Foley Hoag - Privacy & Data Security

Obama Executive Order Targets International Cyberattacks Against U.S. with New Sanctions

As part of a series of measures aimed at increasing preparedness and defenses against international cyberattacks on U.S. industries and government agencies, on April 1, President Obama issued Executive Order No. 13694,…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

HIPAA Compliant Technology and the Importance of Encryption

We welcome this guest blog by Gene Fry, Compliance Officer, Scrypt, Inc. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. This means that any covered…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part III: Five Key Lessons for Business

Concluding our three-part analysis of the White House’s first Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, we turn to some practical advice coming out of the Summit’s afternoon session, including an address by Maria…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Issues in Smart Electrical Grids: Another Internet of Things Problem

Smart grids – electrical grids that allow two-way communication between utilities and consumers – represent an exciting frontier in the Internet of Things, with ramifications for energy efficiency, weather resiliency and climate…more
| Consumer Protection, Energy & Utilities, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part II: The Executive Order

As a follow up to our summary of the key takeaways from the White House’s first Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, the centerpiece of which was President Obama’s signing of a new Executive Order, “Promoting Private…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part I

The first ever Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection was convened today at Stanford University, keynoted by President Obama. The purpose of the summit: to “bring[] together major stakeholders on consumer financial…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Releases Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary of Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

Our colleagues Catherine M. Anderson and Kate Leonard of our Investment Management group have summarized the February 3, 2015 findings by the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of its Cybersecurity…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

One More New Year’s Resolution: Change Your Passwords Before Groundhog Day

The SplashData list of worst passwords of 2014 was just published, and it looks very similar to the list in 2013, 2012, 2011, etc..…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Medical Billing Provider and its Former CEO Settle FTC Charges That They Misled Consumers About Collection of Personal Health Data

In an age when many of us briskly scroll through website terms and conditions and check, “I agree” without thinking, how should businesses design their websites to obtain proper authorization to access users’ sensitive…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Both Sides Now: Cloud Security and Privacy Enter the Modern Era with ISO 27018

Until recently, many cloud users felt like Joni Mitchell in her classic song, “Both Sides Now.” No matter how you looked at clouds, you never really understood them, how they worked, or what happened inside them. Cloud storage…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Disregards Security Concerns in Ruling That Employees Have a Right to Use Employers’ Email Systems for Non-Business Purposes

Our colleages have analyzed a significant NLRB decision in Purple Communications Inc. that, in most circumstances, employees have a right to use employer email systems for non-business purposes during non-working time. This…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Five Tips to Help Companies Protect Themselves from Data Breaches

With every swipe of a credit card this holiday season, consumers put their faith in the companies that process and store their information. Yet, it is no secret that data breaches are on the rise, hitting companies large and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

The FTC Wants to Regulate the Internet of Things, Including Your Car

The FTC recently filed a comment on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking related to vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The comment left no doubt that the FTC wants to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Flunks Data Security Exam

Last week, the HHS Office of Inspector General released a damning report on FDA’s data security: “The objective of this review was to determine whether the FDA’s network and external Web applications were vulnerable to…more
| Administrative Law, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

COPPA Compliance is Important for General Audience Websites, Too

Yelp’s $450,000 settlement with the FTC in September should serve as an important reminder for all owners and operators of websites or mobile apps – even if your site is not for kids, you need to know and abidge by what the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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