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Intimate Images & Cyberbullying – Assessing The Canadian Response

Earlier this week, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The proposed legislation covers a lot of ground, including the introduction of a suite of new investigation powers...more

HHS Issues Privacy Rule Guidance for Law Enforcement Agencies

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the release of its guidance, “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule: A Guide for Law...more

New Michigan Law Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants And Employees For Access To Personal Internet Accounts

The apparent practice by employers of requesting access to employees’ and applicants’ social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, has led the state of Michigan to pass the Internet Privacy Protection Act (PA 478 of...more

Michigan's New "Internet Privacy Protection Act" Sets Limitations for Employers and Employees

On December 28, 2012, Michigan joined California,1 Illinois,2 and Maryland3 in enacting a social media password protection law when Governor Rick Snyder signed the "Internet Privacy Protection Act" (IPPA or the "Act"). In an...more

Michigan -- The Latest State to Ban Employers From Accessing Password Protected Social Media Accounts

On Friday, December 28, 2012, Michigan became the fourth state to ban employers from accessing password protected social media accounts....more

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act

On December 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill 5523, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), which if signed by Governor Rick Snyder, will become effective immediately....more

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act and Its Effect on Educational Institutions

On December 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill HB 5523, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), which, if signed by Governor Rick Snyder, will become effective immediately....more

Leveson on Data Protection in the UK: What Do Allegations of Phone Hacking Have to Do With Data Protection?

The much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press (“Leveson Report” or “Report”) was released on November 29, 2012. The inquiry leading to the Report was initiated as a response to ongoing...more

EMRs: The New Health Care Fraud Frontier?

Whether referred to as electronic medical records, electronic health records, or electronic patient records, there is no doubting the tremendous potential benefits that the digitization of medical data holds for the health...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - October 26, 2012

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - INSURANCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

Rise in Cyber Data Kidnapping: Tips on Protecting Your Data From Being Taken Hostage

As many predicted, cybercriminals continue to increase their targeting of middle-market businesses. These criminals presume - often correctly so - that a small business will have less robust defenses than a Fortune 500...more

Multi-Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Conviction: A Cautionary Tale

The owner of a Long Island medical supply company was convicted last week on charges of a $10.7 million Medicare fraud and wrongful disclosure of private medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-15 -- Aug 15, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

California Attorney General Creates Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit; Increased Enforcement Likely

On July 19th, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the formation of a new Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit within the state’s Department of Justice. The move is widely seen as a means of stepping up...more

Modified UK Website "Cookie" Regulations Impact U.S. Websites

Pursuant to recent changes in European legislation, the UK implemented amended regulations regarding cookies in May 2011, but delayed compliance until May 26, 2012. Noncompliance can lead to criminal offences and monetary...more

EPIC Urges the Drug Enforcement Administration to Uphold Privacy Act Protections

In response to a notice of proposed rulemaking, EPIC has submitted comments to the Drug Enforcement Administration of the Department of Justice, urging the agency to uphold Privacy Act protections, and to not claim broad...more

HIPAA Criminal Penalties – Defendant May Be Found Guilty without “Knowledge” That Acts Are Illegal

Individuals who access protected health information without authorization may be found guilty of a misdemeanor even if they lack knowledge that their actions are illegal. ...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Knowledge of HIPAA Is Not Necessary for Criminal Conviction

On May 10, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that an individual may be criminally convicted of knowingly obtaining health information in violation of HIPAA, even if the individual did not...more

InfoBytes, March 30, 2012 - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry.

Topics In This Issue Share the Latest Financial Services News - Sign Up is Easy!; Federal Issues; State Issues;; Courts; Miscellany; Firm News; Mortgages; Banking; Litigation; Privacy/Data Security; Criminal...more

FinCEN Proposes New Customer Due Diligence Requirement

On Feb. 29, 2012, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comments on a proposed customer due diligence (CDD) regulation that would explicitly require...more

FinCEN Proposes Customer Due Diligence Requirement of Beneficial Ownership Identification to Enhance Federal Anti-Money Laundering...

On Feb. 29, 2012, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comments on a proposed customer due diligence (CDD) regulation that would explicitly require...more

Criminal Background Checks

In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, whether criminal...more

The EU Commission Has Proposed a New Framework for Data Protection: What does this mean for your business?

Recently the European Commission unveiled a proposal for a comprehensive and significant reform of the existing EU data protection framework. The proposed data protection framework, which consists of a General Data...more

InfoBytes, January 13, 2012 - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry.

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • State Issues • Courts • Miscellany • Firm News • Firm Publications • Mortgages • Banking • Litigation • Privacy/Data Security •...more

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