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Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

New Mexico On the Brink of Passing Data Breach Law

On March 15, 2017, New Mexico's Senate passed H.B. 15, which would create the state's first data breach notification law. New Mexico is currently one of only three states (including Alabama and South Dakota) without a data...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the...more

District Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Because FCRA Plaintiff Failed To Allege Concrete Injuries

On March 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA” or the “Act”). If a person...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

New Mexico Set to Become 48th State To Enact Data Breach and Safeguards Law

Last week, the New Mexico Legislature passed The Data Breach Notification Act (“Act”). Once the Act is signed by Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico will join 47 other U.S. states (along with D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the...more

SEC Charges More Public Companies for Confidentiality Agreements That Might Deter Whistleblowers

In the past two years, the SEC has charged six public companies with violating SEC Rule 21F-17, which prohibits confidentiality agreements that could impede employees from making whistleblower claims directly to the SEC....more

21st Century Data Breaches: Not All Fun and Games

Data breaches can occur in the most surprising places. When data breaches affect sensitive, private information—especially those of children—companies can face scrutiny from regulatory agencies and be exposed to civil (and...more

Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

OMB Claims Federal Progress on FISMA in 2016 But Much Work Remains

Earlier this week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued its 2016 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (“FISMA”) Annual Report. FISMA (last amended 2014) charges OMB with tracking the extent...more

TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

New York Regulations Heighten Need for Due Diligence and Cyber Insurance Coverage

Cybersecurity rules from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) went into effect on March 1 and now banks and insurers are faced with an increasing level of potential legal exposure for data breaches. This...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

China Releases Consultation Draft on Cyber Security Review of Online Services and Products

On February 4, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) issued its consultation draft measures for the security review of online products and services (“draft measures”), among the anxieties caused by the...more

EU Commissioner - President Trump Set To Discuss Future Of Privacy Shield Accord

European Union (“EU”) Commissioner Vera Jourová will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this month to discuss the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) accord which imposes obligations on U.S. companies...more

And Then There Were Two – New Mexico Set to Become 48th State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

While there is no federal law requiring companies to notify individuals of data breaches, South Dakota and Alabama will be the only states without data breach legislation if Gov. Susana Martinez signs New Mexico’s H.B. 15,...more

Email Marketing Attorneys and the FTC Clash Over and Settle Spam Claims

Last week, email marketing lawyers and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a $500,000.00 settlement between the agency and a company offering weight-loss products which were allegedly marketed via email in...more

Marijuana and Privacy: A Primer

Legal marijuana is America’s fastest-growing industry. According to ArcView Market Research, cannabis revenue is expected to exceed $22 billion by 2020—nearly double that of the NFL. This past year, Colorado saw its sales...more

How the General Data Protection Regulation Will Apply to and Affect the UK

The GDPR will apply to the UK when it is effective on May 25, 2018, but the government will need to adopt domestic data privacy legislation upon the UK’s pending exit from the EU....more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

Don’t Rock the Vote: Helping State and Local Governments Fend Off Cyber Attacks

Voting in local, state and national elections could be viewed as a rudimentary form of social media, by which voters share their views and preferences via selection of a candidate or party platform. The distance between this...more

Privacy Perils: Data Collection from Connected Devices

While the WikiLeaks CIA dump makes for interesting reading about our nation's capability to hack certain connected devices, it does not mean we are all being spied on while waiting for a microwave burrito. However, fanciful...more

Bipartisan State Cyber Resiliency Act Will Help Local Governments Defend Against And Recover From Cyber Attacks

On March 2, 2017 lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives introduced the State Cyber Resiliency Act, which would give state, local, and tribal governments grants to boost cybersecurity protections. ...more

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