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Supreme Court to Discuss Granting Review in Microsoft E-Mails Case October 6

The U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it will consider the federal government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corp. at its conference scheduled for October 6, 2017. United States v....more

Illinois Biometric Case Against Shutterfly Survives

We have been following biometric cases in Illinois, including the case against Shutterfly. Late last week, an Illinois federal judge denied Shutterfly’s motion to dismiss the case against Shutterfly alleging that it violates...more

FTC’s ‘Stick with Security’ Series Carries On

Continuing with its “Stick with Security” series of blog posts for businesses, the Federal Trade Commission worked its way through several more items found in the “Start with Security” guidance....more

[Event] 2017 Cybersecurity Symposium - October 23rd, Los Angeles, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP and University of California, Irvine School of Law invite you to join us for "Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy: A Real World Perspective on Prevention, Response and the Future." This complimentary...more

Vevo Hacked through LinkedIn Message

Vevo announced this week that it experienced an intrusion into its servers by the hacking collective OurMine, self-described as a white hat organization that informs individuals and organizations of potential security...more

Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating...more

European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

Advanced Weather Data: Vital for the Future of Commercial Drone Operations

Back in December 2016, Amazon executed its first customer delivery by drone in the United Kingdom. Now, as Amazon, and other large retailers, aim for widespread deployment of drones for the delivery of goods to consumers, it...more

It’s Official: The Old CPNI Rules Are Back in Effect

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Today the Office of Federal Register published a final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) that formally voids the rule changes in the Commission’s 2016 Privacy Order—which Congress invalidated...more

A Spam Story - How One Law Firm's Spam Blocker Proved Costly to Them and to Their Client

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Mailbox Rule is a contract law principle concerning acceptance of an offer. The rule relies on the concept that once a party places a legal document in the postal system, it will arrive at its destination and be read by...more

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Series, Part #3: GDPR Consent and Fair Processing

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 which comes into force in May 2018, will introduce major changes to the law on the processing of personal data in the European Union. Over the next...more

After Equifax: What Should the Public Do?

As we have discussed in previous posts, Equifax Inc. suffered a cybersecurity breach potentially affecting 143 million individuals in the United States. Although Equifax’s investigation is ongoing, the data at risk includes...more

The Biggest Health Care Data Breaches in 2017

Health Data Management (HDM), using information compiled by Protenus Breach Barometer, published a list this week of the biggest health care data breaches so far in 2017....more

The Equifax Breach: Protecting Yourself Against Threats to Your Finances and Identity

On September 7, U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax reported that it had been hacked and more than 140 million people might have had their information stolen. The breach could have global implications: Equifax has stated...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Privacy Perils: Hackers Breach Instagram User Accounts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Engineers at Instagram have revealed that hackers managed to gain access to the contact numbers and email addresses (but not passwords) of some of Instagram's users via a bug in the app's API (Application Programming...more

Why Was Facebook Fined by AEPD?

Today, the Spanish data protection agency (AEPD) fined Facebook 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million USD) in connection with how the company collects personal data for advertising purposes. The AEPD said Facebook did not get...more

Cisco Releases Midyear Cybersecurity Report

We continue to try to alert our clients about the changing threat landscape in cybersecurity. We keep saying how the threats are becoming more and more sophisticated and more and more frequent, and that companies must...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times’ tech guru—Farhad Manjoo—gets all indignant regarding the Equifax breach. Namely, if Equifax can’t handle its one job of safeguarding personal info, should it really be allowed to keep going at all now?...more

Protecting Your Privacy Online Is Possible

Navigating the crossroads of security and convenience is a balancing act, but it can be done. Two minutes. That’s all it takes to perform a Google search on yourself—or anyone you choose—and obtain a virtual encyclopedia...more

Equifax Hack: The Morning After

Within hours after Equifax disclosed yesterday that hackers had compromised the personal information of nearly 143 million Americans, the Atlanta-based credit reporting agency was hit with a class action lawsuit in U.S....more

Privacy Tip #104 – Scammers Prey on Hurricane Victims

It has been so difficult to watch the news reports of the devastation and havoc left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and now anticipated this weekend by Hurricane Irma, which is being reported as the most powerful storm to...more

“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters? According to a federal court ruling, the answer — Yes, but...more

Beware of Fundraising Scams Following Hurricane Harvey

Following the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, many local and national nonprofits quickly mobilized to respond to survivors’ immediate needs and begin planning for the long-term recovery of...more

File Share Platforms and Business Risk

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The use of open file sharing platforms in business continues to increase in 2017; Dropbox alone has over 200,000 active business accounts. Unfortunately, the convenience of these platforms and the increase in use by...more

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