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Self-Regulatory Authorities Police Online Ad Industry in Another Sweep

Interest-based advertising (IBA), also known as behavioral advertising, creates profiles of consumers based on their online activities over time and across services, and uses them to send consumers relevant, targeted ads. To...more

EU Council Confirms the Forthcoming Strong Enforcement of Fundamental Right to Data Protection

A recent leaked draft proposal reveals the position of the E.U. Council as regards to the fines system that will come into force under the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation in the E.U. member states. The huge...more

Think You Know Your HIPAA-Related Obligations? Read the ONC’s New Privacy and Security Guide to Find Out

In 2013, we alerted you to the expansion of the definition of the term “business associate” under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...more

Blog: CareFirst Discloses Data Breach

CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan serving the Washington D.C. metro area, became another in a line of health insurers to suffer a data breach as a result of hackers. CareFirst and the FBI are examining the breach...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

Target Data Breach Settlement

On November 30, 2013, I stopped at Target to purchase a birthday gift for my friends’ one-year-old daughter. Little did I know that I would be exposed to one of the largest data breaches in retail history. Fortunately, my...more

CareFirst announces breach of 1.1 million records in cyberattack

Following in the footsteps of Anthem and Premera, CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan servicing customers in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia announced yesterday that it too has been the victim of a...more

April Brings Amendments to Washington and North Dakota Breach Notification Requirements

April saw amendments to Washington State's and North Dakota's breach notification statutes. In a prior Orrick Alert, we discussed some of the implications from the proposed data breach notification amendments in...more

FTC sued by blogger to release data security guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was sued this week by Philip Reitinger, a fellow blogger and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is now President of VisionSpear LLC, an information...more

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

Guidance for Incident Response Plans  

Organizations are preparing for data incidents and breaches by developing, updating, implementing, and testing incident response plans. This article provides a checklist of key components of an incident response...more

TCPA Connect - May 2015

Court Orders $22M Payment in TCPA Fax Suit - A federal court judge in New Jersey recently held that a defendant could be directly liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for fax ads that it did not send. As a...more

Choppy Seas for Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

Ensuring and maintaining compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor principles should be a priority for U.S. entities receiving personal data relating to EU residents, in no small part to avoid the FTC leveling the charge and...more

Nevada Broadens Definition of Personal Information for Purpose of Encryption and Breach Notices

On May 13, Nevada passed a new law (A.B. 179) expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a natural person’s first name or initial and last name in combination with: 1) medical and health insurance...more

Nomi FTC Settlement Highlights Risks of Publicizing Company Privacy Policies

A closely divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) has signaled support for the agency’s recent focus on mobile device privacy. On April 23, 2015, the five-member Commission voted 3-2 to accept a proposed...more

ONC Releases Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic...more

What The Nomi Case Could Mean For Retail Tracking

In law school, everybody learns the adage that hard cases make bad law. When it comes to the Federal Trade Commission, a better aphorism might be, “easy cases make new law.” The FTC’s recent settlement with Nomi Technologies...more

European Commission Takes on E-Commerce Sector

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This inquiry is one of 16 initiatives that the Commission announced for the creation of a Digital Single Market for Europe. As...more

Privacy Laws in Asia - May 2015

Privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the past few years, and the level of activity and enforcement does not show any signs of slowing down. Eleven jurisdictions in Asia now have comprehensive privacy laws:...more

FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700...more

PCI SSC Releases Version 3.1 of Data Security Standard

On April 15, 2015, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (the “PCI SSC” or “Council”) released a new version of its Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”), version 3.1, which contains numerous updates including,...more

Is Creepy Compensable?

A watchful eye can be a good thing. We all want to keep an eye on what’s important. In an increasingly fast-paced world, however, it gets harder. The Internet and advances in mobile technology put so much information at our...more

North Dakota Focused on Privacy and Information Security; AG Wants to Know if You’ve Been Breached

Come August 1, North Dakota’s Attorney General will expect to hear from you if your company suffers a breach of computerized data affecting more than 250 persons. On April 13 North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed S....more

BELGIUM: Belgian Privacy Commission fires its first warning shot to Facebook

Based on its on-going investigation of Facebook’s new terms and conditions, the Belgian Privacy Commission has issued a public recommendation (which can be consulted here in English language). The document focuses on...more

Florida Enacts Law Providing for Civil Remedy Against Cyber Fraud and Abuse

On May 14, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA) into law. CADRA is intended to provide a remedy to businesses for harm or loss caused by unauthorized access to protected...more

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