic stethoscope by adding active…
This week we continue our series of articles on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). One of the biggest challenges for all of us who are analyzing this law is that even before its 2020 effective date, it’s still a work in progress. This week, legislation was introduced by California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to amend the CCPA. We’ve been discussing the broad nature of this privacy law and answering some general questions,…
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a complex, fascinating and even mind-boggling technology that has already changed the world. Web searches, email sorting, and algorithms using AI are all examples of how AI is already a part of our technological lives. When you type a response to an email and text is suggested for you, that is AI at work. When LinkedIn advertisements contain content that interests you, that is AI at work. This week my own…
This week we continue our series of articles on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). We’ve been discussing the broad nature of this privacy law and answering some general questions, such as what is it? Who does it apply to? What protections are included for consumers? How does it affect businesses? What rights do consumers have regarding their personal information? What happens if there is a violation? This series is a follow up…