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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

Equifax Insider Trading Charges Highlight Importance of Tailored Policies and Controls

In what appears to be the first insider trading case stemming from insider knowledge of material nonpublic cyber-related information, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil charges against a former Equifax...more

GDPR Countdown - 11 Weeks to Go

by DataSmart Consulting LLC on

A client recently asked me what I think are the biggest risks for companies regarding the GDPR. I had to think, because the question requires a straight answer, and lawyer answers are rarely direct. The first answer is...more

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Guidance On Data Breach Notifications

by King & Spalding on

On February 12, 2018, the statutorily-appointed independent EU advisory body known as the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) published revised Guidelines on personal data breach notification under the General Data Protection...more

GDPR is Here: How EU Privacy Regulations Impact U.S. Business

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018. Although U.S. businesses may think that EU regulations do not apply to them, GDPR extends to any entity that collects,...more

EU Strikes Latest Blow To Britain’s Financial Services By Refusing To Recognise Equivalent Data Legislation

by King & Spalding on

In another knock to the UK’s Brexit hopes, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said “no” to any automatic recognition of Britain’s data protection legislation, meaning the UK’s financial services sector could potentially...more

GDPR Primer For Universities

WHY DOES IT MATTER? - Because the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will hold universities much more accountable for the data they possess and use....more

Web Hosting Services: Are They Secure?

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that some web hosting services marketing their services to small businesses are not providing email authentication and anti-phishing technologies as part of...more

Cyber Alert - Social Engineering Fraud

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Risk Management Question: How can lawyers identify and avoid increasingly common social engineering scams?...more

The New EU General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies

Cultural gap between the EU and the US - EU Data Protection Rules - Why should you care about those rules? ..GDPR is « general » i.e. it applies to all activities including the Healthcare/Life Sciences. ..As of...more

Congress Considers Legislation To Standardize Data Security And Breach Notification Regulatory Regime

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, March 7, the House Financial Services Committee (“HFSC”) considered two legislative proposals to streamline data breach notification laws. HFSC’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a...more

Hogan Lovells Represents Sears in Achieving First-Ever Modification to FTC Privacy Consent Order

by Hogan Lovells on

The FTC has approved the first-ever petition to reopen and modify a privacy-related consent order. The petition, filed by Sears Holdings Management Corporation, sought to amend the terms of Sears’ 2009 consent order (the...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

Federal Trade Commission Publishes Report Regarding Mobile Security Updates

by King & Spalding on

In May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued Orders to File Special Reports under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act to the major mobile device manufacturers in an effort to address concerns that...more

GDPR Compliance: 10 Steps for Global Companies

by Dechert LLP on

An immense volume of personal data (or personally identifiable information) is proliferating and flowing throughout the world. Personal data is an incredibly valuable asset to companies but data protection and privacy laws...more

Financial Services Report – Spring 2018

by MoFo Reenforcement on

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over. We watched two 17-year-olds win gold medals in sports that didn’t exist when we were 17. The Garlic Girls, with nicknames from their favorite breakfasts, and the U.S. men’s team won medals...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

Recent Reports Confirm Continuing Vulnerability of Healthcare Industry to Cyber Issues

There seems to be a new scientific study published every day—like this one that alleges that eating cheese every day might actually be healthy. Understandably, many of these studies fly under the radar — but two recently...more

Guest Post – Indiana District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer For Disclosure of Private...

by Reed Smith on

We have another guest post today, from Reed Smith‘s own Erica Yen. This one is about a recent, interesting decision concerning the interaction between the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and the...more

Documentation under the GDPR – the ICO goes on the record

by Dechert LLP on

Article 30 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, places an obligation upon data controllers and processors to keep internal records of data processing activities. The data...more

Five Privacy Practices Every Company Should Address in the Wake of the FTC’s Enforcement Action against PayPal

Privacy is serious business. This was made clear in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent announcement that it had settled its complaint against Venmo, PayPal’s peer-to-peer payment service, for misrepresentations to...more

WARNING: The Federal Trade Commission Will Prosecute Companies Over Consumer Data Breaches - Its Recommendations Should Be Heeded

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

There is no comprehensive federal statutory scheme governing breaches of consumers’ private data. However, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has a history of trying to protect consumers’ private data based on its general...more

The Legal Benefits and Practical Problems of Data Encryption in the Workplace (and Elsewhere)

Partner Colin Zick was recently invited to speak to the Union College Computer Science Department’s Seminar Series. His presentation addressed the difficulties in implementing encryption in the workplace, the challenges to...more

FTC Releases “Best Practices” to Improve Mobile Device Security

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 28th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a report that offers several recommendations on ways to improve the security of mobile devices. ...more

OR, NY, AL, and RI considering data breach legislation post-Equifax

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In the absence of federal action, state legislators continue to propose bills that would increase data privacy and security protections for consumers. Any entity that does business in these states or maintains confidential...more

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