by Brett Wilson, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Densborn Blachly LLP
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain companies doing business in California will have to comply with what is now the nation’s strictest data privacy law – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA is an extraordinary piece of legislation regulating the processing of personal data of California residents. If a business processes personal data of Californians and meets certain threshold requirements, the business will be subject to the new law and its potential penalties for non-compliance. Unintentional violations of the CCPA can result in a fine of $2,500 per person affected; a company’s misuse of 100 clients’ personal data would be a stiff civil fine of $250,000. On top of civil fines, the CCPA provides a private right of action for those affected by certain data breaches.
The CCPA is certainly the most onerous data privacy law in the U.S. and may become the benchmark for the future of U.S. data privacy regulation. U.S. data privacy laws have traditionally only applied to certain industries, such as financial and educational institutions or healthcare providers. In the wake of multiple public personal data privacy scandals and Europe’s adoption of its sweeping General Data Protection Regulation, the U.S. is rethinking how to regulate the processing of personal data.
Members of Congress currently disagree whether a federal law should preempt stricter state laws or simply serve as the baseline requirement. In the meantime, a variety of data privacy bills have appeared in New York, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania and several other states. While Indiana has not yet taken steps toward its own data privacy law, Indiana businesses will soon have to comply with other states’ laws or perhaps a new, all-encompassing federal law – and it’s in their best interest to start the process now.
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INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. News & World Report, in partnership with Best Lawyers®, announced today its 2020 “Best Law Firm” rankings, recognizing Densborn Blachly LLP as a “Best Law Firm” for the seventh year in a row. Of over 14,000 law firms reviewed, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Densborn Blachly “Best Law Firm” in Indianapolis the following 11 practice areas:
- Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) – Tier 1 recognition
- Corporate Law – Tier 1 recognition
- Banking and Finance Law
- Copyright Law
- Information Technology Law
- Technology Law
- Trademark Law
- Insurance Law
- Mergers and Acquisitions Law
- Patent Law
- Real Estate Law
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer review.
“We are grateful for the lawyers and other professionals we have assembled here at Densborn Blachly,” said Densborn Blachly Managing Partner David Blachly. “All have a passion for excellence and consistently work to provide the highest level of service. To our clients and colleagues who have advocated for our inclusion among the Best Law Firms, we humbly say, ‘Thank You’.”
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