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FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

GDPR Countdown: Latham’s National Implementation Tracker

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018, changing how businesses and the public sector manage customer information. With seven months before the deadline, governments, supervisory...more

Significant WiFi vulnerability exposed

What is the problem? Belgian researchers have published information about a vulnerability in the most popular WiFi encryption protocol that makes monitoring of all communications possible, except those communications that...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 6 October 2017 – 12 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Uncorrected evidence relating to Brexit from House of Lords Select Committee on European Union - On 12 October, the HoL Select Committee on the EU published an uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken from...more

Is Your Business In Compliance With The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A number of employers in Illinois are involved in pending class action litigation regarding violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1, et seq. (the “BIPA”). The BIPA, which was enacted in...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on the Way for Small Businesses

by Reed Smith on

On October 11, 2017, the House passed a bill that would provide guidance to small business on how to deal with cybersecurity issues. This legislation passed on the heels of a similar Senate bill that passed just weeks before...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

Privacy Tip #109 – Cybersecurity Tips for Small (and all) Businesses

I travel around helping businesses, both large and small, work on assessing their cybersecurity risks and implement measures to protect data, reduce risk and comply with applicable state and federal laws. In doing so, it is...more

Irish Court Casts Serious Doubt on EU Model Clauses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The validity of Model Clauses for EU personal data transfer to the United States is now in real doubt as a result of a new Irish High Court opinion stating that there are “well founded grounds” to find the Model Clauses...more

Wire Fraud Scams and Corporate Email Attacks: Beware of Tricks, Not Treats, During Cyber Security Awareness Month

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security named October “National Cyber Security Awareness Month,” and has given it the not-so catchy acronym of NCSAM. Though one might quibble with the choice of name, the many spectacular...more

Validity of personal data export mechanism thrown into question

by Dechert LLP on

The Irish High Court recently asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on the validity of “standard contractual clauses” as a basis for transferring personal data out of the European Economic Area...more

Business Litigation E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

Senate Passes MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act Of 2017

by King & Spalding on

On September 28, 2017, the US Senate passed the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology Cybersecurity Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The purpose of the Act is to require...more

Implementing a Policy Review to Ensure You Are Protected Under The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Part 1: Why You Should Conduct a...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

One size rarely fits all, especially where technology is concerned. So too is employer coverage under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Cookie-cutter molds for aspects of your business simply do not work. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A roundup on Richard Thaler, the U Chicago professor named Monday as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for his groundbreaking work in behavioral economics (and the consistently irrational human nature)....more

The SEC Gets Hacked: What Now?

by Nossaman LLP on

It was recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) EDGAR database, which is used by public companies to file official documents, was breached. According to the SEC, trading off of that hacked...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Class Action Case with Financial Institutions and Counsel for $42.55 million

Following its data breach in 2014, Home Depot was sued by thousands of financial institutions requesting recovery of costs associated with the issuance of new credit and debit cards to 50 million individuals affected by the...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Working Group Votes to Approve Insurance Data Security Model Law

by Carlton Fields on

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Working Group (Cybersecurity WG) approved Version 6 (Finalized) of its Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model) on August 7 at the NAIC Summer...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Class Arbitration To Proceed Despite Absence Of Express Reference To Class Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Lamps Plus appealed an order permitting class arbitration of claims related to a data breach of personal identifying information of its employees, alleging negligence, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and other...more

OCIE Lessons From Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

by Carlton Fields on

On August 7, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert containing observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Exam Initiative. As a follow-up to the 2014 Cybersecurity 1 initiative, the...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On Aug. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a risk alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. ...more

The Mummy, Equifax and Dust in the end

by Thomas Fox on

It is the dust in end that Equifax created from its statements over the past week and actions which led to the massive data breach in the first place. The former head of the company, Richard Smith, testified before Congress...more

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