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Firm Profile: Mintz Levin
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111, United States
Phone: (617) 348-1732
Fax: (617) 542-2241
Areas of Practice
  • Class Action
  • Communications & Media Law
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Other Countries
  • Israel
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Consent under the GDPR: Official Guidance Now Available

One of the most striking changes to EU privacy law under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (which goes into effect May 25, 2018) is the very strict approach to user consent. For many years, companies operating in the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Insurance Commissions Approve Data Security Model Law

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has approved its draft of the Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model Law) via a meeting of its Executive and Plenary Committees. This important development follows New…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
 /  Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed Ohio Law May Encourage Businesses to Adopt Cyber Standards

Recently proposed legislation in Ohio could provide businesses with special protection from lawsuits in the event of a hack under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 220 would shelter businesses that have been proactive in…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy

The Law of Unintended Consequences: BIPA and the Effects of the Illinois Class Action Epidemic on Employers

Has your company recently beefed up its employee identification and access security and added biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans? Have you implemented new timekeeping technology…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

FTC Provides Additional Guidance on COPPA Policy for Voice Recordings

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clarified in recent guidance how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to internet-connected device companies and other businesses that collect and use children’s voice…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Key GDPR Guidance on Behavioral Advertising, Profiling and Automated Decision-Making

Spoiler Alert: Behavioral advertising companies will find some bad news in the guidance. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) advisory group, which will soon become the more transparently-named (and very powerful) European…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

EU Commission Confirms that Privacy Shield Survives its First Annual Review

As was generally expected from informal comments by EU representatives, Privacy Shield has survived its first annual review. Commissioner Jourova stated: “Our first review shows that the Privacy Shield works well, but there is…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy

3 Billion Compromised Yahoo Accounts May Equal Largest Plaintiff Classes Ever

This week’s disclosure that a 2013 data breach may have affected all 3 billion Yahoo accounts then in existence could alter the scope of the consolidated data breach cases currently pending against Yahoo in the federal court in…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Privacy

Will the EU box itself in? Fate of Standard Contractual Clauses (aka the Model Clauses) for personal data transfers is now in the hands of the EU’s highest court

Executive summary: The EU’s standard contractual clauses may be on the fast track to invalidation, putting a vast number of personal data transfers from the EEA at risk. A case brought by Maximilian Schrems (whose first…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Have you started auditing your contracts with your service providers that handle EU personal data? UK Information Commissioner’s Office issues draft guidance for compliance with the GDPR’s contracting requirements.

Many companies have started the potentially lengthy process of auditing their service provider contracts to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to Establish Standing

Earlier this month, an appellate panel of the federal DC Circuit unanimously held that individuals affected by a healthcare insurer’s data breach in 2014 could pursue claims against the insurer stemming from the cyberattack. In…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Health, Insurance, Privacy

US-CERT Warns of Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

As if the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are not bad enough, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security is warning of a different threat: falling victim (or…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Wells Fargo PII Epic Fail – Chapter II

The law firm that inadvertently produced records containing personally-identifying information (“PII”) relating to 50,000 Wells Fargo customers in response to a third-party subpoena, which we first reported on, went before a…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Electronic Discovery, Privacy, Professional Malpractice
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