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In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

NIAC Warns That United States Is “Falling Short” Defending Critical Infrastructure; Recommends Eleven-Step Action Plan

by King & Spalding on

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a draft report at the end of August assessing the U.S.’s cyber preparedness related to critical infrastructure. ...more

Give Your Customers the Gift of Security

by Perkins Coie on

2017 has reminded us that data security threats continue to evolve and that the stakes for companies can be very high if their data security programs fail to evolve as well. Before the recent announcement of Equifax’s...more

Equifax: The Empire State Strikes Back

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to issue a new regulation requiring “credit reporting agencies to register with” the DFS, as well as...more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

UK Regulator Examines Scope of Securities Laws, Warns of Initial Coin Offering Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has released a statement on initial coin offerings. It focuses the circumstances in which an ICO might fall within the scope of the FCA's current regulatory boundaries as well...more

FTC Settles Charges Regarding Privacy Shield Noncompliance

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 8, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three US companies have reached a settlement regarding charges that the companies misled consumers in connection with their participation in the EU-US...more

Recall Highlights Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 29, the FDA announced a recall of 465,000 implantable pacemakers, citing concerns that hackers may be able to take control of the pacemakers’ settings. This would open patients up to danger from improper pacing or...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Preloaded Adware That Risked User Data Costs Lenovo $3.5 Million

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Lenovo Inc. agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it installed monitoring and advertising software on its laptops. The lawsuit was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and 32 state...more

Medical Monitoring Class Certification Fails

by Reed Smith on

Normally, when we think of decisions relating to medical monitoring, the issue is whether a state will recognize medical monitoring for uninjured people as a separate claim or relief that can be sought under an existing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The CFPB issued a no-action letter to Upstart Network this week that will allow the online lender to “continue using alternative credit data to evaluate borrowers in exchange for providing data to the federal consumer finance...more

Kaspersky Lab and Due Diligence – How Do You Minimize Risk?

Kaspersky Lab, a Russian-owned cybersecurity company that sells anti-virus software and other kinds of IT systems security products, has been banned from use by the federal government. This latest development comes by way of...more

The life sciences industry under the antitrust spotlight in China: two practical points

by Hogan Lovells on

The simple fact is that the Chinese antitrust regulators are determined to up their enforcement activities in the life sciences industry. Almost immediately after drug pricing was liberalised in 2015, an antitrust enforcement...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Aaron Ford Announces Bid for Nevada Attorney General- Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced his candidacy to become Nevada AG. He is the first major-party candidate to...more

Have you started auditing your contracts with your service providers that handle EU personal data? UK Information Commissioner’s...

Many companies have started the potentially lengthy process of auditing their service provider contracts to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on...more

Here’s a Factor That Can Reduce the Potential for Account Hacks: Cybersecurity Best Practices

by CloudNine on

The data breaches just keep coming.  Equifax is the latest hacking victim to a tune of 143 million US customers – approximately 44 percent of the population.  Perhaps if they, and other organizations recently breached, had...more

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Connected and Automated Vehicles

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 August 2017, the UK government released ‘The Key Principles of Vehicle Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles’, guidance aimed at ensuring minimum cybersecurity protections for consumers in the manufacture...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Sent To Governor Rauner

by King & Spalding on

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, which passed the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year, has made its way to the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. The bill...more

New Cybersecurity Report Asks the Private Sector to Join Forces with the Government

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The government is continuing to ask for more help from the private sector to defend against cyber attacks. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) recently published a report discussing current cyber threats and...more

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