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Still No Clarity on Data Protection on Websites: EU ePrivacy Regulation Will Not Come Into Force by May 2018

by Reed Smith on

The Council of the European Union (“Council”) has predicted that the ePrivacy Regulation will not come into force by 25 May 2018. The ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) will, therefore, continue to apply. The new...more

Colorado Division of Securities Publishes Final Cybersecurity Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities (Division) has published final cybersecurity rules applicable to broker-dealers and investment advisers. The Colorado Attorney General's office has 20 days to write an opinion on the rules,...more

Weapons in the Cyber Defense Arsenal

by Wilson Elser on

In May 2017, the world experienced an unprecedented global cyberattack that targeted the public and private sectors, including an auto factory in France, dozens of hospitals and health care facilities in the United Kingdom,...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

When “WannaCry” Strikes: Preparing for and Responding to the Largest Ransomware Attack in History

As many around the world were preparing for the Mother’s Day weekend, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit over 70,000 organizations in nearly 100 countries in just one day, Friday, May 12th. After the weekend, the attack had...more

Helping To Protect Your Company From A Cyber-Attack: Eight Tips For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Employment Counsel

by Littler on

Recent, highly publicized data security incidents highlight the continued vulnerability of corporate information systems. Notably, employees who fall prey to sophisticated phishing e-mails and other scams often contribute to...more

Cross-border Data Flows: FAQs Released for Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

by Reed Smith on

For organisations with data flows between the United States and Switzerland, it is now possible to self-certify into the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. This process became available on 12 April 2017. The Swiss-U.S....more

[Webinar] Consumer protection enforcement is #trending: How to avoid FTC and state investigations, and what to do when you get the...

by Hogan Lovells on

Join us for a discussion of hot topics in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state consumer protection enforcement. Partners Bret Cohen, Meghan Rissmiller, and Steven Steinborn will cover recent developments and enforcement...more

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks...more

Smart Buildings - not all just bricks and mortar

by DLA Piper on

Imagine a day where any part of a building can report its own state of health, when a machine can tell you if its feeling unwell and 'needs a service', when you can track and prevent, before it happens, a water or gas leakage...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: The Cybersecurity Executive Order (at last)

Amid the flurry following former FBI Director James Comey’s firing last week, President Trump marked his 111th day in office on Thursday, May 11th by signing an executive order targeting national cybersecurity....more

Cybersecurity, A-Z: C is for CFAA

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, is the federal “anti-hacking” statute (or sometimes referred to as a “computer trespass” statute). In essence, the CFAA prohibits intentional unauthorized access into another...more

Cyber Insurance: A Necessary Shield Against Digital Infiltration

The threat of a cyber-attack is hardly virtual. From covertly installing malware that holds a victim company’s data hostage, to soliciting confidential information via email under the false pretense that they are privy to...more

White House Issues New Cybersecurity Executive Order

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump recently signed the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The Order sets forth the Trump Administration's policy for cybersecurity of...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

ABA Issues New Guidance on Safeguarding Electronic Communications

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a significant opinion published on May 11, 2017, the American Bar Association's (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility provided additional guidance on a lawyer's obligations to protect client...more

Ransomware Attacks: Why They're Growing, Who They Target, and What You Can Do

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In the world of cyber-espionage, ransomware is playing a huge and growing role....more

Is Your Organization Ready for a Systemwide Ransomware Attack?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ransomware attacks just went big time. In a period of mere hours late last week, a global ransomware attack infected more than 200,000 computers and affected more than 100,000 organizations in over 150 countries. To put this...more

WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Cybersecurity Diligence

Last week’s massive ransomware attack should serve as a wake-up call that companies across all industries and regions must take the threat of global cyber attacks seriously. Although investigators are still uncovering...more

Public Still Must be Kept Private under HIPAA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

[Webinar] Current Issues in Multijurisdictional Practice; Protecting Confidential and Privileged Information with International...

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When legal issues with footprints in many jurisdictions need to be resolved, attorneys need a roadmap and a checklist to plan their strategy. This webinar will cover current rules and issues/mishaps, and the consequences for...more

Global Ransomware Attack Update

We’ve been following the latest on the WannaCry ransomware attack that we first told you about over the weekend. A feared “second strike” did not materialize today, but victimized firms in over 100 countries are still...more

Ransomware: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Have Been Hit

by Perkins Coie on

Computer systems around the world have been impacted by the largest cyber-extortion attack in history. According to news reports, the “ransomware” attack hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries since it started on...more

Personal Data Held by Government Agencies Now Heavily Protected in Mexico

by Jones Day on

On January 27, 2017, Mexico's General Law on the Protection of Personal Data Held by Regulated Subjects ("Law") became effective. The Law establishes procedures to protect personal data held by government agencies and other...more

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