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House Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), with Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) as lead cosponsor. ...more

Virginia first state to create cyber sharing organization

While the federal government grapples with multiple pieces of legislation aimed at sharing information on cyber threats, it is not surprising that states will now get into the fray....more

FCC Action Against AT&T Reflects Regulator’s Increasing Focus on Privacy and Data Security

In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) first-ever foray last October into fining companies over data security practices, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau Chief, Travis LeBlanc, asserted that the...more

Is Paying Extra for Privacy the Future of Home Internet Service?

All eyes are on AT&T after the carrier launched its gigabit fiber-to-the-home Internet service in Kansas City, pricing part of the service based on a user's privacy preferences. Interested users can access the carrier's...more

House Passes New Cybersecurity Legislation Amidst Growing Pressure from Industry

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”) yesterday, amidst growing pressure from industry to enact legislation that would help companies harden key infrastructure and respond...more

China Update: Privacy Law and Network Security Developments

The past 16 months have been eventful in China in connection with privacy law and network security developments. Key privacy law developments included: .. the coming into effect of new privacy provisions of the...more

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Speaks about Cybersecurity at RSA Conference

As cyber week continues in Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler traveled to the west coast to speak about cybersecurity at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Wheeler noted that the FCC has...more

Online Advertisers Take Notice – Recent Canadian Decisions

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has released two important decisions this year on online behavioural advertising (OBA or interest-based advertising) so far this year. On March 25, 2015, the OPC released its...more

What FCC’s Transparency Rule Means For Internet Privacy

There has been extensive coverage of the Federal Communication Commission’s new Open Internet Order, including questions about its ultimate fate, given pending court challenges. One element of the order that has not gotten...more

Sony Pictures’ hacked emails reveal privileged communications

The 2014 Sony hack is again in the news, this time highlighting the threat that data breaches pose to the attorney-client privilege. On April 16, 2015, WikiLeaks announced that it had posted and indexed hacked Sony emails....more

New Law Restricts Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts, Including Through “Friend Requests”

On March 23, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a new law, H.B. 2081, that restricts the ability of employers in Virginia to access the social media accounts of current and prospective employees—making Virginia...more

Third Circuit Clarifies the Ascertainability Standard in Class Certification Proceedings

In a precedential opinion issued on April 16, 2015, the Third Circuit sought to clarify its requirement that a proposed class be sufficiently ascertainable in order to be certified under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3). Expressing...more

Russia Bulletin - April 2015

Russia is in the midst of strategically overhauling its economy, seeking to modernize its business methods, “de-offshore” business interests and impose stricter constraints on foreign investors and multinationals operating...more

FTC Releases 2014 Annual Highlights Report

On April 15, the FTC released its 2014 Annual Highlights Report (Report), summarizing the FTC’s work during the prior year to protect consumers and promote competition in industries such as mobile technology, healthcare, and...more

Are Regulatory Fears Impeding Industry Cyber Sharing?

They say that no good deed goes unpunished. And when it comes to cyber sharing, industry leaders are concerned that their only “reward” for helping the government identify and respond to cyberthreats may be a stiff rebuke...more

Federal Regulators Expand Authority Over Data Security Issues: Recent Actions by FCC and FTC Underscore the Importance of...

Highly regulated industries such as banking and healthcare have been at the forefront with robust data security regulations for a number of years. Regulators are now focusing on other industries as data breach incidents...more

BakerHostetler Partner Alan Friel Talks Big Data and Data Collection [Video]

Alan Friel, Partner with BakerHostetler's Privacy and Data Protection team, talks about compliance programs for companies, consumer data collection, misrepresentation, and data security deficiencies....more

Can You Lawfully Prohibit Secret Recordings in the Workplace?

It is a safe bet that most if not all of your employees own a mobile or smart phone. It is also a safe bet that those phones have the capability of capturing pictures, taking video and recording conversations. ...more

Jury awards plaintiff $12,000 for Dish Network’s TCPA violations

On April 2, 2015, Ohio U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman ruled for the plaintiff, Benjamin Maraan, in his Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case against Dish Network LLC (Dish). Maraan was awarded $12,000 for...more

$1.1 Million Judgment Offers Email Marketers Insight into Canada's Anti-Spam Law

Email marketers had mixed reactions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) recent announcement of a $1.1 million judgment against a Quebec company for violations of Canada's new Anti-Spam...more

Employers beware: Montana and Virginia are the newest states to limit employers’ access to personal social media accounts bringing...

On April 8, the Montana legislature sent its new social media law to the Governor for signature and on March 23, Virginia passed legislation prohibiting an employer from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or...more

FCC Enters Into $25 Million Settlement Following Cell Phone Carrier Data Breach

On April 8, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $25 million settlement with an international telecommunications carrier concerning the unauthorized release of the personal information of nearly 280,000...more

Court Denies Request to Release a Video Deposition of Steve Jobs Shown During Trial

While sitting for a videotaped deposition, in one of his last public appearances, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs swiveled impatiently in his chair and answered questions regarding Apple’s digital rights management technology...more

Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Mobile Health Technologies

Mobile health (mHealth) technologies continue to expand in application and implementation. Over the past decade, the breadth of these technologies has grown from the creation of healthcare-directed websites (think WebMD) to...more

The IoT scrutinized by Telecom regulator

€ 1.55 bn of revenues for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Italy shows a growing market, but the report from the Communications Authority stresses the need for regulatory changes to boost the sector....more

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