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Employers’ Thanksgiving Plans Should Include Cyber Monday Prep: Are Your Computer Policies Up to Date?

No online shopping day is bigger than Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 127 million people shopped on Cyber Monday last year—significantly more than the estimated 87 million in-store,...more

Black Friday: It’s Not Just About Brick & Mortar Stores Anymore

Here at Socially Aware, we’re focused on Thanksgiving dinner, but we’re well aware that the day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday—is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and a critical sales day for brick-and-mortar...more

DAA Guidance for Cross Device Data Collection

On the same day that the Federal Trade Commission was holding a workshop on cross-device tracking, the privacy self-regulatory group Digital Advertising Alliance released guidance related to the cross-device collection and...more

FDA Seems Ready to Weigh In on “Natural” Food Labeling

In 1960, Judge Friendly famously began an opinion by asking, “What is chicken?” Today, the question is, “What is ‘natural’?” Courts today are filled with cases claiming that foods labeled as “natural” are misleading...more

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Overview

The TCPA has been a source of significant class action activity in recent years as businesses seek to navigate the law and plaintiffs’ lawyers seek to exploit its many ambiguities....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.24.15

The Pfizer/Allergan deal continues to dominate the financial world, with Pfizer’s CEO defending the merger and Washington searching for ways to reform the corporate tax code and prevent future tax-motivated corporate...more

Treasury Discusses Online Marketplace Lending

Why it matters - Regulatory oversight of online marketplace lending is moving forward, with representatives from the Department of the Treasury sharing six "central themes" drawn from comments on the agency's Request for...more

FCC and FTC Announce Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, the FCC and FTC published a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and collaboration on consumer protection issues, with greater respect for each agency’s...more

FCC Settles Data Breach Investigation with Cox Communications

Recently, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered into a settlement with Cox Communications (Cox) resolving an investigation into whether the cable operator failed to properly protect its...more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

FCA consults on cloud outsourcing guidance

FCA has published a guidance consultation on its requirements on firms who outsource to the cloud and other third party IT services. The guidance includes...more

Defining the Lines on Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: What the Consumer Watchdog Order and the FCC-FTC Sign MOU Mean

In the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has taken two significant steps to further clarify its role as an agency charged with protecting consumers. The first instance was a...more

PRA reminds firms of outsourcing notification expectations

PRA has noted FCA’s consultation on outsourcing guidance and reminded dual-regulated firms it would expect notification from them if they are considering outsourcing critical or important functions to a third party IT...more

Privacy Tip #10 – What are digital assets and why should I care?

Your digital life and assets can include online music, photos, social media accounts, gaming winnings, and the like. But most of us don’t look at these items as assets that we should think about and plan for when we pass...more

Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s...more

ITC Section 337 Update – November 2015

Federal Circuit Panel Rules Commission Lacks Jurisdiction Over Digital Transmissions – On November 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a 2-1 panel opinion in ClearCorrect Operating LLC v. ITC, Appeal No. 2014-1527, reversing...more

DOJ continues crack down on dietary supplement industry

In October, Life Sciences Decoded described the increased state and federal scrutiny against the dietary supplement industry, including a lawsuit that the Oregon Attorney General filed against GNC. This scrutiny and...more

Over 70 million prison phone records leaked

Securus Technologies (Securus), which provides phone services for many of the country’s prisons, experienced a breach of over 70 million phone records from over 37 states. The data leaked includes downloadable recordings of...more

The FTC Pressures Press Interactions, Defies Commercial Speech Doctrine

On Tuesday, the FTC joined the Department of Justice and several other federal agencies in announcing numerous recent and ongoing actions against dietary supplement marketers. The FTC, in its discussions, highlighted a case...more

Fox News LLC v. TVEyes, Inc.—Does the Courts’ Expansion of Fair Use Copyright Protection Promote the “Progress of Science and...

In 2014, when District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York upheld TVEyes, Inc.’s (“TVEyes”) monitoring service as “fair use” in the face of a copyright infringement claim brought by Fox New...more

High Noon at the Train Station: Social Media and Modern E-Discovery

Most people take time zones for granted these days, but it was this week in 1883 that railroad companies in both Canada and the United States started using four continental time zones. Until then, time was local, based on...more

Cookies, Promises, and California: Why the 3rd Circuit Revived Privacy Claims Against Google

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived several privacy claims against Google pertaining to the Internet company’s practice of side-stepping “cookie blockers” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors: On Nov. 12 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published its first municipal advisor compliance advisory, developed...more

Google Books and Fair Use: From Implausible to Inevitable?

A for-profit corporation scans millions of in-copyright books and permanently stores their full contents in its database, all without seeking permission or paying the books’ authors or publishers. Over ten years ago, when...more

Commission Examines Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With Emerging Cross-Device Tracking Technology

On Monday, November 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop that examined the key privacy and security issues raised by emerging technologies that track users across their various devices, such as smartphones,...more

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