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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – Its Origins and the High Bar It Must Meet

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

To predict the Privacy Shield’s future, it’s helpful to recall its origins and to understand the high bar it must meet – namely, ensuring “an adequate level of protection” under the Data Protection Directive. ...more

Civil Libertarians Seek Intelligence Sharing Agreement From NSA

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, July 5, British nonprofit Privacy International filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the National Security Agency (“NSA”), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Troubled Japanese auto parts maker Takata, “crippled by vast airbag recalls,” has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and is planning to sell its surviving operations to Key Safety Systems, an American rival owned by a...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 41, Reality Winner and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds around the story of Reality Winner, the leaking of the NSA report of Russian hacking of the US Presidential campaign and election. We tie it to internal...more

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

by Hogan Lovells on

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10. The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was...more

NSA Curbs Collection Of Americans’ Emails

by King & Spalding on

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) announced that it will voluntarily stop collecting the email and text exchanges of American citizens with persons overseas that mention a target of NSA surveillance. Although the...more

WannaCry: What to Know and What to Do

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a malicious ransomware program known as WannaCry was discovered infecting computer systems all over the world. It set off alarms globally, and so far has infected over 200,000 computers across more...more

WannaCry: The Global Ransomware Attack

by Jones Day on

A new and widespread ransomware attack is affecting institutions around the world, with reports of hundreds of thousands of infections in nearly 150 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia,...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

Global Ransomware Attack: Preparation is Key

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Businesses have been scrambling since Friday evening when news spread that a ransomware attack named WannaCry is compromising organizations at an alarming rate. In less than 48 hours, it has compromised more than 130,000...more

Ransomware Makes You Wanna Cry: Cybersecurity Trends

by CloudNine on

This must be our month for ransomware stories.  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the WannaCry virus that has been attacking Microsoft© Windows machines without...more

The Russians Are Coming. Again.

The world watched on March 20, 2017, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers testified about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election before the House Intelligence Committee....more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

by Littler on

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Government Property

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a former contractor of a defense contractor has been indicted for stealing over 75 percent of hacking tools belonging to the Nations Security Agency’s offensive...more

Global Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Privacy: The Obama Administration’s Conflicted Legacy

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation....more

Blame Hollywood: A Conversation with Stewart Baker, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Editor's Note: In the world of cyber law, privacy and cybersecurity, one of the largest and most colorful figures is Stewart Baker, whose resume includes a stint as General Counsel at the National Security Agency and...more

Sessions Commits to Enforcing USA FREEDOM Act

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions, (R., AL), the president-elect’s nominee to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ), said that he intends to...more

The State of Cybersecurity in 2016 and the (potential) Great Cyber Fire

Cybersecurity hit the news hard in 2016. The number of high profile, and troubling, cyber incidents increased significantly. The Democratic National Committee and one of Clinton’s top advisor’s being hacked, with leaked...more

Congress Releases Unclassified Summary on Snowden/NSA Leak

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 15, 2016, the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released its summary findings of a two-year investigation concerning the unauthorized disclosures made by former National Security Agency (NSA)...more

’Privacy Shield’ Replacing Invalidated EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement is Open for Business, but Challenges to its Validity are...

The Safe Harbor agreement between the European Union and the United States permitted American businesses to import personal data of EU citizens based on self-certification of compliance with EU data protection principles....more

Password (Sharing) Risks Persist for Fiduciaries and Family Members

by Murtha Cullina on

In May, I posted about “Estate Planning in the Digital Age” and mentioned the practical limitations of shared passwords as a means of digital estate planning.  Recent cases suggest that relying only on password sharing, even...more

What the Shadow Brokers Affair Means For A Cyber Future

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

It could have been a Bond trailer, complete with the dramatic intro “In a world where there are no secrets….” But this is real. On Monday, a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released files apparently swiped...more

The Guantánamo Trials: No End in Sight - Buchalter Nemer

by Buchalter on

From May 30 to June 3, 2016, I represented the Pacific Council as an official observer at pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other alleged masterminds of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks...more

Will GOP Endorsement of ‘Hack Back’ Make Cyberspace Safe Again?

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Amidst the balloons and excitement (and smoke machines and procedural kerfuffles) at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, one provision in the party platform has caught the eye of cyber experts. For the first time, an American...more

U.S. Spy Court Grants NSA Permission To Collect Telephone Records

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISA Court”) unsealed an order on April 19, 2016, in which it allowed the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to compel specific telephone records related to an ongoing...more

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