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Countdown to the First Annual New York DFS Cyber Regulation Certification

On February 15th, organizations subject to the New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation are required to submit their first annual certification attesting to their compliance with the state’s new data...more

EU issues warning on data transfers to the UK post-Brexit

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has issued a notice explaining some of the legal ramifications of Brexit on transfers of personal data from the EU to the UK....more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

When Innovation Meets Regulation - The Effect of InsurTech on Insurance Rebating Laws

by Carlton Fields on

The rise of InsurTech — which brings technological innovations to the business of insurance — has recently had a significant impact on the insurance industry, including through advancements in cybersecurity tools, the...more

[Webinar] 2017 National Year In Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete,...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Seyfarth’s first installment of its 2018 Trade Secrets Webinar series, Seyfarth attorneys will review noteworthy cases and other legal developments from across the nation over the last year in the areas of trade secrets...more

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future Haunt Insurers’ Use of Big Data and Algorithmic Tools

by Carlton Fields on

Watching as legislators, regulators, and policymakers’ consider what changes, if any, are necessary for insurers’ use of big data and algorithmic tools, is like being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and...more

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: New Year, New Cyber Threat

The first week of January 2018 brought disturbing news on the cyber security front – and for once it was not the result of corporate ineptitude or poorly designed software. Actually, it was far worse. Independent security...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

More Of An SRO - FINRA Unveils Its Priorities For 2018

On January 8 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which highlights key areas of focus for FINRA in the coming year. ...more

IVASS provides instructions to insurance intermediaries for preventing cyber risks

by Hogan Lovells on

IVASS has just published a letter to the market addressed to Italian and EU insurance intermediaries and undertakings addressing the level of awareness of traditional intermediaries about the risks involved in the use of new...more

Will the Sharing Economy Extend to Automotive Patents?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a recent article published by Bloomberg, we are once again reminded of the litigious nature of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. Recent patent and trade secret lawsuits have garnered a lot of media attention,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

Protecting Artificial Intelligence IP: Patents, Trade Secrets, or Copyrights?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Artificial intelligence ("AI") technology is exploding across virtually all industries. Technology companies are innovating at warp speed, and even companies that do not principally identify as "technology...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies - On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. "The CFTC's Market Risk...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In naming Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain vice chairs, Berkshire Hathaway took another big step this week in laying out LAWB (Life After Warren Buffet)....more

Five Regulatory Implications for Blockchain Tokens as an "Asset Class"

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2017 fades in the rear view mirror of the speeding car that is blockchain, five significant regulatory issues will likely be speedbumps for blockchain tokens in 2018. Pundits spend much time talking about blockchain tokens...more

GDPR: Ready for the EU’s New Data Privacy Law? What You Need to Know

by Knobbe Martens on

What is the GDPR? The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law going into effect on May 25, 2018 that grants European residents broad, never-before-recognized data privacy rights, and imposes...more

North Carolina AG Proposes Stronger Breach Notification And Personal Information Safeguard Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Citing to estimates in 2017 “more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were … affected by a data breach,” Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine announced on January 8 proposed legislation aimed at protecting state...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

Rise of the Drones: Flying Over Newton and Registration Requirements Reinstated

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The skies are a little friendlier for drones now that the Dutch police have suspended their squad of drone-hunting eagles. This is also great news for retailers, as drone popularity continues to soar with overall electronics...more

U.S. Employers With EU Employees Gearing Up For GDPR

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the continuing parade of high profile data security breaches, the concern U.S. organizations have about the security of their systems and data has been steadily growing. And rightly so. Almost every organization...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Winter is Coming: The HBO Hack, Ransomware Attacks, and Cyber Extortion Coverage

by K&L Gates LLP on

Cyber extortion and ransomware attacks made headlines across the globe this summer, but the cyber attack at HBO stands out due to the size of the ransom demanded ($6 million). The HBO hack highlights the importance of one of...more

New Year, New Data Protection Law: Is Your Company Ready for the GDPR?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The countdown has officially begun. On May 25, 2018, the European Union's ("EU") General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), a sweeping data privacy and security regulation resulting from years of regulatory and political...more

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