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CFTC Releases Statement on Three Exchanges’ Plans to List Bitcoin Contracts

On December 1, 2017, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange took the necessary regulatory steps to begin trading new bitcoin futures contracts this month. The Cantor Exchange took similar steps to begin...more

Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency and CFTC Jurisdiction

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) newly formed financial technology (fintech) innovation group, LabCFTC, released its first fintech primer, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (VC...more

China Shuts Down ICO Market

For the past few months, issuers of token sales or “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) have known that they were, to some extent, sailing in unchartered waters. Those waters have just gotten a bit murkier with an announcement by...more

OCIE Releases Results of Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

On August 7, 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a summary of its observations (the report) from cybersecurity examinations of 75...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings

Over the last 12 months, a growing number of start-ups, primarily those offering blockchain-based services, have raised capital utilizing so-called initial coin offerings or token sales (collectively referred to herein as...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine new privacy laws in Germany, an FTC settlement with an alleged consumer loan company over unfair and deceptive practices, the dismissal of a data...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss how the prospect of a new chair and three new commissioners at the FTC may impact the agency's approach to cybersecurity regulation, a new Massachusetts...more

"Blockchains Offer Revolutionary Potential in Fintech and Beyond"

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underlies bitcoin transactions, has been heralded as a transformative technology that is as significant as the development of the internet. The enthusiasm for blockchain...more

"Despite Aversion to Regulation, Trump May Expand Cybersecurity Efforts"

President Donald Trump’s statements to date on regulation in general and cybersecurity regulation in particular suggest a conflict between his desire to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity efforts and his general antipathy...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2016"

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine modifications to New York state's proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions, a 5th Circuit ruling that a phishing scam is not...more

"Federal Regulator Signals Willingness to Grant National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies"

On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced its willingness to entertain applications from financial technology (fintech) companies for special purpose national bank charters. In recent...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the FCC's new rules for broadband privacy, the FTC's new playbook for data breach response and notification, the NHTSA's voluntary guidance for...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the Sixth Circuit's decision to allow injury-in-fact to be established by alleging a "substantial risk of harm" in a data breach case, New York state's...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - August 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we highlight guidance issued by the Irish data protection authority regarding the use of location data, as well as the FTC's request for comment on its Standards for...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the impact of Brexit on EU data protection, court rulings on cyber insurance policy exclusions and coverage gaps, recent statements from the FTC and the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine recent developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Spokeo that consumer plaintiffs must show "real harm" to sue in federal court, the EU data...more

"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the FCC's proposed privacy rules for broadband providers; new developments relating to the Privacy Shield, which was created to replace the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

"IRS Issues Alert on Phishing Scheme to Obtain Payroll Data"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an alert regarding a phishing email scheme in which cybercriminals pose as governmental officials or company executives and request employee payroll and tax data, including...more

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