Christopher G. Cwalina

Christopher G. Cwalina

Holland & Knight LLP

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Views on Data Security Readiness

Hacking breaches continue to push companies into the unwelcome public spotlight to defend their corporate data security practices—including recently the cyberattack on Sony Entertainment Corp. (13 PVLR 2062,...more

12/16/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection Privacy Laws Privacy Policy

DOJ Requires Compliance with Voluntary Guidance for Website Accessibility - Website Operators: Be Aware of Efforts to Expand Legal...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a compliance review and subsequent settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A. Inc. and Peapod, LLC – the owner and operator of peapod.com, an online grocery shopping website. The...more

11/25/2014 - Accessibility Rules DOJ Enforcement Grocery Stores Mobile Apps Settlement Website Accessibility Websites

OBA Accountability Program Enforcement

On October 28, 2014, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program issued a press release detailing several decisions that commence the promised enforcement of its 2013 Compliance Warning to website publishers...more

11/20/2014 - Advertising Data Collection Enforcement Notice of Privacy Practices Online Advertisements Websites

California Expands Data Breach Law

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1710, a bill which expands California’s existing data breach laws. As we discuss in further detail below, the new laws introduce substantive...more

11/14/2014 - Data Breach Identity Theft New Legislation Social Security Numbers

More Kids' Privacy News: Calif. Passes Law on Student Privacy and Advertising (SOPIPA) and FTC on the Hunt

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday, August 29, 2014, a law aimed at restricting the use of students' educational data by third-party vendors, making this one of the more restrictive and sweeping state privacy...more

10/7/2014 - Advertising COPPA Data Protection Electronically Stored Information FTC Personally Identifiable Information Popular SOPIPA Student Records Students

Yelp and TinyCo Settle FTC Charges of COPPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with online review site, Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer, TinyCo, Inc., against separate charges that the companies were collecting children’s...more

10/6/2014 - COPPA Data Protection FTC Internet Settlement TinyCo Yelp

Why Are Companies Getting Sued Under the Video Privacy Protection Act? - Minimizing Your Company's Risk of a VPPA Lawsuit...

Plaintiffs' class action attorneys have filed a cascade of recent Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) suits against major brand names. These suits can present a significant exposure because the VPPA provides for statutory...more

9/17/2014 - Class Action Corporate Counsel Popular Risk Assessment Risk Management Statutory Damages VPPA

The New ADA Design and Construction Issue: Website Accessibility

- The DOJ has indicated that it plans on issuing a separate regulation to address website accessibility. However, no official action has been taken since it first sought comments on its proposal for addressing website...more

6/18/2014 - ADA DOJ Public Comment Website Accessibility Website Design Websites

California Issues New Privacy Law Recommendations

On May 21, 2014, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a series of recommendations concerning recent changes in California privacy law. The guide, titled "Making Your Privacy Practices Public," is intended to...more

5/22/2014 - Data Protection Do Not Track Privacy Laws Right to Privacy Transparency

FTC Publishes New Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidelines to assist mobile app developers to comply with truth-in-advertising and basic privacy principles when marketing new mobile apps....more

11/15/2012 - Advertising Data Collection Data Protection False Advertising Mobile Apps Privacy Policy

Complying with the California Attorney General's Statement on Mobile Apps: Don't Rely on Website Privacy Policies

The California Attorney General recently sent a letter to more than 100 companies notifying them that they are not in compliance with California law, due to the fact that their mobile applications use or collect personal...more

11/2/2012 - Data Collection Delta Airlines Kamala Harris Mobile Apps Online Privacy Protection Act Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy

Privacy And Security In Mobile Apps, The Cloud, And The Internet Of Things: The Role Of In-House Counsel In Mitigating New Class...

The world has changed in ways that are even more dramatic than the conventional wisdom would suggest. When thinking about privacy online, it is tempting to immediately envision a desktop web browsers and one's latest web...more

10/1/2012 - Cloud Computing COPPA Data Collection Data Protection FTC Mobile Apps

COPPA May Now Apply to You: FTC Proposes Additional Revisions to Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule and Seeks Public...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on August 1, 2012, that it was seeking public comment on a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Supplemental NOPR) concerning the FTC's revision of the Children's Online...more

8/9/2012 - COPPA FTC

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