Bridging the Week - January 2019

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Prior to having most of its routine work suspended because of the US government partial shutdown, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspection unit published its 2019 examination priorities. These included reviewing the offer and sale of digital assets by registrants, cybersecurity, and anti-money laundering programs. Separately, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published a report of effective cybersecurity practices by members. As a result, the following matters are covered in this week’s edition of Bridging the Weeks:

  • Offer and Sale of Digital Assets and Cybersecurity Among the Focus of SEC OCIE 2019 Examination Priorities (Includes Compliance Weeds);
  • Related Broker-Dealers Fined US $15 Million by the SEC, FINRA and FinCEN for Alleged AML Program Deficiencies; Unrelated BD Fined US $5.5 Million for Purportedly Selling IPOs to Industry Insiders (includes Compliance Weeds);
  • FINRA Publicizes Effective Practices at Members to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks (includes Compliance Weeds); and more.

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  • Offer and Sale of Digital Assets and Cybersecurity Among the Focus of SEC OCIE 2019 Examination Priorities: In its annual report of examination priorities issued in late December 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations said that digital assets, cybersecurity and anti-money laundering programs would be among its top focus during its 2019 reviews of registrants. Among other things, OCIE said it would “monitor” the trading, offer and sale and management of cryptoassets, and where digital assets were securities, review for regulatory compliance. OCIE indicated it would concentrate on the safety of client funds and assets; pricing of digital assets; and compliance and internal controls for firms actively engaged in cryptoasset markets.

OCIE noted that, in focusing on cybersecurity, it will key in on the “proper configuration of network storage devices,” information security governance, and policies and procedures concerning retail trading information security, among other matters. It will also especially review cybersecurity practices at investment advisers with multiple branch offices, as well as risk assessment, access rights and controls, vendor management, training and incident response.

OCIE additionally said that, in 2019, it will prioritize on matters important to retail investors in its examinations, such as disclosure of fees and expenses and the costs of investing, conflicts of interest, and senior investors and retirement accounts and products. It will also review compliance and risk at critical market infrastructures (i.e., clearing agencies, transfer agents and national securities exchanges) and focus on select areas and programs of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

In other legal developments regarding cryptoassets:

  • Congressmen Propose Law to Exclude Certain Cryptoassets from the Definition of a Security: Just prior to the expiration of the 115th Congress in 2018, Congressmen Darren Soto and Warren Davidson proposed legislation that would expressly define a digital token and make clear that securities laws would not ordinarily apply to digital assets issued on behalf of a project using a blockchain application once it becomes functional. Under the proposed legislation, a digital token would expressly be excluded from the definition of a security under applicable securities laws provided it did not represent a financial interest in a company, including an ownership or debt instrument or revenue share. To potentially become a law, the proposed legislation will have to be reintroduced during the current 116th term of Congress.
  • NY May Reconsider BitLicense: New York State adopted a law to establish a task force to consider how to effectively regulate cryptocurrencies. The task force will consist of nine persons appointed by New York’s governor, state senate and state assembly, and will be required to submit a report that, among other things, will evaluate laws and regulations of other states and foreign countries, and potentially make legislative and regulatory recommendations “to increase transparency and security, enhance consumer protection, and to address the long-term impact related to the use of cryptocurrency.” The report is due by December 15, 2020. New York was the first state to comprehensively regulate persons engaged in a virtual currency business when it adopted its so-called “BitLicense” framework in 2015. (Click here for further background regarding NY’s BitLicense requirements in the article “New York BitLicense Regulations Virtually Certain to Significantly Impact Transactions in Virtual Currencies” in a July 8, 2015 Advisory by Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP.)
  • Texas Clarifies Application of Money Transmission Requirements to Transactions Involving Virtual Currencies: The Texas Department of Banking clarified that not all transactions involving virtual currencies require licensing under the state’s laws pertaining to money transmission. According to the guidance, an exchange of cryptocurrency for fiat currency or one cryptocurrency for another is not money transmission. This is because there is no receipt of sovereign currency by either party with a promise to make it available at a later time. This would appear to exclude dealing type activities from licensing requirements. Likewise, the guidance indicated that transfers of virtual currencies by themselves are not money transmission, as the activity does not involve the receipt or exchange of fiat money or monetary value with a promise to make it available at a later time or different location. However, a cryptoasset exchange that receives fiat currency, holds it until a cryptocurrency transaction has been consummated  and then sends the fiat currency to a third party would be required to obtain a money transmission license – not because of the virtual currency activity but because of the fiat currency activity. Issuance of a stablecoin backed by a fiat currency may require a money transmission license depending on the nature of the redemption rights for the sovereign currency (e.g., if the holder has a claim that can be converted into money or monetary value).
  • UK Issues Guidance on Taxation of Cryptoassets: The principal United Kingdom Tax Authority – Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – issued guidance on the tax treatment of cryptoassets for individuals. Generally, individuals holding cryptoassets as a personal investment hoping for an appreciation in value would be expected to pay capital gains tax when they liquidate their investment. Individuals who receive cryptoassets as a form of compensation from their employer will be liable to pay income tax and national insurance contributions. Cryptocurrencies awarded as part of mining activity or airdrops would be subject to different tax treatments depending on the circumstances of receipt.

