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Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive...more

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun

In several uncoordinated actions, the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) has begun. In two...more

How to Comply with the Consumer Review Fairness Act

In January 2015, we wrote about California’s ban on nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts under the “Yelp” Bill. A new law, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, covers nondisparagement clauses in a similar vein at the...more

Employees Expecting Tax Refunds? So Are Your Hackers

With the beginning of the 2016 tax season, employers should be on high alert for the wave of W-2 spear phishing scams coming their way once again this year. Companies that fall victim to this type of scam likely will be faced...more

Business Cybersecurity: Two Recent Court Decisions Highlight the Need to Take Preemptive Action Against Data Breaches

Nowadays, the prudent business owner should be cognizant of cybersecurity and the public relations and legal costs that can arise from a data breach. By holding personal information of customers, employees, or anyone else,...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

On January 12, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2017 examination priorities.1 OCIE’s 2017 priorities, which largely mirror its 2016 priorities, cover three areas: (1)...more

Internet of Things: Navigating Privacy, Data Security, and Client Trust in the Age of Big Data

In-house attorneys Olga Mack and Katia Bloom on risk management, data security, privacy, and client trust in the rapidly developing IoT Age....more

Deals and Data: Cybersecurity M&A Due Diligence

Cybersecurity due diligence is quickly becoming part of standard best practices in Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) deals. Traditionally, the primary goal of due diligence is to investigate the target of a merger or acquisition...more

FINRA Fines Lincoln Financial Sub $650,000 For Cybersecurity Shortcomings

A Lincoln Financial Group subsidiary agreed to pay $650,000 to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that it failed to implement sufficient security policies to protect confidential...more

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors

The Delaware Chancery Court just issued an opinion that will have directors breathing a sigh of relief in connection with cybersecurity risks. In its opinion – Reiter v Fairbank, C.A. No. 11693-CB (Del. Ch. Oct. 18, 2016) –...more

Preparing for a Data Security Breach: Ten Important Steps to Take

Is your company prepared to respond to a data security breach? For many companies, even reading this question causes some anxiety. However, being prepared for what seems like the inevitable—a security breach—can be the...more

Consider Cyberliability and Network Business Interruption Insurance Coverage in Light of Recent DDoS Internet Attack

The October 21, 2016 DDoS attack on the internet’s domain name system infrastructure underscores the need to consider cyberliability insurance coverage as a critical component of your company’s security and privacy breach...more

Court confirms that IP addresses are personal data in some cases

The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that IP addresses are "personal data" in certain circumstances. This decision is significant because it means that the collection and further processing of IP addresses may...more

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

This annual campaign is an effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about data security threats. The Privacy & Data Security Group at McNees urges you on this occasion to consider whether...more

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guide

On October 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance for businesses that outlines recommended actions to take when facing a data breach. This data breach response guide (Guide) follows the FTC's prior...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

Bitcoin: Cybersecurity Regulations on the Horizon?

As legislators grapple with creating legislation intended to bring virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, within the scope of anti-money laundering regulations, the vulnerability of Bitcoin exchanges to theft and other cyber...more

New Economy Businesses Need New Insurance: Can the Insurance Industry Keep Up?

The sharing economy and new technology innovations have disrupted the traditional underwriting and risk assessment models....more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Have Cyber Protection Obligations Even After Closing

As Yogi Berra used to say: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Coal plant operators shutting down their plants should remember this phrase. Even after they throw the breakers, go off the grid, are no longer contributing to the...more

PCI DSS v. 3.2: New Requirements Coming to Protect Your Customers’ Wallets

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (PCI Council) released Version 3.2 of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), containing several new requirements for merchants, acquirers, and other entities that...more

PowerPoint Slides: Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to...more

Webinar: Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act? [Video]

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to...more

Cyber Security Takes Centre Stage in UK Government’s Strategy

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport recently released a statement on cyber security, in which it urged businesses to take better care to protect against cyber criminals. This statement follows publication of its...more

Cybersecurity Advice to CEOs and Boards “Take more responsibility”!

The White House and its top security advisors are regularly advised about cyberintrusions and as a result the “time has come for CEOs and Boards to take personal responsibility for improving their companies’ cyber security”...more

Tennessee Amends Its Data Breach Notification Laws

Removes the Encryption Safe Harbor, Limits the Timing of Notice, and Expands “Unauthorized Persons” - Effective July 1, 2016, Tennessee becomes the first state to remove the encryption safe harbor from its data breach...more

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