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Facebook, Healthcare Provider Websites and HIPAA

In a class action Complaint filed in the Northern District of California on March 15, 2016, Kiesel Law LLP, on behalf of primary plaintiff Winston Smith and a potential class of others, alleges that Facebook received...more

EU General Data Protection Regulation in force from 25 May 2018: the Countdown to Compliance starts now

The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 May 2016. This means that the most comprehensive reform to the EU’s omnibus data protection law in 20 years...more

GDPR Published Today, Commencing Two-Year Countdown to Application

One of the most important EU legislative initiatives in recent years, and a landmark in privacy regulation worldwide, the GDPR is set to replace the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) of 1995. After the Council of...more

Requirements for valid consent – Why opting-in should not be optional

The Düsseldorfer Kreis, a committee made up of representatives of German data protection authorities, recently published guidance on the requirements for obtaining valid consent to the collection, processing and use of...more

First Circuit Opens New World of Potential Liability for Video Producers

You may be too young for this to have been a big thing to you, but almost 30 years ago, D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C. went into a tizzy. Coming as it did just a year...more

Corporate E-Note - April 2016

In an article published by the Birmingham Business Journal in the April 1 print edition, India Vincent provides insights on a series of questions related to cybersecurity, including some best practices to help monitor for and...more

Phase 2 of the OCR HIPAA Audit Program Already Underway

On March 21, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of the long-awaited Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program (Phase 2), and OCR activities related to Phase 2 are already...more

Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...more

How to Prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) was adopted by the EU Parliament last April 14, 2016. The GDPR will replace the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), which was implemented more than 20 years ago....more

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

This past week, the First Circuit issued a notable opinion concerning the contours of liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – a decision that stirs up further uncertainty as to where to draw the line...more

Nebraska Amends Data Breach Notification Law

On April 13, 2016, Nebraska’s breach notification statute was amended when Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB835 into law. The Amendment included a variety of changes, including a regulator notification requirement and...more

When “Shhh” turns to “Oh $%*#!” – No Pseudonyms for Ashley Madison Plaintiffs

Nothing good has come from the Ashley Madison hacking incident, except hopefully some well-deserved apologies to loved ones. Now the E.D. Mo. Court hearing the In Re Ashley Madison Customer Security Breach Litigation, MDL No....more

Ashley Madison Update: Hacked Data Is Off-Limits

On April 29, 2016, Judge Ross issued his ruling on Ashley Madison’s motion for a protective order, prohibiting Plaintiffs from using the leaked documents, reports quoting the leaked documents, and information “stolen from...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2016

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Proposes Change to Rules Applicable to Searches of Electronic Data

The United States Supreme Court — which establishes rules of civil and criminal procedure, subject to the objection of Congress — has proposed a significant amendment to the rules applicable to searches of electronic data...more

Policyholder Takeaways From Portal

In a solid victory for policyholders, the Fourth Circuit upheld coverage last week for a potential data breach incident involving confidential medical records. The case is The Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal...more

Stolen user credentials account for over half of all data breaches in 2015

Verizon recently released its yearly Data Breach Investigations Report and as always, the report is a very informative read. The report gathered information from more than 64,000 security incidents worldwide in 2015, 2,260 of...more

UK Government Action Plan for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Finance

The UK Government published an Action Plan for anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing. The Government is aiming to overhaul the UK approach to AML and CTF by giving new capabilities and legal powers to law...more

OCR Director Discusses Phase 2 Audits, OCR Priorities

A representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently presented at a compliance forum to provide comments regarding the roll out of OCR’s Phase 2 HIPAA audits. The...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Law Firms Victim to Data Breaches"

Recently, reports surfaced that multiple law firms have fallen victim to data breaches, prompting class action litigation against the firms for exposing their clients' information. Law firms house a great deal of highly...more

Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) last month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court...more

Want an FAA Section 333 Exemption for your Close-up sUAS Operations? Come Prepared.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally prohibits small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) flight operations within 500 feet from all persons, vessels, vehicles, and structures. However, closer-in operations of sUAS...more

House Sends Email Privacy Act Amendments to Senate

On April 29, 2016, in a 419-0 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) to eliminate an exception to the government warrant requirement...more

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

Special Focus on “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Privacy Shield and E.U. Data Transfers: Alston & Bird’s privacy team has been closely following the development of Privacy Shield, the proposed successor to the E.U.-U.S. Safe Harbor...more

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