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New rules for biometric data

New rules on the usage of biometric data issued by the Italian data protection authority (the “Garante” or “DPA“) are meant to clarify the applicable obligations with the purpose to ease the adoption of technologies relying...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Central and South America

1. Costa Rica - On March 5, 2013, Costa Rica’s data protection law, originally passed in 2011, came into force. The law, the Ley Protección de la Persona frente al tratamiento de sus datos personales, Law...more

On the Fourth Day of Privacy, the Internet gave to me….

Web cameras, burglar alarms, fitness monitors, smartphones, and a host of other internet connected devices all have the potential to invade privacy by collecting and sharing personal information. Yet in many cases, the...more

Manitoba’s Private Sector Privacy Law – Similar to Alberta’s Law, but Important Differences Exist

On September 13, 2013, Manitoba joined Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta by enacting provincial private sector privacy legislation. Once it comes into force, Manitoba’s Personal Information Protection and Identity...more

CFPB responds to questions about data collection

The CFPB recently sent 49-pages of responses to questions about the CFPB’s data collection activities asked by members of the House Financial Services Committee in connection with the appearance of Steven Antonakes, CFPB...more

Franchise Review Oct 2013 - Manitoba Becomes the Fourth Province to Enact Private Sector Privacy Law

On September 13, 2013, Manitoba’s Personal Information and Identity Theft Prevention Act (PIITP) received royal assent. Under the authority of the Manitoba Ombudsman’s Office, this legislation, once in force, will govern the...more

California Enacts Several Pieces of New Privacy Legislation

California is continuing to blaze new trails in the area of online data privacy. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law several new pieces of privacy legislation. The new laws affect all operators of commercial Web sites...more

China's First-Ever National Standard on Data Privacy - Best Practices for Companies in China on Managing Data Privacy

Companies doing business in China should take careful notice that China is now paying more attention to personal data privacy collection. This would be an opportune time for private companies to internally review existing...more

Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook: Second Edition

The handbook offers a quick overview of those aspects of data protection law that have the most practical significance to businesses, including: - International data transfer restrictions - Security...more

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Attacks

There’s no denying that the present-day Internet, while extraordinary, is increasingly scary. Cyber attacks of various types continue to escalate across the globe. As stated by one recent commentator: “Cybercrime is raging...more

Internet Regulation and Data Privacy in China

China is the world’s second largest economy, with an annual growth rate of more than eight percent and a rapidly growing middle class. Foreign investment into China routinely exceeds US$100 billion a year. Businesses from all...more

Consumer Data Privacy and Data Breach Claims Haven’t Had a Leg to Stand on, But Support May Be on the Way

As the saying goes, “You never really know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” For class plaintiffs seeking redress for the unauthorized collection of their personal information (PI), it’s their claims that courts have allowed...more

Advertising Law - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: Marc Roth and Lindsay Conner to Serve as Faculty for PLI Information Technology Law Institute 2013; Data Security, Emerging Tech to Be Focus for FTC; Mobile Payment Services Subject of New FTC Report;...more

Blood Bank Settles FTC Complaint About Customer Data Privacy

Any company that collects personal information about individuals, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers, must be very careful about the way in which it stores and secures that information. Even a blood bank...more

HIPAA Risk Analysis

HIPAA relies heavily on risk analysis in multiple contexts. For example, risk analysis has a major role in the Breach Notification Rule under the new regulations issued by the U.S. Department Health and Human Services on...more

FTC and California Attorney General Issue Reports on Mobile Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General have recently published reports focused on mobile privacy. The FTC’s “Mobile Privacy Disclosures” staff report, released on February 1, 2013, followed the...more

FTC Fines Path Mobile Social Networking App $800,000 for Privacy Breaches

The developer of the popular Path social networking app for mobile devices has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users by collecting their personal information without their consent. As part...more

Discussion Draft Of Application Privacy, Protection, And Security Act (APPS Act) Released

Earlier this month, Representative Hank Johnson, a member of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, released a discussion draft of a bill titled the Application Privacy, Protection,...more

Hotel Franchisor Challenges FTC's Expanded Enforcement Efforts Targeting Franchise System's Data Security and Privacy Policies

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide may mark the beginning of FTC enforcement actions targeting franchise systems through allegations of customer data security vulnerabilities in...more

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