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Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Confidential Data Breach - Escaping Potential Liability (7/16)

The first question asked by many companies after a data breach is – What is our potential liability? On July 12, 2016 a Missouri Federal Court issued a ruling that companies should be aware of when defending customers’ claims...more

Brexit: Preparing for the Unknown — Practical steps

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has said: “The country voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I will make sure that we leave the European Union.” That seems like a clear statement, but the...more

U.S. Court for District of Minnesota Dismisses Target Data Breach Shareholder Derivative Suits

On July 7, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Target’s unopposed motion to dismiss the derivative actions filed by a number of shareholders against the company relating to the...more

Privacy Shield to Open for Business August 1

After more than two years of negotiations, on July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) framework as a valid mechanism for transfers of personal data from the EU...more

5 Useful Resources on the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Data privacy lawyers and officers around the world are working to assess the implications of and implement (before May 25, 2018) the requirements contained within the recently passed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)....more

EU-US Privacy Shield for Transatlantic Data Flow Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission (the “Commission”) adopted a new framework for commercial data exchange between the United States and the European Union, known as the EU-US Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”),...more

BREXIT: Data Protection

This Brexit Bite assesses the post-Brexit landscape with respect to the UK’s data protection laws. It is important to remember that the UK remains a member of the European Union until the terms of its withdrawal have been...more

Time Will Tell: Implications of the Recently Adopted EU – U.S. Data Transfer Framework

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has been formally adopted by the European Commission, enabling U.S. companies who sign up to the framework to receive personal data from the EU. The new deal replaces the previous Safe Harbor...more

What You Need to Know About Privacy Shield: An Overview of the New Transatlantic Framework

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission (“Commission”) formally adopted and released the Privacy Shield Adequacy decision, which will allow certified U.S. companies to transfer EU personal data to the United States. The...more

Revised Privacy Shield Program Approved by The European Union: Department of Commerce Expected to Begin Accepting Program...

On July 12th, the European Commission gave final approval to the EU US Privacy Shield program for the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States by companies that voluntarily choose to participate...more

Privacy Shield Approved: New Legal Framework for Transatlantic Data Transfers

Today, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield deal has seen the light at the end of the tunnel, as Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker gave it the final stamp. The Privacy Shield replaces...more

EU-US Data Protection: the Safe Harbor is dead, long live the Privacy Shield!

The European Commission adopted on July 12, 2016 its long-awaited decision recognizing the U.S. Privacy Shield as providing adequate protection for personal data of EU citizens transferred to the United States. The Privacy...more

EU-US Privacy Shield – FAQs

Today, the European Commission (“EU Commission”) formally approved a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States (“U.S.”) (the “Privacy Shield”). Under the EU Commission’s...more

Breaking: EU Officially Approves Privacy Shield

U.S. companies will be able to import data from the EU under the streamlined data transfer regime starting August 1 Personal data transfers from the European Union are about to get easier for U.S. companies. On July...more

Despite Early Challenges, European Commission Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

After months of negotiations, today the College of Commissioners formally adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”). This is an encouraging development for the more than 4,400 U.S. companies that had previously...more

What U.S. Businesses Should Be Thinking About Now that European Commission Has Adopted Privacy Shield

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a new framework governing the transatlantic flow of data. The Privacy Shield replaces the former Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, which the...more

Federal Judge Dismisses Target Directors from Data Breached Related Derivative Suit After Special Litigation Committee Recommends...

The hurdles for claims against directors for failed oversight in connection with data breaches continue to increase. On July 7, 2016, District of Minnesota Judge Paul Magnuson released derivative claims against top Target...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Blog: FCA publishes guidance for firms outsourcing to the cloud and 3rd-party IT service providers

The FCA has published its final “guidance for firms outsourcing to the cloud and other 3rd-party IT services“. The guidance is generic in two senses: it “aims to help firms and service providers understand [the FCA’s]...more

Brexit: What You Need To Know - Data Protection

Despite the potential Brexit, the long awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come into force on May 25, 2018 remains relevant to the UK, as the UK is highly likely to still be a member state of the...more

Target Corp. Shareholders Walk Away from Derivative Lawsuits

The leadership team at Target Corp. has one less legal claim to worry about today from the company’s headline-making 2013 data breach. And in an unusual turn, the shareholders who filed a series of derivative actions against...more

Six Myths of Breach Response

Data breach has, unfortunately, become a fact of life. Practically every corporation has experienced some sort of security incident, although most have avoided (to their knowledge) significant network intrusions and loss or...more

BREXIT: What Does It Mean for Data Protection and What Should You Be Doing Now?

While we wait to see what the BREXIT result will mean for the UK’s data protection regime, it is important to recognize that the result will not change anything immediately. The exact nature of the post-BREXIT UK-EU...more

The Potential Impact of a BREXIT on the UK’s Data Protection Regime

In immediate response to the outcome of the recent referendum in the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU), the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released the following...more

FTC Approves Final Order Prohibiting Misrepresentation about Vipvape’s Participation in Privacy or Security Program

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had approved a final order resolving the complaint against Vipvape, a manufacturer of hand-held vaporizers. The complaint alleged Vipvape misrepresented its...more

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