Compliance Weeds: The beginning of every year provides a natural opportunity for registrants to review their written policies and procedures to ensure they still reflect actual practices. It is easy, over time, for policies and procedures to go stale. Unfortunately, if something goes wrong, it will not be helpful to have actual practices that are inconsistent with written policies, or written policies that are so generic they provide no real basis for actual practices. Ensuring that policies and procedures address hot button issues identified by regulators in summaries of examination priorities – such as the OCIE’s 2019 examination priorities – is also advisable.

  • Related Broker-Dealers Fined US $15 Million by the SEC, FINRA and FinCEN for Alleged AML Program Deficiencies; Unrelated BD Fined US $5.5 Million for Purportedly Selling IPOs to Industry Insiders: UBS Financial Services Inc. and UBS Securities LLC (collectively, “UBS”), registered broker-dealers, agreed to pay a total of US $15 million in fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Department of Treasury to resolve allegations that they failed to establish and implement anti-money laundering programs reasonably designed to monitor high-risk transactions in customer accounts and report suspicious activities. 

According to the regulators, from January 2004 through April 2017, some UBS customers maintained brokerage accounts that provided bank-like services, including authorization to move funds through wires, journals, check writing, ATM withdrawals, cash advances and ACH transfers. During this time period, however, UBS purportedly failed to detect and report suspicious activities in such accounts to FinCEN when they may have been used to move funds for shell companies involving countries UBS itself had identified as sensitive due to an increased risk of money laundering (e.g., Mexico, Venezuela and Panama), while engaging in little or no securities trading. 

Moreover, UBS allegedly did not adequately monitor foreign currency-denominated wire transfers in commodities accounts and retail brokerage accounts because its surveillance system failed to capture “critical information” regarding such wires such as sender, recipient information, as well as  country of origin and destination. According to FinCEN, “[t]he weaknesses in monitoring meant that it was possible for an unknown third-party residing in a country known for money-laundering risk to transfer foreign currency into a customer’s commodities account, and for that customer to then transfer these funds to another party in a country known for money-laundering risk, without the Firm’s surveillance system reviewing these transactions.”

FinCEN also claimed that, during the relevant period, UBS failed to provide adequate resources to its chief AML compliance officer and failed to have sufficient staff to review suspicious activities. 

In assessing their penalties, the SEC and FinCEN particularly noted UBS’s “significant” investment in AML staffing and technology to enhance its monitoring and reporting capability.

Unrelatedly, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., also a registered broker-dealer, agreed to pay a fine of US $5.5 million to FINRA for allegedly selling shares offered in initial public offerings to industry insiders contrary to FINRA rules from 2010 through March 2018, as well as purportedly not responding reasonably when it learned by August 2013 that the firm had repeatedly sold IPO securities to family members of Merrill Lynch financial advisors. Under a FINRA rule, a member cannot sell IPO shares to “restricted persons,” defined to include associated persons or employees of broker-dealers and immediate family members associated with a selling member. To resolve FINRA's allegations, Merrill Lynch also agreed to disgorge profits of almost US $500,000 it earned in connection with its purportedly prohibited IPO sales. (Click here to access FINRA Rule 5130.) 

