Michael Slipsky

Michael Slipsky

Poyner Spruill LLP

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Four Points And A Stick: What You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

It's coming. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on May 25, 2018. If your business involves processing EU citizen data, you will be subject to GDPR – even if your sole location...more

12/6/2016 - Data Protection Authority EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers Personal Data

The Nation's First Cryptocurrency Law: A Chat With North Carolina’s Commissioner of Banks

North Carolina made history when it passed the nation’s first law addressing issues surrounding blockchain and virtual currency. NC Privacy Law Blog recently sat down for a conversation with the man whose office played a key...more

11/15/2016 - Banking Sector Blockchain FinTech Money Transmission Act

The Day After: What The Election Tells Us About Big Data

The Dewey-Beats-Truman results of last night show the current limits of Big Data and Predictive Analytics. It is an unquestioned maxim that personal data is the new oil of the digital economy. Given enough information...more

11/11/2016 - Analytics Big Data EU-US Privacy Shield

"They Can't Do That To Our Pledges; Only We Can Do That To Our Pledges”: Admiral, Big Data, Privacy, and The Internet of Things

Anyone who has ever bought insurance, resented the premium, contested a claim denial, or piled up hours and papers dealing with insurers would welcome anything that promised to lower their rates. Admiral, a British insurer...more

11/7/2016 - Algorithms Apple Watch Data Collection Data Processors Facebook Fitbit General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Health Insurance Insurance Industry Internet of Things Privacy Concerns Social Networks

Is There A Right To Facebook In The Constitution? North Carolina Cyberlaw Goes To The United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of the United States has just agreed to the hear Packingham v. United States. The grant of certiorari reflects the increasing integration of cyberlaw with mainstream constitutional litigation. Packingham,...more

11/7/2016 - Certiorari Facebook First Amendment Minors NC Supreme Court Packingham v North Carolina Reversal SCOTUS Sex Offenders Social Media Social Networks Websites

Why The Election Can’t Be Hacked: Internet Of Things Edition.

In our consulting days, a former boss – a retired Army Colonel – enjoyed sharing his Cold War recommendation for protecting sensitive documents from the KGB: fill up a fleet of tractor-trailers with every U.S. government...more

10/27/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity General Elections Hackers Internet of Things

Five Highlights from OCR Guidance On HIPAA Compliance In Cloud Computing

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidelines for HIPAA-covered entities that utilize cloud computing in processing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The...more

10/26/2016 - Business Associates Cloud Computing Covered Entities HIPAA OCR PHI Service Level Agreements

The States Also Rise: Recent Settlements Illustrate Potential Pitfalls Regarding Children’s Privacy Laws

Earlier this summer, we highlighted a settlement where the FTC proposed its largest fine to date under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against software maker InMobi. The InMobi settlement attracted...more

10/17/2016 - Attorney Generals COPPA Data Collection Enforcement Actions FTC Hasbro Mattel Mobile Apps Viacom

What is Blockchain? Why Does It Matter? Observations As North Carolina’s Virtual Currency Legislation Goes Into Effect

J. K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter included an array of amazing artifacts; our personal favorites were the books and pictures that changed themselves. Two decades later, a world of Kindles and iPads echoes the wonders of...more

10/6/2016 - Bitcoin Blockchain GAO Money Transmitter Popular Regulatory Agenda Silk Road Virtual Currency

Corridors - October 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Proposed 2017 Hospital OPPS Rule Would End Medicare Payments to Many Off-Campus Facilities at the Same Levels as Hospital-Based Outpatient Departments - Published on July 14, 2016, CMS’s proposed 2017 Hospital...more

10/5/2016 - Affordable Care Act Alternative Payment Models (APM) Deferred Compensation Hospitals Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Ransomware Tax Exempt Entities

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Cultural Considerations When Conducting International Business in Asia

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Detailed technical definitions and explanations of what constitutes corrupt practices are available. A simple explanation is that furnishing a foreign government official with...more

9/29/2016 - Arbitration Commercial General Liability Policies Compliance Cybersecurity Due Diligence FCPA Foreign Official

As Goes New York So Goes The Nation? Ten Highlights From New York’s Proposed Cybersecurity Rules For Banks, Insurance and...

