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Supreme Court Declines Review of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

Counsel hoping for Supreme Court guidance on standing issues dividing the circuit courts will have to wait a bit longer. On February 20, the Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Attias v. CareFirst to resolve a...more

Employers Take Note: Tax Season Phishing Scams on the Rise

by Fisher Phillips on

It is tax season once again, and with it comes an increased threat of phishing scams targeting human resources and payroll personnel. In 2016, the IRS alerted employers to a then-emerging email phishing scheme in which...more

Beyond The European Union: How The GDPR Affects US Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The effective date of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Reg. (EU) 2016/679, is fast approaching and will affect many organizations across the globe, even those not located in the EU. ...more

Cybersecurity: UK Government Releases Response to Public Consultation on NIS Directive

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed changes provide indication of the yet-to-be-published contents of the NIS Directive’s implementing regulation. The UK government moved closer to implementing the Security of Network and Information Systems...more

Restrictive Covenants Place In-House Attorneys in a Real Predicament – But Are They Enforceable?

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers enter into restrictive covenants with members of their workforce to protect their trade secrets and confidential information, particularly with employees who have access to such information. As in-house counsel...more

GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: What Does It Mean To Be “Established” In The EU?

by Bryan Cave on

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is arguably the most comprehensive – and complex – data privacy regulation in the world. As companies prepare for the GDPR to go into force on May 25, 2018, there...more

How to Leverage Privacy as a Key Competitive Advantage

We’ve discussed privacy compliance with regulations, legal requirements, etc. in the space since this blog’s inception. “Privacy by design” – while not a new concept – is certainly enjoying a new spot in the sunshine thanks...more

Cross-Border Data: Managing the Risks

by Epiq on

Focus on four areas to mitigate the danger of data transfer across borders - Cross-border data transfers are not only frequent, but often crucial components of everyday business. Today’s patterns of global data flow would...more

GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: Does the GDPR apply to all EU citizens’ data?

by Bryan Cave on

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is arguably the most comprehensive – and complex – data privacy regulation in the world. As companies prepare for the GDPR to go into force on May 25, 2018,...more

GDPR Compliance: How to Prepare and Where to Begin

by Chris Fritsch on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25, 2018. For some professional services firms, preparing for GDPR can pose some daunting challenges. But with some basic guidance, you can prepare your CRM...more

States Continue to Upgrade Data Privacy Laws – A Look at North Carolina

A recent Security Breach Report published by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office provides a snapshot of the various data security threats currently riling the state’s public and private sectors. Since 2006, the year...more

U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Cybersecurity In The Financial Industry

by King & Spalding on

On February 14, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing entitled “Examining the Current Data Security and Breach...more

Conflict Of Interest Renders Spouse Of Former Class Counsel Inadequate Class Representative

by Carlton Fields on

The Eastern District of New York recently held that a former class counsel’s spouse was an inadequate class representative due to the conflict of interest created by the relationship....more

The Next Big Thing: Data Breach Securities Class Action Litigation

Shareholders may have found a new hook for data security lawsuits. Over the past year, plaintiffs have filed nine federal class action securities fraud lawsuits against public companies after data security incidents,...more

Buy American, Hire American: Will It Impact a Government Contractor’s Ability to Store Data Offshore?

by Blank Rome LLP on

Buy American and hire American. The concept is easy, but the implementation can be far more complicated, particularly in the current government contracting world where waivers to those requirements have become common. In an...more

The Dark Web And Its Impact On Small Business

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Most business owners are all too familiar with identity theft. What they might not be sufficiently aware of is the “Dark Web” where identity theft thieves buy and sell stolen personal information. The Dark Web Defined-...more

Canadian Competition Policy Focuses in on “Big Data”

The application of competition law and policy to “big data” has become a major focus for government agencies in Canada and around the world. In recent weeks, both the Competition Bureau and the Bank of Canada have weighed in....more

Singapore Passes Cybersecurity Bill

by Reed Smith on

Singapore passes Cybersecurity Bill - On February 5, 2017 Singapore passed its Cybersecurity Bill in an effort to strengthen the protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (CII). ...more

Only 53 Percent of Surveyed Security Officers Are Confident in Security of Data by Third Parties: Cybersecurity Trends

by CloudNine on

A recently issued report provides an interesting look at how Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and others responsible for security are addressing the challenges in today’s cybersecurity climate. The report (The...more

Test Your GDPR Preparedness: 7 Questions to Ask Your Team

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

With only 100 days to go until the General Data Protection Regulation becomes enforceable on May 25, it is increasingly imperative for organizations that process information relating to an identified/identifiable European...more

President Trump Sets Cybersecurity Funding Goals In Budget Proposal

by King & Spalding on

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released a budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 that includes requests for cybersecurity-related funding for the Department of Defense (“DOD”), Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”),...more

New York DFS Cybersecurity Certifications Due

The time has come for entities regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services to make their first certification of compliance with the regulator’s cybersecurity rules....more

Relaxation of SAMHSA laws intended to align with advances in health care delivery

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The final rule governing changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) regulations became effective February 2, 2018. What is SAMHSA? The federal SAMHSA regulations (42 CFR Part 2)...more

[Webinar] Cybersecurity Compliance for Higher Education: 2018 and Beyond - March 6th, 11:00am ET

by Williams Mullen on

The complexity of operations, research and compliance mandates in higher education presents unique challenges in securing information systems. Cybersecurity compliance affects everything from the handling of student data to...more

The Numbers Do Lie: How Thieves Can Steal Your Cell Phone Number And Wreak Havoc On Your Life

by Dickinson Wright on

If you have an online account, you are familiar with the username/password method of user authentication. If you have been paying attention to recent news stories, however, you also recognize that this method of...more

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