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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

Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday - July 2014

There are quite a few privacy-related things taking effect July 1. Some reminders: Florida Amendments to Data Breach Notification Law - The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (“FIPA”) takes effect tomorrow…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wyndham Gets Life Preserver in Data Breach Case

New Jersey U.S. District Judge Esther Salas agreed to allow Wyndham Hotels and Resorts LLC to immediately appeal to the Third Circuit a ruling affirming the FTC’s authority to bring data security cases…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

D’oh! OCR Confirms that Medical Records Should Not be Left in the Driveway

The most recent Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) HIPAA enforcement action serves as an important reminder to health care providers of the security risks associated with a mishandled medical records custody transfer and the risks…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday – June 2014 #2

DC Update from Politico Morning Tech - “DATA BREACH DRAFT DELAYED – The thorny issue of FTC enforcement has slowed efforts to release a draft of Rep. Lee Terry’s data breach bill, according to sources close to the…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Five Lessons from OCR’s Report to Congress on Breaches and HIPAA Rules Compliance

Last week, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released two reports required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act: (i) the Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

“May I have your ZIP Code?” Retailers may want to read this….

There are only a handful of decisions addressing whether a commercial general liability (CGL) policy provides coverage for lawsuits brought against retailers allegedly collecting their customers’ ZIP code information. Thus,…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Round Two for Snapchat: Agreement with the Maryland Attorney General Settling Claims of Consumer Deception and COPPA Violations

Just a little over a month after settling charges of false promises of disappearing user messages (among other things) with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), mobile app developer Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat” or “Company”)…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Wednesday

What’s that old saying … “a day late and a dollar short?” Here is our Privacy Monday roundup … on Wednesday. Office for Civil Rights HIPAA Crackdown? The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) — the enforcement arm of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Calling All Boards of Directors: Four Recommendations from the SEC

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar recently spoke at the New York Stock Exchange Conference “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom.” In his speech, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the importance of cybersecurity and how fast the need for…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Privacy Tuesday: June 2014

Welcome to another week, and our Privacy Tuesday look at top issues. California Attorney General Puts the Focus on the Consumer - As we have discussed, the California Online Privacy Protection Act was amended,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology
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