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Hello all, and happy Thursday!  

For most businesses subject to a privacy law, when they hear “enforcement,” they think of the massive fines being applied to egregious violators of the law. In part, that’s because much of what goes on in regulatory enforcement happens behind the scenes. The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (CTDPA), however, gives us a chance to peek behind the curtain. 

Under the CTDPA, the Attorney General’s Office is required to issue an annual report describing its efforts to educate consumers and enforce compliance—we’ve linked to it in one of this week’s stories below. In this report, you can find information on what drives complaints, why companies get put on notice, and so on. Extrapolating the information in this report out to the rest of the U.S. (and other jurisdictions covered by data privacy laws) can give you greater insight into what’s going on in enforcement across the wider data privacy world. 

Some highlights from this year’s report: 

  • The Attorney General received 30 complaints in the first 6 months after the CTDPA went live. Primarily, these related to consumer privacy rights—especially the right to delete personal data. 
  • However, a full third of these complaints were directed to entities exempt from the CTDPA (e.g. non-profits, entities subject to HIPAA, and so on). 
  • The office issued 10 cure notices aimed at privacy policy deficiencies.  

Something else that the team at Osano noticed: one of these cure notices was issued to a car brand after privacy concerns were highlighted in the Mozilla Foundations's *Privacy Not Included. We talked about Mozilla’s report in a previous edition of Privacy Insider—in this instance, it looks like there was a pretty clear line between being called out for poor privacy practices and being investigated by data protection authorities. 

All of this is just to call out an opportunity to learn more about what goes on in enforcement beyond the big, seven-figure penalties that make headlines. There are a lot of smaller actions and steps before those penalties reach those stratospheric heights. 



P.S. Don’t miss out on next Thursday’s webinar on data mapping! Osano has partnered with KPMG to dive into what, why, and how of data mapping—register on the IAPP’s website here 

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