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Massive Data Breach Affects 4.5 Million Patients in 29 States

Community Health Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), one of the largest hospital organizations in the country, announced via a public filing (Form 8K) made yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Report”) that the…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Google, the House of Lords and the timing of the EU Data Protection Regulation

In the Google Spain “Right to be Forgotten” case, the ECJ held that Google must remove links to a newspaper article containing properly published information about a Spanish individual on the basis that the information is no…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday: August 2014 #2

There is another retail data breach to talk about in this Privacy Tuesday post – privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday – August 2014

We are just two Mondays away from Labor Day, the traditional end of summer in the United States. Here are some privacy tidbits to get your week started. See especially Jake Romero’s piece on the new Delaware data destruction…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center

Rarely do Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and the ACLU all agree on a particular subject; rarer still that such an unlikely coalition fails…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Privacy, International Law & Trade

What You Need to Know About Backoff Malware: the New Threat Targeting Retailers

The phrase “back off” is an implied threat typically reserved for bumper stickers and mud flaps, but if you are a retailer that permits the use of remote desktop applications in your business, the name Backoff should be…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #4

The last Tuesday in July — the summer of 2014 is rapidly slipping away! Here are some privacy and security bits and bytes for this last week of July..…more
| Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update on Google Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchase Class Action: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on ­March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Business Torts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Honing in on the new rules for the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA

Although no major legislative milestones for the EU Data Protection Regulation have occurred since March 2014 (see status update here), there has been some progress over the late spring and early summer of 2014. One key item…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

No news doesn’t mean it’s gone away: Timing Update for the EU Data Protection Regulation

With no major legislative milestones since the March 2014 EU Parliamentary vote endorsing the LIBE draft of the new Data Protection Legislation, observers from outside the EU might understandably wonder whether the legislative…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

COPPA Update: FTC Provides More Flexibility on Obtaining Verifiable Parental Consent

Some clarification and a bit more flexibility was forthcoming late last week from the Federal Trade Commission to help ease compliance with the “new” COPPA. In its recent update to three FAQs in Section H (Verifiable…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #3

We are now officially in the throes of “midsummer” on this Privacy Tuesday. And, on occasion in the data privacy world, we agree with Will Shakespeare’s words….“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Even in Privacy Cases, Risk of Injury Does not Always Equal Injury

It’s an ancient conundrum; if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Privacy litigation may well offer the closest jurisprudential equivalent; if data is stolen, but no one does…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #2

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Children - Children, according to Whitney Houston, are our future, but they are also, according to the Federal Trade Commission, willing to spend unlimited amounts of money to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Business Torts

Backlash Over Facebook Timeline Experiment Serves as a Reminder: User Expectations Still Trump Fine Print

If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy
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