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SEC’s Cyber Unit Takes Aim at ICOs

For the second time in less than a month, the SEC’s newly created Cyber Unit has shut down an initial coin offering (ICO). This time the ICO was for Munchee, Inc., a California-based developer of an iPhone application for...more

‘Scandals spawn hashtags and disasters breed domain names’. EQUIFAX DOMAINS…PART TWO

A few weeks ago, we reported that Equifax was successful in wresting over 125 domain names from squatters who were hoping to cash in on the publicity behind the Equifax security breach. For those that have been in a sensory...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on SEC Horizon

In a push for increased cybersecurity vigilance, the Securities and Exchange Commission indicated its plans to amend existing data security guidance, including the reporting of data breaches....more

Court dismisses NYDFS lawsuit challenging special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) challenging the OCC’s authority to grant special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to nondepository...more

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by BakerHostetler on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) includes a safe harbor provision that protects appropriately registered online service providers from potential secondary liability for the infringing acts of others. Ironically, in...more

Proposed Law Would Criminalize Failures to Report Data Breaches

A draft bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate serves as a good reminder that compliance with data breach reporting requirements is critical. This bill follows significant, high-profile data breaches by Uber and Equifax,...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Privacy and Security in Educational Institutions

Editors’ Note: This is the sixth in a multi-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

EU Data Protection Authorities Release Report on Privacy Shield

by King & Spalding on

On November 28, 2017, the statutorily-appointed independent EU advisory body known as the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) released its report following the First Annual Joint Review on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy...more

UK High Court: Employers May Be Vicariously Liable for Employee Data Breaches

by Morgan Lewis on

The ruling stems from a case that signals a growing trend toward group action litigation involving data protection, and poses new risks for companies who should respond with increased vigilance in employee recruitment,...more

Privacy Shield: Article 29 Working Party Calls Upon the European Commission and US Authorities to Restart Discussions

On November 28, 2017, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party issued its report on the First Annual Joint Review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, which was conducted on September 18-19, 2017....more

Innovator Liability – A Word to the Wise

by Reed Smith on

A lot of us attended the annual ACI Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference in New York City last week. One of the messages sent loud and clear from the initial client round table panel is that our clients don’t like...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bill Requiring 30-Day Notification of Company Data Breaches

As we near the end of a year that has seen more than its share of massive data breaches, two bills have been introduced (one re-introduced) in the U.S. Senate....more

Article 29 Working Party Sets Deadline to Address Privacy Shield Concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

Hot on the heels of the European Commission’s official review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the Article 29 Working Party (Working Party) of EU data protection regulators has issued its own report...more

The Government’s Role in Promoting and Leading Effective Cybersecurity

by Morgan Lewis on

Introduction - Data breaches have the power to inflict significant damage and consequences with the potential to bring a company, industry or government agency to its knees, or adversely harm those individuals whose...more

The New EU Privacy Law, General Data Protection Regulation — What A Non-EU Company Should Know

by Cozen O'Connor on

The new European privacy law, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was approved by the European Union (EU) Parliament to replace its predecessor Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (Directive). GDPR will be enforceable...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) December 2017

by DLA Piper on

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Biometrics

Editors’ Note: This is the fifth in a multi-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

Ascertainability & In Re Nexium – The Side-Effects Continue

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As various contributors to this blog have noted, a divided panel of the First Circuit adopted a “loose” approach to the ascertainability requirement in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation. Specifically, while acknowledging...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s...more

Third Circuit Splits with the Seventh Over Standing To Sue For Alleged Inefficient Design of Eye Drop Dispenser

In a surprising decision and split with the Seventh Circuit, the Third Circuit recently held that plaintiffs have standing to sue for unfair trade practices under the theory that a manufacturer is obligated to optimize the...more

When It Comes to Cybersecurity, Passwords are Passé

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In the ever-changing landscape of data security, it is increasingly clear that law firms of all sizes, from the one-lawyer shop to the 1,000-lawyer megafirm, are being targeted by hackers. As the methods used to gain access...more

Still No “Newly Acquired Information,” Eliquis Claims Still Preempted

by Reed Smith on

The defendants in the Eliquis MDL have turned somewhat of a preemption hat trick. The latest order is In re Eliquis (Apixaban) Prods. Liab. Litig., No 17-md-2754 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2017), where the district court dismissed...more

Australia to Join APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System

by King & Spalding on

Australia has announced that it will be joining the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system, a voluntary program that seeks to protect the transfer of information between APEC countries. This decision follows a...more

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