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The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

Governors of 38 States Join a Cybersecurity Compact

by Wilson Elser on

On July 16, 2016, the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), unveiled his 2016-2017 initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge. Over the past year, the...more

OCIE Provides Insight into Issues Identified in Recent Cybersecurity Sweep

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently published its observations from the second generation of its Cybersecurity Initiative. It reported overall improvement...more

New Favorable Risperdal Decisions

by Reed Smith on

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat serious mental conditions – schizophrenia, manic depression, and autism – allegedly causes some male users to develop abnormal breast tissue growth. Particularly when...more

DOE Imposes Data Security Requirements on Colleges and Universities

Do you have a written data security program in place to meet federal requirements? In the last year, the Department of Education (DOE) released guidance in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter emphasizing the importance...more

SEC Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations Identify Best Practices

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC continues to focus on cybersecurity as an area of concern within the investment management industry....more

Nevada Becomes Third State with Privacy Policy Law

Joining the ranks of California and Delaware, the state of Nevada adopted a new law mandating that, beginning Oct. 1, websites and other online services post a privacy policy....more

FTC Issues ‘Stick with Security’ Guidance Emphasizing Data Security Best Practices

The Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Thomas B. Pahl, recently commenced a ‘Stick with Security’ series of blog posts that analyze the data security principles championed by the FTC in its Start with...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

Patching Up Your Information Security Review

by Morgan Lewis on

In light of recent significant ransomware cyberattacks such as the one that originated in Ukraine and quickly spread to affect hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, we wanted to provide a few pointers...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A new article published in the Harvard Business Review confirms that the preservation of reputation continues to be a significant motivating concern for individual board members. This is a factor that should be taken...more

Social Links: SCOTUS embraces technology; IoT companies proliferate; blockchain might make senior execs extinct

A federal district court in Wisconsin struck down the first law in the country requiring augmented-reality-game makers to go through a complicated permit-application process before their apps could be used in county parks....more

New Jersey Limits Use of Shopper Data

Shoppers in New Jersey were promised increased privacy after Governor Chris Christie signed the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act that limits the collection and use of personal information obtained from...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,...more

And So It Begins: The First DFS Transition Period Comes to an End August 28

by King & Spalding on

In September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) introduced the first draft of its cybersecurity regulation, which is now in a position to lead a new trend in industry-specific cybersecurity...more

Can Procurement Law Slow Down Data Breach Response? A Closer Look.

What happens when state and local governments respond to significant data breaches? They often turn to the private sector for breach response capabilities in order to mitigate damages. Speed is the name of the game, and...more

New Russian Legislation May Contradict GDPR

by King & Spalding on

In July 2016, two bills became law as part of a package of amendments designed to protect Russian citizens’ data against terrorism. The measures were dubbed as the “Yarovaya Law” or “Yarovaya Package” after one of its...more

The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!

Great article in the Wall Street Journal this week (paywall), on the history of passwords and password management. I did not know that the seeming obsession with passwords featuring a strange mixing of capital letters,...more

Cloud computing security

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Jim DeGraw, Ropes & Gray technology partner, addresses cloud computing security issues that companies should be aware of as they consider moving data to the cloud. _______________________ Clients call us up frequently and...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

DFS Provides Answers to Cybersecurity FAQs

Hoping to provide greater clarity to financial institutions subject to its new cybersecurity requirements, New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist...more

Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Introduces Bill To Secure Federal Agencies’ Connected Devices

by King & Spalding on

On August 1, 2017, the Senate introduced the proposed “Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017” (the “Act”) to establish, among other things, minimum cybersecurity standards for contractors who...more

FDA Clarifies Consent Requirements for Certain Minimal Risk Clinical Investigations

by Morgan Lewis on

FDA’s guidance, which permits institutional review boards to waive informed consent for certain clinical investigations, may facilitate valuable personalized medicine research....more

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