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Biometric Data in the Workplace Could Trigger Privacy Litigation Wave

by Jones Day on

The Situation: While biometric data (such as fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and iris scans) can be used effectively in the workplace, privacy advocates worry that anonymity could be undermined, and plaintiffs'...more

Happy Halloween! Is Your Franchise System Insured For Social Engineering Fraud Claims?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As cyber scams become more widespread and sophisticated, social engineering fraud is quickly turning into one of the most popular way for a thief to rip-off a company using computers. Every franchise system should be asking...more

Cybersecurity: New Front for Attacks on Franchise Model

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Much has been written on the growing risks of data breaches and other cyberattacks, especially after the massive security breach at Equifax in September 2017. Recent cases holding franchisors liable for franchisees’ data...more

Q&A with Scott and Celia Catlett - Insights From the Restaurant Industry

by King & Spalding on

In this edition of the Franchise & Hospitality newsletter, we open with an interview of Scott and Celia Catlett. Scott is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at YUM! Brands, Inc. (the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and...more

Sonic Latest Food Chain to Suffer Credit Card Breach

After being notified of “unusual activity” on credit cards by its credit card processor, Sonic Drive In has confirmed that it is working with forensic experts and law enforcement on a potential credit card breach. It has not...more

Not A Minor Issue! FTC Updates COPPA Compliance Plan

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance for businesses on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) . If a website operator or operator of online services collects...more

There's an App for That: Franchisors Fight Slumping Sales, Millenials

by Lewitt Hackman on

How has the gourmet burger gone awry? According to Fox, the better burger business dropped five percent in foot traffic at quick-serve restaurants last year, primarily because consumers are opting to “DIY” their food at home....more

Franchising Update

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many franchisors and other participants in the franchising sector are anticipating with concern the outcome of The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) which was introduced into the Federal...more

McDonald’s Canada’s Job Site Hacked

McDonald’s Canada has shut down its careers webpage following a breach that occurred in mid-March. A hacker gained access to the jobs section of its website and compromised the personal information, including names,...more

Illinois Biometric Privacy Suit over Collection of Fingerprints Settled

Earlier this month, an Illinois state court approved a $1.5 million settlement in a class action against L.A. Tan Enterprises, Inc., operator (directly and through franchisees) of L.A. Tan tanning salons. The settlement...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

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Alert: Effective Cybersecurity: The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Investment Advisers,...

by Alston & Bird on

Cybersecurity has become a top concern for executives and boards across all sectors of commerce and critical infrastructure that rely on digital technologies—including financial services—and investment advisers, investment...more

2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series Year in Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Throughout 2015, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group hosted a series of CLE webinars that addressed significant issues facing clients today in this important and ever-changing...more

Ogletree Governmental Affairs State Round-Up

In the past few months, a number of state and local developments have emerged that are likely to resonate across the country. The following is a tour of some of the most recent and significant state-specific legislation,...more

Objections To Radioshack’s Sale of Customer Data Cause Static In Advance of Auction

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Uncertainty will hang over the upcoming bankruptcy auction of RadioShack’s intellectual property, franchise infrastructure, and customer data pending resolution of an ongoing struggle between RadioShack and several states’...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm - Part II

by Dickinson Wright on

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm Part I

by Dickinson Wright on

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Will 2015 Be The Year of the Data Breach Class Action?: Target Data Breach Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss

by Carlton Fields on

Various media outlets dubbed 2014 “the Year of the Data Breach.” Unfortunately for businesses, breach of their secure systems by hackers may be only the beginning of the bad news – which often culminates in class action...more

Heads Up: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Takes Effect on July 1st

by Dickinson Wright on

Once CASL takes effect, you will need express or implied consent before you (or your franchisees) can send a commercial electronic message (CEM). While franchisors are well aware of the pending impact of CASL and have been...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2014

by Baker Donelson on

In This Issue: - Your Grandmother Doesn’t Work for Free: Volunteer and Intern Positions Under Closer Scrutiny - Excessive Celebration – Penalty Declined - Four Crisis Management Lessons from the...more

FTC and the “Internet of Things”: Franchisor on the hook

Last fall the Federal Trade Commission brought cases against a software developer and rent-to-own stores that secretly monitored people in their homes. The developer provided the stores with software that had a “Detective...more

Rent-to-Own Franchisees Use Spyware to Gather Passwords, Intimate Conduct

by Balough Law Offices, LLC on

Some franchisees of Aaron’s, Inc., the rent-to-own retailer, leased computers with programs that spied on their customers with the franchisor’s knowledge and assistance. Aaron’s, Inc. agreed to a consent decree with the...more

Amended Red Flags Rule now in effect – are you still a creditor?

by DLA Piper on

The FTC’s amended definition of “creditor” within the Red Flags Rule is now in effect. The definition is narrower in scope, but under it, a franchisor may still qualify as a “creditor.” For instance, if you use a...more

Cyber Criminals' Menu Features the Food & Beverage Industry; Steps to Protect Your Business

by BakerHostetler on

2012 was a challenging year for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry. In addition to increased government regulation, rising food prices and relatively slow growth trends, the industry once again was a favorite target of...more

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