Daniel McKenna

Daniel McKenna

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FTC Can Regulate Cybersecurity Practices, Third Circuit Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can regulate cybersecurity policies and procedures as “unfair” acts or practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a very important...more

9/1/2015 - Appeals Banking Sector Banks Best Practices COPPA Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection Data Security Dodd-Frank FCRA Financial Institutions Financial Sector Fraudulent Charges FTC FTC Act FTC v Wyndham Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Hackers Jurisdiction Motion to Dismiss NIST Section 5 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wyndham

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of...more

8/26/2015 - Department of Education DOE Domestic Violence Educational Institutions Employment Policies Internet Service Providers Passwords Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws Privacy Policy School Districts Sexual Assault Social Media Policy Social Networks Stalking Student Privacy

FCC Fines Companies $2.96 Million for TCPA Robocall Violations, Adopts New Interpretations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken two significant actions addressing robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—the imposition of a $2.96 million fine and the adoption of new...more

8/17/2015 - Cell Phones Do Not Call List FCC Popular Prior Express Consent Private Right of Action Right to Privacy Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications

Pennsylvania County Recorder Cannot Sue MERS for Failure to Record Mortgage Assignments, Third Circuit Rules in Overturning...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Pennsylvania’s recording statute does not require the recording of all conveyances. As a result, the Third Circuit reversed the district court’s refusal to enter...more

8/7/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Class Action Declaratory Judgments Deeds Financial Institutions Financial Services Industry Lenders MERS Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Recording Fees

Eighth Circuit: Purpose, Not Content, Determines TCPA Coverage of Calls as “Telemarketing”

Phone calls made to promote a movie constituted “telemarketing” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) even though the two prerecorded messages left on the plaintiffs’ home phone line made no reference to the...more

7/30/2015 - Article III Class Action Corporate Counsel Do Not Call List Popular Putative Class Actions Robocalling SCOTUS Spokeo Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA Telemarketing

Seventh Circuit Green Lights Data Breach Class Action Against Neiman Marcus

An increase in data breach class actions could be the result of a recent decision of the Seventh Circuit holding that allegations of future harm stemming from a data breach can establish Article III standing. The majority of...more

7/29/2015 - Adobe Article III Class Action Credit Cards Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Data Breach Hackers Identity Theft Invasion of Privacy Negligence Neiman Marcus Standing

DOJ Cracks Down on Cyber Criminals

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the largest coordinated international law enforcement effort ever directed at an online cyber-criminal forum. Financial institutions and other companies should consider...more

7/24/2015 - Best Practices Criminal Prosecution Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity DOJ Enforcement Actions FBI Financial Institutions Hackers Malware New Guidance NIST

FCC Order Creates New TCPA Challenges for Companies

As previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission recently approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (the Order) addressing a number of petitions that requested the FCC clarify its interpretations of the Telephone...more

7/14/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Collection Agencies Debt Collection Declaratory Rulings Exemptions FCC Financial Institutions Healthcare Prior Express Consent Revocation TCPA Telemarketing Text Messages

FFIEC Tool Helps You Assess Cyber Risk

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released its long-awaited Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment) to help financial institutions identify the inherent risks faced by a company and...more

7/9/2015 - Bank Examinations Cyber Threats Cybersecurity FFIEC Financial Institutions OCC Risk Assessment Risk Management Security and Privacy Controls

FTC Follows in CFPB Footsteps with GLBA Privacy Notices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor...more

6/23/2015 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Disclosure Requirements FTC Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Notice Requirements Privacy Policy Proposed Amendments Rulemaking Process Websites

FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability

The Federal Communications Commission, in a divided vote, approved an order clarifying several long-simmering Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues. While the order has not been officially released, the...more

6/22/2015 - ATDS FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Pennsylvania Court Rejects Request to Create Common Law Duty to Protect Sensitive Personal and Financial Information

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a class action arising out of the breach of confidential employee information, adding to a growing body of state courts that have found that negligence claims alleging failure to provide...more

6/5/2015 - Class Action Data Breach Dismissals Negligence Personally Identifiable Information

FCC Chairman Releases Proposed TCPA Declaratory Rulings

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a fact sheet describing his proposed declaratory rulings on various issues involving the FCC’s interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

6/3/2015 - FCC TCPA

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

4/29/2015 - FTC Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Privacy Policy Retailers Settlement Web Tracking

New York Agency’s Report Focuses on Data Vulnerability of Banks’ Third-Party Vendors

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently issued a report identifying common cybersecurity issues and concerns caused by the failure of some banks to sufficiently manage vulnerabilities posed by...more

4/14/2015 - Banks Cybersecurity Information Reports NYDFS Third-Party Service Provider

Plaintiff Must Show Defendant’s Knowledge of TCPA Violation To Get Treble Damages, 11th Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff must show that the defendant knew its conduct violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to establish a willful or knowing TCPA violation....more

4/7/2015 - Appeals Popular TCPA Treble Damages Willful Violations

Federal Financial Regulators Offer Advice To Address Malware, Compromised Credentials

In its recent press release, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two statements reiterating financial institutions' obligations to have measures in place to prevent and mitigate cybersecurity...more

4/2/2015 - Cybersecurity FFIEC Financial Institutions Risk Management

FCC Seeks Comments on Easing TCPA Requirements for Educational Organizations

In a recent announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked for public comments on a petition to relax some of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA’s) requirements for educational organizations. If...more

3/30/2015 - Educational Institutions Exemptions FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

President Obama Proposes Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

President Obama has finally revealed the text of draft legislation that would establish “baseline protections” for consumers under a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The bill would impose new legal requirements on...more

3/9/2015 - Barack Obama Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Discussion Draft Proposed Legislation

FTC Announces Settlement of First Actions against Auto Title Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into proposed settlements with two auto title lenders that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Truth in...more

2/5/2015 - Advertising Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Civil Monetary Penalty Enforcement Actions False Advertising FTC Regulation Z Settlement TILA

Internet of Things: Federal Agencies Offer Privacy and Data Security Best Practices

The recently released Federal Trade Commission staff report, Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World, provides companies with insight into the FTC's consumer privacy and data security expectations for the...more

1/30/2015 - Best Practices Cybersecurity Data Protection FTC Internet Internet of Things Popular

NY Attorney General To Propose Bill To Strengthen Cybersecurity

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing an "overhaul [of] New York's data security law [that would] require new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers." The proposal would create new...more

1/28/2015 - Attorney Generals Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Proposed Legislation

President Obama’s 2015 Priorities Include Cybersecurity

During his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s...more

1/26/2015 - Barack Obama CFAA Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Federal Breach Notification Standard Information Sharing Legislative Agendas Student Digital Privacy Act

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

11/17/2014 - Cybersecurity Payroll Records Phishing Scams Popular Universities

FCC Accepting Comments on ABA Petition To Exempt Fraud Notifications from TCPA Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Public Notice requesting comments on a petition by the American Bankers Association (ABA) to exempt time-sensitive informational calls to mobile devices from the...more

11/13/2014 - American Bankers Association FCC Fraud Mobile Devices Notice Requirements Prior Express Consent Public Comment TCPA

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