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Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

Cybercrime: New mandatory data breach reporting requirements

Australian businesses can no longer keep quiet about cyber security breaches, with Parliament passing laws mandating their disclosure. On 13 February 2017, the Senate passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches)...more

Will European Privacy in the United States be Trumped?

In recent weeks there has been significant debate among commentators about whether Europeans’ privacy is becoming less protected in the US and what that may mean for the privacy protection arrangements between the EU and the...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Beck v. McDonald – 4th Circuit Weighs In on Standing in Data Breach Case

We don’t see a lot of data breach litigation here in the Fourth Circuit. So it is notable that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday that weighs in on the standing debate (For more on the debate:...more

[Event] Who's in the Driver's Seat? What the Connected Car Shows Us About the Legal and Regulatory Issues of the Internet of...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges – launching groundbreaking collaboration among disparate industries and generating insightful data from uncommon sources....more

The Swiss Privacy Shield Opens for Business on April 12

Beginning on April 12, 2017, U.S. organizations that are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the FTC or the Department of Transportation will be able to self-certify to the newly adopted Swiss–U.S. Privacy...more

NIST’s Draft Update to Cybersecurity Framework Focuses on Third-Party Vendors and the Cost-Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Programs

On January 10, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a proposed update to its popular cybersecurity blueprint for organizations and businesses, known as the Framework for Improving...more

Ajit Pai and the FCC’s Role in ISP Privacy Regulation under President Trump

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his previous role as the senior Republican on the FCC under President Barack Obama, Mr. Pai was an...more

Qatar’s New Personal Data Privacy Law

At the end of last year, Qatar became the first Gulf state to enact a comprehensive privacy law. Until now, the many companies that market to consumers or have employees based in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have...more

Will Trump’s Executive Order Impact Agreements Between the U.S. and EU on Cross-Border Data Transfers?

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on January 25, 2017, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” that requires agencies “to the extent consistent with applicable law ... exclude...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing in Microsoft Case

Back in December 2013, a U.S. magistrate issued a seemingly routine warrant in a narcotics case demanding that Microsoft turn over messages from a customer’s email account that resided on a server in Ireland. That warrant,...more

Ajit Pai Appointed Chairman of the FCC – Expect Change

In one of his earliest official acts, President Trump appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai as the long-term Chairman of the FCC. While many thought Commissioner Pai was the most likely candidate to be named interim Chairman of...more

Update on amendments to Japan's privacy law

The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information1 (the "Amended APPI") was published on 9 September 2015 and at that time it was further announced that the Amended APPI would come into force within two years from the...more

Russia Releases 2017 Data Privacy Inspection Plans; Microsoft Passes 2016 Inspection

At the end of 2016, territorial divisions of the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, published their 2017 plans for conducting inspections of local companies’ compliance with Russian data privacy requirements,...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

Now, We Have a Privacy Shield with the Swiss Too: eDiscovery Trends

This appears to be our week to cover privacy stories on the blog. First, The Sedona Conference® (TSC) released the public comment version of its new Data Privacy Primer (which we covered on Tuesday). Also, last week, U.S....more

“Primed” to Read about Data Privacy? The Sedona Conference Has a New Primer for You: eDiscovery Best Practices

The proliferation of data in our society today makes the task of protecting sensitive and private data more challenging than ever. Without a doubt, privacy and data protection laws have evolved quite a bit over the past...more

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

The Sedona Conference has just published the public comment version of its Data Privact Primer, a publication of its very active Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Libaility. The primer is excellent. ...more

Swiss-US Privacy Shield Will Replace Swiss-US Data Protection Safe Harbor

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council announced that a new framework will govern the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the US. According to the Federal Council, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

[Event] 12th Annual IP and Commercial Litigation Year in Review - January 26th, Mountain View, CA

Please join attorneys from Fenwick & West's IP & Commercial Litigation Group for this half-day seminar featuring practical information and recent legal developments for technology companies, including in the areas of privacy,...more

FTC sues IoT Device Manufacturer D-Link for Lax Cyber Security Practices

On January 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint against computer networking hardware manufacturer D-Link Corporation, alleging that the company’s wireless routers, IP cameras, and other “Internet of...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2016"

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine modifications to New York state's proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions, a 5th Circuit ruling that a phishing scam is not...more

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