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NSA Curbs Collection Of Americans’ Emails

by King & Spalding on

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) announced that it will voluntarily stop collecting the email and text exchanges of American citizens with persons overseas that mention a target of NSA surveillance. Although the...more

Best Practices for Using Third-Party Content on Your Company’s Website

Does your company’s website include or link to third-party content? If so, there are potential legal issues that may arise under copyright law and website terms of use that can be minimized or avoided by implementing some...more

SEC Urges Investment Firms to Better Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspection and Examination (“OCIE”) issued a risk alert urging broker-dealers, investment advisors and investment companies to safeguard themselves against ransomware in light...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #4

NAD Watches Paint Dry, Sides With Advertiser - The Sherwin-Williams Co. does not need to change the name of its “CoverMaxx” spray paints, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau said after...more

Application of the U.S. Risk Retention Rules to “Indenture-Style” Cellular Tower Securizations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and five other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rules”), requires a sponsor of asset- backed securities...more

Rite Aid’s Online Store Breached

Rite Aid has admitted that its online eCommerce platform was accessed by unauthorized individual(s) from January 30, 2017, through April 11, 2017, and their customers’ names, addresses and payment card information, including...more

Public Use of “Googling” Does Not Genericize Trademark

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When faced with a random (but very important) question, how often is our response: “I’ll google it”? Using google as a verb, similar to the above question, was at the center of a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

FTC Puts Social Media Influencers on Notice for Possible Violations of the Truth-in-Advertising Laws

Does that actress with the glowing skin really use the luxury moisturizer she keeps raving about on Instagram? What about that NBA player you’re following? Did he actually pay for the pricey new sneakers he’s showing off in...more

The Countdown Continues: One Year to the GDPR

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become applicable in one year, as of May 25, 2018. A lot has happened since we set out the key provisions of the Regulation last year....more

European Banking Authority Publishes Final Guidelines to Assess Information and Communication Technology Risk

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on the assessment of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk in the context of the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP). These final...more

Comcast’s Domain Name Enforcement on the Wrong Turf

“Our client is . . . prepared to resolve this matter amicably and without pursuing its claims for damages, but only if you immediately comply with its demands.”...more

Blackburn Introduces Sweeping Internet Privacy Reform Legislation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 19, 2017, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibility Act of 2017 (the Browser Act or the bill), which...more

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? [Audio]

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sometimes the local rules require some sort of community outreach before or during the application process – and sometimes it’s a good idea to reach out to the community whether it’s required or not. In this episode, DWT...more

What’s Next for the Advertising Industry? Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

Industries are increasingly harnessing blockchain technology in new and innovative ways. Blockchain – a digital record, or ledger, of transactions – has the potential to revolutionize the way in which we conduct business...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms GOOGLE Is Not Generic

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the GOOGLE trademark had not become generic, providing guidance on preventing genericide. Elliott et al. v. Google, Inc., No. 15-cv-15809, 2017 US...more

TCPA & Consumer Calling - Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

Banking fraud The power of well drafted account opening documents in the age of e-mail

by Dentons on

When a banking customer falls victim to a fraud on his or her account, the bank that unknowingly facilitated the fraud may be faced with the question of whether it acted with sufficient care to prevent it. The decision of the...more

Privacy Tip #89 - 10 Tips to Help Protect Your Senior Loved Ones’ Privacy

It is hard enough for middle agers like me to stay up on all the ways our personal information can be collected, accessed, used, disclosed, sold or stolen. It is even harder for our loved ones who are older, but not...more

China's revised draft data localisation measures

by Hogan Lovells on

On 19 May 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC“) released a revised draft of its Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of China Measures...more

Obtaining Counsel from a Mobile App Attorney Is a Must

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Mobile App Attorneys Provide Necessary Guidance for Your Mobile App Business - Mobile applications, or “apps,” are becoming an indispensable tool for a wide range of businesses, from brick-and-mortar entities, to strictly...more

The Criminal Law Issues Media Lawyers Need to Know [Video]

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Felony charges are filed against reporters covering a presidential inauguration protest. The Attorney General says he’s “not sure” whether he can “put reporters in jail for doing their job.” News organizations install...more

Criminal Law Issues Media Lawyers Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Felony charges are filed against reporters covering a presidential inauguration protest. The Attorney General says he’s “not sure” whether he can “put reporters in jail for doing their job.” News organizations install...more

Manatt Digital - May 2017

Proud to Be in the Startup Hustle - Manatt Digital works with companies across all stages, but we certainly have a soft spot for our startup clients, many with whom we get to help in launching and accelerating their growth...more

Data Breaches and the Significance of Outside Counsel

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the Central District of California joined two other district courts (D. Minn. and M.D. Tenn.) in holding that forensic reports resulting from a data breach investigation, conducted at the direction of...more

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