Compliance Weeds: Not only traditional red flags of potential money laundering must be reported as suspicious activities to FinCEN, but also certain cybersecurity breaches and potential breaches.

In October 2016, FinCEN issued an advisory stating that covered financial institutions must file a suspicious activity report following certain cyber-events. Mandatorily reportable incidents are those where a financial institution is targeted by a cyber-event where it knows, or has reason to suspect, the event “was intended, in whole or in part, to conduct, facilitate, or affect a transaction or series of transactions” that involves or aggregates or could involve or aggregate to US $5,000 or more in funds or other assets. It would not matter whether the transaction or series of transactions ended up actually occurring. (Click here for details regarding this FinCEN advisory in the article “FinCEN Issues Advisory Saying Cyber Attacks May Be Required to Be Reported Through SARs” in the October 30, 2016 edition of Bridging the Week.)

Recently, FINRA fined LPL Financial, LLC, a broker-dealer, US $2.75 million for not reporting as suspicious activities to FinCEN unsuccessful attempts by third parties to gain unauthorized access to customers’ email or brokerage accounts. According to FINRA, LPL mistakenly believed that only successful hacking incidents were subject to SAR reporting and advised its employees accordingly; however, this understanding was incorrect. As a result, FINRA concluded that LPL failed to investigate and file over 400 SARs with FinCEN from January 1, 2013, through May 31, 2016. (Click here for further details in the article “Broker-Dealer Fined US $2.75 Million by FINRA for Breakdowns in AML Program and Customer Complaint Reporting” in the November 4, 2018 edition of Bridging the Week.)

  • FINRA Publicizes Effective Practices at Members to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released a report on effective cybersecurity practices it observed at member firms related to branch office controls, phishing, insider threats, penetration testing and mobile devices.

For branch offices, FINRA said that effective practices it has seen to minimize cybersecurity risks include establishing written supervisory procedures defining minimum cybersecurity controls for branches and formalizing their oversight; creating an inventory of branch-level data, as well as software and hardware assets; maintaining branch technical controls including identity and access management restrictions for salespersons and other staff to limit their access to only their own customers' data; and having a “robust” cybersecurity examination program.

For phishing, FINRA observed that some firms had express policies to address phishing; implemented email scanning and filtering to monitor and block phishing and spam; utilized especially trained staff regarding phishing, and conducted regular simulated phishing email campaigns, among other effective techniques.

FINRA noted that insider threats are a particularly heinous risk “because an insider typically circumvents many firm controls and may cause material data breaches of sensitive customer and firm data.” To mitigate against such risks, FINRA observed that some firms implemented measures to identify potentially abnormal user behavior within a firm’s network and imposed an identity and access management policy as well as heightened technical controls for individuals with privileged access to continuously align access rights to specific job functions.

FINRA said that, in issuing its “Report on Selected Cybersecurity Practices – 2018,” it was not creating any new legal requirement or changing any existing regulatory obligation.

Recently, the National Futures Association filed with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed amendments to its 2016 guidance that requires all members to implement a written information systems security program to address unauthorized access or attacks on their information technology systems and how they will respond in such situations. The revised guidance is scheduled to go into effect early this year. (Click here for information on NFA’s amended ISSP requirement in the article “NFA Proposes Guidance Amendments to Enhance Cybersecurity” in the December 9, 2018 edition of Bridging the Week.)

Compliance Weeds: In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report on its own cybersecurity observations where it said that 88 percent of all broker-dealers and 74 percent of all investment advisers reported they had previously sustained cyber-attacks directly or through one or more of their vendors. Most attacks were the result of malware and fraudulent emails. According to the SEC, 54 percent of all broker-dealers and 43 percent of advisers specifically indicated they had received fraudulent emails to transfer customer funds. Where losses were sustained, 25 percent of the broker-dealers “noted that these losses were the result of employees not following the firms’ identity authentication process.”

Regrettably, it is likely not a matter of if a cyber breach may occur, but when and how severe. Financial services firms must continue their efforts to minimize the likelihood of cybersecurity breaches through periodic risk assessments, robust policies, procedures and governance, state-of-the-art technological defenses, ongoing monitoring, and employee training. Moreover, firms should develop, implement and periodically update response plans should a cyber breach occur. Unfortunately, it will.

