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FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sears’ Petition to Modify Order Regarding Software Tracking Application

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”. In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears...more

Proposed Ohio Law May Encourage Businesses to Adopt Cyber Standards

Recently proposed legislation in Ohio could provide businesses with special protection from lawsuits in the event of a hack under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 220 would shelter businesses that have been proactive in...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Privacy Exclusion Bars TCPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) present numerous issues for insurance companies and policyholders. Because TCPA claims lend themselves to class action suits, the potential exposure can be...more

Privacy Shield Gets Passing Grade

In reviewing the first year of implementation of the European Union-United States Privacy Shield, the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council declared it “adequate.”...more

The First Step to GDPR Compliance Is Reintroducing Yourself to the Individual

by NAVEX Global on

The European Union’s looming new General Data Protection Regulation will be one of the biggest GRC issues companies face in 2018. Its extraterritorial reach is sweeping, potential penalties are high, and conceivable...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Rehear Consent Revocation Case

In the TCPA lawsuit, Reyes v. Lincoln, filed in 2015, Reyes leased a new luxury Lincoln and provided his cell phone number in his lease application. The application included a provision that Reyes “expressly consent[ed]” to...more

FTC Provides Additional Guidance on COPPA Policy for Voice Recordings

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clarified in recent guidance how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to internet-connected device companies and other businesses that collect and use children’s...more

GDPR and personal data breaches: what, when, who, and how?

by Dechert LLP on

What is a ‘personal data breach’? First things first, what exactly is a personal data breach? The GDPR defines it as “a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition to Rehear Decision Holding that the TCPA Does Not Permit a Consumer to Unilaterally Revoke Consent...

by Burr & Forman on

On October 20, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for panel rehearing, or in the alternative, for rehearing en banc of its decision in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, 861 F. 3d 51 (2d...more

The Data Report Episode 19: Data Security Regulations in China & Russia

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part IV) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses two other big players in the international data security scene, Russia and China. Jay begins by discussing...more

Building a Health App? Part 6: HIPAA and Other Privacy and Security Considerations

Consumers are increasingly turning to health apps for a variety of medical and wellness-related purposes. This has in turn caused greater amounts of data—including highly sensitive information—to flow through these apps....more

UK National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review: Change Is Coming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The UK government recently published proposed reforms designed to strengthen its powers to investigate national security implications for investments in certain types of UK assets and industries. These proposals may have...more

In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to,...more

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

One can hardly check out any news outlet today without reading or hearing about a security breach. Experts frequently advocate performing internal assessments to identify security weaknesses. Commentators tout the...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Foreign No More: Transferring Data on Demand U.S. Companies and GDPR Data Portability

Much has been written about the consternation and concern of businesses around the world regarding the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR applies to...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Validity of personal data export mechanism thrown into question

by Dechert LLP on

The Irish High Court recently asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on the validity of “standard contractual clauses” as a basis for transferring personal data out of the European Economic Area...more

“I’m Unavailable to Take Your Advertisement Right Now”: FCC Regulation of Direct-To-Voicemail Marketing

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The days of lamenting the dinnertime telemarketing call seem to have faded, but as communication technology ? particularly cell phone and smartphone usage ? has become ubiquitous, advertisers have found new avenues to...more

New Ibero-American Standards to Provide Consistency in the Protection of Personal Data

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: On June 20, 2017, the Ibero-American Network for Data Protection approved the Standards for Data Protection for the Ibero-American States....more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to...more

The Morning Risk Report: Data-Transfer Case Creates New Uncertainty

Tim Toohey was quoted in a October 5, 2017, Wall Street Journal article written by Ben DiPietro discussing the decision by Ireland's High Court to refer a data-transfer case involving Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield to the...more

Schrems II Judgment Rendered

A 152 page judgment was rendered on October 3, 2017 by the Irish High Court in Schrems II: DPC v Facebook Final. Nor surprisingly, the court decided to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union to make...more

ICO Offers Guidance for Contracts under the GDPR

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released an initial draft guide of contracting requirements and liabilities for data controllers and data processors doing business together...more

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