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Heartbleed Bug Creates Risk for Businesses and Consumers

On April 8, 2014, several news agencies, including the New York Times and CNN, reported the discovery of a vulnerability in a core security protocol used by an estimated two-thirds of the world’s servers. The vulnerability...more

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

Unilateral Changes to Online Terms: do they work?

Consumers wonder what exactly has changed when they are confronted with a new set of online terms, in a cloud-based service, website terms or software license. We reviewed this issue in an earlier post, which looked at...more

Head in the Cloud? 5 Issues Every Cloud Contract Should Address

Companies are increasingly taking advantage of the benefits of using “cloud” based services. Those benefits include: - lower costs - rapid scalability - minimum or no upfront capital investment - pricing on a...more

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

Legal Alert: MTC to Explore Apportionment Regulations for Cloud Services, Software and Electricity

While meeting in Denver this week, the Multistate Tax Commission's Income Tax Uniformity Subcommittee advanced two separate projects to develop industry-specific apportionment regulations. One project will look at the...more

FTC Steps Up Enforcement Action

Last week, the FTC announced that it had settled with a gaming company that falsely claimed to be certified under the US Safe Harbor. The Safe Harbor agreement is a self-certification arrangement under which you can transfer...more

New Tools to Comply with the Brown Act and Increase Transparency

Meeting management is big business for governments at every level, and the recent enactment of SB 751 has many public agencies reviewing the policies and tools they use to manage their public meetings. SB 751 requires...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - October 2013

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of recent legislation around the U.S....more

Construction Law, the Cloud and Solo Practice

Virginia construction lawyer, Christopher Hill shares his thoughts on how cloud based tools allow him more face time with his construction clients...more

A Cloud of Suspicion: Legal Issues Surrounding Cloud Computing

We have seen a rise in the number of start-ups offering cloud-based services and are reviewing an increasing number of SaaS or cloud-based software services contracts for our clients. Cloud computing may be a viable business...more

Cloud Providers That Adhere to U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Meet EU's Data Protection Adequacy Requirements, Says U.S. Commerce...

Differing local privacy and data protection laws, especially in the EU, have increasingly challenged U.S. cloud providers seeking to move and store data across the globe. New guidance and public statements by the United...more

Tax Storm Clouds on the Horizon

There is a storm on the horizon for providers of cloud-based services as states determine whether and how to tax these services. Service providers should act now to anticipate upcoming tax issues for their particular...more

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