More Briefly:

  • Robo-Advisors Sanctioned by SEC for False Disclosures: For the first time since issuing guidance on robo-advisor best practices in 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned two registered investment advisors that offered robo-advisory services for false disclosures and misleading advertising. 

Without admitting or denying the SEC’s charges, Wealthfront Advisers, LLC agreed to pay a penalty of US $250,000 and consented to a censure while Hedgeable, Inc. consented to a censure and a penalty of US $85,000. According to the SEC, from October 2012 through mid-May 2016, Wealthfront provided its robo-advisor clients with false statements regarding its tax-loss harvesting strategy by claiming that it would monitor client accounts for any transactions that might trigger a wash sale, an occurrence that has a negative effect on harvesting trading strategies. However, during this time, Wealthfront’s software did not monitor for such transactions, and wash sales occurred in roughly 31 percent of the firm’s tax-loss harvesting accounts. The SEC further alleged that Wealthfront violated applicable advertising and marketing regulations by using social media to promote testimonials that were made by persons who were incentivized by Wealthfront to make such statements without disclosing the financial interest of the authors. 

Separately, the SEC alleged that Hedgeable, Inc. made false statements regarding the performance of its robo-advisor’s performance. According to the SEC, from 2016 until April 2017 Hedgeable created its own index to track and market the performance of its robo-advisor clients against two independent competitor robo-advisor platforms. However, said the SEC, Hedgeable’s index performance was misleading because the composite included only 4 percent of the firm’s robo-advisor clients for the relevant time period and the index was improperly calculated because the performance of the two independent robo-advisors did not utilize their actual trading models but relied on estimates of their performance.

Both Wealthfront and Hedgeable are registered with the SEC as investment advisors.

(Click here for background, on the SEC’s 2017 robo-advisor guidance in the article “SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance Regarding Robo-Advisors” in the February 26, 2017, edition of Bridging the Week.)

  • CFTC Inspector General Criticizes Internal Stress Testing Methodologies Squabbles: In mid-December 2018, the Office of Inspector General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued its semi-annual report to Congress for April 1 through September 30, 2018, in which it highlighted one report of investigation involving the development of stress testing capabilities within the Division of Clearing and Risk for cleared and uncleared swaps, whose public dissemination was apparently delayed for a significant time for redaction. The OIG report, which is now on the CFTC’s website in redacted form, details contentious infighting between DCR’s Chicago-based Risk Surveillance Branch and DCR’s Margin Model Group over stress testing methodologies that OIG claimed, “retarded the development of CFTC stress-testing capabilities, undermined efforts to improve the usability of uncleared swaps data, denied various employees access to certain IT resources, and overstated the independence and coverage of [the agency’s] existing stress-testing program.” Ultimately, claimed OIG, this infighting resulted in the “shut down and abandon[ment of] an impressive battery of full-evaluation tools created by the Margin Model Group” that the inspection team claimed was “motivated by little more than bureaucratic territoriality.” As part of its review, OIG engaged NERA Economic Consulting to help evaluate the different stress test models advocated by the Risk Surveillance Branch and Margin Model Group. OIG's review apparently was instigated by information initially provided by CFTC whistleblowers.

Additionally, OIG’s report to Congress referenced another investigation involving a “senior Government employee” where allegations of misconduct “were substantiated”; however, OIG indicated this investigation was currently confidential and provided no details in its report.

