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Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act Introduced in US Congress

On February 15, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act) was introduced by a bipartisan group of US Congress members. Designed to enact comprehensive rules for both government agencies and commercial service...more

CMS Recommendations Regarding Protection from Cybersecurity Risks

On January 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Recommendations to Providers Regarding Cyber Security. In general, the Recommendations are intended to remind providers and suppliers to keep...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Tackles Several TCPA Issues in Gym Texting Case - Why it matters: Retailers communicate with their customers frequently as an essential part of their business. While these communications are typically...more

One of a Kind: NYDFS Cyber Rule Finalized, Effective March 1, 2017

The closely watched New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) cybersecurity standards for covered financial institutions are now final and take effect March 1, 2017 in less than a week. The final rule largely...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #4

Not-So-Smart TV: Vizio Settles Over Data Collection - For installing software on smart TVs and collecting viewing data on 11 million consumers without their knowledge or consent, Vizio, Inc. will pay the Federal Trade...more

Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The Fourth Circuit Weighs In, Affirming Dismissal For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous opinion in Beck v. McDonaldon February 6, 2017, clarifying the standard for Article III standing and what constitutes sufficient injury-in-fact in putative...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show...more

Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive...more

Government Accountability Office Issues Report On Department Of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity And Communications...

On February 1, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report assessing the performance and effectiveness of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (“NCCIC”) of...more

Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: "Big Data" versus "The People"

1. Data privacy concerns entwined with anti-globalization - Anti-globalization has become a serious theme in Western countries. Right-wing and left-wing political movements converge on the issue. Centrist elites...more

$5.5 Million HIPAA Settlement Underscores Importance of Audit Controls

On February 16, 2017, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) disclosed a $5.5 million settlement with Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) for HIPAA violations affecting the protected health information (PHI) of 115,143...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

Want to Know Why Memorial Healthcare Systems Is Paying HHS OCR $5.5 Million?

On February 16, 2017, HHS OCR announced that Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) had paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.5 million to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules...more

Vizio Pays $2.2 Million To Settle With The FTC Over Its Data Collection And Sharing Practices

On February 6, 2017, Vizio Inc., a manufacturer and seller of internet-connected “smart” televisions, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Office of the New Jersey...more

The February 2017 Update – The Mintz Matrix

During 2016, amendments to breach notification laws in five states went into effect (California, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee). And by the end of last year, well over twenty states had introduced or were...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

Technical Noncompliance with HIPAA Can Lead to Big Penalties

As discussed in prior client alerts, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the agency charged with HIPAA enforcement, has increased HIPAA compliance initiatives in recent months and is poised to continue its enforcement...more

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Overview of Key Points

A new data protection framework (the GDPR) has been adopted, significantly changing current EU laws. It will take the form of a Regulation and so will be directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018. Once in...more

Your IT Technician Has Just Informed You That Your Business Has Suffered a Data Security Breach. Now What Should You Do?

Data breach incidents continue to make headlines. The Yahoo data security breach—affecting more than one billion accounts—announced late last year is a recent example. Data security breaches affect companies of all sizes, and...more

Cybersecurity 2017: The Year in Preview

Introduction - Cybersecurity was a prominent factor in 2016 in all aspects of government, business and personal affairs. Russian and other foreign national hacking has the potential to spark a new form of cold...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

Make Cybersecurity Great Again? Cybersecurity Challenges — and Opportunities — for the Trump Administration

The Trump Administration has taken office at a time when cybersecurity has increasingly entered the public consciousness as a major challenge facing both the United States government and the business community. Cyberattacks...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part One

States aren’t static when it comes to data privacy and security laws. This is Part One of a two-part series about several new state privacy and data security laws that took effect within the last year. In this article,...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

Who is Watching you Watch TV? If You Have VIZIO … Your TV Might Be Watching You

What does your TV-watching history say about you? According to a recent lawsuit against VIZIO, Inc., it might be more than you think! One of the world’s largest sellers of “smart” televisions has recently paid a $2.2 million...more

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