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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Provides New Online Tool to Report California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Violations

It’s time for a compliance check on those website or mobile app privacy policies, before the California Attorney General comes knocking. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of a new tool for...more

California Attorney General 'Crowdsources' Reporting of Privacy Policy Violations

This initiative by the Attorney General is effective immediately and is just the latest example of California’s effort to increase enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the privacy and data security of individual consumers....more

Cybersecurity Requirements Proposed for New York Financial Companies

The New York Department of Financial Services has proposed new cybersecurity regulations “designed to promote the protection of customer information as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities...more

Feds Propose Enhanced Cyber Standards for Nation’s Largest Banks and Their Boards

Bank regulators are continuing to demand more accountability from corporate leaders when it comes to compliance with cybersecurity safeguards. In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued yesterday, federal...more

New Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Services Companies in New York State

Action item: Banking, insurance, and other financial services companies in New York State must be aware of new comprehensive cybersecurity regulations proposed by the Department of Financial Services that will require covered...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

ECJ Declares IP Addresses are Personal Data

Today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited decision in Breyer v. Germany. Breyer addresses the question of whether IP addresses are “personal data” for purposes of EU data protection law. As is...more

Cybersecurity Data Breaches and Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting: Lessons from Alberta

In an increasingly interconnected and digitized world, data breaches have become ever more common. The wealth of personal information that corporations have in their possession means that such breaches can occur in even the...more

HHS Publishes Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance to assist cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers with HIPAA compliance. As discussed below,...more

Prepare for the Hack: Five Things to Keep in Mind when Shopping for Cybersecurity Insurance

When your company's confidential information ends up on the dark web, it is obviously too late to start thinking about adequate insurance coverage for the barrage of claims and expenses that are about to hit like a tidal...more

Five Takeaways: Is Anything Private Anymore? Privacy Considerations for Social Media, Sweepstakes & More

Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the New York office and chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Advertising and Marketing group, was honored to present to the American Conference Institute’s 5th Annual Summit on Digital Advertising...more

Expected Soon: Modifications of the Standard Contractual Clauses

The European Commission very recently presented two draft implementing decisions amending the existing adequacy decision on standard contractual clauses. These drafts were presented to the Article 31 Committee, which is...more

State Legislatures Protect Student Data and Mandate Greater Transparency

Public schools have generated and maintained massive amounts of student information for decades. Standardized test scores, grades, conduct records, psychological and medical information, student assessments, child and parent...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: What You Need to Know for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The flow of data across international borders is crucial to commerce in today’s global economy. After last year’s invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework, which enabled companies to transfer personal data from the EU to...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Medical Records

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to provide guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of student medical...more

Just Around the Corner – HIPAA Audits for Business Associates

Financial organizations that are business associates can expect a wave of HIPAA desk audits to evaluate the HIPAA compliance efforts of business associates. These audits have a limited focus and are conducted by the U.S....more

US Class Actions Filed In Wake Of Yahoo Hack Disclosure

As has been widely reported, Yahoo announced on September 22, 2016 that it had suffered a hack in 2014 that compromised customer information relating to 500 million user accounts, approximately half of all accounts Yahoo...more

Transatlantic Data Transfer: An Update

The EU-US Privacy Shield, designed to protect EU citizens’ personal data when it is transferred to US organisations, has now been in place for a couple of months. How is it shaping up?...more

UK ICO Offers Guidance on Privacy Notices Under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

In an anticipated guidance, the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) updated its code of practice for privacy notices titled Privacy notices, transparency and control (the Code). Significantly, the ICO has...more

Virtual Reality: The Expected Future Ubiquity Of Consumer Virtual Reality Equipment And Consequent Legal And Regulatory Challenges

In this paper we consider how a new generation of virtual reality headsets promises to fundamentally change consumer experiences of virtual environments, and we raise some of the major legal and regulatory challenges that...more

World Energy Council Issues New Report on Cyber Risk

Because cyber risk presents a “unique concern” in the energy sector, the World Energy Council has issued a new report entitled “The Road to Resilience: Managing Cyber risks,” to its industry leaders....more

Newly launched online complaint form in California boosts incentive to post accurate privacy policies

Online businesses and those with mobile applications have a new incentive to post privacy policies that comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). California Attorney General Kamala Harris launched...more

Surgeon General Notifies Employees of Breach

According to the Surgeon General of the United States, the personal information of current, former and retired employees of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and their dependents has been compromised....more

The New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Robust Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed new rules that would require certain “Covered Entities” to establish and implement cybersecurity programs designed to protect nonpublic...more

How Much Do You Spend on Cybersecurity…and on What? reported that according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast, by 2020, spending on security-related hardware, software, and services will eclipse $100 billion. However, consulting company NTT Com...more

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