If you are a tenant in a “smart” building – one that has an access system that uses digital technology, like an RFID card, a mobile phone application, biometric identifier, or key fob to grant entry – your landlord has the ability to collect personal data about you, like your comings and goings, socializing and frequency of guests, and patterns of work. Until recently, your landlord could do whatever they wanted with this data.

State and federal laws provide tenants with various protections, including anti-discrimination rights, credit check protections, procedures governing the eviction process, and the right to “quiet enjoyment” of their unit. Now a NYC law passed last year, which will be enforced beginning in January 2023, gives

The New York Privacy Act (NYPA) was recently reintroduced in the State legislature for the 2021 – 2022 legislative session. Previous versions were introduced in earlier legislative sessions but did not move forward.

If enacted into law, the NYPA could potentially be the most comprehensive state privacy law in the country, even broader than similar laws in California, Virginia, and Colorado. It would create an expansive set of consumer rights and impose obligations on data controllers (those

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, we’re heading full speed into the holiday season and its proliferation of scams. Be cautious when sharing information online and take precautions to avoid holiday frauds.

Fake charities reach out this time of year to take advantage of goodwill (and the desire for year-end tax deductions). Confirm the legitimacy of any charity before donating. Don’t donate through a link or provide information to a caller. Instead, support charities through their

Last month, NYC passed a law regulating customer data collected by food delivery services from online orders.  Effective at the end of the year, the law will require delivery services (such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats) to furnish customer data (including name, phone number, email and delivery addresses, order contents) at least on a monthly basis to restaurants that request it until the restaurant requests not to receive it.

The law also requires that delivery services disclose to

Unemployment insurance fraud takes several forms, such as providing false information on an application, saying you’re not working when you are, and working off the books while collecting benefits. A prevalent form consists of using another person’s identity to file a fraudulent claim.

Because of the pandemic, which resulted in a surge of unemployment claims and overburdened benefits agencies, thousands have fallen victim to unemployment insurance fraud committed via identity theft. Billions

The pandemic resulted in a shift to online learning, with many schools issuing devices (laptops, tablets) to students who otherwise would not have had online access. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a think tank and advocacy organization, recently released two reports delving into whether students who rely on school-issued devices are subject to more monitoring than their peers who have their own.

Monitoring can take the form of teachers viewing students’ online activity in

Phishing is a widely known scam in which messages “fishing” for your personal information are sent to you via email. Generally, the message is not personalized, although phishing can be targeted to an individual or entire company. (This is called “spear” phishing.) The messages appear to be from a reputable organization like a financial services provider (your bank), but they are fraudulent. The scammer’s goal is identity theft: to obtain your personal info or credentials to steal your money

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