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Twitter Ordered by Irish Court to Disclose Information about Author of Tweet

Twitter International Company (TIC) in Dublin, Ireland was reportedly ordered by a High Court to disclose data about the source of tweets about a whistleblower. The tweets, which included allegations of insurance fraud, are...more

EU Court Rejects “Safe Harbor” Agreement Permitting Customer Data Transfers to U.S.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck down the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” agreement that permitted companies operating in Europe to transmit personal user data to the United States, as long as the U.S. ensures an...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates Safe Harbor Adequacy Finding: Organizations Should Re-evaluate Their Basis for EU-US Data...

On October 6th, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14), a case which, among other things, challenged the validity of the European Commission’s 2000 finding...more

With Safe Harbor now “Invalid,” Companies Must Change Data Practices

Europe’s top court ruled that U.S. companies relying upon the “Safe Harbor Framework” data sharing regime to maintain information regarding EU citizens is “invalid.” This means that any company relying upon the Safe Harbor...more

New Delaware Act Requires Online Privacy Policy for Websites

A new privacy law requires companies to make specific statements about what information is collected on its website. Like California, it also requires that companies state in writing whether they respect “Do Not Track”...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

Online Behavioral Advertising Guidelines Go Mobile

On September 1, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) began enforcing its guidelines for online behavioral advertising regarding mobile advertising. The DAA, a notfor-profit independent body, develops industry-best practices...more

US–EU Safe Harbor – Struck Down!

1. CJEU finds Safe Harbor Invalid - In a landmark ruling delivered today, Europe's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared that the EU Commission's US - EU Safe Harbour regime is...more

California Attorney General Settlement Requires Hiring of Privacy Officer: Businesses with Web Presences Subject to Increasing...

On Friday, Oct. 2, home design and renovation company, Houzz, Inc., reached a settlement with the Office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris over allegations that Houzz had recorded customer and employee...more

Now What? Europe’s High Court Sinks the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Program

Life just got a lot more confusing, complicated and expensive for organizations that transmit personal data to the United States from the European Union (EU) under the frequently-used U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program. Why?...more

The Legacy of the RadioShack Bankruptcy and the Importance of PII

Customer information has become an increasingly valuable business asset. And, the volume and detail of other available information about consumers has increased along with it, well beyond mere customer names and addresses to...more

Alert: Student Data Privacy: States Keep Up the Momentum

While Congress continues to consider (but not act on) nationwide student data privacy initiatives, the states continued to lead the charge in 2015. Earlier this year, we reported that, in 2014, 36 states introduced 110...more

Weekly Privacy Tip #3 – Know how apps are accessing and using your constant location

Everyone loves their smartphone. Everyone loves the newest app. Angry Birds has lots of company now. But most people don’t know the back end of apps and how they are accessing, using and selling your data. Why? Because no one...more

Apple and The World’s Most Public Privacy Policy

It bears mentioning when one of the world’s most famous brands releases one of the world’s most prominent and readable privacy policies. That’s just what Apple did this week, and the message to other brands is clear – privacy...more

Is it legal to ask for a social security number on an application?

Q. Our current job application asks for the applicant’s SSN. Is that legal? I feel it might not be a good idea with all the high-profile news of identity theft. Originally published in the Utah Legal Law Letter....more

What is reasonable? The emerging legalities of cybersecurity post-Wyndham

This month’s edition of the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s newletter includes my discussion of lessons to be learned from the Wyndham decision: Historically, security was an issue reserved in a back room for the IT...more

SEC Announces First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action Against an Investment Adviser for Failure to Protect Client Data

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against an investment adviser for failure to protect customer records and information. According...more

The SEC OCIE Announces Increased Scrutiny of Broker-Dealers’ and Investment Advisers’ Cybersecurity Programs

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) to provide broker-dealers and investment...more

Advocate General Of ECJ Rules EU Data Protection Authorities Can Investigate Complaints About Safe Harbor Programme

Data transfers can be suspended until investigation is complete. In Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (case C-362/14), the Advocate General ruled that EU data protection authorities do have powers to...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #2

FTC Reviews Kids’ Apps for Privacy Progress - Three years after conducting a survey on apps directed to children, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation decided to check back with...more

Delaware Enacts Package of Internet Data Laws

Joining the collection of states with online privacy laws, Delaware has enacted a package of statutes governing the collection, storage and use of the personal information of Delaware residents by websites, Internet and cloud...more

Weekly Privacy Tip#2 – Protecting your (and your employees’ and customers’) Social Security numbers

Social Security numbers are one of the highest risk data elements known to mankind. A Social Security number in combination with a name and date of birth (which are publicly accessible) in the hands of a bad person can...more

Automakers receive request for information letters about vehicle-to-vehicle communications’ privacy

This week, Senator Ed Markey and Senator Richard Blumenthal sent letters to 18 automakers requesting an update on vehicle-to-vehicle communications’ (V2V) privacy and security. The Senators are seeking information on each...more

Huge fine of nearly U.S. $2 million levied on Mexican bank after data breach

In early September, Mexico’s data protection authority, the National Transparency, Information Access and Data Protection Institute (INAI), issued a fine of 32 million pesos (U.S. $1.95 million) to Mexican bank Grupo...more

SEC Releases First Cybersecurity Enforcement Action for Failure to Protect Client Data

The SEC’s focus in the action was not on the manner of the firm’s responses to the breach or whether there was any actual harm, but predominantly on the adequacy of the firm’s written policies for safeguarding customer...more

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