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Web Scrapers And Their Targets Beware. Regulators Are Zeroing In On Privacy Implications

Web scraping, the process of collecting data from websites by automated methods, has historically received very little attention from regulators, but that could be changing. Lori Kalani, Mira Baylson and Meghan Stoppel discuss how regulators are starting to zero in on the privacy implications of collecting and disclosing user data. This Alert considers the potential risks for both data brokers and the companies they are targeting.

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Priorities and Trends Discussed at NAAG Consumer Protection Fall 2021 Conference

On November 8, 2021, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its Fall Consumer Protection Conference in person for the first time in two years with more than 170 attendees at the live program and approximately 250 attending virtually. The conference comprised a series of panel discussions with state attorneys general (AGs), industry advisors, academics and the chief counsel for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), focusing on key priorities for both the AGs and the challenges presented by an increasingly digital economy. The following are our key takeaways from the presentations.

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California Splits from the FDA: CBD Now Permitted in Food, Beverages and More

Signed into law on October 6, 2021, California Assembly Bill 45 allows for the inclusion of hemp and CBD in food and beverages, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pet food and more. Mira Baylson, Meghan Stoppel and Gianna Puccinelli discuss California’s departure from the FDA’s guidance that hemp cannot be introduced in products sold in interstate commerce,…

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State AGs Confront the Challenges of the Information Age

The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) held its Eastern Regional Meeting in Burlington, Vermont on October 7 and 8, 2021. Entitled “The Surveillance Economy: How Attorneys General Protect Privacy, Safety, and Equality in the Information Age,” the Meeting was organized and hosted by the Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan.

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