Griffen Thorne

Griffen is an attorney in Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on corporate, transactional, intellectual property, data security, regulatory, and litigation matters across a wide variety of domestic and international industries.

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Pay Close Attention to California’s New IoT Law

A few days ago, California passed the first U.S. information security law specifically targeting the Internet of Things (or IoT). We wrote about the law, SB-327, about a year ago when it first passed. SB-327 has gotten relatively little press compared to California’s other pioneering data protection statute, the California Consumer Privacy Act. But when it

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New California Data Privacy Law Will Affect Businesses Across the Globe

This isn’t the first time I’ve written on the China Law Blog (see here) about the California Consumer Privacy Act (or “CCPA”), California’s massive new privacy law that many compare to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (or “GDPR”), but it’s certainly becoming more important now as CCPA takes effect in about six weeks. If you weren’t

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GDPR Meets its Match . . . in China

Most established European and American companies that do business in or with China have already done a good deal to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), and maybe even the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). They have likely drafted new privacy policies, re-designed  their websites, and adopted more internal controls to be

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California Laws Spell Big Changes for International Companies

Many of our China clients sell their products and services to the United States. And because nearly all these companies sell to California, the China Law Blog editors asked me to write about how California’s rapidly advancing privacy and data security laws impact foreign companies that do business with California. I have been tasked with

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The Internet of Things and California Proposition 65

Most IoT products are made in China and most of those IoT products are then sold in the United States, including California. It therefore bears mentioning that California Governor Jerry Brown last week approved SB-327, the first information security law in the U.S. specifically targeting the IoT. SB-327 will take effect on January 1, 2020