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DHS Designates Election Infrastructure As “Critical” Amid Cybersecurity Concerns

In a January 6, 2017 statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that election infrastructure in the United States has been designated “critical” and worthy of the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”)...more

Social Links: Will a fan-made Star Trek prequel live long and prosper?; California bans driving while Snapchatting; apps that...

A federal district court judge refused to grant summary judgment to the copyright owners of the Star Trek franchise in the infringement suit they brought against the team behind a fan-made, crowdfunded prequel to the original...more

Using Hashtag #Disclosures in Social Media Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been cracking down on brands for paying Instagram users to endorse their products or to share brand content without disclosing the relationship. Indeed, the recent settlements entered...more

Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know

The algorithms that power fintech may discriminate in ways that can be difficult to anticipate—and financial institutions can be held accountable even when alleged discrimination is clearly unintentional....more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

Blue Shield Avoids TCPA-Related Liability

A federal court in California recently granted a summary judgment motion filed by Blue Shield of California (“Blue Shield”), allowing it to avoid liability for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: Nominees Discuss Future of Cybersecurity

With Inauguration Day upon us, it’s time for a #MLWashingtonCyberWatch update. President-elect Donald Trump has vocalized his support for the future of “cyber” throughout his campaign – but how will members of his cabinet...more

Swiss join the EU in reaching data transfer accord with the U.S.

Last year the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission agreed on a data transfer protocol that provides a mechanism for compliance with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU...more

United States And Switzerland Reach Data Transfer Agreement

On January 11, 2017, the governments of the United States and Switzerland announced that an agreement had been reached over a Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”) that sets out how companies may transfer personal data...more

OMB Issues Guidelines for Preparing for and Responding to PII Breaches

On January 3, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum M-17-12, which clarifies how federal agencies should prepare for and respond to data security breaches involving personally identifiable information...more

TCPA Connect - January 2017

A California federal court judge issued a pair of rulings resulting in a split decision for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant Dick's Sporting Goods. Although the court denied the national retailer's motion to...more

NY DFS’s Revised Cybersecurity Rules Are More Flexible, Still Mandatory For Banks And Financial Institutions

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued a revised version of its proposed cybersecurity rule for banks, insurers, money service businesses, and regulated virtual currency operators...more

FDA Adverse-Event Reports Go Public

Years of adverse-event reports documenting problems associated with compromised food, dangerous drugs and harmful cosmetics are now available to the public. The information can be obtained, free of charge, via a downloadable...more

What You Need To Know About the FDA’s Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity

The FDA released its final Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices during the week between Christmas and New Year. You can link to a full copy here, and we gave you our detailed take on the draft...more

FDA bans powdered gloves in human, animal medicine

Effective Jan. 18, 2017, the federal Food and Drug Administration has, by implementation of a final rule, banned the use of powdered gloves by a physician when treating humans or animals. Powdered gloves are now added to the...more

“Primed” to Read about Data Privacy? The Sedona Conference Has a New Primer for You: eDiscovery Best Practices

The proliferation of data in our society today makes the task of protecting sensitive and private data more challenging than ever. Without a doubt, privacy and data protection laws have evolved quite a bit over the past...more

Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation

A common and understandable concern of companies that suffer a data breach is whether the victims can sue the company. It is tempting to assume that the victims won’t sue if they do not suffer identity theft or monetary loss...more

Cybersecurity Incident Response: Who You Gonna Call?

Who should you call when you suspect, or are certain of, a data breach? Data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents have become of a fact of life. Yahoo! recently disclosed that data for over one billion users was...more

EPA Issues Proposed Rule for Prioritizing Existing Chemicals for Risk Review - Proposed Four-Step Process Aims to Incentivize...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its proposed rule for the prioritization of existing chemicals for the risk evaluation mandated under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st...more

Privacy Perils: Beware Browser Autofill

The ingenuity of determined fraudsters should never be underestimated. Gizmodo, a technology website, reports on a simple scheme where hackers capture your sensitive information merely by hijacking the autofill features found...more

Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation on the Horizon

Over the past year, various institutions and organizations—both domestic and international—have shown an interest in moving the increasingly prevalent cybersecurity conversation offshore. Domestically, both Congress and...more

A Privacy Shield Replaces a Safe Harbor for the Swiss, Too

US companies with employees or clients in Switzerland will be interested to hear that the new Swiss-US Privacy Shield was approved on 11 January. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, its data...more

Keeping Section 5 Alive: The FTC Brings Suit Against D-Link

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed suit against Taiwan-based D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, Inc. (collectively, “D-Link”), manufacturers and sellers of home networking devices including routers,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

The Sedona Conference has just published the public comment version of its Data Privact Primer, a publication of its very active Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Libaility. The primer is excellent. ...more

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