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What’s on the Horizon in the Golden State?

As we near the turn of the year into 2015, organizations should keep an eye on laws taking effect on the West Coast. This year, the crop of new privacy statutes includes a few without precedent anywhere in the country. The...more

Hong Kong's first prison sentence under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) announced last week that a former insurance agent has received a prison sentence in respect of offences under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the Ordinance)....more

DOJ Announces New Cybersecurity Unit in the Criminal Division

To address cyber threats on multiple fronts, the DOJ is creating a new Cybersecurity Unit with the goal of having both a robust enforcement strategy as well as a broad prevention strategy....more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

Another Blow to Call Recording Class Actions

Back in February, the California Court of Appeal in Hataishi v. First American Home Buyers Protection Corp., 223 Cal. App. 4th 1454 (Feb. 21, 2014), dealt a significant blow to call recording class actions across California. ...more

Privacy Monday (on Tuesday….) November 2014

Sometimes the day just gets away from you ….. Here are three privacy & security things you should know for your week: 1. FTC Cites TRUSTe With Misrepresenting Practices – Fines $200,000 Apparently TRUSTe...more

QATAR: Promulgating the Cybercrime Prevention Law

On 15 September 2014, Qatar’s Emir approved Law No. 14 of 2014, The Cybercrime Prevention Law (“Cybercrime Law”). Although it has not yet been published in Qatar’s Official Gazette, the text of the law was published in the...more

Face video scan can trigger data protection breach?

Data protection breaches of health related sensitive data might occur through a mere video scanning an individual’s face according to a recent research....more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

Recording Calls? Five Things You Can Do to Avoid the Litigation Frenzy

Restaurant chain Applebee’s has joined other businesses such as Overstock.com, Hilton, Capitol One, and Bass Pro Shops as defendants in purported class action lawsuits alleging that they illegally recorded calls to or from...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #4

..On the right track? Google reportedly will be testing a new method of targeting mobile users, one which connects the company’s mobile web tracking mechanisms with its mobile app tracking mechanisms, thereby allowing Google...more

Did Russian Hackers Really Amass Over a Billion Passwords?

It was widely reported yesterday in The New York Times and elsewhere that a sophisticated Russian crime ring was holding a massive cache of stolen Internet credentials. According to the private security firm Hold Security, a...more

One year of Data Protection Enforcement in France: what the CNIL’s Activity Report 2013 Reveals and what to expect in 2014

According to the French Data Protection Authority’s (“CNIL”) recently issued activity report for 2013, the CNIL was especially busy in 2013. The main topics addressed by the CNIL in 2013 were the creation of a national...more

Internet of Things and Cybercrime – what risks?

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 collecting and exchanging personal data about their users, their lives, their preferences and tastes. This will lead not only to relevant data...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

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

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 12, 2013

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

FinCEN Issues Virtual Currency Guidance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued formal guidance to clarify the anti-money laundering obligations of administrators and exchangers of convertible virtual currency. “Virtual” currency, unlike...more

Was This Identity Theft? Sixth Circuit Should Limit Meaning of That Term

What’s in a name? When you think of identity theft, you typically think of someone taking a person’s name plus some other identifiers, like their address and Social Security number or credit card number, to go on a...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - September 21, 2012

Topics In This Issue: - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT - Excerpt From FEDERAL ISSUES: CFPB...more

Anti-Money Laundering Program - Preparation is Protection

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, recently finalized regulations (Final Rule) requiring non-bank Residential Mortgage Lenders and Originators (RMLOs) to establish...more

New York Bill to Protect Against Out of State Robocalls

Attorney Steven Getman reports that New York State residents may soon have new safeguards against intrusive telemarketing calls. The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage on Wednesday (June 13) to a bill that...more

InfoBytes, December 16, 2011 - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry.

Topics In This Issue • Federal Issues • Courts • Firm News • Mortgages • Banking • Consumer Finance • Privacy/Data Security • Criminal Enforcement Action Excerpt from Federal Issues: CFPB...more

Financial Institution Facing New Lawsuit For Offshoring Call And Data Center Services

The offshore outsourcing of customer service call center and data center services to locations outside of the U.S. has become a fairly standard business practice in many industries. Now, a consumer class action lawsuit filed...more

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