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Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

Don't Ignore Privacy and Data Security: Pre-Deal and Negotiation Considerations for Buyers in Merger and Acquisition Transactions

Almost all parties are required to exchange personal data as part of a merger and acquisition transaction. With data breaches on the rise, any buyer in a M&A transaction cannot afford to ignore privacy and data security...more

Forever 21 Latest Retailer to Suffer Credit Card Breach

Forever 21 has warned customers who used a credit card at any of its stores between March and October 2017 that their credit card may have been compromised....more

GDPR Update: Transfer of Personal Data (outside the EEA)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we will address the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA)....more

The UK Data Protection Authority Clarifies the Status of the BCRs It Approves

by WilmerHale on

Brexit raises critical issues regarding the future transfer of personal data outside of the EU, not least as to the role of the UK Data Protection Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), and as to its...more

Avoiding Data Breaches: Lessons From Regulations

by Revision Legal on

In January of 2017, an amendment to the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (“FAR”) went into effect related to protecting private personal information and requiring privacy training for all federal government contractors. The...more

Ohio Proposes Act to Incentivize Consumer Data Security

by Benesch on

Legislation was recently introduced in Ohio encouraging businesses to take steps in protecting consumer data. Ohio Senate Bill 220, The Data Protection Act (the “Act”), provides businesses that take certain commercially...more

Cyber Insurance: Managing Your Cyber Liability and Avoiding Coverage Gaps

by Hogan Lovells on

Mark Goodman is a partner in our San Francisco office. In this hoganlovells.com interview, he addresses the need for companies to manage their cyber risk and the role that insurance plays in an organization’s overall risk...more

Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices Claims In Data-Breach Lawsuits

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act provides a powerful tool for the federal government to regulate companies’ data-security practices. Rather than adopt specific data-security standards, the FTC often uses Section...more

Planning for Cybersecurity Risks in M&A Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

A glance at any media outlet shows that cyber risk is pervasive and increasing, and that virtually no company is immune to a cyber incident. Almost all companies and associations collect and store some type of data, whether...more

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

Brexit: IoT to the rescue?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

For retailers, speed and efficiency in supply chains are paramount. With the possibility of a "hard" or "no deal" Brexit, retailers must adapt to a new operating environment. The UK government is exploring the potential for...more

10 Steps to GDPR Compliance - Privacy Matters

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Privacy Matters examines the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and practical tips on achieving compliance in advance of its implementation on May 25, 2018. This issue provides 10 steps that businesses and legal...more

The evolving cyber insurance market: How IT companies, financial institutions, and other nontraditional players can offer cyber...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells counsel Robert Fettman discusses the evolution of cyber insurance, the level of regulatory oversight applied to covered entities, and ways that noninsurance companies can...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

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United Kingdom

by White & Case LLP on

National security interventions have, with one exception, involved defense considerations - Unlike many other jurisdictions, acquisitions in potentially sensitive industries do not, as a matter of course, require parties...more

Defending The Business-To-Business Data Breach Lawsuit

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Hardly a day goes by without a headline announcing that a prominent company has fallen victim to a data breach. These headlines are followed, almost inevitably, by reports of class action lawsuits filed by consumers whose...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: HR service providers

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the data breaches that occur each year involve human resource related issues. This includes situations in which HR data was lost, employees were inadvertently responsible for the loss of information about...more

SEC Cyber Watch: Finally, New Guidelines for Breach Disclosures?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has signaled that it expects to issue updated guidelines on reporting cybersecurity incidents. “I think this issue is important enough, wide-ranging enough that we should tackle...more

UK proposal for three-tier fee model for data controllers from May 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

With the deadline for enforcement of the GDPR looming closer, many data controllers had believed that, with the abolition of the requirement to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of their data processing...more

Congress to Consider a Broad Overhaul of CFIUS

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 8, 2017, bipartisan coalitions in both the House and the Senate announced new legislation that would substantially overhaul current law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

The Data Report Episode 21: Employee Negligence Related to Data Security

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Six: Workplace Data Security (Part II) Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses employee negligence related to data security in this episode of The Data Report. He highlights the importance of incorporating good data...more

Auto Dealerships And What Dealerships Can Do

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Automobile dealerships’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities can drive away customers, according to a survey by auditing firm Total Dealer Compliance. Automotive News said the survey of 200 dealerships in five states found...more

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