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Views on Data Security Readiness

Hacking breaches continue to push companies into the unwelcome public spotlight to defend their corporate data security practices—including recently the cyberattack on Sony Entertainment Corp. (13 PVLR 2062,...more

Five Tips to Help Companies Protect Themselves from Data Breaches

With every swipe of a credit card this holiday season, consumers put their faith in the companies that process and store their information. Yet, it is no secret that data breaches are on the rise, hitting companies large and...more

Inspector General’s Report Criticizes the Department of Homeland Security for Inadequate Privacy Policies and Controls

On November 14, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report critical of the agency’s performance in protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and...more

Spring Cleaning in the Winter?

Winter is as good a time as any other for some spring cleaning when it comes to data privacy. In this case, the task is dusting off the privacy policies that you probably had drafted a while ago and probably have not looked...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

IP|Trend: It’s Time to Get to Know the Federal Trade Commission [Video]

Like it or not, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has injected itself into regulating and monitoring data privacy practices of corporations. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Richard Martinez discuss what this means for companies...more

Blog: What You Should Know About Your Company’s Privacy Policy

Except for a handful of laws that apply to specific industries, such as health and financial services, there is no comprehensive federal law that requires companies to have a privacy policy. However, some states, including...more

Federal Communications Commission Steps Loudly Into Realm of Data Privacy Enforcement

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced its entrance into the data privacy enforcement realm by issuing a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies for failing to adequately...more

IP|Trend: Keeping Your Start-Up Compliant [Video]

Start-ups are often focused on getting their product to market and ensuring that their financial runway is adequate to do so. Often though, they leave corporate compliance issues on the back burner. This can have devastating...more

Entangled in the Web of Things

By finding new uses for data, the Internet of Things heralds a host of challenges - Within a decade, analysts say, the “Internet of Things” will have transformed our lives. Billions of Internet-connected devices will...more

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security, a new book offering guidance on a wide variety of privacy and data security laws and how those laws may impact your business, is now available from the Minnesota Department of...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 2014

In This Issue: - European Court of Justice Strengthens the Right to Be Forgotten - California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered - Snap...more

Cybersecurity: Having a Privacy Policy is Not Enough

With the rash of significant data security incidents that occurred in 2013 and have continued to this day, it is increasingly important for companies to have an updated cybersecurity preparedness plan. The World Economic...more

Mitigating Risk in Cloud Computing Agreements

Cloud computing is the new reality. A 2013 IDC survey reports that 61% of enterprises have at least one cloud-based application and total enterprise investments in cloud-based solutions have gone up more than 10% since 2012....more

8 Best Practices to Help You Manage Risks Associated With Mobile “Big Data”

The more than six billion mobile devices in use worldwide offer companies access to a possible treasure trove of customer information in almost every consumer segment. These devices now create a constant stream of data—from...more

California Attorney General Issues Privacy Policy Guide

On May 21, 2014, California's Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the "Making Your Privacy Practices Public" guide (the "Guide") to provide businesses with guidance on creating more transparent privacy policies that...more

California AG Provides Important Guidance on Do-Not-Track Legislation and Disclosures

On May 21, 2014, the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, released guidelines entitled "Making Your Privacy Policy Public"[1] to help websites and mobile app operators comply with their obligations to disclose...more

Privacy Tuesday: June 2014

Welcome to another week, and our Privacy Tuesday look at top issues. California Attorney General Puts the Focus on the Consumer - As we have discussed, the California Online Privacy Protection Act was amended,...more

Making Privacy Practices Public: the California Attorney General’s New Guidelines Keep the Focus on the Consumer’s Perspective and...

In 2013, the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) was amended to require web sites and other online services to make additional privacy policy disclosures related to online tracking transparency. Within the...more

California Attorney General Provides Guidance for Complying with New Do Not Track Requirements

Kamala Harris, the California Attorney General, recently released guidance for complying with California's new Do Not Track requirements which took effect January 1, 2014....more

Cookies update – Main takeaways from the Cybersecurity Course

Whilst we are waiting for the publication of the results of the public consultation on cookies carried out by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante“), here are some...more

The California AG’s New Guide on CalOPPA – A Summary for Privacy Pros

Last week, the California Attorney General’s Office (AGO) released a series of recommendations entitled Making Your Privacy Practices Public (Guide) designed to help companies meet the requirements of California’s Online...more

White House "Big Data" Report Highlights Benefits and Potential for Abuses from Big Data

The White House this month released its long-awaited report on big data: "Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values". The report was requested by President Barack Obama and addresses the ways in which technological...more

California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Do Not Track

In 2013, the California Legislature passed a tracking transparency bill, AB 370, which amended the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). AB 370 requires commercial website operators to inform users of how they...more

Protecting personal information in sweepstakes and contests

Sponsors of sweepstakes and contests need to be especially careful to protect all personal private information they receive from entrants in the promotions they sponsor. This is a lesson a radio station in Oregon learned...more

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