Kim Phan

Kim Phan

Ballard Spahr LLP

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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

New York Issues Guidance on New Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance about its new Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide insight on the scope...more

2/23/2015 - Debt Buyers Debt Collectors New Guidance NYDFS

Anthem's Breach: How Employers Should Respond

With the news of the breach of security at Anthem health plans, many employers have been wondering whether their employees are affected and how they should respond. The breach extends to members in Anthem-affiliated plans and...more

2/11/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Health Insurance Insurance Companies Personally Identifiable Information Popular

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

New York Issues Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final debt collection regulations on December 3, 2014, following an extensive rulemaking period. The regulations impose requirements on third-party debt...more

12/8/2014 - Debt Buyers Debt Collection Department of Financial Services Disclosure Requirements Electronic Communications FDCPA New Regulations Prior Express Consent

FTC Challenges Privacy Self-Regulation Offered by TRUSTe

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about...more

11/21/2014 - Certifications Enforcement Actions FTC Privacy Policy

FTC Continues Regulatory Scrutiny of the Debt Buying Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained temporary injunctions against two passive debt buyers, which are companies that buy and sell debt portfolios and exclusively use third-party debt collectors. In complaints...more

11/19/2014 - Debt Buyers Enforcement Actions FTC Junk Debt OCC Preliminary Injunctions Section 5

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

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

10/23/2014 - Dietary Supplements Electronic Fund Transfer Act Enforcement Actions FTC Internet Retailers Retailers ROSCA Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

President Issues Executive Order to Improve Security of Federal Payment Systems

President Obama recently signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to improve the security of payment card transactions by upgrading to chip-and-PIN payment systems, which enable payments to be processed using an...more

10/23/2014 - Credit Cards Data Protection Executive Orders Financial Regulatory Reform Payment Systems

CFPB Issues Final Rule on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Annual Privacy Notices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule that amends Regulation P to allow financial institutions that meet certain requirements to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers using an...more

10/22/2014 - CFPB Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Privacy Policy Regulation P Websites

CFPB Continues Focus on Latino Community

The CFPB and the FTC have announced that the agencies will host a joint roundtable entitled, “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” on October 23, 2014. The roundtable will examine how debt collection and credit...more

10/13/2014 - CFPB Credit Reports Debt Collection Discrimination Disparate Impact

CFPB Explores Checking Account Screening Policies and Practices

Today, the CFPB held a forum to learn more about how consumers are impacted by checking account screening policies and procedures. The CFPB recognizes that checking accounts are one of the most widely used financial products...more

10/10/2014 - Banks CFPB Checking Accounts Screening Procedures

CFSA Presses Its Case against ‘Operation Choke Point’

The Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), the national trade association for the payday lending industry, has filed a memorandum in support of its previously filed lawsuit against the agencies it accuses...more

10/9/2014 - Banks Choke Point Lenders Payday Loans

Pew’s Fourth Report Targets Online Payday Lending

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released the fourth report in its “Payday Lending in America” series. The new report examines issues with the online payday loan market and draws distinctions with the storefront-based payday...more

10/8/2014 - Internet Lenders Payday Loans

Federal Financial Regulators Issue Warning on ‘Shellshock’ Security Vulnerability

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently issued an alert warning financial institutions of a security vulnerability nicknamed “Shellshock” in software commonly used in servers and other...more

10/3/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FFIEC Risk Assessment

Is a Uniform Debt Buying Code on Its Way?

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a non-partisan organization committed to drafting uniform state laws, has authorized the formation of a committee to study the need for and feasibility of state legislation to address the...more

9/4/2014 - Debt Debt Buyers OCC Uniform Law Commission

Sixth Circuit Establishes ‘Baseline’ Information To Verify a Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently articulated a standard for verifying a debt under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in Haddad v. Alexander, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC. The FDCPA...more

8/12/2014 - Appeals Condominiums Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Liens Popular

FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

8/4/2014 - Advertising Cell Phones Cramming Enforcement FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Mobile Payments Mobile Services Third-Party Wireless Devices Wireless Industry

Independent Research Could Improve the CFPB Rulemaking Process

Recently, the Research Integrity Council (RIC) held its first Research Academic Forum, a panel discussion that focused on how independent academic research can help inform the agency rulemaking process, especially at the...more

6/16/2014 - CFPB Rulemaking Process

California Attorney General Releases Privacy Policy Guidance for 'Do Not Track' Disclosures

California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently released guidance, Making Your Privacy Practice Public, to help companies comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act's (CalOPPA) "Do Not Track" (DNT) disclosure...more

5/28/2014 - CalOPPA Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Enforcement Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Websites

CFPB Proposes New Rules on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Annual Privacy Notices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently published a proposed rule that would amend Regulation P to allow financial institutions, under certain circumstances, to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers...more

5/19/2014 - Banks CFPB Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Notice Requirements Proposed Amendments Regulation P Right to Privacy

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