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Internet Privacy – What the U.S. Can Learn from the European Union

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

With respect to Internet privacy, as a result of recent U.S. government action, Americans now have less protection and are more at risk of government surveillance and potential misuse of their personal information, as...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessments

by Hogan Lovells on

The steady trickle of GDPR guidance from the Article 29 Working Party continues. Fresh from finalising its guidance on data portability, lead supervisory authorities and data protection officers, the Working Party has...more

State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

by Hogan Lovells on

On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year. Headline statistics from the report...more

Healthcare Advisory: HHS Announces First Settlement with a Wireless Health Services Provider

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On April 24, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced its first settlement with a wireless health services provider, CardioNet, Inc., for alleged violations of the Health...more

Tennessee Adds Technical Requirements To Its Data Breach Notification Laws

by Dickinson Wright on

Are you doing business in Tennessee? Do you have computerized personal information about anyone in Tennessee (including employees, clients, or customers)? Are you encrypting that data in accordance with the current version of...more

Permissible Disclosures Under the Stored Communications Act

by Revision Legal on

The Stored Communications Act, which is codified at 18 USC 121, sections 2701-2712, is federal law that governs the conduct of electronic communication service providers and the voluntary and compelled disclosure of the...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

An Opportunity to Shape Compliance with GDPR

by Hogan Lovells on

A close observer of the GDPR will have noticed that, in several places, individual EU Member States can implement derogations from the GDPR requirements. Of course, as a regulation under EU law there is less scope for local...more

WIPO: Cybersquatting reaches all-time high with the introduction of new gTLDs

by Hogan Lovells on

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency based in Geneva that administers the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), issued a press release last month revealing that...more

App Privacy Litigation Settles For $5.3 Million

by King & Spalding on

Several major app developers, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Yelp, settled a putative class action pending in California federal court last week. The app companies have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million...more

Medical Supply Company Hit with Class Action TCPA Fax Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A class action fax lawsuit has been filed against a medical supply company in the federal district court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff seeks to represent a nationwide class of persons and entities who...more

China's draft data localisation measures open for comment

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2017 the Cyberspace Administration of China published a circular calling for comments on its draft Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of...more

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Sweepstakes Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court in Detroit refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation (“Dunham’s”) concerning the regional sporting goods retailer’s sweepstakes...more

“Geofencing” and Health-Related Targeted Advertising: Massachusetts AG Has Something to Say

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that her office had reached a settlement with a digital advertising company, Copley Advertising, Inc. (Copley), prohibiting the company from using mobile...more

TCPA Connect - April 2017

FCC Combats Spoofed Robocalls - As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a...more

OCR Levies Hefty Fine Against FQHC

Showing no signs of letting up on enforcement actions, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) late last week settled an investigation against Metro Community Provider Network MCPN, a Colorado based federally qualified health...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

Wells Fargo Resolves TCPA Class Action

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) successfully resolved a “junk fax” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action with an accepted offer of judgment that satisfied both the named plaintiff and the...more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

What’s the State of the Tech Industry? Trump Admin’s Repeal Means Broadband Net Providers and Tech Companies Now Face Consumer...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent repeal of federal consumer privacy rules has opened the door to potential sharing and use of sensitive, consumer data with only individual state privacy laws standing in the way....more

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost....more

OCR Urges Covered Entities and Business Associates to Use HTTPS

New guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges covered entities and business associates to use Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) to protect communications from vulnerabilities. According to OCR, the...more

Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks

by Fisher Phillips on

The term “social engineering” used to conjure up images of social scientists with Ph.D’s brainstorming ways to improve race relations or provide lower income groups with greater access to education and employment...more

Washington University School of Medicine Victim of Phishing Attack

Another employee falls for a phishing attack. This time, it was an employee of the Washington University School of Medicine The employee received a phishing email on December 2, 2016, and feel for what looked like a real...more

Geotargeting Medical Facilities? Massachusetts Says ‘No Snoop For You!’

by Morgan Lewis on

Geotargeting—delivering content to users based on their geographic location—has become a popular and effective marketing tool. Yet proper implementation may be more nuanced than originally contemplated because certain...more

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