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3rd Circuit Says: FTC Can Take Action Against Companies That Suffer Data Security Breaches

Companies can be fined by the federal government for failing to properly safeguard consumer data, according to a decision this week by Pennsylvania's federal appellate court....more

New Potential Liability for Data Security: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Announces FTC has Authority to Scrutinize a...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to scrutinize a business’s data security protocol -- and to file a complaint if the FTC finds that protocol...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

Federal Trade Commission Joins with Industry Experts to Provide Start-Ups and Developers with Practical Advice at “Start with...

The FTC has a history of offering practical advice to organizations and consumers to protect against security threats and related concerns, and is continuing this practice with the upcoming – and very first – “Start with...more

Rising Conflict Among Federal Courts – Whether an Account Number Visible on a Debt Collection Envelope Violates the FDCPA

Section 1692f(8) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) prohibits the use of any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by mail. The...more

Credit Card Fraud Liability Shift Looms for Retail Industry

On October 1, 2015, a substantial portion of the liability associated with in-store fraudulent credit card purchases will shift from credit card issuers, such as banks or credit unions, to retail merchants. Credit card...more

Cheatin’ Ain’t Easy: Potential Theories of Liability Emerge for Online Cheating Website Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison, a dating website specifically geared towards married individuals looking to have an affair, recently found out it was the victim of cyber hackers who claim to have stolen personal information, including names...more

Doing Business With the State of Connecticut: A Guide to Data Privacy and Security Requirements

Doing business with Connecticut’s state government requires individuals, businesses and other entities to comply with numerous legal, regulatory and contractual requirements. Among these obligations are some of the nation’s...more

FTC Closes Investigation Involving Proposed Changes to PayPal’s Terms

Earlier this year, PayPal announced planned changes to its User Agreement that would have, among other things, given the company broad rights to contact people by phone or text messages. The provision stated, in part...more

FCC Corrects July 10, 2015 TCPA Order

This week, the FCC issued the following correction of its July 10, 2015 Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”): In Paragraph 100, the fourth sentence is corrected to read as follows: “It follows that the...more

Nevada, Washington and North Dakota Expand Data Breach Definition and Notice Requirements

Continuing the trend of states expanding their data privacy laws, companies that store and transmit personal information about residents of Nevada, Washington and North Dakota must now take note of additional data-element...more

Health Canada Releases Guidance for Industry on Its Reporting Obligations

Recently, Health Canada released guidance to help companies understand their reporting obligations under section 14 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires that sellers, distributors, importers, and...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules - Update

n July 10, 2015, the FCC issued its written Declaratory Ruing. On the same day, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals International (ACA) filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the ruling by the United...more

“Never Say Never”: Lessons From RadioShack’s Sale of Customer Information

When a bankrupt company’s most valuable assets include consumer information, a tension arises between bankruptcy policy aimed at maximizing asset value, on the one hand, and privacy laws designed to protect consumers’...more

The Positives and Negatives of the FCC’s Recent Omnibus Order on the TCPA

On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus, Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC Ruling) seeking to clarify certain ambiguities in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...more

Going to California: Court of Appeal Rules Forum Selection Clause Overrides Certification of B.C. Privacy Act Claims

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently overturned the certification of a class action against Facebook Inc. in relation to alleged breaches of B.C.’s Privacy Act, involving unauthorized commercial use of users’ names...more

FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool: Guidance for CEOs and Boards - Senior Management and Boards Should Be Actively Addressing...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT) on June 30, 2015, to assist organizations in identifying cyber risks and assessing their cybersecurity...more

FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool: Guidance for CEOs and Boards - Senior Management and Boards Should Be Actively Addressing...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT) on June 30, 2015, to assist organizations in identifying cyber risks and assessing their cybersecurity...more

Alert: FTC Releases New Data Security Guide: 50 Mistakes to Avoid in 10 Lessons

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought over 50 cases against companies that put consumer data at unreasonable risk. On June 30, 2015, the FTC released a guide titled Start with Security that summarizes 10 lessons the...more

Password Management Company LastPass Discloses Security Breach

We know it’s hard to keep track of passwords. A good security practice is to use different and complex passwords across different platforms, but it is so hard to keep track of all of them. That’s why password management...more

Visa And MasterCard: Card Issuers May Disclose Breached Merchant Names

Credit union and other card issuers got clarification from Visa and MasterCard this month on when they are contractually permitted to disclose the identities of merchants involved in data breaches. In substantially similar...more

The EU’s S-L-O-W March Towards a Uniform Data Protection Regime

The European Union (EU), comprised of 28 member states, currently has a patchwork of privacy and data protection laws, based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. This mix of laws has led to inconsistent data...more

The FCC Speaks Up and Cracks Down on TCPA Rules

For the first time since October 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has issued new rules clarifying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On June 18, 2015, the FCC held a public hearing to debate...more

Nevada and Wyoming Expand Breach Notification Laws to Protect Account Credentials

On July 1, 2015, both Nevada and Wyoming’s breach notification law amendments come into force, expanding the definition of Personal Information (“PI”) to include account credentials such as a username or email address. With...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

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