Announcements, information and updates from CWAG Members and Associates

September 27, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 CWAG Winter Dinner, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. We invite your participation in this Endowment Dinner benefiting the programs and goals of the Attorneys General. 
Attorneys General and private sector supporters will join together for a dinner and informal discussions at The Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. This highly personal and engaging dinner includes participation from approximately 25-30 Attorneys General. Attend this year's event and participate in this premier opportunity for exchanging views and forging relationships.
You may register as either a current sponsor using one of your allocations under your annual membership, or as a new sponsor. If you are an existing sponsor who registered for the 2018 CWAG Annual Meeting, you may use your same registration code to register for the Winter Dinner. If you need your code re-sent to you, please contact Meeting Manager Ale Stephens. To register online, go to the   2018 CWAG Winter Dinner Registration Website . Click on "Register" and enter your name, last name and email address, then select your attendee type.

To register as a new sponsor, review the 2018 Membership Information Package and contact Meeting Manager Ale Stephens.

Along the top of the registration site, you will find tabs with complete details about the schedule, hotel accommodations, suggested transportation and more.
~CWAG Meeting Manager Ale Stephens,  or 303.304.9206

The next meeting of the Cyber Security Working Group will be held in conjunction with the CWAG Winter Dinner in Charleston, South Carolina at the Dewberry Hotel. The Working Group session will be held on Wednesday, November 28th, from 9:00-11:00 am. A light breakfast will be provided.
Please RSVP directly to Lauren Niehaus at  to attend our next session. Please be sure to separately register for the Winter Dinner on the  CWAG 2018 Winter Dinner Registration Website .
Please Join CWAG Live Online to Watch the 2018 Sports Betting Seminar on October 4th - 5th

As we expect a number of state legislatures to take up this issue in their next few legislative sessions, the Attorneys General will be responsible for providing briefings and opinions to the legislature regarding the legal obstacles and parameters for Sports Betting within their state.

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NTIA Seeks Comment on New Approach to Consumer Data Privacy
September 25, 2018
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a  Request for Comments   on a proposed approach to consumer data privacy designed to provide high levels of protection for individuals, while giving organizations legal clarity and the flexibility to innovate.

The Request for Comments is part of a transparent process to modernize U.S. data privacy policy for the 21st century. In parallel efforts, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a voluntary privacy framework to help organizations manage risk; and the International Trade Administration is working to increase global regulatory harmony.

“The United States has a long history of protecting individual privacy, but our challenges are growing as technology becomes more complex, interconnected, and integrated into our daily lives,” said David Redl, NTIA Administrator and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. “The Trump Administration is beginning this conversation to solicit ideas on a path for adapting privacy to today’s data-driven world.”

The Trump Administration’s proposed approach focuses on the desired outcomes of organizational practices, rather than dictating what those practices should be. With the goal of building better privacy protections, NTIA is seeking comment on the following outcomes:

  1. Organizations should be transparent about how they collect, use, share, and store users’ personal information.
  2. Users should be able to exercise control over the personal information they provide to organizations.
  3. The collection, use, storage and sharing of personal data should be reasonably minimized in a manner proportional to the scope of privacy risks.
  4. Organizations should employ security safeguards to protect the data that they collect, store, use, or share.
  5. Users should be able to reasonably access and correct personal data they have provided.
  6. Organizations should take steps to manage the risk of disclosure or harmful uses of personal data.
  7. Organizations should be accountable for the use of personal data that has been collected, maintained or used by its systems.

NTIA also is seeking comment on several high-level goals identified in the Request for Comments setting the broad outline of the direction that the Trump Administration should take to achieve U.S. consumer privacy protections.

Comments are due by October 26, 2018, and may be submitted by e-mail to . Additional information can be found in the   Federal Register notice .
Google Releases Data Privacy Framework to Guide Data Privacy Legislation
September 25, 2018

Google on Monday released a set of privacy principles to guide Congress as it prepares to write legislation aimed at governing how websites collect and monetize user data.

