Transparency is the cornerstone of democracy—when government information flows freely, it shines a light on every corner. It’s the best defense against corruption and the strongest weapon for liberty. That’s why the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is so critical. Title 5 U.S.C. § 552 of the United States Code guarantees public access to government information in the interest of providing transparency. FOIA requires agencies to locate, review and provide responsive documents within 20 business days, and many state and local jurisdictions have even more stringent regulations.
The California Privacy Rights Act goes where CCPA didn’t go—in fact, it’s fair to think of it as CCPA-plus. And it helps to remember that thanks in part to the global effect of GDPR, CCPA received significant coverage prior to its launch on Jan. 1, 2020. By contrast, the new legislation has received very little attention. The fact that it doesn’t go into effect until Jan 1, 2023, and will continue to evolve in the next few months, has also pushed it to the back burner.
The backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests has grown during the pandemic. The Justice Department reports that the number of backlogged requests across federal agencies in fiscal 2020 was 141,762, compared to about 120,000 the year before.
In this special guest feature, Bill Tolson, VP of Global Compliance & eDiscovery, discusses the big question surrounding Big Data: when (and how) can information be legally deleted? What’s needed is the right combination of technology and policy. Bill has long been an advocate for strategic data deletion, and has authored numerous books and articles on subjects around it.
California is leading the way with strict new data privacy provisions and substantial fines for non-compliance from a new enforcement agency -- not everyone is ready.
It is abundantly clear that many traditional models, from network security to edge protection, are not working. It is time for a fundamental rethink.