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Agreement “In Principle” On New US-EU Safe Harbor Pact

The European Union announced on October 26, 2015, that it had reached an agreement “in principle” with the United States on a new transatlantic data-sharing pact—though a final agreement between the parties is likely still...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #3

With EU Safe Harbor Invalidated, Companies Ask: What Now? - What happens now?: That is the question that businesses across the country are asking after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) threw out the...more

Why You Care The E.U. Struck Down Safe Harbor Data Protection And What to Do About it [Updated]

Earlier this month the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework which previously provided U.S. companies comfort in that they could follow the framework and know they were not...more

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Is Invalid: Now What?

A confluence of events has tested the strength of the Safe Harbor Framework and for now, it is no longer a port in the storm. Most recently, on October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated...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

Data Protection: EU-US Safe Harbor declared invalid by EU court

In our recent update, we reported that the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the highest court in the EU, gave an opinion that “safe harbor” should be declared invalid and that...more

Cybersecurity + Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge Symposium | Friday, October 16, 2015 RWU Law Bristol, RI

Cybersecurity, encryption, and government surveillance are daily challenges for public officials, corporations, and lawyers. On October 16, the Roger Williams University School of Law will present Cybersecurity and Law...more

Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner: some further thoughts

As the dust begins to settle after the headline-grabbing Advocate General opinion in the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner it may be worth considering some of the other potential implications arising from that...more

The "Internet Of Things" Will Impact Law And Regulation In 2014

If 2013 was the year of "Big Data," 2014 will be the year of the "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

Privacy Monday – November 18, 2013

The month of November is quickly slipping by – this is the time to be looking at the 2014 cybersecurity and data privacy goals and updates and planning ahead. Our selected bits and bytes for this Monday...more

FTC Announces First “Internet Of Things” Settlement

On September 4, the FTC announced its first action against a marketer of an everyday product with interconnectivity to the Internet and other mobile devices – what the FTC refers to as the “Internet of Things.” The company,...more

Internet Peeping Toms and The Internet of Things Face New Hurdles: FTC Settles with TRENDnet, Inc.

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently entered into a settlement agreement with TRENDnet, Inc., a company that sells Internet Protocol (“IP”) cameras that allow customers to monitor their homes remotely over the...more

Latest FTC Enforcement Action Reflects Agency's Intent to Focus on Emerging Market Involving the "Internet of Things"

In its first enforcement action against a company operating in the emerging market known as the “Internet of Things”, the FTC has secured a settlement agreement with a company that markets Internet-connected video cameras...more

Advertising Law -- Jun 20, 2013

Supreme Court to Consider Lanham Act Standing - What factors should determine standing to sue for false advertising under the Lanham Act? The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to answer that question in a case from...more

EPIC Comments on FTC Rent-to-Own Computer Spying Settlement

EPIC has submitted comments on a series of settlements between the Federal Trade Commission and companies that offered computers on a rent-to-own basis, typically to low-income consumers. The companies installed surveillance...more

FTC Focuses on Data Collection and Consumer Privacy: Settles Charges with Data Analytics Company and Announces Workshop on...

The Federal Trade Commission made two recent announcements in support of its ongoing initiative to protect consumer privacy, settling an enforcement action against a data analytics company that allegedly failed to disclose...more

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