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Class Action Filed Against Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Alleged COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Spyware Installation

This week, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its use of a COVID-19 contact-tracing app for residents’ mobile phones. However,...

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At Least 22 States Have Consumer Privacy Legislation Pending – Will 2022 Be the Year for More State Privacy Laws?

California is the gold standard for state privacy laws, having recently enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). Virginia and Colorado also have enacted...

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Litigation Over Massachusetts’ “Right to Repair” Law Continues

As we previously wrote, in November 2021, Ballot Question 1 in Massachusetts was passed, which requires car manufacturers that sell cars equipped with telematics systems (i.e., a method of monitoring a...

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Smart Health Cards, Vaccine Passports, and Privacy

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee recently announced that they are considering implementing vaccine passport programs in their respective states. Baker stated that he is working with...

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Eversource Energy Notifies Customers of Data Breach

Eversource Energy, which is the largest energy supplier in New England with 4.3 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, is notifying customers that their personal information was compromised on...

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Vehicle Inspections in Multiple States Disrupted by Malware

Applus Technologies, Inc., a vendor of multiple state Departments of Motor Vehicles that assists states with vehicle inspections, recently announced that its systems have been affected by malware, disrupting motor vehicle...

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Consumer Reports Releases Model State Privacy Act – More States Introduce Consumer Privacy Legislation

This week, Consumer Reports published a Model State Privacy Act. The Consumer advocacy organization proposed model legislation “to ensure that companies are required to honor consumers’ privacy.” The model legislation is...

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DOJ Warns of Business Email Compromise Scheme Targeted at PPP Loan Recipients

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts is warning small businesses that received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of a dramatic increase in reports of business email-compromise...

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Update on the Massachusetts Right to Repair Lawsuit

As I wrote about previously on our blog, the Massachusetts Right to Repair amendment passed in November is up against a lawsuit from auto manufacturers. Now, the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office...

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Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 Still on the Forefront as Automakers Sue to Block its Implementation

A group of automakers through the Alliance for Automotive Innovation is suing Massachusetts in federal court to block the new ‘Right to Repair’ law that passed on November 3rd. This law...

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