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U.S. Citizen Sues Cambridge Analytica in U.K. Courts for Violations Under U.K. Data Protection Act

On March 16, David Carroll, a New York based American professor sued Cambridge Analytica (CA) in the U.K. courts, after the data analytics firm allegedly failed to respond to his request made pursuant to the U.K. Data...more

Privacy Tip #131 – Bryant University Women’s Summit Follow-Up

I was so honored to be a presenter at the Bryant Women’s Summit last week. It is always an incredible event and I enjoy attending every year. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally issued a statement yesterday addressing the unauthorized data use scandal involving Cambridge Analytica that’s cost his company share price almost 10% since the story broke....more

Facebook In Hot Water With Latest Privacy Missteps

by Murtha Cullina on

Facebook is the subject of a recent media blitz due to the allegations that 50 million people had their information improperly disclosed to Cambridge Analytica, a data research firm that may have played a role in the 2016...more

United Kingdom Establishes IoT Security Principles

by Morgan Lewis on

The UK government recently released a policy paper outlining proposed requirements for makers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to take certain actions to better protect IoT devices from growing cybersecurity threats....more

Would You Like Malware with Your Grumpy Cat Meme?

Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have written “white papers” and devoted considerable resources to projects intended to create services that encourage trust and a sense of familiarity on the part of users....more

Belgian Court Uses Novel Argument to Assume International Jurisdiction over Non-EU Facebook Entities

by Alston & Bird on

On February 16, 2018, the Brussels Court of First Instance rendered a judgment in proceedings brought by the Belgian Privacy Commission’s against Facebook. The case forms one part of two-tiered litigation brought by the...more

US Companies Doing Business in the EU or Impacting EU Individuals Must Comply with the EU GDPR by May 25, 2018

by FordHarrison on

Companies with people in the EU or doing business in the EU need to be thinking about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and whether the regulations apply to them. In approximately two months, the EU’s GDPR...more

If You Don’t Need It, Don’t Pack It: Border Searches of Mobile Devices

by Dickinson Wright on

Currently there are a number of pending cases concerning the issue of whether Border searches can include a search of someone’s cellphone. On March 15, 2018, a divided 11th Circuit Court, upheld the conviction of a Florida...more

Facebook And The FTC: A Wake-Up Call For Companies Collecting Personal Data

by Ifrah PLLC on

The FTC is reported to be joining state and international regulators in examining Cambridge Analytica’s actions with data accessed from Facebook, including how the data analytics company obtained the information, what it did...more

Recent Supreme Judicial Court Decisions Highlight How Courts Must Embrace Technological Change

Courts are often faced with the dilemma of applying centuries, or even decades, old law to constantly evolving technological advancements. See, e.g., Transcript of Oral Argument, United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2 (U.S....more

Why Your Small U.S. Business Should Care About GDPR

by Barley Snyder on

You’re not alone if your small business hasn’t been paying close attention to the fact that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live May 25. ...more

Facebook Can’t Shake Illinois Biometric Proposed Class Action Case

We have previously reported on Facebook’s fight against a proposed class action case alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)....more

Flying with Your Data – ACLU sues the TSA Over Domestic Electronic Device Searches

If you’ve flown domestically in the last year, you know the drill. Take off your jacket, belt, and shoes and place them in a bin. Remove your quart-sized bag of 3.4 oz liquids and place them on top. Pull out your laptop,...more

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This fully updated eighth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of evolving legal constructs in 26 jurisdictions around the world. It is intended as a business-focused framework...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - March 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Verizon's Protected Health Information Data Breach Report Concludes that Insiders Are Greatest Threat to Health Care Entities - Verizon recently issued its Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, which is always...more

ABA Clarifies Lawyers' Confidentiality Obligations Regarding Online Public Commentary

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The American Bar Association (ABA), on March 6, 2018, issued Formal Opinion 480, which specifically examines confidentiality obligations for lawyer blogging and other public commentary. • Notably, the opinion recites the...more

Privacy Tip #130 – Smartphones Targeted by Dark Caracal Attack

There is a global malware campaign that is targeting mobile devices across the world. It is called Dark Caracal, which is believed to be sourced in Beirut by the Lebanese General Security Directorate. ...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

German Court Issues Important Judgment on Consent and Transparency in Facebook Case

by Reed Smith on

The Regional Court of Berlin held in a judgment of 16 January 2018 (docket no. 16 O 341/15, German language version of the judgment available here) that Facebook’s default privacy settings and parts of their terms and...more

China Publishes National Standard for Personal Data Protection

by Morgan Lewis on

With increased concerns regarding the safety of individual personal information, the Chinese government has clarified its existing data privacy rules regarding the collection, processing, usage, and more of personal data....more

Yahoo Enters $80 Million Securities Class Action Settlement After Data Breach

by Carlton Fields on

On March 2, Yahoo, Inc. (“Yahoo”) filed a proposed settlement in In re Yahoo Inc. Securities Litigation, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. ...more

Data Protection Impact Assessment

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Article 35 of the GDPR provides for Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA). According to Article 35(1) a DPIA is required when “the processing [of data] is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of...more

Appellate Court Finds Risk of Identity Theft Sufficient to Establish Standing, Circuit Split Worsens

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has found that allegations of a future risk of identity theft resulting from a data breach are sufficient to establish standing....more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): action plan for pension scheme trustees - (revised March 2018)

by Hogan Lovells on

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply directly in the UK from 25 May 2018, and will make some fundamental changes to the current requirements surrounding data protection. Key areas of change...more

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