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EU-US Privacy Shield May Provide Guidance for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to invalidate Safe Harbor in October 2015 sent shockwaves throughout the international business community. Safe Harbor was a certification mechanism that...more

Amended version of Judicial Redress Act passes the Senate; now goes back to the House

The US Senate passed the amended version of the Judicial Redress Act on February 9. The amendments, which tie the Umbrella Agreement to Safe Harbor 2.0 (now dubbed the US-EU “Privacy Shield”), now go back to the House for...more

Tax Relief for Identity Protection Services

In 2015, following numerous customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS announced special tax relief to breach victims who were provided identity protection services as a result of the breach. In January...more

20 Days Left to File Your Annual HIPAA Breach Report

Did your organization experience a HIPAA breach involving fewer than 500 individuals in 2015? If so, remember to submit your mandatory report to the Secretary of HHS no later than February 29, 2016, through the online breach...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Due To “Significant Uncommon Questions” And Ascertainability Issues

Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., No. 13-56813 (9th Cir. Jan. 12, 2016) In a 3 paragraph unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: Still Awaiting Certainty

Privacy activists across Europe raised their data protection banner following the announcement by EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová on Tuesday 2 February 2016 that a political agreement...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Challenge FCC Order on TCPA

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case, refusing to entertain the plaintiff’s...more

Hold the Phone! Obtaining Prior Consent under the TCPA Before Calling/Texting/Faxing Consumers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) impacts any business that contacts consumers by phone, text or fax. Among other things, it limits the ability to place calls and send texts to consumers using an automatic...more

From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield: New EU-U.S. Agreement for Transatlantic Data Flows

The European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce have reached an agreement to create a framework for transfers of personal data from the European Union to the United States. The framework, named the EU-U.S....more

From Safe to Schrems to Shield - and Other Alliterations Shifting Grounds in the EU Privacy Landscape

In October 2015, the European Court of Justice abruptly invalidated Commission Decision 520/2000/EC on the adequacy of Safe Harbor (Case C-362/14, “Schrems”), mainly on grounds of (i) overly broad access by U.S. law...more

Retail Industry Leaders Association Tells FAA That Point-Of-Sale Registration For Small Unmanned Aircraft Would Pose Consumer Data...

In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regarding the FAA’s recent Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Rulemaking (“Interim Final Rule”), the Retail Industry Leaders...more

Will free apps soon be dead in Europe?

As we’ve discussed previously, the GDPR significantly limits user consent as a basis for processing personal data. One interesting question is whether the new rules on consent will kill free apps in Europe. Free apps...more

Data Transmission, Personalized Medicine, and Privacy

Health care analytics make use of patient data to inform treatment decisions and is increasingly moving front and center in personalized medicine. For example, the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (see post of...more

European Commission Announces Agreement with the US on the Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows

On February 2, the members of the European Commission approved a new framework for transatlantic data flows: EU-US Privacy Shield. The European Commission and the United States agreed to a deal that reflects the requirements...more

FTC settles case against Vulcun for installing apps on users’ phones without permission

On February 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has agreed to settle its case against Vulcun alleging that it “unfairly replaced a popular web browser game with a program that installed applications...more

You Could Lose More Than Just Customers: Why You Should Lock Up to Crack Down on Cyber Risks

The most searched word around the office is “cybersecurity”. This year promises to hear myriad cases centered on this suddenly-forefront topic. The issue of security for virtual information has been around for years, but with...more

Reminder: FCC Annual CPNI Compliance Certifications Due March 1, 2016

The deadline applies to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers. Annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due March 1, 2016, for the period covering January 1...more

U.S. Regulators Disagree On Government Access To Encrypted Information

On January 25, 2016, at the State of the Net Internet Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell from the Department of Justice and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade...more

New Guidelines on Collecting Biometric Data Help Businesses Stay Ahead of the Game

The amount of data collected worldwide is rapidly proliferating, and one international organization wants to make sure it’s clear how to protect what is arguably the most sensitive category of that data: biometrics....more

EU Data Protection Regulators All Set to Scrutinise ‘EU-U.S. Privacy Shield’ and Transfer Mechanisms to the U.S. Generally

On 3 February, the Article 29 Working Party (‘WP29’), a group comprising representatives of the EU Member States’ Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”), issued a statement cautiously welcoming the agreement on an “EU-U.S....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 31, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The State of Venture Capital - How much VC money is out there, and where is it coming from? Click through to the full presentation for a detailed...more

Judicial Redress Act Would Extend Privacy Act Remedies to Citizens of Designated Foreign Nations

The pending legislation would authorize the US Department of Justice to designate foreign countries to allow the citizens of such countries to bring civil actions against certain US agencies to access, amend, or redress...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Agreement Reached - Replaces Safe Harbor Agreement

On February 2, 2016, The European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) reached a deal on a new transatlantic data-transfer pact to replace the 15-year-old Safe Harbor agreement. The European Court of...more

Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

EU-US Data Transfer Privacy Shield: Political Agreement Achieved Regarding “Safe Harbor 2.0”

Significant uncertainty and concern regarding US companies’ ability to process and use personal data received from the EU has loomed since the October 2015 decision by Europe’s highest court invalidating the EU-US Safe...more

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