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Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

FTC Complaint Filed Against IoT Businesses

This Tuesday, a consortium of consumer protection and children’s privacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint against Genesis Toys (“Genesis”) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”) in connection with...more

Who Owns a Noise – Should Data Collected in a Public Space by a Private Company be Generally Accessible to the Public?

While law enforcement have access to new technology owned by third parties that assist them with protecting the public, questions arise as to who should own the data gathered by that technology. Sometimes, it is the...more

FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

Blippar App: Introducing Facial-Recognition Software for your Smartphone

Blippar, an augmented reality app, recently released its facial-recognition software which allows users to scan faces with their smartphones. The Blippar app makes it possible for people to scan faces (from print, TV or in...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Businesses today have their work cut out for them. Small or large, no organization is immune from cybersecurity threats. Added pressures arise from stepped up government regulatory oversight and enforcement that targets an...more

Phishing as a Service

A recent report from Imperva, Inc. has identified a Phishing as a Service (PhaaS) being offered on a Russian website. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team defines phishing as “an attempt by an individual or...more

Proposed German Law Could Curtail Privacy Rights

Although Germany has tended to advocate relatively strict data protection laws, a recently released draft law could call into question the extent to which Germany will protect privacy rights in the future. The stated purpose...more

FCC’s New Broadband Privacy Rules Stirs Up Opponents and Advocates

Under controversial new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission, consumers may choose how internet service providers use and share their personal data. The FCC adopted the rules, which apply regardless of...more

Advertising Law - December 2016

$30M Judgment for Green Coffee Weight Loss Defendant - An executive behind a green coffee weight loss product scam was hit with a $30 million judgment in a recent Federal Trade Commission action in Florida federal...more

The Clock Has Started: What ISPs Need to Do and When to Comply with the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published its Report and Order entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (the “Order”) as a final rule...more

Investigatory Powers Act Becomes UK Law

The new law gives UK intelligence and law enforcement bodies sweeping surveillance powers. The IPA was introduced in response to recommendations that David Anderson QC made, in his capacity as the Independent Reviewer of...more

Prepare for Compliance with General Data Protection Regulation Checklist

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has issued a 12-step checklist of actions companies can take now to better prepare for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU privacy regulation...more

Officers and Directors Spared Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Lawsuit

Officers and directors may breathe a temporary sigh of relief following the recent dismissal of the Home Depot data breach derivative case. Others will look to the facts for guidance. The complaint alleging the board had...more

UK Surveillance Bill Becomes Law

On November 29, 2016, the United Kingdom’s controversial surveillance bill received royal assent and officially became law. The nearly 300-page law, known as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, replaces and expands upon the...more

Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Report

On December 1, the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (Commission) released a report on securing and growing the national economy. This report includes six imperatives for enhancing cybersecurity (and...more

What Does China’s New Cyberspace Sovereignty Mean, and is Your Company Ready?

On Nov. 7, 2016, the official and finalized version of the Cyberspace Security Law (the “CSL”) was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and signed off by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Under the...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

Homeland Security Issues IoT Guidance for Businesses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published non-binding principles and best practices to help businesses work through key Internet-of-Things (IoT) security issues. Entitled “Strategic Principles for Securing the...more

Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment

On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The nonpartisan Commission was created in April by...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

EPIC Recommends Privacy Standards For Automated Vehicles

On November 23, 2016, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) issued a 17-page comment document to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to highlight the privacy risks of automated vehicles...more

Recent Litigation Against Product Manufacturers Shows the Reach of Cybersecurity Liability

Plaintiffs have increasingly sought to hold companies accountable through litigation for security breaches or hacks of their computer systems that store personal information. Two recent court decisions in California...more

Connected or Automated Vehicles: The European Commission Presents its Strategy for Europe

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) presented its Communication on connected cars for Europe, under the more formal denomination “A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – November 2016

Updates on the EU: German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers. On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. One question that many...more

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