Richard Halm is an associate in Dykema's Privacy and Data Security Group and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Mr. Halm's practice focuses on helping clients guard against legal and regulatory exposure through prompt response to data security incidents and proactive compliance with privacy laws.

Prior to joining Dykema, Richard spent five years with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. In that role he participated in several breach responses, worked on numerous technology transactions and consulted on privacy matters. Richard also spent ten years in the Illinois Army National Guard, serving both domestically and abroad. During domestic operations he served in a risk management and intelligence role. While deployed he served as the senior US Army Intelligence and Risk Management Officer in Egypt during the Arab Spring (2010­ to 2011).

The Genesis of Three Competing Federal Bills

In 2018, there were numerous congressional and industry proposals aimed at addressing privacy on the federal level. Although none ever crystalized as federal law, the sheer number of lawmakers introducing proposals and getting involved in the debate made clear that privacy would be a focus in 2019. As 2019 began, there was hope that the various state privacy statutes being enacted and debated were putting even more pressure on the federal government to enact bipartisan federal privacy legislation. The California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) January 1, 2020 go-live date also seemed to be increasing pressure on Congress to act. Nowhere was the combination of hope and pressure more pronounced than in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Throughout 2019, bipartisan discussions on federal privacy legislation seemed to be progressing. Those talks ultimately broke down towards the end of 2019 and resulted in three separate, rival legislative proposals: COPRA, CDPA, and CDPSA.
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