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CMS Issues Guidance on Privacy Concerns at Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, CMS issued guidance regarding privacy concerns in nursing homes. In a letter entitled “Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing...more

Tales from the (Quantum) Crypt

The dream of hack-proof communication just got a little closer to reality. On August 16, 2016, China launched the world’s first “quantum satellite,” a project the Chinese government hopes will enable it to build a...more

The Privacy Shield: September 30, 2016, Deadline for Early Self-Certification Offers Compliance Opportunity and Risk

The European Commission recently determined that the Privacy Shield Framework is adequate to legitimize data transfers under EU law, providing a replacement for the Safe Harbor program. The Privacy Shield is designed to...more

California Considers Rules For Data Security, Geolocation ­

On Wednesday, August 24, the California state senate (the “Senate”) took action on a bill that would expand the definition of protected personal consumer data to include geolocation and biometric information while also...more

[Event] Data Breaches - What To Do When Your Client Falls Victim - September 28th, Mountain View, CA

The number of data breaches has risen significantly in the past few years. More and more companies, both large and small, are having their computer networks compromised and are looking for guidance on how to respond. This...more

No HIPAA Hall Pass for Business Associates and Small Breaches

Phase 2 Audits of Business Associates: The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in the process of conducting its phase 2 audits of Covered Entities and Business Associates. “Covered...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges FAA’s New Drone Rules Over Lack Of Privacy Safeguards

On Monday, August 22, the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) brought suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), challenging the lack of...more

Yelp Seeks Dismissal of Consumer Privacy Lawsuit

Last Tuesday, the federal district court for the Northern District of California held oral arguments on a motion for summary judgment filed by Yelp in a consumer privacy lawsuit involving other prominent technology companies,...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2016

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, continues to have a substantial impact on federal courts, especially with respect to alleged statutory violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Please...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Have Cyber Protection Obligations Even After Closing

As Yogi Berra used to say: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Coal plant operators shutting down their plants should remember this phrase. Even after they throw the breakers, go off the grid, are no longer contributing to the...more

Corporate E-Note - August 2016

In a “Table of Experts” series published on July 15, 2016 by the Birmingham Business Journal, Ed Christian provides his insight into a series of questions related to mergers and acquisitions. Please see full E-note below...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Fax Case due to Individualized Determinations of Consent

On August 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification in a putative class-action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Third Circuit Dismissal Affirmance Based on Economic Loss Doctrine Shows Spokeo Shouldn’t Be Your Only Data Breach Class Action...

While the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), has garnered much attention after being cited by numerous courts as a means to dismiss data privacy class actions, defendants should...more

KPMG Survey Finds that Shoppers Care About Retail Data Breaches

On the heels of Eddie Bauer’s notification of a cyber intrusion affecting all of its retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, KPMG has released a study showing that almost one-fifth of respondents to a survey said they would...more

Does Pokémon GO Lure You in With A Dangerous Privacy Policy and Terms of Use?

For years, we have been lamenting that our young people spend too much time indoors playing computer games and not enough time outside or connecting with others. Yet, those same critics now condemn young Pokémon Go players...more

Second Circuit Eases Tension Between U.S. Discovery Requirements and EU Privacy Laws

Microsoft scored an important victory when the Second Circuit ruled that the government is not authorized to issue warrants for customer data stored overseas. In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled &...more

OCR to Increase Investigations Of Smaller PHI Breaches

Healthcare providers and other covered entities must report breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”) to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with the Breach Notification Rule of the...more

Short-Sellers Partnering with Hackers: Exploiting Cybersecurity Fears for Short-Term Profit

A research report released last week on the supposed cyber vulnerabilities of St. Jude Medical’s devices not only jeopardizes a pending $25 billion acquisition of the company by Abbott Laboratories, it opens a worrisome new...more

FTC Reverses Its ALJ and Finds LabMD Section 5 Violation

The Federal Trade Commission recently vacated the decision of its Chief Administrative Law Judge and on July 29, 2016 entered a final order against LabMD potentially expanding previous interpretations of what constitutes...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - August 2016

Is Your Police Department Ready for Body Cameras? - Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was providing $20 million in grants...more

Privacy Tip #49 – Use a Passphrase Instead of a Password

I love to train employees on data privacy and security. It tends to be rather entertaining as I can tell crazy stories about real life scenarios about data breaches or compromises. The stores are quite beneficial, as most...more

The Ashley Madison Breach: Canada-Australia Report of Investigation and Takeaways for all Organizations

On August 23, 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its joint report with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) regarding its investigation of the 2015 Ashley Madison...more

Florida Court Holds Budget Request Forms and Activity and Service Fee Records Not “Educational Records”

On August 11, 2016, a Florida state court judge held that the University Central Florida Board of Trustees (“UCF”) must produce Budget Request forms and Activity and Service Fee Database records to Knight News, Inc. (“KNI”)...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes – August 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Sometimes data breaches crop-up in the most unlikely of places. Last week we learned that the vendor that handles fish and hunting licenses for the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington was hacked. ...more

Small Breaches Matter Too: OCR Broadens HIPAA Breach Investigations

The Regional Offices of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) already investigate every reported Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breach affecting 500 or more...more

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