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Is the FSMA a plaintiff’s lawyer’s dream and the food industry’s nightmare?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, signaling a sea change in U.S. food safety regulation and making prevention the cornerstone of safety measures. To achieve its lofty goals, while providing time for...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on “Emerging Signals”

Guidance addresses industry concerns about premature public notifications. On December 14, 2015, the FDA issued a final guidance titled “Public Notification of Emerging Postmarket Medical Device Signals” (Final...more

Further Challenges to EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Data Exports

The EU-US Privacy Shield, introduced earlier this year to provide a lawful means of transferring personal data from the EU to the US, is facing a second legal challenge, this time from several French privacy rights groups....more

FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines

Whether resulting from a planned cyberattack or mere carelessness, data breaches are on the rise. In 2015, 781 data breaches were reported across the United States, with the average breach costing $3.8 million. In 2016, the...more

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors

The Delaware Chancery Court just issued an opinion that will have directors breathing a sigh of relief in connection with cybersecurity risks. In its opinion – Reiter v Fairbank, C.A. No. 11693-CB (Del. Ch. Oct. 18, 2016) –...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - November 2016

Anniversary of Softwood Lumber Agreement Expiration Could Bring New Trade Case - October 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the expiration of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada and...more

In the Wake of Schrems: EU White List of Adequate Nations and Standard Contractual Clauses Under Review

Early last month, the European Commission tabled proposed amendments to its existing decisions on the adequacy of third countries’ data protection laws, and to its decisions on the EU standard contractual clauses....more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 6

Commercializing user-Generated Content: Five risk reduction strategies - We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to...more

Update: Regulations Implementing E-Warranty Law Now in Effect

New regulations governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty notification requirements. On...more

Cordray remarks/CFPB report on financial innovation and Project Catalyst include warning on limiting consumer access to financial...

In a new report, the CFPB discusses its approach to FinTech and financial innovation, its Project Catalyst initiative, and marketplace developments the CFPB views as potentially beneficial for consumers. The report, entitled...more

Medical Device Updates: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Releases Numerous and Important Draft Guidance Documents

The summer of 2016 saw a flood of new medical device-related guidance documents coming out of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Some of these draft guidance documents, such as those addressing device...more

SEC Fines Fantasy Stock Market App Developer

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently fined New York-based Forcerank LLC (“Forcerank”) $50,000 in connection with charges that Forcerank’s fantasy stock market mobile app illegally offers complex derivative...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: What You Need to Know for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The flow of data across international borders is crucial to commerce in today’s global economy. After last year’s invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework, which enabled companies to transfer personal data from the EU to...more

The New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Robust Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed new rules that would require certain “Covered Entities” to establish and implement cybersecurity programs designed to protect nonpublic...more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

A day at the races - the e-commerce sector inquiry, a conference report

On Thursday, 6 October, the European Commission presented its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry (Preliminary Report) to a large audience of interested stakeholders, followed by debates on the three main...more

In the age of Big Data, the EDPS issues an Opinion on enforcement and upholding fundamental rights

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) issued an Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data”. This is an update to the EDPS’ Preliminary Opinion in 2014 on “Privacy and...more

UK ICO issues largest ever fine for a data breach

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (the "ICO") has issued a record fine of £400,000 to a UK telecoms company, in connection with a data breach that took place in October 2015. The fine, and the related adverse...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016

Editor's Note - Regulation and Innovation, Part IV. In the April 6, June 22 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, we discussed the approaches of various banking regulators generally, and the Office of the...more

CFPB Sends Clear Message That FinTech Start-Ups Have Same Obligations as Established Companies

In a clear message to FinTech start-ups, on September 27, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered online lender Flurish, Inc. to pay $1.83 million in refunds and a civil penalty of $1.8 million for...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #4

CARU: Sponsored Videos Need Clear, Prominent Audio Disclosures - Taking a stand on social media influencers and the “unboxing” video trend, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommended that popular YouTube...more

Congressman introduces fintech bill

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry, Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the “Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016,” which is intended to provide a streamlined regulatory process for...more

First Privacy Shield Guidelines for Companies published by German DPA

On September 12, 2016, the Data Protection Authority of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (“DPA NRW”) became one of the first EU data protection authorities to issue guidance on the implementation of the...more

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