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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

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Will Not Include Privacy Standards Appendix

On January 15, NIST updated the status of its efforts to finalize the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework directed by President Obama’s Executive Order 13636. According to the update, NIST expects to publish the final framework...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Affirms Denial of Coverage Under CGL Policy for Data Breach

As more data breaches and information security events occur, the insurance industry will see more disputes over whether losses from these events are covered under commercial general liability (CGL) policies. In the latest...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

CASL Regulations: At Last

Industry Canada released its final regulations to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) on December 4, 2013. Bottom line: Canada’s new anti-spam law will take effect on July 1, 2014, and it includes significant...more

California Enacts New Data Privacy Laws

As part of a flurry of new privacy legislation, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two new data privacy bills into law on September 27, 2013: S.B. 46 amending California’s data security breach notification law and A.B....more

California Passes Law Giving Minors an “Eraser Button”

On September 23, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 568 into law, a bill that gives minors in California the right to require that Internet companies delete content posted online by the minors. This concept is sometimes...more

California Law Provides Minors With “Internet Eraser”

On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 568, which expands the privacy rights of minors by requiring Web site and mobile application owners to permit minors to remove their postings....more

Seventh Circuit Denies 26(f) Relief Allowing A Potentially Massive Privacy Class to Proceed to Trial in Harris v. comScore

As reported here in April, an Illinois federal district court certified a privacy class that could number tens of millions of plaintiffs in the case of Harris v. comScore....more

The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors

Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for...more

International Internet Privacy Sweep

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has announced that the Federal Trade Commission, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, the OPC and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British...more

Belgium: Cyber Surveillance Of Employees By Employers

The Belgian Privacy Commission has finally clarified whether or not, and under which circumstances an employer is allowed to monitor the use of internet, e-mail and other e-communication tools by its employees. Prior to the...more

Revenge Porn: "Is Anyone Up" on Copyright Law?

Here’s something you probably don’t want fixed in a tangible medium of expression: revenge porn. Twenty-five-year-old Hunter Moore (pictured, above right) is the creator of the website Is Anyone Up. In essence, here’s...more

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