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Consent to Disclose Information in Response to a Consumer Complaint – Guidance from Canada

Not infrequently, customers may resort to consumer affairs columnists and other third parties, such as consumer advocacy groups, in order to resolve issues that they are having. In these circumstances, is there implied...more

HHS Settlement: Dumpster-Diving Leads to Settlement for Improper Disposal of Documents Containing Protected Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS) recently announced that it has reached an agreement with a small pharmacy to resolve potential HIPAA violations. The settlement arose from the...more

LabMD Litigation Updates

We have been following this case closely. On April 16, the administrative law judge in the FTC v. LabMD case denied LabMD’s request to exclude the FTC from introducing new evidence into the proceeding regarding how Tiversa...more

Online Advertisers Take Notice – Recent Canadian Decisions

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has released two important decisions this year on online behavioural advertising (OBA or interest-based advertising) so far this year. On March 25, 2015, the OPC released its...more

Washington Amends its State Data Breach Notification Law

On April 13, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the state’s data breach notification law. The amendment, which was requested by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and which we discussed in...more

The FCC Just Upped the Ante for Communications Providers and the FTC with a $25 Million Fine, a Detailed Information Security...

The FCC has been warning communications companies for months that protecting consumer privacy and information security is a top priority, and the recent announcement of a $25 million settlement with AT&T over its alleged...more

FCC Imposes Record Penalty for Data Breach

On Wednesday, April 8, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered a consent decree and levied a $25 million civil penalty against AT&T to settle a data breach that exposed the information of nearly 280,000 customers....more

Montana And Wyoming Revise Data Breach Notification Laws

The states of Montana and Wyoming recently updated their data breach notification statutes. The revisions include updates to the states’ definitions of personal information subject to breach notification provisions, among...more

FFIEC’s Seven Cybersecurity Priorities for 2015

While others were waiting for spring to arrive, community bank officers and directors were waiting for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to provide additional guidance on its cybersecurity...more

OCR’s Enforcement of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules Continues with Robust 2014

With the news of the recent cyber-attack and resulting data breach at health insurance giant Anthem Inc., the buzz around data security and privacy is again high. The Anthem breach serves as a reminder to those entities...more

Update on State Attorneys General: Connecticut Creates a Permanent Privacy Department; NAAG Covers Big Data, Cybersecurity, and...

The federal government may be pushing a cybersecurity and data privacy agenda, but that doesn’t mean that the states are taking a back seat. The state attorneys general are maintaining their focus on issues relating to...more

Guest Blog Post: Changes to the Polish Data Protection Act

On 1st January 2015 amendments to the Polish Data Protection Act of 29th August 1997 came into force. These amendments (the “Amendments”) impact: (i) the role played by the “administrator bezpieczenstwa informacji,” (“DPO”)...more

Massachusetts Mortgage Lender Fined For Conducting Business at Unapproved Branch Location

On February 27, the Massachusetts Division of Banks entered into a consent order with a mortgage lender resolving allegations that it violated state and federal regulations. Under the terms of the consent order, the mortgage...more

Why the FTC Can Go After Companies For Insufficient Data Security Allegations

The FTC seems more confident than ever in its authority to go after companies with insufficient data security measures. As of January 2015, it had settled 53 data-security enforcement actions, and FTC Senior Attorney Lesley...more

Another Good Reason to Pay Heed to Cyber Security

For many companies, the prospect of a dreadful, costly and reputation-damaging cyber-attack and data breach is all the motivation they need to assess and improve their cyber security and data protection posture RIGHT NOW. ...more

Third Circuit Hears Oral Argument Over Whether FTC Has Authority To Regulate Data Security

After much anticipation, the Third Circuit heard oral arguments (audio) last Tuesday in the interlocutory appeal in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. We have written previously about this case, which likely will be a significant...more

FCA publishes Memorandum of Understanding between the FCA and ICO

On 28 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which it entered into with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (dated 29 September 2014)....more

CRTC Issues a $1.1 Million Penalty Under Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it had issued a penalty of $1.1 million to Compu-Finder under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)....more

How Data Privacy Regulations Changed Across Asia-Pacific in 2014

2014 saw a large number of significant developments in data privacy laws across Asia-Pacific. However, unsurprisingly there has not been a consistent approach across Asia-Pacific towards the development of data privacy...more

New Cyber Agency to Combat Cyber Threats

The Obama administration, on February 10, announced its intention to create a new federal agency to combat cyber threats and coordinate digital intelligence among all federal agencies....more

Executive order "promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing": top points

In conjunction with the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit, President Barack Obama has issued a much-anticipated cybersecurity information sharing Executive Order, "Promoting Private...more

Google to be inspected by Italian privacy regulator

At the end of last week, the Italian privacy regulator reported the news on the approval of an arrangement with Google enabling the Italian DPA – for the first time in Europe – to regularly monitor the implementation by...more

UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Receives Power to Audit National Health Service

The ICO has welcomed a change in legislation which came into effect on 1 February 2015 enabling it to audit National Health Service (NHS) bodies to check for compliance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. ...more

Data Protection – Cookie sweeps and enforcement actions – Time for a common approach

There have been a lot of discussions about the results of the latest Cookie Sweep carried out in 8 EU member states (for more information see also the latest post of our Patrick van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn, and the Cookie...more

White House Unveils New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

On February 10, the White House announced it will establish the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). In prepared remarks, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterrorism,...more

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