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State Regulations On Virtual Currency And Blockchain Technologies

As of this inaugural publication, there exists no uniformity with respect to how businesses that deal in virtual currencies (also known as “cryptocurrencies”) such as Bitcoin are treated among the states. For these...more

The SEC Addresses Initial Coin Offerings

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Report of Investigation pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Report) and an Investor Bulletin: Initial Coin Offerings...more

Blockchain Technology: Inevitable Disruption or Inflated Hype?

The virtual currency Bitcoin has gained notoriety and intrigued entrepreneurs, finance magnates and governments. Lauded and criticized for its ability to offer relatively fast, inexpensive and nearly anonymous transactions,...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom?

In recent years, businesses have witnessed the proliferation of cyber attacks, hacking, and other digital threats. One common threat is ransomware. In a ransomware attack, a company may lose access to critical systems and...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Federal Court Issues $1 Million Contempt Award for Repeated Cell Phone Unlocking Misconduct

On March 18, United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order against a Hong Kong-based company that was improperly distributing prohibited...more

eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable...more

NIST IoT Framework Raises Interesting Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Challenges

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems, which is intended to provide an outline for the development and maintenance of secure, interoperable Internet...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

FFIEC Weighs in on Cybersecurity in Light of Unprecedented Risk of Cyber Threats

As financial institutions of all sizes continue to face unprecedented cybersecurity risk, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool. The Assessment is...more

Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has announced three initiatives in furtherance of its goal to address cybersecurity issues faced by insurance companies, their state regulators, and consumers, which it...more

National Companies Considering Commercial Drones Must Consider State Privacy Laws

On Feb. 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a regulatory framework applicable to small commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, meaning those weighing less than 55 pounds. The comment period on this...more

State Regulation of Virtual Currency: A Recap

This may be the year of the virtual currency. Virtual currencies have garnered much media, investor, and government attention. But, as venture capital funding continues to pour into the industry—more than $1 billion is...more

Cleared for Takeoff: Do You Need FCC Permission to Operate that Drone?

In recent years, the drone industry has proliferated, enjoying exponential growth in popularity and technological sophistication. Drone technology available to the general public has become increasingly advanced. Now, drones...more

Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences

Large-scale data breaches have become increasingly common, bringing with them not only bad press and loss of customer goodwill, but serious monetary risk. New cyber security legislation enacted in multiple states, including...more

Florida Enacts Law Providing for Civil Remedy Against Cyber Fraud and Abuse

On May 14, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA) into law. CADRA is intended to provide a remedy to businesses for harm or loss caused by unauthorized access to protected...more

Pushing the Envelope: Overstock Seeks SEC Approval for Shelf Offering of Digital Securities

In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Overstock.com, Inc. expanded its foray into world of digital currency technology. Announcing plans to issue digital securities, Overstock will be trailblazing...more

Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1,...

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index...more

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Financial and Merchant Industries Group and Obama Administration to Address Privacy Concerns

On behalf of its 19 participating trade association members from the merchant and financial services industries, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (MFCP) announced "8 Next Steps" to protect customers and their...more

Is Your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information?

New Jersey’s new data privacy standard, signed into law as S. 562 by Gov. Chris Christie on January 9, requires health insurance carriers that are authorized to issue health benefit plans in New Jersey to protect individually...more

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

California’s Northern District Bucks Standing Trend in Data Breach Class Action

A recent California federal district court order may prove a massive boon to data breach class action plaintiffs. The Northern District of California order, issued in In re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, denied...more

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