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California Passes Student Data Privacy Law

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a bill into law that mandates the protection of the personal data of school children that use online educational programs. The Student Online Personal Information...more

Big Data, Big Privacy Issues

Last week, a resolution on big data was adopted under the auspices of the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (hereafter: “ICDPPC”). After earlier guiding documents released this year...more

Japan – Google Privacy Case

On 9 October 2014, Judge Nobuyuki Seki of the Tokyo District Court granted a provisional injunction against Google Inc. (“Google“) and ordered Google to delete search results of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had...more

Internet of Things: European privacy recommendations

Call it a coincidence or not: exactly one week after the Apple Watch was officially introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on 9 September 2014, the European data protection advisory body – Article 29 Data Protection Working Party...more

Rhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law

Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one...more

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security, a new book offering guidance on a wide variety of privacy and data security laws and how those laws may impact your business, is now available from the Minnesota Department of...more

Supreme Court of Canada on Internet Privacy

The Supreme Court puts it mildly in its opening line: “The Internet raises a host of new and challenging questions about privacy.” One of those questions is whether an IP address can be considered personal information....more

Policyholders are Exposed to Cyber-Risk from Their Third Party Contracts

The use of third party technology service providers has become widespread and commonplace in all industries. Technology services like “cloud” data storage providers and software as a service (SaaS) allow companies of all...more

FTC Calls for Action on Big Data

Following an 18-month investigation into the practices and operations of data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a voluminous report calling for legislation to regulate the industry in the interests of consumer...more

Cookies update – Main takeaways from the Cybersecurity Course

Whilst we are waiting for the publication of the results of the public consultation on cookies carried out by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante“), here are some...more

The Risks of Pre-employment Social Media Screening

An increasing number of states have recently passed laws that prohibit employers from obtaining passwords to a job applicant’s social media accounts. Such legislation highlights companies’ interest in finding out as much as...more

How Online Advertisers May Steal Your Personal Information: Recommendations for Protecting Consumers

The United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations recently released a report outlining six findings concerning online advertising risks to consumers’ personal information and four recommendations on how to...more

Database Marketing Outsourcing

Database marketing outsourcing is a strategic transaction for retailers. This type of outsourcing can facilitate the integration of diverse marketing channels e.g., web, social media, catalog and in-store sales) and enable...more

Thinking Outside the HIPAA Box

On Wednesday, May 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held the third of its Spring Seminars on emerging consumer privacy issues. This session focused on consumer-generated health information (CHI). CHI is data generated...more

Get That Thing Out of My Face(book)! – Canadian Woman Brings Class Action Against Facebook in Ontario for Private Message Scanning

How private is private? This is the question at the heart of a putative class action recently brought against Facebook in Toronto. Plaintiff Lavinia Latham claims, on behalf of herself and up to 18-million similarly situated...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 2: Why Corporate Directors Should be Concerned About Data Security Breaches

All this week, we are featuring a series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” Part 2 of 5: Why Directors Should Be Concerned...more

Privacy Tuesday – April 14, 2014: Heartbleed Headaches

Last week was certainly the “week of the Heartbleed.” Unless you have been on vacation on a remote island (and if so, good for you!), you have heard and read much about the latest mass bug to infect the Internet....more

With OpenSSL Compromised by Heartbleed, an Opportunity for Companies to Diversify Cyber Security Efforts

The recent discovery of the “Heartbleed” online bug has sent shockwaves through the internet, causing companies and individuals alike to question very basic assumptions about cyber security. The bug has allegedly existed for...more

Take Action to Stop the Bleeding: Follow These Steps

“Heartbleed” has been all over the news, and companies have been scrambling to respond. What sounds like a nasty medical condition is actually a recently discovered flaw in popular encryption software called OpenSSL. It has...more

EU High Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

On April 8, 2014, the highest court in the European Union invalidated an EU law that required telephone and electronic communications providers to retain user data for up to two years....more

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

Wisconsin Latest State to Provide Social Media Protections to Applicants and Employees

On April 8, 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin Act 208 to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose usernames and passwords for their personal Internet accounts....more

Heartbleed SSL/TLS Vulnerability

"SSL" and "TLS" refer to the transport protocols that are used widely across the web to secure communications between end users and servers. Websites, web applications, online services, portals, and even some virtual private...more

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national...more

New Cellphone Promises Array of Built-in Privacy Features

Consumers will soon have access to a smartphone that automatically encrypts calls and texts, and provides anonymous web browsing, according to reports about the "Blackphone."...more

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