Mark Melodia

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Data Breaches Are Not Academic: Colleges and Universities Should Take Appropriate Steps To Avoid or at Least Minimize Their...

Data breaches at colleges and universities are on the rise. These institutions are targets because their networks have access to a large amount of private information, including educational and medical records, as well as...more

10/12/2015 - Colleges Corrective Actions Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Breach Plans Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security Information Technology Personally Identifiable Information Popular Risk Mitigation Training Universities Vendors

Financial Institutions Make History In Target Mdl, First Class Action Certified In Federal Court To Litigate Security Breach...

Before September 15, 2015, no federal court had certified a class action to litigate security breach claims. But now U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson, overseeing the In re: Target Corporation Customer MDL, has...more

9/18/2015 - Class Action Class Certification Cybersecurity Damages Data Breach Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security Financial Institutions Hackers Negligence Negligence Per Se Security Breach Target

What Do You Get for the Plaintiff Who Has Everything? Maybe a Class Action, Ruled The Seventh Circuit

Perturbed by two allegedly unwanted faxes, Arnold Chapman brought a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). For himself, he sought the most the statute could provide – $3,000, an...more

8/13/2015 - Mootness Offer of Judgment Reversal TCPA

Senators Trying to Hit the Brakes on Smart Cars, Citing Privacy and Security Concerns

On February 11, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they would introduce legislation intended to address the data privacy and security vulnerabilities with Internet-connected cars. The...more

2/20/2015 - Automotive Industry Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Internet of Things Smart Car

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

2/19/2015 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Licensing Rules NPRM Unmanned Aircraft Systems

N.Y. AG Seeks To Have the 'Strongest, Most Comprehensive' Data Security Law in Nation

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he would propose a new data security law in his state that would require companies to take increased safeguards for the protection of personal information....more

1/21/2015 - Data Security Act Personally Identifiable Information Popular Proposed Legislation

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S....more

8/11/2014 - Appeals Apple AT&T Cisco Data Centers EEA Email EU Extraterritoriality Rules Microsoft Order to Stay Stored Communications Act Verizon Warrants

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (3rd Edition)

In this edition: - Introduction - Advertising & Marketing - Brand Protection & Reputational Management - Copyright (EU) - Copyright (U.S.) - Data Privacy & Security -...more

4/24/2014 - Copyright Cybersecurity Data Protection EU FDA Social Media Trademarks UK

In Clapper v. Amnesty International, Supreme Court Dismisses Privacy Suit for Lack of Article III Standing: Poses a Clear and...

In 2008, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was amended, broadening the surveillance powers of the federal government with respect to communications outside of the United States. In Clapper v. Amnesty...more

3/1/2013 - Article III Clapper v. Amnesty International Data Breach FISA Human Rights Journalists SCOTUS Standing Surveillance

Addressing the Cyber Threat: Cybersecurity Executive Order Issued and CISPA Introduced

The long-awaited executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was issued on Tuesday, along with a companion Presidential Policy Directive and mention by the President in the State of the Union...more

2/15/2013 - CISPA Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection DHS Enhanced Cybersecurity Services Executive Orders Fair Information Practice Principles Information Sharing Infrastructure NIST Presidential Directives Voluntary Standards

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