Calif.'s New Privacy Enforcement Unit May Fuel More Civil Suits

Law360, San Diego (July 19, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris' announcement Thursday that her office is rolling out a new unit to crack down on consumer privacy violations will not only lead to a greater number of enforcement actions by state officials, but encourage more litigation by civil plaintiffs, experts say.

The privacy enforcement and protection unit seeks to prosecute violations of California and federal privacy laws that regulate the collection, retention, disclosure and destruction of private or sensitive data by individuals, organizations and the government. It will be staffed by...
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