In a presidential election year, Americans are often reminded that “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.” When it comes to banks, insurers and financial institutions, it may be equally true to say “As goes New York, so goes the...more

9/26/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Covered Entities Cybersecurity FFIEC NYDFS Proposed Regulation

The Future of Tran-Atlantic Data Transfers

Ireland was recently stunned with the news that Apple owed it 13 billion euros it did not want. The underlying tax arrangement was relatively straightforward: Corporations that do businesses in different jurisdictions often...more

9/23/2016 - EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Ten Things You Need To Know About Ransomware

In 2013, hackers attacked a venerable Swansea, Massachusetts institution via ransomware. Ransomware is software that locks users out of computers or specific files until the victim pays a “fee” to release the lock. Such...more

9/15/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Data Breach FBI Internet of Things Popular Ransomware

The Suspicious Husband, His Wife, and Cloud Computing: The Sixth Circuit Applies the Wiretap Statute To Monitoring Software

Hollywood has traditionally shown suspicious spouses relying on the same Victorian sleuthing techniques as Sherlock Holmes: a search for an errant strand of exotic hair, the stray lipstick mark or the lingering whiff of a...more

9/7/2016 - Cloud Computing Divorce Electronic Monitoring Software Developers Wiretapping

Federal Trade Commission Invites Comments on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) Safeguards Rule

‘Tis the season for listening. Joining a previous Presidential Commission invitation, the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) is now seeking comments on the GLB Safeguards Rule. The GLB Safeguards Rule, which took effect in...more

9/2/2016 - Comment Period Financial Institutions FTC Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act NIST Security and Privacy Controls

Ten Common Problems That Plague Privacy Policies

In my software consulting years, it was remarkably routine for clients to concede that they had never read their own procedures and documents. While it lent itself to amusing anecdotes like the database administrator who...more

9/1/2016 - Employer Liability Issues Privacy Policy Risk Assessment Risk Management

Want to Weigh In On Cyber Issues? Here's How.

Do you feel that the federal government doesn’t listen? Or at least not to you? Well, here is the opportunity to have your voice heard, albeit just on cybersecurity....more

8/29/2016 - Cybersecurity NIST Public Comment

What the Shadow Brokers Affair Means For A Cyber Future

It could have been a Bond trailer, complete with the dramatic intro “In a world where there are no secrets….” But this is real. On Monday, a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released files apparently swiped...more

8/23/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Edward Snowden NSA

Privacy Shield's Day After

Every generation eventually reaches a point (some might call it “early middle age”) where its formative years become the focus of widespread nostalgia. As indicated by the success of the recent Star Wars sequel and numerous...more

8/16/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) EU EU-US Privacy Shield FTC General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers OECD Ombudsman Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner U.S. Commerce Department US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

The FTC Has Not Yet Begun To Fine - InMobi’s Million Dollar Settlement and Online Analytics in an Age of COPPA

In June 2016, India-based online advertising behemoth InMobi Ltd. agreed to pay a $ 950,000 fine to resolve Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that its data collection practices violated the Children’s Online Privacy...more

8/11/2016 - App Developers COPPA Data Collection Enforcement Actions FTC India Online Advertisements Section 5

The Drivers Privacy Protection Act - Why a 1989 Hollywood Murder Affects How Municipalities and Corporations Handle Your Data...

In 1989, an obsessed fan fatally shot actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her West Hollywood home. He had obtained her address from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The murder prompted Congress to pass the...more

8/5/2016 - DMV DPPA Liquidated Damages Privacy Laws

Pokémon Go Presents Real Privacy Concerns in the (Semi-)Virtual World

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a Google affiliate) and Nintendo. Players navigate real world locations capturing and training virtual “Pokémon” creatures with their iOS and Android smartphones. ...more

7/28/2016 - Google Location Data Mobile Apps Nintendo Privacy Concerns Video Games

OCR’s Recent $2.7 Million Settlement with Oregon Health & Science University Highlights the Importance of HIPAA Compliance...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recently entered into a resolution agreement to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and...more

7/26/2016 - Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Enforcement Actions HIPAA OCR PHI Settlement

Will GOP Endorsement of ‘Hack Back’ Make Cyberspace Safe Again?

Amidst the balloons and excitement (and smoke machines and procedural kerfuffles) at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, one provision in the party platform has caught the eye of cyber experts. For the first time, an American...more

7/21/2016 - Cyber Attacks Hackers NSA Political Debates Political Parties Self-Defense

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