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Litigation Alert: The Eighth Circuit Expands Standing to Sue for Violations of Privacy Policies for Paid Services

Earlier this month, the Eighth Circuit expanded standing to bring privacy policy violations claims but limited the definition of personal information in affirming the dismissal of a class action complaint in Carlsen v....more

Locky Ransomware Continues to Hit Health Care Entities

FireEye Labs has reported that the Locky ransomware continues to hit the health care industry hard, and has increased in the month of August. Although the telecommunications, manufacturing and aerospace/defense...more

HEI Hotels & Resorts Investigating Malware Intrusion

HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), which include Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin Hotels have notified individuals who purchased food and beverages at 20 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia that their credit card...more

LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots

Linkedin has filed a lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of “bots” that register fake profiles on the social network and steal data about actual users. According to the suit, these acts constitute a breach of Linkedin’s terms...more

Warning Issued to Businesses About Pokemon GO App

The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) has issued a warning to businesses alerting them to the risks posed by employees downloading the Pokemon GO app on a company issued phone....more

FCC Seeks Public Comment for Proposal to Issue Data Security Rules for Wireless Car Communication

The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice last week notifying the public that it is accepting comments on the Petition filed by Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America, which requests a...more

Pokemon App Developer Sued for Failed Privacy Protections

Niantic Inc. (Niantic), developer of the mobile game “Pokémon GO,” was sued in Florida court on July 27, 2016. The named plaintiff, David Beckman filed the complaint against Niantic claiming the game’s terms of service and...more

Privacy Tip #45 – Evaluate the data security of your dream car before you buy it: Tesla is on top for data security right now

We have previously reported on hackings of automobiles. Not only can hackings obtain information about your driving habits, your GPS usage and location, the use of your cell phone, access to your contacts, and other...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit?

In an era where technology is not only constantly evolving, but prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives, it is only fitting to discuss the legal implications of social media. This includes everything from defamation...more

See You In Court! - July/August 2016

Out of the blue, Nancy Newshound, longtime reporter for the Nutmeg Bugle called Mr. Superintendent. “I understand that a student hacked the district’s system and changed a bunch of grades,” she stated. “What can you tell me...more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

OCR Announces First HIPAA Enforcement Action against a Business Associate

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an agreement with Catholic Health Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS), settling allegations that CHCS violated the Health...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

FTC Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Act, COPPA, and Other Violations from $16,000 to $40,000

On June 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an interim final rule that substantially increases the maximum civil penalties for violations of the competition and consumer protection laws enforced by the FTC...more

Does Your Organization Collect Geo-Location Information?

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information...more

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearing On 2015 Cybersecurity Act

On June 15, 2016, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing to examine industry perspectives on the implementation of the Cybersecurity Act...more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

Latest FTC Privacy Action Looks Carefully at Geolocation Promises

A mobile device’s geolocation can be passed to apps and ad networks through various application programming interfaces (APIs) provided by Android or iOS, but there are other ways to determine a consumer’s location using...more

DHS and DOJ Release Updated Guidance for Sharing Cyber Threat Indicators and Defensive Measures

On June 15, in response to feedback from non-federal entities on guidance released in February, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) issued updated guidance for companies about sharing cyber threat...more

Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly...more

How to Comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

There are relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children offline. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act...more

What to Consider When Drafting or Reviewing a Privacy Policy

Although financial institutions, health care providers, and websites directed to children are required to create consumer privacy policies under federal law, other types of websites are not. In 2003, California became the...more

Changes to EU Privacy Law: the General Data Protection Regulation

On 27 April 2016, following a prolonged legislative process over some four years, the European Council and Parliament finally adopted a new data protection law: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR was...more

What to Consider When Purchasing a Privacy Certification

Privacy certifications, or "trustbrands," are seals licensed by third parties for organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization which has...more

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