  • EC Sets Contingency Plan for No-Deal Brexit: The European Commission unilaterally implemented a “no-deal” contingency plan in the event that a Brexit withdrawal agreement is not signed by March 30, 2019. The contingency plan provided 14 measures in a limited number of sectors including financial services, transport, customs and the export of goods, and climate policy. To help ensure financial stability in the event of a “no-deal,” the EC adopted (1) a temporary and conditional equivalence decision for 12 months to ensure that there will be no immediate disruption in the central clearing of derivatives; (2) a temporary and conditional equivalence decision for 24 months to ensure that there will be no disruption in services provided by UK central securities depositories; and (3) two delegated regulations facilitating novation for 12 months of certain over-the-counter derivatives contracts with a counterparty established in the United Kingdom to replace that counterparty with a counterparty established in the European Union. The EC also cautioned UK and EU financial services firms to adopt policies and procedures to mitigate risks and ensure a stable transition for customers in case a “no-deal” occurs.
  • Company and Trader Agent Sanctioned by CBOT for Disruptive Trading: The Chicago Board of Trade brought and settled disciplinary actions against Ajax Trading, LLC and one of its trader agents for allegedly engaging in disruptive trading activities from September through November 2016. According to CBOT, during this time, the trader purportedly used user-defined spreads to enter orders on both sides of the market to be over-allocated futures with a price better than the prevailing outright market or to be under-allocated futures with a price worse than the prevailing outright market. To resolve his CBOT charges, the trader agreed to pay a fine of US $20,000 and to serve a 15 business day all CME Group exchanges access suspension. (Click here to access CBOT Rule 575.D.) Ajax Trading was also charged with violating just and equitable principles of trades and related violations, but solely on a strict liability basis for the actions of its agent. (Click here to access CBOT Rule 433 – Strict Liability for the Acts of Agents.) Ajax Trading settled its CBOT disciplinary actions by agreeing to disgorge trading profits of approximately US $86,100.
  • UK Bank and NY Branch Fined US $15 Million by NY DFS for Endeavoring to Identify Whistleblowers: The New York Department of Financial Services fined Barclays Bank PLC and its New York branch US $15 million for the 2016 efforts of Barclays’s CEO James Staley to discover the identity of two whistleblowers that wrote separate letters questioning the hiring and fitness of a top-level executive and whether Mr. Staley’s role in the hiring process was conflicted. NY DFS found that executives and board members did not follow the bank’s whistleblower policies and procedures when they failed to forward these letters to the bank’s Investigations and Whistleblower Team and instead circulated the letter among themselves including to Mr. Staley. In fining Barclays, NY DFS recognized Barclays’s cooperation during its investigation. In May 2018, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority fined Mr. Staley GB £642,430 (at the time, approximately US $870,000) related to this matter, while Barclays Group announced that, in light of this incident, it had determined to claw back GB £500,000 (at the time, approximately US $677,000) from Mr. Staley’s 2016 compensation. (Click here for additional information regarding this matter and Mr. Staley’s prior sanctions in the article “UK Bank Head Sanctioned Over US $1.5 Million Equivalent by Regulators and Employer for Potentially Undercutting Firm’s Whistleblower Process” in the May 13, 2018, edition of Bridging the Week.)
  • Cherry-Picking Winning Trades as Part of Post-Trade Allocation Scheme Costs Commodity Trading Firm and Principal US $315,000 in CFTC Fine: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined Jonathan Hansen and his company Newport Private Capital, LLC US $350,000 and permanently banned them from trading CFTC-overseen commodity interests and from registering with the Commission for engaging in a prohibited post-execution allocation “cherry-picking” scheme and failing to keep required records. 

The CFTC order alleged that between September 2013 and January 2014, after the National Futures Association previously issued an order prohibiting respondents from withdrawing money from any trading accounts they controlled without NFA’s approval, Mr. Hansen caused an account to be opened in his spouse’s name. Afterwards, Mr. Hansen entered bunched orders on behalf of his customers without specifying at the time which customer accounts were associated with the trades contrary to an applicable rule (click here to access CFTC regulation, Rule 1.35(b)(5)). Subsequently, if the bunched orders were profitable, Mr. Hansen would allocate those orders to the account owned by his wife (and not to customers) and eventually transfer these profits to a joint bank account in his and his wife’s name. In 2014, Mr. Hansen and Newport agreed to withdraw their NFA membership and never reapply to resolve an NFA complaint regarding this matter (click here for details). 

Brokers dealing with Mr. Hansen and Newport have also been subject to enforcement and disciplinary actions related to this matter. (For further background, click here to access the article “Introducing Broker and Principal Sanctioned by CFTC for Not Overseeing Unlawful Post-Trade Allocations of CTA Client” in the September 23, 2018 edition of Bridging the Weekhere for the article “CFTC and NFA Sanction FCM for Handling of Post-Trade Allocations by Trading Manager” in the August 5, 2018, edition of Bridging the Week; and here to review the article “Former FCM Fined by CFTC and NFA for Processing CPO Client’s Unlawful Post-Trade Allocations Despite Red Flags” in the June 3, 2018 edition of Bridging the Week.)

