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The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Back in February, VIZIO, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of “smart” televisions, reached a $2.2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general’s office. The company had...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

Nevada Becomes Third State with Privacy Policy Law

Joining the ranks of California and Delaware, the state of Nevada adopted a new law mandating that, beginning Oct. 1, websites and other online services post a privacy policy....more

District Courts Buck Trend on Fidelity Coverage for Social Engineering and Business Email Compromise Schemes

by Carlton Fields on

The FBI continues to warn that losses are on the rise from business email compromise (BEC) or “social engineering” schemes, which the Bureau describes as: Carried out by transnational criminal organizations that employ...more

New FAA Waiver Issued to CNN Will Help Expand Commercial Drone Operations Over People

by Hogan Lovells on

Drones are the future of transportation and information technology. Recent innovations have transformed what used to be considered toys into powerful tools that provide substantial safety and efficiency benefits to commercial...more

SEC’s Latest Cybersecurity Risk Alert Identifies Elements of Robust Policies and Procedures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 7, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released yet another cybersecurity Risk Alert entitled, “Observations from Cybersecurity...more

Supreme Court to Review Digital Privacy (Part 1)

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In 1986, Congress passed an obscure statute called the Stored Communications Act that has become much more relevant 30 years later. The U.S. Supreme Court will have two opportunities to help define the scope of digital...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Russia Passes Measures to Restrict the Use of VPNs and Similar Technology

by Dechert LLP on

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently signed into law certain amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (the “IT Law”). The measures introduced by Law...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

by Kobre & Kim on

Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

CPR Appoints New Cyber Panel Ahead of Anticipated Increase in Data Security Disputes

by Hogan Lovells on

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, a New York-based organisation offering Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, has recently announced the launch of a new specialised panel of...more

Privacy Tip #100 – Scary Statistics on Identity Theft of Children

It is one thing to steal our identity as an adult, but children are defenseless against this type of fraud. According to Experian, it handles 25,000-30,000 cases of identity theft and fraud every year and a whopping 17...more

Privacy Perils: The Price of Consumer Loyalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

People love a good discount, which is why almost 75% of adult Americans are signed up for at least one customer loyalty program. We love to rack up points with airlines for a seat upgrade, get a free Starbucks latte on our...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

Nevada Implements Law that Requires Notice for Collection of Personal Information

Nevada has become the third state in the Union to adopt a law that requires operators of websites and online services to provide notice to consumers who are Nevada residents of their practices around the collection and...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

Apple Removes VPN Apps from China App Store

by Fisher Phillips on

Apple’s removal of VPN apps from its app store in China could signal a difficult road ahead for companies doing business there. In March 2017, we posted a summary of China’s new cyber security law (Law) that went into effect...more

FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine for Illegally “Spoofed” Robocalls

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) imposing a $82 million penalty against Best Insurance Contracts (d/b/a Wilmington Insurance Quotes) and its owner/operator Philip...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – Its Origins and the High Bar It Must Meet

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

To predict the Privacy Shield’s future, it’s helpful to recall its origins and to understand the high bar it must meet – namely, ensuring “an adequate level of protection” under the Data Protection Directive. ...more

Women’s Health Care Group Notifies 300,000 About Ransomware Attack

Women’s Health Care Group of Pennsylvania has notified approximately 300,000 patients that their protected health information has been compromised by a ransomware attack....more

Update on FCC Privacy Rules

We previously reported on the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” impacting Internet service providers’ data privacy practices and obligations and...more

UK Announces Plans For New Cybersecurity Innovation Center

by King & Spalding on

On July 24, 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) announced plans to develop a new center for cybersecurity innovation in London. The UK plans to invest up to £14.5 million in the center over...more

Maryland Amends Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland General Assembly recently amended the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act to expand the definition of personal information, provide a 45-day timeframe for providing notice of a breach, allow for...more

ECPA Reform Legislation on the Horizon (Again)

by Reed Smith on

Three bipartisan Senate bills are up for consideration in Congress that would attempt to modernize the legal standards under which the U.S. government can access communications electronically stored by email service providers...more

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