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Rocky Road Ahead for Ashley Madison after Widespread Damage Arising from Disclosure of Personal Information

Ashley Madison, the self-described “world's leading married dating service for discreet encounters” is the latest high-profile social media website to sustain a cyberattack. Established to provide an opportunity for married...more

Shareholders sue mobile security firm for failing to disclose hacking incident before IPO

MobileIron, Inc. was sued late last week by shareholders in a proposed class action for allegedly failing to disclose a hacking incident just weeks before its initial public offering (IPO). The suit, filed on behalf of...more

Can You Videotape Someone Else’s Conversation?

Careful about protecting the safety of his customers, A.R. Remington, owner of Fishinabarrel Gun Range, installed surveillance cameras to blanket his premises, except the restrooms. Last week while target practicing with his...more

Have You Thought About Your Online Terms of Use Recently?

Nearly every website, app or online service posts a set of Terms of Use outlining company policies for users (sometimes called Terms of Service) (“Terms”), but many companies do not know if their Terms are enforceable in...more

FTC Closes Investigation Involving Proposed Changes to PayPal’s Terms

Earlier this year, PayPal announced planned changes to its User Agreement that would have, among other things, given the company broad rights to contact people by phone or text messages. The provision stated, in part...more

FCC Corrects July 10, 2015 TCPA Order

This week, the FCC issued the following correction of its July 10, 2015 Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”): In Paragraph 100, the fourth sentence is corrected to read as follows: “It follows that the...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules - Update

n July 10, 2015, the FCC issued its written Declaratory Ruing. On the same day, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals International (ACA) filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the ruling by the United...more

Cyberclaim Coverage Denied: The TCPA Protects Privacy, Not Personally Identifiable Information

In Doctors Direct Ins., Inc. v. Beaute’ E’mergente, LLC, No. 1-14-2919 (Ill. App. Ct. June 22, 2015), an Illinois state appellate court recently affirmed that a medical malpractice liability insurer did not owe a duty to...more

The Positives and Negatives of the FCC’s Recent Omnibus Order on the TCPA

On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus, Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC Ruling) seeking to clarify certain ambiguities in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...more

Cyber Liability Insurance – Does Your Retail Business Need It?

The news is full these days of hackers stealing credit card and other customer information from United States retailers such as Home Depot, Target, and Neiman Marcus (and the federal government) among others. These...more

Delaware Enacts Online Privacy Law – Website Operators Will Need to Comply

Online businesses take note. Delaware may finally have an online privacy law. On June 25, 2015, the Delaware General Assembly passed SS1 for SB68, known as the “Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act.” If signed by the...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules

For the first time since October 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has issued new rules clarifying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On June 18, 2015, the FCC held a public hearing to debate...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

Employee Surveillance and Monitoring

To state the obvious (and this shows my age), we are way past George Orwell’s 1984. Yes, I know 30 years past it. But we are way past the privacy concerns expressed in Orwell’s book; we are in a new era where technology and...more

The Canadian Retail Report

Our Canadian Retail Report provides you with practical content to keep you current on developments that affect retailers in Canada. In this issue, Timothy M. Banks, the Canadian lead for our Privacy and Security practice,...more

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

Assessing cybersecurity risks and protecting consumer data before filing for an IPO in the age of the Internet of Things

In May of this year, Fitbit Inc. (Fitbit) filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for upwards of $100 million. With more and more consumers using wearable devices, privacy concerns have skyrocketed. However, since 2011,...more

Insurers' Denials of Cybersecurity Claims Receive Judicial Support

Although cybersecurity-specific insurance has become more popular in recent years, some policyholders have attempted to obtain insurance for cybersecurity losses under their commercial general liability (CGL) policies. The...more

Four Security Gaps Cybercriminals Exploit in Your Business's Digital Storefront

Symantec, the American IT security company, recently released its 2015 Internet Security Threat Report that summarizes the number and types of threats and vulnerabilities seen in 2014. The report also analyzes trends and...more

Third Parties, Government Challenge RadioShack’s Sale Of Customer Data

On May 13, an affiliate of Standard General LP agreed to pay $26.2 million for a portfolio of the bankrupt RadioShack Corp.’s intellectual property, including a database of 67 million RadioShack customer addresses, 8.5...more

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March...more

Mobile Privacy Rules to Be Enforced Starting September 1, 2015

All businesses acting in the mobile ecosystem—including app developers, analytics companies, advertising networks, app platform providers, and providers of devices and related services—should be aware that the Digital...more

Fitbit Files for IPO: Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure

Fitbit, the fitness-tracking company with six wearable devices that track and collect data about things like calories burned, steps logged, “quality” of sleep and sleep patterns, heart rate, etc.) as well as web and mobile...more

Spotlight on Vendor Management: “Brother’s Keeper” Enforcement Pattern Becoming the Norm

Two regulatory enforcement matters announced in April offer a view into the current mindset of regulators in the ever-evolving world of vendor management. First, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $25...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

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