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New York Bank Regulator Considering Cybersecurity Regulations, Random Audits of Banks

On February 25, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks at Columbia Law School focusing on how state bank regulators can better supervise financial institutions in a post-financial crisis era. In his...more

Spain: €13 Million to Promote 27 Smart Cities

The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism will finance up to 80% of 13 projects linked to the development of smart cities, from which 27 Spanish cities are expected to benefit....more

Privacy Tuesday – March 2015: How is Your Cyber Resilience?

Welcome to March (and in the Northeast, the arrival of meterological spring is welcome indeed……) We start this month with a question: Have you looked at your cyber resilience?...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2015 (Updated)

In This Issue - White House Releases Proposed Privacy Legislation - Lessons from the Anthem Data Breach - SEC and FINRA Release Results of Industrywide Cybersecurity Examination Sweeps - COSO Releases Report on...more

Department of Energy Loan Programs Office Update: Recent Announcements, Insights, and Upcoming Workshops

Throughout 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced nearly $25 billion in new loan guarantee authority across three solicitations and promoted the success of its existing portfolio, while...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable...more

SIFMA Gets Its Cybersecurity-Antitrust Wish

I’m sure you remember SIFMA’s Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Regulatory Guidance, issued last October. I mean, you read about them right here. One of the principles was this: Principle 9: Information Sharing...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Hedge Funds Now Using IPR Challenges [Video]

The patent world is watching to see the ramifications of a recent patent challenge that observers are calling the first of a kind. It involves a recently filed IPR Petition by a Hedge fund. How might this impact the stock...more

Update: Transaction Processors Appeal Order Denying Third-Party Fees after Cyber Attack

In early February, this blog discussed a case involving a grocery store chain that was a victim of a cyber-attack and its transaction processors. See Schnuck Mrkts. v. First Data Merchant Servs Corp., No. 4:13-cv-2226-JAR,...more

The SEC and FINRA Will Continue to Audit the Financial Services Industry to Ensure Cybersecurity Protocols Are Current and Viable

On February 2, 2015, Wilson Elser released an overview entitled Corporate Hacking and the Financial Services Industry that provided in-house counsel with talking points to better discuss and understand their corporate...more

Two-Factor Authentication May Be Coming to a Bank Near You

When I was at the SEC and online broker-dealers’ customers were the victims of hacking incidents, I used to wonder, why don’t the broker-dealers require multi-factor authentication to gain access to accounts? It was a silly...more

What General Counsel Need To Know About The Latest Cybersecurity Developments

In the wake of reported security breaches at a number of significant financial institutions, cybersecurity is garnering more attention and concern than ever before — both within the financial services industry and among...more

Boom or Bust? Cyber Security and Data Breach Loss in Latin America

Every day in the news we are assaulted by reports of cyber security and data breaches of industry giants, major retailers and financial conglomerates that compromise the privacy and security of millions. In the wake of such...more

Legislative Initiative: The Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015

President Barack Obama recognized in a speech he gave at the Federal Trade Commission on January 12th that identity theft poses a direct threat to the financial security of Americans. ...more

U.S. Marshals to Auction 50,000 Bitcoins Seized During Investigation of Silk Road Operator

On February 18, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it will auction 50,000 bitcoins seized from wallet files found on computer hardware belonging to Ross Ulbricht, who was recently convicted in connection with his...more

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

Standing in Data Breach Cases – Still a Moving Target

Where do we stand on standing in data breach cases? It depends on which court you ask. In December 2014, two courts considered whether plaintiffs alleged sufficient injury in their complaints involving well-known data...more

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is...more

ProNerve Holdings, LLC, A Colorado Based Provider of Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IOM) Files for Chapter 11...

On February 24, 2015, ProNerve Holdings, LLC and 8 affiliated companies filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in Delaware. The case is docketed at 15-10373, and has been assigned to The Honorable Kevin J. Carey....more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - February 2015

In this issue: - Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What's the Deal? - Consumer and Financial Institution Class Actions Survive Motions to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Litigation - California Amends...more

2015 SEC Speaks Conference: SEC to Balance Broad Enforcement Agenda and Initiatives with Focus on Core Mission

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) touted an expansive regulatory agenda at this year’s “SEC Speaks” conference, held February 20-21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. At this year’s Speaks, SEC representatives...more

Industry Trade Groups Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Consumers from Data Breaches

On February 12, seven industry trade associations co-authored a letter to Congress regarding anticipated data breach legislation. The letter urges Congress to protect its constituents from the impact of identity theft and...more

Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part III: Five Key Lessons for Business

Concluding our three-part analysis of the White House’s first Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, we turn to some practical advice coming out of the Summit’s afternoon session, including an address by Maria...more

The Digital Economy: The Tax Man is Coming

Once again, we find ourselves faced with a proposal attempting to target and provide special tax rules for income generated in the digital economy. As was the case in the previous year’s budget proposal, the Administration’s...more

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