The framework largely consists of privacy principles that Google already abides by or could easily bring itself into compliance with. It calls for allowing users to easily access and control the data that’s collected about them and requiring companies to be transparent about their data practices.
Uber Pays $148 Million Over Yearlong Cover-Up Of Data Breach
September 27, 2018

Uber is paying $148 million to settle claims over the ride-hailing company's cover-up of a data breach in 2016, when hackers stole personal information of some 25 million customers and drivers in the U.S.

Instead of reporting the stolen data as required by law, Uber paid the hackers $100,000. That was in late 2016; it wasn't until November 2017 that Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that hackers had downloaded the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million Uber users around the world. The figure included 600,000 of the company's drivers, whose names and driver's license numbers were also at risk.

Uber paid the hackers when the company was still run by its former CEO, Travis Kalanick — who resigned in the middle of 2017 in the face of numerous accusations about the burgeoning start-up's culture and ethical practices.
Attorney General Sean D. Reyes Joins U.S. Attorney General to Discuss Tech Companies
Thirteen state attorneys general share consumer protection concerns on tech company platforms
September 25, 2018

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and thirteen other state attorneys general at the Department of Justice to discuss competition, free exchange of ideas, and consumer protection surrounding tech company platforms.
AG Schimel Warns Against Phone Scammers Appearing as Law Enforcement
September 24, 2018
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is warning citizens about spoof phone calls from people claiming to be police, including the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
A few victims alerted DCI they received calls that appeared to be from DCI’s main phone number. The caller falsely claimed to be with the FBI, and told the victim they needed to deposit money into the caller’s bank account. These callers are neither DCI nor the FBI, and you should not give out any personal information to them.
It is not uncommon for people to receive similar calls with scammers asking for payment and claiming to be U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), FBI, IRS, and local law enforcement agencies. In some cases, these scammers have even targeted international students at universities and colleges in Wisconsin. These calls are illegitimate.
If you have received, or do receive, a call like this, you should do the following:
  • Do not give out your personal information and hang up immediately.
  • Notify your banking institution(s).
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • If you feel you are in immediate danger, or have already given out your banking information, contact your local law enforcement.
  • File a complaint through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center:
AG Racine Launches Special Victims Unit to Prosecute Crimes Against Vulnerable Residents
SVU Will Focus on Sexual Assault and Crimes Against Children, Elders, and the Disabled; Human Trafficking Involving Children
September 20, 2018

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has launched a Special Victims Unit (SVU) to focus on prosecuting crimes against some of the most vulnerable people in the District: sexual assault victims, young children, elders, people with disabilities, and children at risk for human trafficking. The unit will also provide specialized training to OAG prosecutors on forensic interviewing and forensic science, gathering evidence, litigating cases, and providing victims with the necessary services to prevent additional trauma during a case.

More information about services for crime victims is available at .
Attorney General Becerra Announces New Law to Strengthen California’s Protections for Service Members
September 20, 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra applauded Governor Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 3212, a measure that will strengthen California’s existing consumer protections for service members and military families, including California National Guard soldiers and airmen. Attorney General Becerra sponsored the bill and worked closely with the bill’s author, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, to shepherd it through the Legislature. 
AB 3212 extends the length of time that service members are protected against foreclosure, eviction, repossession, and default judgments. It also extends to them interest rate protections for student loans and clarifies that students in the National Guard and Reserve have a right to academic leave when they are called to active duty. The bill updates current law to close loopholes that have been used to take advantage of service members and extends the protections of California law to cover all service members in California. Prior to this new law, some protections only applied to members of the Guard and Reserve who are called to active duty.  
Consumer tip sheets for service members are available at the bottom of the press release, button below. 
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements
Follow the 31 AG Races in 2018 on this Interactive Website
A significant number of states, 30 and the District of Columbia, have contests for the Office of Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice hosts an interactive map for those interested in following the races throughout the country. The State AG Election Tracker includes state-by-state AG candidate snapshots, filing deadlines and primary election dates; daily news, insights, polling and fundraising data; and the ability to sign up for real-time election-night updates via text and email. Access is free.