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EU General Data Protection Regulation in force from 25 May 2018: the Countdown to Compliance starts now

The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 May 2016. This means that the most comprehensive reform to the EU’s omnibus data protection law in 20 years...more

English court compels investigators to disclose information on data protection grounds

The High Court has ruled that a company conducting an investigation may be compelled to give effect to requests for information made under data protection legislation. The case serves as a stark reminder that data protection...more

GDPR Published Today, Commencing Two-Year Countdown to Application

One of the most important EU legislative initiatives in recent years, and a landmark in privacy regulation worldwide, the GDPR is set to replace the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) of 1995. After the Council of...more

Requirements for valid consent – Why opting-in should not be optional

The Düsseldorfer Kreis, a committee made up of representatives of German data protection authorities, recently published guidance on the requirements for obtaining valid consent to the collection, processing and use of...more

Corporate E-Note - April 2016

In an article published by the Birmingham Business Journal in the April 1 print edition, India Vincent provides insights on a series of questions related to cybersecurity, including some best practices to help monitor for and...more

Phase 2 of the OCR HIPAA Audit Program Already Underway

On March 21, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of the long-awaited Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program (Phase 2), and OCR activities related to Phase 2 are already...more

Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...more

How to Prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) was adopted by the EU Parliament last April 14, 2016. The GDPR will replace the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), which was implemented more than 20 years ago....more

April 2016: Insurance Litigation Update

Insurance Coverage for Liability Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), enacted in 1991, prohibits certain telephone solicitations conducted with automated systems. 47...more

Policyholder Takeaways From Portal

In a solid victory for policyholders, the Fourth Circuit upheld coverage last week for a potential data breach incident involving confidential medical records. The case is The Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal...more

Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) last month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step...more

What’s Next for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

With European regulators continuing to debate the current proposal for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the fate of the new trans-Atlantic data framework is becoming murkier by the day. Rapprochement may still be a possibility,...more

Hello Insurers – Court says CGL may Cover Privacy Breaches Occurring Prior to 2014

In April 2013, Glens Falls Hospital admitted that the medical records for more than 2,300 of its patients were stored for several months on an unprotected computer server. The hospital’s outside records contractor, Portal...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

How to Design a Document Retention Policy

Data minimization can be a powerful – and seemingly simple – data security measure. The term refers to retaining the least amount of personal information necessary in order for an organization to function. Less information...more

Setback for EU-US Privacy Shield – How to Safely Get HR Data Across the Pond

After the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework invalid in October 2015, multinational companies with employees in the EU are facing the question how to legally transfer personal...more

New HIPAA Phase 2 Audits: Targets Notified by Email Only

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the long-awaited launch of Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program (Phase 2 Audits). The Phase 2 Audits will review the policies...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...more

Update on the U.S.- EU Privacy Shield

As we previously reported, this February, United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) negotiators announced the “U.S.-EU Privacy Shield” as a replacement to the U.S. Safe Harbor. Many U.S. companies relied on the Safe Harbor...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Coverage Under CGL Policy for Data Breach Claims

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth Circuit”) recently concluded that an insurer had a duty to defend a health care company that was sued by individuals whose personal health information was...more

Spring Showers Bring HIPAA Breaches

OCR has announced several recent settlement agreements to resolve violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). These settlement amounts range from $25,000 to $3.9 million dollars and...more

OCR Releases Updated HIPAA Audit Protocol and Business Associate Listing Template

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently updated the audit protocol that it will be using to assess Covered Entities’ and Business Associate’s compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

Do You Need Cyber Insurance or Will Your CGL Policy Be Enough?

In Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, LLC, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the recent trend of insurance companies avoiding any liability for data breaches under commercial general...more

Department of Health and Human Services Cracks Down on Vendor Oversight in Recent Hospital Settlements

From the rise in ransomware attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information by subcontractors, the health services industry is reminded that a potential consequence of a data breach is the threat of a regulatory enforcement...more

Data Breach Suit Covered Under CGL Policy

Earlier this month in an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Travelers Indemnity Company of America (“Travelers”) had a duty to defend its insured against a data breach suit under the terms of...more

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