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White House Announces New Privacy Officer

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget created a new dedicated position for privacy within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”). The privacy position will streamline the United States Government’s...more

FFIEC Releases Answers To FAQs About Cybersecurity Assessment Tool

On October 17, 2016, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC” or the “Council”) released a set of answers to frequently asked questions about its cybersecurity assessment tool (the “CAT”). The FFIEC, an...more

Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Fall 2016

Privacy Shield – An Early Reflection - EU law generally prohibits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the U.S., unless the transfer is made in accordance with an authorized data transfer...more

The C-Suite’s Perspective on Cybersecurity and Liability

Recently, IBM surveyed more than 700 C-Suite executives in 18 industries and 28 countries about their views on cybersecurity. Ninety-four percent of those interviewed believe that their respective companies will experience a...more

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

Lyft Faces Second Wave of TCPA Litigation for Sending Autodialed Texts

Lyft, Inc. – the popular ride hailing service featuring the iconic pink moustache – is facing a second class action lawsuit in California alleging violations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)....more

Insurance Regulators Fine Tuning Cybersecurity Guidance

You may not realize how much personal information your insurance company has about you. Scarier still is that much of this data is sensitive and valuable to hackers – such as your Social Security number, financial...more

What is the FTC Doing About Privacy and Drones?

Last week, as part of its Fall Technology Series, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a much-anticipated workshop to explore the privacy concerns associated with drones. Although many in the audience hoped that this...more

Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

New York Financial Regulators Introduce Robust Cybersecurity Regulations

New York’s Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently proposed cybersecurity regulations intended to protect consumers and financial institutions from the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks. NYDFS’s proposed...more

Clouds, With A Nearly 100% Chance of a Business Associate Agreement

HHS recently posted guidance on its website addressing HIPAA’s approach to cloud computing. Basically, any time a cloud service provider has electronic protected health information (ePHI), it’s a business associate. This is...more

When Botnets Attack: How Hackers Shut Down the Internet

Beginning early on October 21, 2016, Dyn, a New Hampshire based internet service company, was the victim of three distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The first attack began at 7am ET and was resolved within about...more

The State of File Sync and Share

Now more than ever before there is an increased demand for employees to share and collaborate on documents with people inside and outside of their respective organizations. For this reason, organizations of all shapes and...more

The French Digital Republic Act: the New Powers of the French Data Protection Authority and Enhanced Rights of Individuals

On October 7, the French Digital Republic Act (the “Act”) was adopted following a widely-publicized consultation process. The Act amends the French Data Protection Act, and also modifies French law in various domains,...more

Data subject access request cannot be used to circumvent CPR disclosure regime

Where a data subject access request (DSAR) is made relating to "mixed data" (ie data within a document containing the data of individuals other than the data subject) there must be a careful balancing exercise between the...more

Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards

On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced proposed rules relating to cybersecurity and risk management concerns that...more

Federal Court Finds That 2015 TCPA Safe Harbor Applies to Automated Flu Shot Reminders

A recent decision from a federal court in California found that a retail pharmacy’s “flu shot reminder” calls to mobile phones fall within the FCC’s TCPA safe harbor for exigent health care treatment messages. But the holding...more

Sharing Consumer Health Information? Look to HIPAA and the FTC Act

Does your business collect and share consumer health information? Check out these tips from the FTC for complying with HIPAA and the FTC Act....more

California Amends Identity Theft Requirements for Debt Collectors

The California legislature has amended the existing requirements for debt collectors who receive consumer claims of identity theft with the Identity Theft Resolution Act (“Act”). See AB 1723; Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.16.2. The...more

International Cybersecurity Accord Adopted By Major World Economies

The Group of 7, comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, adopted a non-binding agreement aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity and resiliency of the international...more

Federal regulators propose joint rules to enhance banks’ cyber-risk management

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, and the FDIC issued a joint advanced notice of proposed rulemaking outlining expectations and seeking public comment on enhanced cyber-risk management standards. This is...more

DoD issues final rule on covered defense information clarifying contractor obligations

The US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a rule on Friday, October 21, 2016, finalizing its information security and cyber incident reporting requirements. The rule, Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #4

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division issued guidance for human resources professionals on how antitrust laws apply to employee hiring and compensation. The federal...more

3 Guidelines to Maximize Value of Data

Imagine you are the CEO of company sitting across from an interviewer. The interviewer asks you the age old question, “So tell me about your company’s strengths and weaknesses?” You start thinking about your competitive...more

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy...more

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