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FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2018

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the CFPB has struck fear into the C-suites of financial services companies. The agency was extraordinarily active in rulemaking that addresses every aspect of lending, prepaid cards and arbitration clauses in...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

2017 Year in Review: Data Breaches

The year 2017 saw the number of data breaches grow, and the trend is expected to continue and intensify. From Yahoo’s announcement that three billion of its user accounts were compromised to the Equifax breach and resulting...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

Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Introduction - Throughout 2017, the health care and life science industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and...more

Beware of the Man-in-the-Middle: Lessons from the FTC’s Lenovo Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent approval of a final settlement with Lenovo (United States) Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, offers a reminder that when it comes to consumers’ sensitive personal...more

What to Expect in UK Employment Law in 2018: GDPR, Brexit Negotiations and More

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Whilst 2017 was anticipated to be a fairly static year for employment law, that did not in fact prove to be the case, and there were various notable developments, including the following: ..The landmark defeat of the...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Telecommunications

Even though Congress spent much of last year focused on a number of bigger-picture priorities including healthcare, tax reform, and appropriations, lawmakers also developed a number of telecom-related bills. Recently,...more

New Chinese Government Report Highlights Recent Data Protection Enforcement and Attitudes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the final days of 2017, the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) submitted a report to the Standing Committee of the NPC detailing the Network Security Law enforcement...more

French Connected Cars Compliance Pack Offers Helpful GDPR Toolkit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The French Data Protection Authority recently issued its Connected Cars Compliance Pack. The pack is designed as a toolkit not only for France, but with a European GDPR perspective on how connected cars can comply with data...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- Washington Attorney General Amends Lawsuit Against Cable and Internet Provider, Alleges More Deceptive Conduct- Washington AG Bob Ferguson amended his lawsuit against cable and internet service...more

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement with Lenovo Over Ad Software

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its proposed settlement with Lenovo, Inc. over the installation of pre-installed advertising software called VisualDiscovery onto Lenovo laptops. According to the FTC, the...more

Recent Federal Legislation Demonstrates Growing Federal Interest in Blockchain for Cybersecurity

Recent federal legislation indicates a growing federal interest in blockchain as a potentially integral technology in cybersecurity systems. This comes on the heels of recent legislation in the New York Assembly also...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party's critique of the Privacy Shield and the Sixth Circuit's decision to consider the issue of computer fraud...more

Fitbit Can’t Put Sleep-Tracking Claims to Bed

Fitbit may lose some sleep over a putative class action challenging the advertising claims for its sleep-tracking function after the court denied the company’s motion for summary judgment in the case....more

FERC Aims to Broaden Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal follows a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finding that existing cyber threats to electric utilities are underreported....more

Recent New York Legislation Demonstrates Growing Governmental Interest in the Use of Blockchain for Cybersecurity

Recent legislation in the New York State Assembly reflects a growing governmental interest in blockchain as a technology in cybersecurity systems. On November 27, four different bills addressing blockchain technologies were...more

Sites Illegally Tracked Consumers New Suits Allege

New suits accuse mattress company Casper Sleep and lender Quicken Loans of illegally tracking consumers online. Brady Cohen visited the website of Casper Sleep on multiple occasions to shop for a new mattress. While he...more

The Data Report Episode 26: The Internet of Things for Business

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Seven: The Internet of Things (Part III) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses what the Internet of Things means for businesses. He speaks about how companies can incorporate and...more

Transferring Data from China: Who Must First Pass a Pre-Export Security Assessment?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

China’s new data protection framework clearly creates a requirement for local storage and conducting a security assessment before personal information or important data is shared with other jurisdictions, but it is currently...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

Editors’ Note: This is the last in a nine-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging...more

Getting Ready for GDPR Compliance in the New Year

by Vedder Price on

As 2017 comes to a close and companies look to planning initiatives for 2018, there is one date that should be front and center for privacy professionals: May 25, 2018. That is the date that the EU’s General Data Protection...more

Wrapping Your Privacy Practices Up with a Bow

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

For many companies, the "hap-happiest season of all" coincides with the busiest season of all. Business owners and employees are racing to fill customer orders in time for the holidays, which also means an avalanche of new...more

Businesses Take Note: Updates to Maryland’s Data Breach Notification Law Take Effect January 1, 2018

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

What are businesses required to do when personal information they have collected is breached? Most states have breach notification laws with varying degrees of security and notice requirements. With high profile data...more

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