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Border Searches of Your Electronic Devices — What Rights Do You Have?

The United States government has reported that border searches of electronic devices in the U.S. increased from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Because electronic devices have immense data storage capacity and can hold...more

New Mexico comes late to data breach party, requires promptness

Thirteen years after the first state data breach notification law was enacted, New Mexico has finally decided to join the other 47 states with such laws, sending HB15 in mid-March to Gov. Susana Martinez for signature...more

Trump Budget Raises Questions about Approach to Cybersecurity

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump unveiled his “America First” budget blueprint. One of the most important quandaries for those in the cybersecurity world is how the proposal to reorganize the executive branch to...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

DFARS: Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting

Data protection and cybersecurity have been receiving ever-increasing attention within the U.S. federal government. Last October, the DoD issued two final rules that changed the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) Federal...more

New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the new cybersecurity regulation from the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS“) took effect. The new regulation requires banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions...more

New Mexico and its New Data Breach Notification Law

We are almost to a point where all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have some form of data breach notification law on their books to protect residents’ personally identifying information (PII) in the event of a...more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

Key priorities of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2017

The privacy law regime in Canada affects any organization whose business involves dealing with the personal information of Canadians. Canada’s main private sector privacy legislation is the federal Personal Information...more

New Mexico On the Brink of Passing Data Breach Law

On March 15, 2017, New Mexico's Senate passed H.B. 15, which would create the state's first data breach notification law. New Mexico is currently one of only three states (including Alabama and South Dakota) without a data...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

Recent Circuit Court Opinions Offer Guidance on Challenging the Standing Requirement for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Cases

By following trends and monitoring successful defenses in data breach litigation, companies can often avoid the reputational harm caused by making headlines. For most companies,it is not a question of whether they have been...more

Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the...more

District Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Because FCRA Plaintiff Failed To Allege Concrete Injuries

On March 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA” or the “Act”). If a person...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

New Mexico Set to Become 48th State To Enact Data Breach and Safeguards Law

Last week, the New Mexico Legislature passed The Data Breach Notification Act (“Act”). Once the Act is signed by Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico will join 47 other U.S. states (along with D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the...more

Incident Response Plans: A How-To Guide

The best way to handle any emergency is to be prepared. When it comes to data breaches incident response plans are the first step organizations take to prepare. Furthermore, many organizations are required to maintain one....more

French Competition Authority Determines That Certain Information Exchanges Are Acceptable

The decision gives useful guidance on what type of information exchanges are compatible with antitrust rules - Key Points: ..The extent and the types of information that can be exchanged between competitors without...more

SEC Charges More Public Companies for Confidentiality Agreements That Might Deter Whistleblowers

In the past two years, the SEC has charged six public companies with violating SEC Rule 21F-17, which prohibits confidentiality agreements that could impede employees from making whistleblower claims directly to the SEC....more

21st Century Data Breaches: Not All Fun and Games

Data breaches can occur in the most surprising places. When data breaches affect sensitive, private information—especially those of children—companies can face scrutiny from regulatory agencies and be exposed to civil (and...more

Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

OMB Claims Federal Progress on FISMA in 2016 But Much Work Remains

Earlier this week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued its 2016 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (“FISMA”) Annual Report. FISMA (last amended 2014) charges OMB with tracking the extent...more

TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

New York Regulations Heighten Need for Due Diligence and Cyber Insurance Coverage

Cybersecurity rules from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) went into effect on March 1 and now banks and insurers are faced with an increasing level of potential legal exposure for data breaches. This...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

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