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Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit?

In an era where technology is not only constantly evolving, but prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives, it is only fitting to discuss the legal implications of social media. This includes everything from defamation...more

Commenters Dispute FCC’s Proposed ISP Privacy Opt-In Rules

The Federal Communications Commission ( “FCC”) received more than 276,000 public comments on its proposed broadband Internet service provider privacy rules. Of these, two academic submissions received near the July 6 deadline...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 1:...

EU data protection law has come a long way over the last two decades. When Directive 95/46/EC (the "Directive") was written in the mid-1990s, the highly networked and interconnected world in which we live today was...more

More (MACRA) Data Analysis, Please

On July 1, CMS finalized new MACRA rules that significantly expand how qualified data entities will be allowed to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to providers, insurers, employers, and others who,...more

FinTech Companies Face Big Privacy Challenges in 2016

According to the FBI, “there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” It does not take an actual data breach, however, for a company to be liable for its data security practices. ...more

Microsoft-Ireland: Decision underscores tension between privacy principles and the digital environment

The Second Circuit has rendered its long-awaited opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. United States (Microsoft-Ireland), finding that Microsoft was not obligated to turn over to the government a customer’s emails stored exclusively...more

EU-US Privacy Shield for transatlantic data transfers finalized

Transfers of personal data from most European countries to the US have been exposed to legal attack since October 2015, when privacy campaigner Max Schrems successfully sued the Irish authorities over data transfers made by...more

First Circuit Issues Potentially Significant Ruling on Federal Video Privacy Statute’s Application to Mobile Apps

The First Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., — F.3d —-, Case No. 15-1719, 2016 WL 1719825 (1st Cir. Apr. 29, 2016), may carry important implications for mobile...more

European Union Member States Vote In Support Of The Privacy Shield

On July 8, 2016, the European Union (“EU”) member states voted in support of the Privacy Shield through the Article 31 Committee, which is composed of representatives of the 28 member states. The Privacy Shield would replace...more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

Analogizing an Internet Accessible Computer to Broken Window Blind, Court Finds No Expectation of Privacy in Computers

A federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia has held that a user utilizing a computer connected to the Internet has no expectation of privacy because hackers have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to circumvent...more

Will Brexit Undermine U.K. Participation in the General Data Protection Regulation and the U.S./E.U. Privacy Shield?

The June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum outcome in the U.K. does create uncertainty about whether the U.K. will continue to follow EU data protection laws, including implementation of the E.U.'s new General Data Protection...more

Facebook Wins Appeal Over Storing Non-User Data in Belgian Court

The Belgian data protection authority has lost its legal battle with Facebook over whether the social network could track the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit Facebook pages....more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the impact of Brexit on EU data protection, court rulings on cyber insurance policy exclusions and coverage gaps, recent statements from the FTC and the...more

U.S. Government Petitions to Join Data Privacy Litigation Against Facebook in Ireland

On June 13, 2016, the United States government asked the Irish High Court to be joined as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case brought by the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems against Facebook attacking the use...more

Connecticut governor signs student privacy act into law

On June 9, 2016, Governor Dannel Malloy, who continues to show his commitment to data privacy, signed An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy into law, effective October 1, 2016. The law requires any local or regional...more

Will Privacy Enforcement Actions Impact “Reasonable” Security Measures Needed to Protect Trade Secrets?

In widely-publicized, contested privacy cases last year, the FTC advocated in favor of a high baseline for information security measures.  Among the security practices attacked by the FTC as critical mistakes by companies...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine recent developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Spokeo that consumer plaintiffs must show "real harm" to sue in federal court, the EU data...more

May 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes DOT’s announcement of the members and meeting schedule of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (Disabled Passenger Negotiated...more

Dawn raids: How to prepare for, manage, and mitigate the increasing risk to multinational tech companies

Dawn raids and enforcement actions throughout Europe are becoming more and more prevalent. And increasingly, the targets of these raids are multinational tech companies with foreign headquarters, which through their global...more

The End of the “Safe Harbor” Rule for E.U./U.S. Data Transfer: How Can Companies Transfer Personal Data and Remain Compliant?

Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 - Articles 25 and 26 - The transfer of personal data to a third country is allowed: ..if the third country ensures an adequate level of protection; the Commission can...more

Internet Service Providers Face New Regulatory Environment in the FCC’s Privacy and Security Proposal

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) of privacy and security regulations for Internet service providers (ISPs). The NPRM, In The Matter of Protecting the...more

Facebook, Healthcare Provider Websites and HIPAA

In a class action Complaint filed in the Northern District of California on March 15, 2016, Kiesel Law LLP, on behalf of primary plaintiff Winston Smith and a potential class of others, alleges that Facebook received...more

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Revision of ePrivacy Directive

Pursuant to its Digital Single Market strategy and adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on the revision of Directive 2002/58/EC, better...more

In the Global War for Data Privacy, Germany, France and Norway Launch First Strikes under ‘The Shield’

In the comic book world, one is often either a DC person or a Marvel person. In the data privacy world, one could say the European Court of Justice ruling last fall inspired the switch from DC’s Aquaman’s (Safe) Harbor to...more

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