Contributor: Dennis Holmes, IAPP Westin Research Fellow

Dennis Holmes is a recent graduate of The George Washington University Law School. During law school, he focused on information privacy & telecommunications law and worked at the Federal Trade Commission and Google. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Federal Communications Law Journal. Dennis is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and he also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Macalester College. 

The Australian Privacy Principles: What They Mean for the Rest of the World

By Dennis Holmes

The newly enacted Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act of 2012, which introduced the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) has left many local businesses scrambling to meet their compliance obligations under the new laws, but what about foreign companies—particularly foreign service providers? Many companies outside of Australia have not yet put the new privacy rules on their radar...

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Overview of the Newly Enacted Australian Privacy Principles

By Dennis Holmes

On Wednesday, the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), amendments to the Privacy Act of 1988(Cth), went into effect. The new rules apply to both government agencies and businesses, replacing the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that governed public agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that governed businesses. In case this overhaul caught you off guard, we have a brief...

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Practical Privacy

Six Practical Tips for the Private Sector from the DHS Annual Privacy Report

By Dennis Holmes

Successfully managing a privacy program can be challenging, especially when faced with a limited staff, budget or both. For simple, effective ways to help you improve your organization’s privacy program, you may want to pick up a copy of the recently released Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office’s 2013 Annual Report to Congress. The report highlights the achievements of the DHS Privacy...

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What Do the New Disclosure Requirements Under CalOPPA Mean for Your Business?

By Dennis Holmes

On Friday, September 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 370 (A.B. 370), which amends the California Online Privacy Protection Act  (CalOPPA) requiring businesses to disclose how they respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. The new law, which is the first to officially address the DNT mechanism endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission and debated by industry, presents...

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Court Decision Brings Implications for Breach Liability

By Dennis Holmes

On September 3, the Fifth Circuit reversed and remanded a District Court ruling that dismissed a negligence claim based solely on economic losses in Lone Star National Bank v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. Though the Fifth Circuit stopped short of deciding any dispositive issues, the decision has important implications concerning the scope of liability for data breaches. The Fifth Circuit’s...

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