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As FCC Flexes New Consumer Protection and Privacy Regulatory Enforcement Muscles Against ISPs, Some Call for Expanded Authority...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed a record $100M forfeiture fine against a global telecommunications company for alleged deceptive data plan promotions. The FCC’s fine comes on the heels of revisions to...more

Alert: FTC Releases New Data Security Guide: 50 Mistakes to Avoid in 10 Lessons

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought over 50 cases against companies that put consumer data at unreasonable risk. On June 30, 2015, the FTC released a guide titled Start with Security that summarizes 10 lessons the...more

Rhode Island Governor signs new comprehensive Identity Theft Protection Act

On June 26, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Senate Bill S0134, the Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015, which substantially revises the old law, including breach notification. Specifically,...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues “Start with Security” Guidance

On June 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its first guidance document as part of its Start with Security initiative. The initiative, announced by FTC Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich in March, will...more

Lessons from FTC Enforcement Actions

The FTC released a guide for businesses based on lessons learned from the more than 50 reported FTC enforcement actions. This new guide, “Start With Security: A Guide For Business” outlines a general “standard of care” for...more

Password Management Company LastPass Discloses Security Breach

We know it’s hard to keep track of passwords. A good security practice is to use different and complex passwords across different platforms, but it is so hard to keep track of all of them. That’s why password management...more

Privacy and Transparency in the Context of Government Data Requests

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently released its fifth annual report evaluating the practices of several online service providers with regard to government access to user data. The report rates the major online...more

Cybersecurity Standards Apply to Thee, Not Me

“If there is anyone to blame, it is the perpetrators,” said Katherine Archuleta, Director of the federal Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”), to a Senate panel investigating the causes of the recent OPM cyberattack. ...more

Magistrate Judge Rules LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Does Not Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act

As we discussed in a previous post, a class action lawsuit (Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn) was filed last year against LinkedIn in California based on allegations that the reference reports LinkedIn generates for premium...more

State Breach Notification Laws Continue To Change

State breach notification laws continue to be amended to (1) provide for notification of a state attorney general or regulator about a breach in addition to affected individuals, (2) cover breaches involving personal...more

Visa And MasterCard: Card Issuers May Disclose Breached Merchant Names

Credit union and other card issuers got clarification from Visa and MasterCard this month on when they are contractually permitted to disclose the identities of merchants involved in data breaches. In substantially similar...more

The EU’s S-L-O-W March Towards a Uniform Data Protection Regime

The European Union (EU), comprised of 28 member states, currently has a patchwork of privacy and data protection laws, based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. This mix of laws has led to inconsistent data...more

Data breach: how information governance reduces risk

With all the data breach activity over the past several years, any organization or individual that hasn’t been affected in some way almost feels left out. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 120 million...more

Connecticut Governor Signs Cybersecurity Study Act

Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Special Act No. 15-13, effective immediately, which requires the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Emergency...more

Nevada and Wyoming Expand Breach Notification Laws to Protect Account Credentials

On July 1, 2015, both Nevada and Wyoming’s breach notification law amendments come into force, expanding the definition of Personal Information (“PI”) to include account credentials such as a username or email address. With...more

Internet Of Things, News Websites Fare Poorly In Security And Privacy Review

On June 16, the Online Trust Alliance, an industry group focused on developing and encouraging best practices in online security and privacy, announced that a recent audit of approximately 1,000 websites showed that 46%...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

Even Small Businesses Need To Pay Attention To Data Security

When people think about data breaches, corporate giants like Target, Home Depot and Michael’s spring to mind. But even small businesses holding personal information can face costly consequences if a breach occurs. In the...more

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Advertising

“We have the best mobile app on the market!” “Subscribe now and win an Apple watch!” “Download our software and we guarantee an increase in your business within 30 days!” That all sounds quite wonderful, actually. Where do I...more

Canada Moves Forward with Mandatory Federal Security Breach Notification Law

On June 18, 2015, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced that the Digital Privacy Act, which amends Canada’s foundational Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has received royal assent...more

Cyber-Attacks: Threats, Regulatory Reaction and Practical Proactive Measures to Help Avoid Risks

I. Cybersecurity; Its Importance and Relevance – How We Got to Where We Are Today - In the past few months, the White House, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Hard Rock Hotels, Tesla, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the Internal...more

NYDFS Report Foreshadows New Cyber Security Regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released a report entitled "Update on Cyber Security in the Banking Sector: Third Party Service Providers." The report details the findings of an October, 2014...more

Oregon Expands Data Breach Law

The modified law will expand the definition of personal information to include medical information and physical characteristics, and require notification to the state Attorney General. Businesses with customers in Oregon...more

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