For further information

CFTC Inspector General Criticizes Internal Stress Testing Methodologies Squabbles:

Cherry-Picking Winning Trades as Part of Post-Trade Allocation Scheme Costs Commodity Trading Firm and Principal US $315,000 in CFTC Fine:
https://www.cftc.gov/sites/default/files/2018-12/enfnewporthansenorder122118.pdf

Company and Trader Agent Sanctioned by CBOT for Disruptive Trading:

Congressmen Propose Law to Exclude Certain Cryptoassets from the Definition of a Securityhttp://www.scribd.com/document/396096529/Token-Taxonomy-Act-of-2018

EC Sets Contingency Plan for No-Deal Brexit:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/com-2018-890-final.pdf

FINRA Publicizes Effective Practices at Members to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks:
http://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/Cybersecurity_Report_2018.pdf

NY May Reconsider BitLicense:
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/a8783
https://www.facebook.com/clyde.vanel/posts/10156105177852333?__tn__=C-R

Offer and Sale of Digital Assets and Cybersecurity Among the Focus of SEC OCIE 2019 Examination Priorities:
https://www.sec.gov/files/OCIE%202019%20Priorities.pdf

Related Broker-Dealers Fined US $15 Million by the SEC, FINRA and FinCEN for Alleged AML Program Deficiencies; Unrelated BD Fined US $5.5 Million for Purportedly Selling IPOs to Industry Insiders

Robo-Advisors Sanctioned by SEC for False Disclosures:

Texas Clarifies Application of Money Transmission Requirements to Transactions Involving Virtual Currencies:
https://www.dob.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/Laws-Regulations/New-Actions/sm1037.pdf

UK Bank and NY Branch Fined US $15 Million by NY DFS for Endeavoring to Identify Whistleblowers:
https://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/ea/ea181218_barclays.pdf

UK Issues Guidance on Taxation of Cryptoassets:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tax-on-cryptoassets/cryptoassets-for-individuals

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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    • Right of Access/Portability: You can ask to review details about the information we hold about you and how that information has been used and disclosed. Note that we may request to verify your identification before fulfilling your request. You can also request that your personal information is provided to you in a commonly used electronic format so that you can share it with other organizations.
    • Right to Correct Information: You may ask that we make corrections to any information we hold, if you believe such correction to be necessary.
    • Right to Restrict Our Processing or Erasure of Information: You also have the right in certain circumstances to ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or to erase your personal information. Where you have consented to our use of your personal information, you can withdraw your consent at any time.

You can make a request to exercise any of these rights by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
10 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 300
Sausalito, California 94965

You can also manage your profile and subscriptions through our Privacy Center under the "My Account" dashboard.

We will make all practical efforts to respect your wishes. There may be times, however, where we are not able to fulfill your request, for example, if applicable law prohibits our compliance. Please note that JD Supra does not use "automatic decision making" or "profiling" as those terms are defined in the GDPR.

  • Timeframe for retaining your personal information: We will retain your personal information in a form that identifies you only for as long as it serves the purpose(s) for which it was initially collected as stated in this Privacy Policy, or subsequently authorized. We may continue processing your personal information for longer periods, but only for the time and to the extent such processing reasonably serves the purposes of archiving in the public interest, journalism, literature and art, scientific or historical research and statistical analysis, and subject to the protection of this Privacy Policy. For example, if you are an author, your personal information may continue to be published in connection with your article indefinitely. When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
  • Onward Transfer to Third Parties: As noted in the "How We Share Your Data" Section above, JD Supra may share your information with third parties. When JD Supra discloses your personal information to third parties, we have ensured that such third parties have either certified under the EU-U.S. or Swiss Privacy Shield Framework and will process all personal data received from EU member states/Switzerland in reliance on the applicable Privacy Shield Framework or that they have been subjected to strict contractual provisions in their contract with us to guarantee an adequate level of data protection for your data.

