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Daniel McKenna

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FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

6/22/2016 - Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Federal Loans FTC Loans Prior Express Consent TCPA

Modernize TCPA, ACA International Urges in White Paper

In a new white paper, ACA International, a trade association for members of the credit and collection industry, argues that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) must be modernized to accurately reflect the current...more

6/8/2016 - ATDS Debt Collection FCC Financial Sector Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Unsolicited Phone Calls White Paper

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

5/25/2016 - ATDS Congressional Investigations & Hearings Declaratory Judgments FCC First Amendment Free Speech Legislative Committees Political Campaigns TCPA

New Guidance Issued on FCRA Compliance in Employee Screening

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance to help background screening companies comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on current or prospective employees. The new...more

5/16/2016 - Background Checks Corporate Counsel Credit Reports Employer Liability Issues FCRA FTC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Guidance Screening Procedures

FCC’s Proposed Regulations Would Gut TCPA Exception for Debts Owed to or Guaranteed by U.S.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Act) amended the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to remove the prior express consent requirement for calls ''made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United...more

5/13/2016 - ATDS Banking Sector Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Comment Period Debt Collection FCC Federal Loans Mortgages NPRM Prior Express Consent TCPA

Class Certification Improper in Data Breach Case, PA Appellate Court Finds

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed a trial court's decision denying class certification in a data breach case against two health plans, reversing its own earlier ruling in the same case that the plaintiff did not...more

5/5/2016 - Class Action Class Certification Corporate Counsel Data Breach Data Security Health Insurance Insurance Industry Personally Identifiable Information PHI

European Parliament Adopts EU General Data Protection Regulation; 12 Steps Businesses Should Take Now

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the draft text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which imposes enhanced requirements on organizations processing personal data in the European Union and transferring...more

4/21/2016 - EU EU Data Protection Laws General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers Personal Data Policies and Procedures Popular

TCPA Exemption for Collection of Federal Debts Applies Retroactively, CA Federal Court Rules

The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemption for calls made to cellular numbers to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the United States applies retroactively to calls made before the exemption's effective...more

4/18/2016 - ATDS Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Debt Collection Exemptions FCC Federal Loans Federal Student Loans Popular Retroactive Application TCPA

Fla. Appellate Court Reverses Itself In Key Foreclosure Victory For Mortgage Industry

The Florida Third District Court of Appeal (DCA), sitting en banc, reversed itself this week and held that the five-year statute of limitations did not bar a second foreclosure suit filed on a subsequent payment default so...more

4/15/2016 - Default Deutsche Bank Dismissal With Prejudice En Banc Review Florida Foreclosure Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Reversal Statute of Limitations

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

3/16/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Exemptions FCC IRS NPRM Popular Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Text Published: Imposes New Obligations on U.S. Entities that Seek Data Transfers from the EU

The European Commission (EC) has released details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a new framework under which personal data may be transferred from the European Union (EU) to the United States. The Privacy Shield replaces the...more

3/9/2016 - Data Protection Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission FTC International Data Transfers Personal Data

CFPB Initiates Its First Data Security Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced its first data security enforcement action. Since the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has primarily taken on the role as the de facto federal regulator...more

3/4/2016 - CFPB Data Security Dwolla Enforcement Actions Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Online Payments PCI-DSS Standard UDAAP

California Data Breach Report Defines “Reasonableness” Standard for Data Protection

Nearly three in five Californians were victims of a data breach in 2015, according to a report released by state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. The report adopts minimum standards of ''reasonable security'' for personal...more

3/4/2016 - Cyber Attacks Data Breach Data Security Personally Identifiable Information PHI Popular Risk Management

President Obama Gives EU Citizens Judicial Redress for Privacy Violations

The Judicial Redress Act (Act), signed into law on February 24, 2016, by President Obama, extends the privacy protections offered to U.S. citizens under the Privacy Act of 1974 to citizens of ''covered countries'' overseas....more

3/2/2016 - EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Judicial Redress Act Personal Data US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Creditor Can Obtain TCPA "Prior Express Consent" Through Intermediary, Sixth Circuit Rules

A creditor that received a consumer's cell phone number through an intermediary had the consumer's ''prior express consent'' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive calls from a debt collector, the U.S....more

2/29/2016 - Auto-Dialed Calls Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Health Care Providers Popular Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Summary Judgment TCPA

President Creates Cybersecurity National Action Plan and Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a comprehensive plan to address the nation's cybersecurity challenges through increased funding, a more robust cybersecurity workforce, and education initiatives,...more

2/25/2016 - CISO Cybersecurity Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) Data Protection Executive Orders Information Technology Obama Administration Popular

DOJ/DHS Issue Interim Guidance on Implementation of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have released Interim Guidance Documents (Guidance Documents) to implement the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The Act...more

2/24/2016 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) DHS DOJ Information Sharing Interim Guidance NCCIC Popular

Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Challenge FCC Order on TCPA

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case, refusing to entertain the plaintiff’s...more

2/10/2016 - ATDS FCC Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Summary Judgment TCPA Text Messages

From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield: New EU-U.S. Agreement for Transatlantic Data Flows

The European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce have reached an agreement to create a framework for transfers of personal data from the European Union to the United States. The framework, named the EU-U.S....more

2/10/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) CJEU Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield FTC International Data Transfers Personal Data Safe Harbors Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner

Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Does Not Moot Plaintiff's Claims, SCOTUS Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 settlement offer does not moot a class action even when the offer would provide the named plaintiff with complete individual relief. The decision in Campbell-Ewald...more

1/28/2016 - Campbell Ewald v Gomez Class Action Class Representatives Mootness Rule 68 SCOTUS Settlement Offer TCPA

Use of Big Data May Violate Federal Consumer Protection Laws, FTC Report Warns

A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report, "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues," warns that certain uses of big data consisting of consumer information may implicate various federal...more

1/27/2016 - Analytics Big Data Discrimination ECOA FCRA FTC Popular

Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Does Not Moot a Plaintiff's Claims, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 settlement offer does not moot a class action even when the offer would provide the named plaintiff with complete individual relief. The decision in Campbell-Ewald...more

1/22/2016 - Article III Campbell Ewald v Gomez Mootness Putative Class Actions Rule 68 SCOTUS Settlement Offer Standing TCPA

LifeLock to Pay $100 Million to Settle Charges it Violated 2010 Court Order

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved a $100 million settlement with LifeLock, Inc. to resolve allegations that it violated a 2010 federal court order by failing to take steps required to protect its users’...more

12/28/2015 - Contempt Data Protection False Advertising FTC LifeLock Settlement Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

FTC Takes Action against App Developers on COPPA Allegations Involving Persistent Identifiers

The FTC has announced enforcement actions against two app developers that allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by using persistent identifiers to serve advertising to children. The...more

12/28/2015 - COPPA Data Collection Enforcement Actions FTC Mobile Apps Online Safety for Children Persistent Identifiers Popular

ACC releases largest study of its kind on cybersecurity preparedness among in-house counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation (ACC) released a State of Cybersecurity report on December 9, 2015. Ballard Spahr was the only law firm that served on the advisory board for the study and helped to formulate...more

12/10/2015 - Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Framework In-House Perspective

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