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When Confidential is Not Confidential - Identities of Confidential Sources of Distressed Debt Reporter are Not Subject to NY...

by Dechert LLP on

There is the general expectation that when a source discloses information to a reporter on a confidential basis, the source will be protected and their identity and communications cannot be forced to be disclosed. This is...more

Massachusetts AG Settlement Bars Geofencing Near Medical Facilities

by BakerHostetler on

On April 4, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that it had settled with a digital advertiser following allegations the company was using geolocation technology to target ads to women visiting...more

A Cautionary Tale Regarding Consent and In-Store Tablets

by Dentons on

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) recently released a case summary with implications for retailers attempting to obtain consent for privacy-compliance or anti-spam compliance purposes....more

Cyber Update: Five Tips from the Front Lines of Practice to Limit Your Company’s Losses from a Breach

by Carlton Fields on

We help companies prepare for, respond to, and clean up data breaches and related events. We are lawyers, but in this role, we often look over the shoulders of cybersecurity technical experts, who are advising companies on...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

Proposal for new European ePrivacy Regulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On 10 January 2017, the European Commission announced its proposal for new legislation which would update the law relating to privacy in electronic communications. The Commission has proposed a draft ePrivacy regulation that...more

Data Breach Involving CloudPets “Smart” Toys Raises Internet-of-Things Security Concerns

On February 27, 2017, news reports disclosed a major security breach involving Spiral Toys, the seller of the CloudPets brand of internet-connected stuffed animals. The Bluetooth-connected CloudPets toys allow users to...more

Yahoo Data Breach Update: A Third Notification + Shareholders Sue

Last week, Yahoo issued another warning to some of its customers telling them that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. This is the third notification to Yahoo users that their information...more

China moves to implement security review of network products and services: but leaves foreign investor and manufacturer concerns...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 4 February 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued a draft of the Network Products and Services Security Review Measures (“Draft Measures”) for public comment: the Draft Measures remain open for comments until...more

China moves to implement security review of network products and services: but leaves foreign investor and manufacturer concerns...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 4 February 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued a draft of the Network Products and Services Security Review Measures (“Draft Measures“) for public comment: the Draft Measures remain open for comments until...more

Of Greek Gods and Data Breaches

by Thomas Fox on

The sorry story of Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinal executive convicted of hacking into the Houston Astros computer system expanded last month when Federal Judge Lynn Hughes unsealed details about the extent of the...more

The Top 5 International Data Privacy Issues for Employers in 2017

As employers catch their breaths after an action-packed 2016, they need to gear up for another turbulent year for international data privacy issues in 2017. The top five international data privacy issues follow....more

NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

In the past month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft update to its flagship cybersecurity framework as well as new standalone guidance on how organizations can plan to recover from...more

The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight - Vol. 1, No. 1

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Welcome to our newest publication, The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight. Our goal is to deliver practical content to help you navigate the current challenges and latest developments in the insurance industry. This newsletter...more

Russia Releases 2017 Data Privacy Inspection Plans; Microsoft Passes 2016 Inspection

by Hogan Lovells on

At the end of 2016, territorial divisions of the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, published their 2017 plans for conducting inspections of local companies’ compliance with Russian data privacy requirements,...more

EU Court Strikes Down Security Legislation Over Privacy Concerns

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a decision published on 21 December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) invalidated legislation in two EU member states – the UK and Sweden – requiring telecommunication operators to retain users’...more

Client Alert: Action Needed by Organizations whose Websites allow User Postings

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Businesses and nonprofits that operate a website or other online presence (mobile app, blog, portal, game, etc.) where users may post content (for example, in a user forum) will need to take action in 2017 in order to obtain...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Your Company's Website Privacy Policy Probably Needs a Refresh (Before February 1, 2017)

As 2016 has come to a close, now is a good time to take stock of new disclosure obligations for website privacy policies introduced over the course of the year. It is likely that if your company’s privacy policy has not been...more

Toys Not Immune from Scrutiny Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

In the wake of the holiday season, it seems that even toys are not immune from privacy and security pitfalls. Two “connected” toys, Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, have been accused of violating U.S. and...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

by Perkins Coie on

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Action Against Dick’s Sporting Goods

Recently, a California federal judge, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, denied a request for class certification in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (Dick’s)...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

by Dentons on

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

by Carlton Fields on

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications...more

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