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Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - May 2018 #4

CYBERSECURITY - South Carolina Enacts Insurance Data Security Act - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Insurance Data Security Act into law on May 3, 2018. The law, parts of which become...more

California Consumer Privacy Act Likely to Appear on Ballot in November

Businesses are understandably focused this week on the looming effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For U.S. businesses, however, a proposed law closer to home would raise similar...more

IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - May 2018

In the past several months, cryptocurrencies have been all over the news with the meteoric rise in the value of Bitcoin up to $20,000. At its peak in early January 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018

On the heels of the ransomware that had the City of Atlanta scrambling last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of “NYC Secure,” a free mobile app that will alert New York City residents of...more

Wyoming Enacts Comprehensive Blockchain Legislation

As numerous states propose and enact legislation focused on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, in 2018, no state has been more aggressive in this space than Wyoming. ...more

New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations Deadline Looming This Week

On March 1, 2018, the one year transition period within which banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (“Covered Entities”)...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #3

As of February 15, 2018, banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) are required to file their first certification of...more

New York’s Landmark Cybersecurity Regulation Amendment Proposed, Deadlines Looming

On February 15, 2018, banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) will be required to file their first certification of...more

P+T Intelligence Newsletter - February 2018

Patent infringement defendants have been enjoying a good ride for some time now. The Supreme Court, with decisions like Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, have for the most part raised the barriers for patentees and...more

Nationwide, State Legislators Push Blockchain-friendly Legislation

As previously reported, state legislatures throughout the country continue to propose legislation designed to facilitate the use of blockchain-based technology by businesses within their states....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

Proposed Legislation in New York Would Recognize Enforceability of BlockChain Transactions and Explore Applications of Technology

While the investment potential of cryptocurrencies, including BitCoin, has been all over the news in recent weeks, state governments have begun to explore the practical applications of blockchain – the technology underlying...more

IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - December 2017

If you own trademark registrations in the United States, you are required to make certain filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to keep your trademark registration(s) alive. In particular, prior to the sixth...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had...more

Scammers Strike Enigma Initial Coin Offering

In the latest example of security risks attendant to initial coin offerings (ICOs), on August 21st the blockchain startup Enigma reported that online scammers used fake solicitations for an ICO presale to steal approximately...more

Primer on the Draft Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act

The Uniform Law Commission is set to vote on a draft Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act at its upcoming annual meeting in San Diego beginning on July 14th. As numerous states and federal regulators have...more

Fourth Circuit Vacates $12M FCRA Class Action Judgment Against Experian

On May 11, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a $12 million judgment against Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (“Experian”) in a class action against the credit reporting bureau alleging violations of the...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

Data Breach Involving CloudPets “Smart” Toys Raises Internet-of-Things Security Concerns

On February 27, 2017, news reports disclosed a major security breach involving Spiral Toys, the seller of the CloudPets brand of internet-connected stuffed animals. The Bluetooth-connected CloudPets toys allow users to...more

FCC Releases Proposal for New Privacy Rules Governing ISPs

In an October 6, 2016, blog post and accompanying fact sheet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his proposal for new privacy rules governing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to be considered by the full Commission during its...more

FTC hosts workshop on cross-device tracking

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop focused on the growing practice of cross-device tracking and the associated privacy concerns. While many consumers are aware that their Internet...more

NAIC cybersecurity task force adopts Cybersecurity Bill of Rights for insurance consumers

On October 14, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force released an updated draft of its Cybersecurity Bill of Rights. The bill, which updates a prior draft published for...more

Interim rule requires Department of Defense contractors to report cyber breaches

Companies doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense are facing new requirements for reporting data security breaches and for acquiring cloud computing services. The Interim Rule, effective August 26, 2015, amends the...more

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