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Namecoin cryptocurrency: Moveover Bitcoin!

Namecoin is a crypto-currency built on the same code as Bitcoin but with a different genesis block. Like Bitcoin, Namecoin can be used as a currency, althought it is mainly intended to be used as a decentralized domain name...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

OFAC Expands and Clarifies License for Exports of Personal Communications Items and Services to Iran

The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), amended the Iran personal communications General License D-1 (GL D-1) on Feb. 7, 2014, expanding, clarifying and superseding the May 2013 General...more

Privacy and Information Security Alert

The final Federal Cybersecurity Framework is imminent. Find out how the Framework operates and how it may impact your business. Learn what government and industry leaders say about the Framework and the need for related...more

Social Media & Games: 2013 Year in Review

2013 was an incredibly active year for social media legal issues. Below are selected highlights on some of the more interesting legal issues that impacted social media, along with links to reference material relating to the...more

New public consultation on mobile remote payments

We have been dealing with a number of issues related to mobile payments and data protection. At the beginning of the new year, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali)...more

FFIEC Releases Final Guidance For Financial Institutions Using Social Media

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (the “FFIEC”) has released final guidance addressing the applicability of federal consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to activities...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Is It Going Off The Rails?

In Executive Order 13636, President Obama directed the Secretary of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) “to lead the development of a framework to reduce cyber risks to critical...more

Australian Privacy Toolbox For The Technology Sector

The new Australian Privacy Principles attempt to keep pace with changing technology, emerging privacy issues and developments in privacy law in Australia and internationally. This "Toolbox" will help you prepare for...more

A Smart Wallet -- The potential for mobile payments is huge. So are the potential legal and regulatory hurdles

Banks, retailers, and pundits are paying a lot of attention to mobile payments, which typically involve the use of smartphones and tablets to pay for purchases. But a lack of mobile infrastructure has kept the use of mobile...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Preliminary Draft Issued"

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (the Preliminary Framework). The Preliminary Framework represents the first full draft of the...more

Private Offerings: Questions that Might Frequently be Asked Sometime Soon (Part II)

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in connection with offerings made pursuant to new Rule 506(c) and Rule 144A, we provided...more

It’s Time to Revisit Business Continuity Planning: What Works and What Does Not Work

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other U.S. financial regulators (collectively, “Regulators”) issued important guidance related to the need for industry participants to maintain business continuity...more

Inter-Governmental Task Force Recommends Extending Anti-Money Laundering Measures to Telecoms, Software Companies and Other...

The Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) recently released a white paper entitled “Guidance for a Risk Based-Approach: Prepaid Cards, Mobile Payments and Internet-based Payment Services” (“Guidance”). The Guidance contains...more

The Sweet Spot of the Mexican Telecom Reform (Part 3/3)

After the Reform, all CATV/FTA telecom operators have the obligations of must-carry/must-offer (MC/MO). This part of the Reform is not trivial, as FTA channels are widely accepted in Mexico. This provision ends up with...more

FINCEN Virtual Currency Guidance

As recently reported, FINCEN issued significant guidance on legal isesues with virtual currency. Shortly thereafter, an enforcement action was intitiated against Mt. Gox, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges for operating...more

How a Facebook Page Could Empty Your – And Your Business’ – Bank Account

Malware capable of stealing your banking credentials is being spread via links posted on Facebook pages. The New York Times reports an uptick in malicious links on popular and seemingly harmless Facebook pages such as NFL fan...more

The United States Increases - and, in One Case, Eases - Sanctions Against Iran

Most significantly, on June 3, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13645 (78 Fed. Reg. 33945) that, effective July 1, 2013, implements provisions of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and imposes...more

Export Compliance Update: OFAC Issues General License Easing Restrictions On Exportation Of Communications Services, Software, and...

On May 30, 2013, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the United States Department of the Treasury announced the issuance of a general license authorizing the exportation to Iran of certain services, software, and...more

Mexico's Telecommunications' reform ready to be signed by President Peña Nieto

On May 23, after the approval of 24 Mexican states (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, México, Morelos, Nayarit, Puebla, Querétaro,...more

Two Very Good Reasons To Visit The Department’s Website

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website. I remember reviewing possible designs for a site. Now, it seems hard to imagine that there was a time when state agencies didn’t have websites. Today, the...more

NACHA’s Guidelines For Bill Payments Via QR Codes

NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, has just taken a step towards easing consumer payments via mobile devices. The Council for Electronic Billing and Payment, a subsection of NACHA, released its 'Quick Response...more

FINRA Levies $9 Million Fine Against Financial Service Company Over Email Failures

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has levied a $7.5 million fine against LPL Financial LLC (LPL) for a series of email system failures which prevented LPL from accessing hundreds of millions of emails and...more

Investment Portals Addressed in SEC Staff Guidance Under JOBS Act; No-Action Letters Also Issued

Technology has spawned the formation of new internet-based marketplaces for illiquid and restricted securities. In most instances, these markets are operated by entities registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

CPA issues Amendments to Electronic Data and Document Rules and Standards

The Canadian Payments Association has issued amendments to Automated Clearing and Settlement System (ACSS) Rules and Standards, which came into effect on April 22, 2013....more

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