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FCC Issues TCPA Compliance Ruling for School-Related Calls

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) issued a Declaratory Ruling addressing certain Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) compliance concerns raised by educational technology...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

FTC Expands Its Role In Cybersecurity Enforcement By Reviving LabMD Action

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) overturned the decision of one of its administrative law judges (“ALJ”) from November 2015 in a suit against LabMD, Inc., now finding LabMD...more

No Harm? No Matter. FTC Broadens Data Security Liability

No harm, no foul? Not according to the FTC. On July 29, 2016, the Commission held that a showing of tangible injury was not necessary in order for company acts and practices to be considered unfair. The case, In the...more

FTC: LabMD Tests Positive for “Unfair” Security Practices

LabMD’s lack of data security measures resulted in the FTC Commission overturning an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) decision that previously dismissed charges against the company in November. LabMD performed laboratory...more

FTC Slaps Down ALJ’s Data Security Ruling in LabMD, Sets Broad Mandate for Protection of “Sensitive” Consumer Data

In a sweeping statement of its data security expectations for organizations that maintain consumer information, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday found that LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, failed to employ...more

FTC Plants A Flag With LabMD Ruling: What This Means for Enforcement

On Friday, the heads of the Federal Trade Commission overruled the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) in In the Matter of LabMd., Inc. The FTC concluded that the ALJ had erred in dismissing the Commission’s case...more

Breaking News: FTC Vacates ALJ’s Ruling and Finds LabMD Liable for Unfair Data Security Practices

In a ruling issued this morning, the Federal Trade Commission found that LabMD, the defunct Atlanta-based cancer detection lab, failed to protect patient information and is liable for unfair data security practices. The...more

FTC Delays Ruling in LabMD Appeal

The Federal Trade Commission has decided to put off until late July a decision about whether to overturn a ruling by the agency’s chief administrative law judge in the closely watched data security action against LabMD, the...more

Stop Faxing

I’ve long thought that sending faxes was a pretty silly means of communication. Don’t send me a fax. I don’t want it. At some point I’m hoping that even my kids’ doctor’s office will get dragged into the 20th century and...more

LabMD’s Waiting Game: Lingering Questions over FTC’s Authority in Data Security Matters

A contentious legal battle over data security between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, a small medical testing lab, is chronicled in the latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Dune Lawrence’s report raises...more

Six-Figure January HIPAA Enforcement Activities Highlight Importance of Maintaining Privacy Protections

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) were each involved in the resolution of high profile privacy matters in January 2016. The two...more

ALJ Upholds $239,800 In Civil Monetary Penalties For HIPAA Violations

Home health care provider Lincare, Inc. must pay $239,800 in civil monetary penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule, according to a February 3, 2016...more

Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

Historic Moment: Husband Reports Wife’s HIPAA Violation Triggering Six Figure Penalty Against Employer

For the second time in history, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has imposed a civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) against a covered entity for violations of the Health Insurance and Portability Act (“HIPAA”). Lincare, Inc., a...more

Reading the Section 5(a) Tea Leaves: What the end of 2015 may suggest about the FTC priorities in 2016

The end of 2015 represented a mixed bag for the Federal Trade Commission on privacy enforcement. In November, the FTC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD for a possible data breach of...more

No Harm, No Foul? Defining FTC’s Authority Over Data Security

Given the frequency of high-profile breaches, it’s reasonable for companies and consumers to be not only fearful but also realistic (or some would say fatalistic) about data security. It’s not a question of if a security...more

All You Need to Know About LabMD’s Big Win in/over the FTC

We have been meaning for a while to write about LabMD’s epic data privacy fight against the FTC. We’re sure you have read about the action, and particularly about the administrative order dismissing the government’s...more

Government Forces Awaken: The Rise of Cyber Regulators in 2016

As the sun sets on 2015, but before it rises again in the New Year, we predict that, in the realm of cyber and data security, 2016 will become known as the “Rise of the Regulators.” Regulators across numerous industries and...more

FTC Appeals ALJ Ruling Dismissing Its Claims Against LabMD

The legal wrangling between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, Inc. over data security continues. On December 22, 2015, the FTC filed its appeal brief challenging Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) D. Michael...more

Georgia Secretary of State’s office exposed 6 million voters’ SSNs

It is frustrating for citizens to continue to watch state and federal governmental agencies announcing massive data breaches of citizens’ personal information. Here is another one. On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the...more

FDA Plans Workshop to Address Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

Two months after finalizing its first guidance on cybersecurity, the FDA has announced a public workshop entitled “Moving Forward: Collaborative Approaches to Medical Device Cybersecurity” to continue to address a growing...more

Re-Thinking “Substantial Injury”: The FTC’s Potential New Need for Victims

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed the Commission’s long-running data security case against LabMD because it failed to prove that there was an actual or reasonably imminent...more

When Do Data Security Breaches Cause Substantial Consumer Harm? Lessons from the LabMD FTC Complaint Dismissal

On November 19, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (the “ALJ”) at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) dismissed the FTC’s 2013 complaint against LabMD, a clinical testing laboratory, stating that the FTC failed to demonstrate...more

Company prevails in challenge to FTC data security complaint

As we have previously observed, banks and other companies subject to the CFPB’s jurisdiction face the possibility that the CFPB could begin using its authority under Sections 1031 and 1036 of the Dodd-Frank Act (which...more

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