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Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #2

Editor's Note - In this edition. The NYDFS proposed a cybersecurity regulation governing New York-chartered banks and insurance companies, the OCC released its bank supervision priorities in its annual supervision...more

N.Y. Moves Ahead with Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) will require all institutions subject to NYDFS supervision to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program meeting "certain regulatory minimum standards." All financial...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #2

FTC Gives Academic Journals a Failing Grade - The Federal Trade Commission recently filed suit against the publisher of online academic journals that the agency accused of deceiving academics and researchers. OMICS...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

AOL, Dropbox and the Big “uh-oh”

A New York couple brought suit against their former law firm because it used an America Online account to transact firm business. If you are my age you probably remember that AOL and “You’ve got mail!” were the future—back...more

Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

CFPB engaged in process to allow public input on privacy questions under new HMDA rule

On January 11, Elena Babinecz, a CFPB attorney, spoke as part of a panel relating to the revised HMDA rule at the Winter Meeting of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar...more

Another Cyber-Risk: Hacks That Cause Property Damage and Interrupt Business Processes

In recent years, there has been no shortage of news about large-scale data privacy breaches; incidents that have affected tens of millions of consumers nationwide. Those incidents have spurred a growing market for so-called...more

Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain

Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer...more

Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

Information Security: MBA Whitepaper

Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association released “The Basic Components of an Information Security Program,” for small and medium size companies in the mortgage industry that may not have the resources to stay well-informed...more

California Senate Sends Bill To Governor Restricting Use Of Drones On Private Property

The California Senate has sent a bill to Governor Brown that, if signed, would create trespass liability for those flying unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, lower than 350 feet above private...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System -...more

Beyond Real Estate: Publicly Traded Homebuilders (And Other Public Companies) Must be Aware of Cybersecurity and Data Breach...

Generally speaking, publicly traded homebuilders and other public companies must disclose material information in their SEC filings. “Information is considered material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - April 2013

In This Issue: - Virginia General Assembly Concludes 2013 Session – Highlights and Considerations for Financial Institutions - Cyber Fraud: Lawsuit by Local Community Bank Demonstrates Need for Vigilance...more

Banking And Financial Services E-Note - January 24, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Governor Seeks to Regulate Banks Beyond Dodd-Frank - Small Banks Worry of "Walmartization" from Dodd-Frank Act - FDIC Passes Appraisal Standards for Higher-Risk Mortgages - Community Banks...more

Mortgage Banking Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Enacts the Nation's First Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs - Noted Data Security and Privacy Attorney Amy Mushahwar Joins Ballard Spahr - Information Security...more

Massachusetts AGO Stresses the Importance of Encryption

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office ("AGO") has entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance (the "Settlement") with a Massachusetts company after allegations that the company failed to adequately protect personal...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Data Breach Investigation Results in $15,000 Settlement with Property Management Firm

Last October, a Maloney Properties, Inc. (“MPI”) company laptop was stolen containing unencrypted personal information, including social security numbers, for over 600 Massachusetts residents. Shortly after the incident, MPI...more

Costar Group, Inc. et al v Loopnet, Inc.

Order Denying Motion to Compel Further Responses to Subpoena (Docket #3)

On June 20, 2006, EFF filed an amicus brief arguing that a battle between Internet real estate services over copyrighted images should not threaten the rights of users to surf webpages and send emails anonymously. The...more

In Re: Loopnet Inc. (Costar Group, Inc. et al v Loopnet, Inc.)

(Proposed) Order Granting Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice for Steven B. Fabrizio

On June 20, 2006, EFF filed an amicus brief arguing that a battle between Internet real estate services over copyrighted images should not threaten the rights of users to surf webpages and send emails anonymously. The...more

In Re: Loopnet Inc. (Costar Group, Inc. et al v Loopnet, Inc.)

(Proposed) Order Granting Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice for Matthew S. Hellman

On June 20, 2006, EFF filed an amicus brief arguing that a battle between Internet real estate services over copyrighted images should not threaten the rights of users to surf webpages and send emails anonymously. The...more

In Re: Loopnet Inc. (Costar Group, Inc. et al v Loopnet, Inc.)

(Proposed) Order Granting Application for Admission of Attorney Pro Hac Vice for Thomas J. Perrelli

On June 20, 2006, EFF filed an amicus brief arguing that a battle between Internet real estate services over copyrighted images should not threaten the rights of users to surf webpages and send emails anonymously. The...more

In Re: Loopnet Inc. (Costar Group, Inc. et al v Loopnet, Inc.)

Amicus Curiae Brief of Electronic Frontier Foundation in Support of Loopnet, Inc.

On June 20, 2006, EFF filed an amicus brief arguing that a battle between Internet real estate services over copyrighted images should not threaten the rights of users to surf webpages and send emails anonymously. The...more

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