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Implications of EU Ingredient Labeling Proposal for US Suppliers

On March 13, the European Commission approved a report that calls on members of the alcohol beverage industry to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system of ingredient and nutritional labeling for beer, wine, and...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

Indonesia Implements a Safe Harbor Policy for E-Commerce (Marketplace) Platforms

In light of rapid developments in the e-commerce industry in Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics ("MOCI") issued Circular Letter No. 5 of 2016 on the Limitations and Responsibilities of Platform Providers...more

FCC's Halt Of Privacy Rule Signals Net Neutrality Reversal

Timothy Toohey was quoted in a Law360 article, March 2, 2017, discussing the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to prevent certain elements of privacy regulations from taking effect on broadband providers and signaling...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

Watch Out for Vegan Cheese: Labeling and Promotion of Vegan “Dairy Products” in the European Union

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether plant-based products may be labeled and promoted with product names intended for dairy products such as “Veggie-Cheese,” “Tofubutter”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The CFPB has ordered UniRush (purveyor of the RushCard prepaid debit card) and its payment processor, MasterCard, to fork over $13 million in fines after a breakdown last year that blocked thousands of customers from...more

Bill S-5: Canada Prepares to Introduce Plain and Standardized Packaging for Tobacco Products

by: Jennifer Ponton In 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Several countries have since followed suit, and many more, including Canada, have made commitments to introduce...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency...more

Decision to Block LinkedIn in Russia Demonstrates Russian Government’s Commitment to Enforce New “Localization” Requirements for...

- Recent amendments to Russia’s data processing rules require that databases used to process personal information of Russian citizens be located in the Russian Federation, even if the data is maintained by foreign...more

Receiver for payday lenders sued by CFPB files malpractice lawsuit

The court-appointed receiver for a group of interrelated companies sued by the CFPB in September 2014 for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending activities has filed a malpractice lawsuit against the law firm...more

Germany to audit 500 companies on data transfers

The German data protection authorities have announced today that they have chosen 500 companies throughout Germany to audit their transfer of personal data to the US and other countries (eg. India). The targets were chosen...more

ECJ Confirms Dynamic IP Address May Constitute Personal Data But Can Be Logged to Combat Cyberattacks

On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held (Case C-582/14 – Breyer v Federal Republic of Germany) that dynamic IP addresses may constitute personal data. The ECJ also held that a website operator may collect...more

UK Consumer Protection Regulator Cracks Down on Undisclosed Endorsements and “Cherry Picking” Reviews on Social Media

Social media is reportedly rife with influencers promoting or reviewing products or services without disclosing compensation or other consideration that they’ve received for such endorsements. The Competition and Markets...more

How Can Yahoo E-Mail Scanning Impact the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

Reuters reported earlier this month that, according to three former employees, Yahoo Inc. had “complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo mail accounts at the behest of the NSA...more

Transatlantic Data Transfer: An Update

The EU-US Privacy Shield, designed to protect EU citizens’ personal data when it is transferred to US organisations, has now been in place for a couple of months. How is it shaping up?...more

“E-Commerce must live up to its promise…”

These are the words of Europe’s chief antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, introducing the Commission’s public hearing on October 6, 2016, on its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry. The promise of...more

Resource for Doing Business in the U.S. – Installment #8 – Consumer Protection

Almost everyone approaching the U.S. consumer market has heard nightmares about lawsuits and read damaging headlines from consumer claims. These range from industry wide antitrust investigations to criminal indictments for...more

’Privacy Shield’ Replacing Invalidated EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement is Open for Business, but Challenges to its Validity are...

The Safe Harbor agreement between the European Union and the United States permitted American businesses to import personal data of EU citizens based on self-certification of compliance with EU data protection principles....more

The Early Days of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Should Your Organization Self-Certify?

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce began accepting self-certification applications for the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. In the month that has followed over 100 companies (including Microsoft, Oracle...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – August 2016

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Published, 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...more

Location Data Poses Risks To Individual Privacy Says Irish Regulator

With the proliferation of location-based app services like traffic alerts and ride-sharing programs, the collection of consumers’ location information has exploded in recent years. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that...more

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