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U.S. Senators Want Answers: Yahoo’s Unacceptable Delay In Data Breach Announcement

The aftermath of Yahoo’s data breach has raised a number of questions from customers, law enforcement, and most recently six U.S. Senators. Yesterday, Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard...more

September 2016: Cyber Security & Data Protection Update

Ransomware: Extortion for the Digital Age. As 2015 drew to a close, security analysts predicted that 2016 would be “the year of ransomware.” Ransomware is not a new concept. Early versions appeared in 1989 and the first...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was...more

FSOC’s Annual Report Focuses On Cyber Threats And FinTech

In June 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC” or the “Council”) released its Annual Report. The Council discussed the continued “pressing concern” of cyber threats and vulnerabilities and also focused on...more

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every...more

District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class...more

New York DFS Announces New Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations

On September 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) released proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions.1 When the regulations become effective, they will make New York the...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Trump Hotel Over Two Data Security Incidents

On September 23, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Trump International Hotels Management LLC, d/b/a Trump Hotel Collection (“THC”), imposing $50,000 in penalties and ongoing...more

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

If you have wondered about security threats to your mobile device, a recent report of the National Institute of Standards and Technology may answer some of your questions — and increase your fears. The report,...more

Judge Approves LifeLock’s $68M Proposed Settlement with Class and $10.2M with Lawyers

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, a federal judge in California granted approval of the $68 million settlement between LifeLock and a class of plaintiffs that alleged it made false statements about the services it provides to...more

Aftermath of the Yahoo Breach: M&A Risk and Cybersecurity

In the midst of its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo Inc. disclosed what looks like one of the largest reported thefts of user information in U.S. history. Yahoo has confirmed that a “state-sponsored”...more

New York Regulators Propose Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed first-of-their-kind rules that would require financial institutions to develop and implement detailed cybersecurity programs. The proposed rules would apply only...more

First Privacy Shield Guidelines for Companies published by German DPA

On September 12, 2016, the Data Protection Authority of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (“DPA NRW”) became one of the first EU data protection authorities to issue guidance on the implementation of the...more

Taking Measure of HIPAA Enforcement

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the largest settlement to date for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)....more

New York DFS Proposes New Cybersecurity Regulations

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions. This proposal is, according to Governor Cuomo, a “new...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

Cruise Line to Pay up to $76 Million to Settle TCPA Violations

Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., The Berkley Group Inc., and Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours, Inc. settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action last week for up to $76 million (and not less than $56 million)....more

N.Y. Moves Ahead with Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) will require all institutions subject to NYDFS supervision to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program meeting "certain regulatory minimum standards." All financial...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That Theft of PII from Insurance Company Results in Article III Standing

In its recent decision in Galaria v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., no. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016). Co., No. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016), a divided Sixth Circuit panel held that plaintiffs had standing to assert...more

LabMD Seeks To Stay FTC Decision Related To Evidence Of Consumer Harm Pending Appeal

LabMD—a medical testing lab that, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) alleged, exposed consumer personal information through a peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file-sharing network—is now seeking a stay pending its appeal of the FTC’s...more

Auto-ISAC Pushes To Protect Internet-Enabled Connected Cars

In July 2016, the nonprofit Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (“Auto-ISAC”) released a series of auto cybersecurity best practices to collectively address cyber threats that could pose unreasonable risks to...more

September Privacy and Security Updates

Although National Cyber Security Month isn’t until October, September has brought plenty of privacy and security updates that health care companies need to be aware of. In this post, we review guidance from the Office for...more

Don’t Ignore Ransomware Vulnerabilities; You Could Be Violating FTC Act

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission convened a ransomware workshop to discuss the rising epidemic of attacks against U.S. businesses and individuals. In a ransomware attack, a malicious actor tricks a user into...more

Three Actions to Take If You Are a Victim Of Identity Theft

You may be a victim of identity theft and not even realize it. Have you received a letter from a bank you do not recognize confirming that your new line of credit has been approved? Or maybe a phone call from a credit card...more

Regulator Issues Report On Russia’s Data Localization Rules

On September 1, 2016, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Connection, Informational Technologies and Mass Communications (“Roskomnadzor”) issued a report summarizing the results of implementation and...more

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