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O’Reilly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast...more

OFAC Updates Cuban Assets Control Regulations Easing Sanctions on Cuba

On September 18, OFAC issued a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to reflect policy changes previously announced by the Obama administration. With respect to financial transactions, the...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

FCC Cites Two Companies over Unauthorized Telemarketing Allegations

On September 11, the FCC issued citations against a Pennsylvania-based financial institution and a transportation network company (TNC), alleging that both companies engaged in unlawful business practices by infringing...more

Cybersecurity: How Much is Enough?

The year 2015 may go down in history as the year of the hacker. Though not a new phenomenon, high profile hack-related stories have managed to capture headlines almost every month of 2015. On the eve of the New Year, the...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - September 2015

In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the FCC’s recent TCPA declaratory ruling and order addressing issues regarding calling and texting consumers, and discuss the new privacy, data security, and transparency...more

Privacy in financial markets, not to be ignored

The Article 29 Working Party published a letter it sent to the European Commission urging it to consider the data protection and privacy issues when adopting the secondary regulations (‘Regulations’) necessary to implement...more

New Guidance for Financial Institution Directors and Officers In Cybersecurity Preparedness

Earlier this summer, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released its highly anticipated Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment), which is designed to assist financial institutions in identifying...more

Germany rolls out IT Security Act

Germany's controversial IT Security Act (ITSG) came into effect on July 25, 2015.[1] The new act seeks to increase protections for German citizens, companies and government institutions that may be vulnerable to a range of IT...more

Department of Treasury Seeks Public Feedback on Online Marketplace Lending

On July 20, the Federal Register published the Department of the Treasury’s Request For Information on Expanding Access to Credit Through Online Marketplace Lending (RFI). The RFI seeks public comment on the three specific...more

U.S. Treasury Department Requests Information on Online Marketplace Lending

On Monday, July 20, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (UST) published a notice and request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register in order to request public comment on online marketplace lending. The RFI...more

“Life is short. Have an affair.”® And have your data hacked and leaked

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” announced on July 15th that it has compromised the extramarital affair site, and companion sites Cougar Life and Established Men, including absconding with up to...more

Clickwrap Agreement Available Only Through Hyperlink Enforceable Under New York Law

Last week, the Southern District of New York followed a long line of precedent under New York law and upheld the enforceability of a website clickwrap agreement, granting a website operator’s motion to compel arbitration...more

Change in the Prevailing Winds in Consumer Data Breach Cases?

Seventh Circuit Rules Consumers Have Standing to Sue in Neiman Marcus Payment Card Data Breach Case - In Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing consumer...more

FCC Delays Filing Deadline for International Traffic And Revenue Reports – New Filing Window to be Announced

As we discussed in a previous blog post, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) streamlined international telecommunications reporting requirements took effect February 2015. New rule Section 43.62 requires common...more

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the...more

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but...more

FTC Bans Owners of Online Payday Lending Operations from Consumer Lending Industry

On July 7, the FTC entered into settlement agreements with two individuals and the entities they operate seeking to permanently restrict them from doing business in the consumer lending industry. According to the FTC’s...more

SCOTUS Decision in Spokeo Could Have Significant Impact on Data Breach Litigation

Following several significant data breaches in 2014 and 2015, including one reported just last week by the IRS, organizations of all types are on high alert to safeguard against data breaches and to prepare incident response...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

This is the first in a series of monthly EU regulatory briefs - summarising key regulatory developments across a number of sectors in the EU. Antitrust and Competition - The European Commission launches an...more

Upper Tribunal Criticises FCA's Approach To Publicising Decision Notices

We consider here the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in Bayliss & Co (Financial Services) Limited and Clive John Rosier v the Financial Conduct Authority [2015] UKUT 0265 (TCC) in which the tribunal...more

Canada Expands Sanctions on Russia and the Crimea Region of the Ukraine

On Monday, June 29, 2015, the Canadian government expanded its economic sanctions against Russia and the Crimea region of the Ukraine. Three additional individuals and 14 entities were added to the list under the Special...more

Advertising Law - June 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: FCC Adopts Significant Changes to TCPA Rules - Last week, in TCPA Connect, our newsletter devoted to cases and developments surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, we reported on the...more

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