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Maryland AG settles with Visionworks over security practices

Using the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has announced that eye care retailer Visionworks, Inc. has agreed to pay the state of Maryland $100,000 and enhance its security measures...more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Litigation Goes On, But Other Lessons To Learn

It’s fair to say that the opinion by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in FTC v. Wyndham was a set-back for Wyndham, but for businesses it may be just the right wake-up call....more

Federal Appeals Court Recognizes for the First Time the FTC’s Authority to Enforce Cybersecurity Practices

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a much-awaited decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, holding that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to regulate “unfair” or “deceptive”...more

3rd Circuit Says: FTC Can Take Action Against Companies That Suffer Data Security Breaches

Companies can be fined by the federal government for failing to properly safeguard consumer data, according to a decision this week by Pennsylvania's federal appellate court....more

Third Circuit Not Hospitable to Wyndham, Upholds FTC’s Broad Powers to Regulate Cybersecurity

Over one year ago, our colleague Chris Hart argued that the District of New Jersey court’s decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. et. al., No. 13-1887-ES, “point[ed] to the possibility that the FTC has potentially broad...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: Possible Jail Time for TCPA Violations, Microsoft Gets Slammed With Solicitation Scam Class Action, and 'Do Not Disturb' Technology Gets Pushed on FCC - The world of the Telephone Consumer...more

Legal Insights on the Ashley Madison Hack: Part II

As more names emerge from the dark web data dump of Ashley Madison customers, lawyers around the globe have found a very willing group of would-be plaintiffs. Interestingly, all of these plaintiffs are named “Doe,” which must...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC Authority to Police Whether Companies Have Reasonable Data Security

Since at least 2005, the Federal Trade Commission has asserted that it may regulate lax data security practices as an “unfair” business practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Wyndham hotel chain was the first to...more

Third Circuit Upholds FTC’s Authority in Wyndham Case

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit, in a highly anticipated ruling, upheld a 2014 New Jersey District Court decision that the FTC has authority under section 5 of the FTC Act to regulate “unfair” data security practices...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Companies’ Cybersecurity Practices

In a test of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police cybersecurity, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that the agency has broad power to take action against private sector companies which fail to...more

New Potential Liability for Data Security: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Announces FTC has Authority to Scrutinize a...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to scrutinize a business’s data security protocol -- and to file a complaint if the FTC finds that protocol...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 24, 2015 – FTC vs. Wyndham Update

Rather than our usual Privacy Monday “bits and bytes,” we have a breaking story relating to the ongoing Wyndham/FTC saga. Today, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. lost a critical round in the Third Circuit. Anticipated since...more

Rising Conflict Among Federal Courts – Whether an Account Number Visible on a Debt Collection Envelope Violates the FDCPA

Section 1692f(8) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) prohibits the use of any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by mail. The...more

Six Ways for Data-Driven Medical Device Companies to Implement Effective Privacy and Security Measures

The increasing amounts of health information being generated, stored and collected have heightened the special risks medical device manufacturers have long faced. In addition to the nexus to patient health and safety, if a...more

Federal Trade Commission Continues Its Enforcement Campaign Against False Safe Harbor Claims

Reiterating its commitment to enforcing the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that it has reached settlements with 13 companies alleged to have misled consumers...more

The ABCs of COPPA Compliance

In today’s environment – when data breaches seem to be in the news nearly every day – the media, regulators and many others are hyper-focused on privacy issues. Schools and educational institutions are no exception when it...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing On The Internet Of Things

In a July 29, 2015 hearing, lawmakers asked a panel of witnesses—all industry representatives—about the current and future challenges facing the Internet of Things, and what role, if any, Congress should play in addressing...more

Transferring Customer Data in an Asset Sale

In today’s world, consumer data is a huge asset for companies across all industries, in particular those in technology-focused spaces like social media, apps, wearables, and retailers involved in e-commerce. The value of such...more

LifeLock Inc. sued by FTC for allegedly violating order and misleading customers

In 2010, LifeLock Inc. entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 35 state attorneys general for $12 million for allegations involving false promises and lack of security. The settlement was...more

This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile: Car Hacking and the SPY Car Act

Not coincidentally, on July 21, 2015, Wired Magazine published an article with groundbreaking evidence of hacking a car wirelessly, and Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation...more

Class Is in Session: The FTC Launches New Data Security Initiative

Why it matters - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) kicked off a new educational initiative to provide guidance to businesses in the area of data security. Based on the lessons learned from more than 50 of the agency's...more

FTC's New Consumer Data Security Guidance Offers Businesses Practical Tips

The Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidance on data security for companies that collect, store and use consumer information, gleaned from the more than 50 enforcement actions brought by the agency over the past...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - July 2015 #2

FCC Working Group Issues Report On Cybersecurity Best Practices – The June 2015 issue of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal features an article by King & Spalding partner Steven Snyder on a Federal...more

“Never Say Never”: Lessons From RadioShack’s Sale of Customer Information

When a bankrupt company’s most valuable assets include consumer information, a tension arises between bankruptcy policy aimed at maximizing asset value, on the one hand, and privacy laws designed to protect consumers’...more

Is My Telehealth App Subject to HIPAA?

Many telehealth and mHealth app developers are concerned about whether or not their app is a medical device under FDA regulations (and rightfully so), they often pay less attention to the Health Insurance Portability and...more

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