California Privacy Rights

Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, our customers who are California residents have the right to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

You can make a request for this information by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
10 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 300
Sausalito, California 94965

Some browsers have incorporated a Do Not Track (DNT) feature. These features, when turned on, send a signal that you prefer that the website you are visiting not collect and use data regarding your online searching and browsing activities. As there is not yet a common understanding on how to interpret the DNT signal, we currently do not respond to DNT signals on our site.

Access/Correct/Update/Delete Personal Information

For non-EU/Swiss residents, if you would like to know what personal information we have about you, you can send an e-mail to privacy@jdsupra.com. We will be in contact with you (by mail or otherwise) to verify your identity and provide you the information you request. We will respond within 30 days to your request for access to your personal information. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. If you would like to correct or update your personal information, you can manage your profile and subscriptions through our Privacy Center under the "My Account" dashboard. If you would like to delete your account or remove your information from our Website and Services, send an e-mail to privacy@jdsupra.com.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use our Website and Services following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, your dealings with our Website or Services, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: privacy@jdsupra.com.

JD Supra Cookie Guide

As with many websites, JD Supra's website (located at www.jdsupra.com) (our "Website") and our services (such as our email article digests)(our "Services") use a standard technology called a "cookie" and other similar technologies (such as, pixels and web beacons), which are small data files that are transferred to your computer when you use our Website and Services. These technologies automatically identify your browser whenever you interact with our Website and Services.

How We Use Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to:

  1. Improve the user experience on our Website and Services;
  2. Store the authorization token that users receive when they login to the private areas of our Website. This token is specific to a user's login session and requires a valid username and password to obtain. It is required to access the user's profile information, subscriptions, and analytics;
  3. Track anonymous site usage; and
  4. Permit connectivity with social media networks to permit content sharing.

There are different types of cookies and other technologies used our Website, notably:

  • "Session cookies" - These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari).
  • "Persistent cookies" - These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.
  • "Web Beacons/Pixels" - Some of our web pages and emails may also contain small electronic images known as web beacons, clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs. These images are placed on a web page or email and typically work in conjunction with cookies to collect data. We use these images to identify our users and user behavior, such as counting the number of users who have visited a web page or acted upon one of our email digests.

JD Supra Cookies. We place our own cookies on your computer to track certain information about you while you are using our Website and Services. For example, we place a session cookie on your computer each time you visit our Website. We use these cookies to allow you to log-in to your subscriber account. In addition, through these cookies we are able to collect information about how you use the Website, including what browser you may be using, your IP address, and the URL address you came from upon visiting our Website and the URL you next visit (even if those URLs are not on our Website). We also utilize email web beacons to monitor whether our emails are being delivered and read. We also use these tools to help deliver reader analytics to our authors to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

Analytics/Performance Cookies. JD Supra also uses the following analytic tools to help us analyze the performance of our Website and Services as well as how visitors use our Website and Services:

  • HubSpot - For more information about HubSpot cookies, please visit legal.hubspot.com/privacy-policy.
  • New Relic - For more information on New Relic cookies, please visit www.newrelic.com/privacy.
  • Google Analytics - For more information on Google Analytics cookies, visit www.google.com/policies. To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This will allow you to download and install a Google Analytics cookie-free web browser.

Facebook, Twitter and other Social Network Cookies. Our content pages allow you to share content appearing on our Website and Services to your social media accounts through the "Like," "Tweet," or similar buttons displayed on such pages. To accomplish this Service, we embed code that such third party social networks provide and that we do not control. These buttons know that you are logged in to your social network account and therefore such social networks could also know that you are viewing the JD Supra Website.

Controlling and Deleting Cookies

If you would like to change how a browser uses cookies, including blocking or deleting cookies from the JD Supra Website and Services you can do so by changing the settings in your web browser. To control cookies, most browsers allow you to either accept or reject all cookies, only accept certain types of cookies, or prompt you every time a site wishes to save a cookie. It's also easy to delete cookies that are already saved on your device by a browser.

The processes for controlling and deleting cookies vary depending on which browser you use. To find out how to do so with a particular browser, you can use your browser's "Help" function or alternatively, you can visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which explains, step-by-step, how to control and delete cookies in most browsers.

Updates to This Policy

We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about how we use cookies and other tracking technologies, please contact us at: privacy@jdsupra.com.

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