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Lawmakers Seek to Keep Things Private

Federal lawmakers are considering the Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017, a new bill that would regulate the storage online of certain types of personal consumer information....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

The Data Report Episode 24: The Internet of Things

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Seven: The Internet of Things (Part I) Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses the "Internet of Things," or systems of devices interconnected via the internet, in a new module of The Data Report. Jay explores 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

Dear Littler: What Does Our Company Need To Do Before We Begin Using Biometric Timeclocks?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: We are going to replace the punch-card timeclocks in our U.S. facilities with timeclocks that allow employees to “clock in” each day using their fingerprint. I’ve read about a flood of recently filed class...more

The Data Report Episode 23: Internal Data Management

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Six: Workplace Data Security (Part IV) Having a team that understands the significance of the information your company possesses is invaluable. In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward...more

NAIC Adopts Insurance Data Security Model Law

by Wilson Elser on

On October 24, 2017, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the Insurance Data Security Model Law. The NAIC is the U.S. standards-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by...more

Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act Spurs Similar Legislation Around the Country.

by Locke Lord LLP on

Dozens of employers have been caught off guard by the rash of class-action lawsuits recently filed in Illinois alleging violations of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). But while Illinois was the first, it...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

Keep It Concrete, Ad Groups Urge FTC

In new comments filed in advance of a workshop on “informational injury,” a coalition of advertising groups encouraged the Federal Trade Commission to take action in cases involving privacy or data security issues only when...more

Artificial Intelligence: Expectations of the IT Department

by Morgan Lewis on

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic on everyone’s mind. Technology providers are researching and developing how they can exploit AI, companies in a wide range of industries are seeking to understand how AI will...more

Is There Automatic Civil Liability For A Data Breach?

by Fisher Phillips on

No! It is a common misconception among the general public that someone always has to pay when there is a data breach. It is understandable that individuals affected by a data breach will be upset, distraught, and even angry....more

The Data Report Episode 21: Employee Negligence Related to Data Security

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Six: Workplace Data Security (Part II) Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses employee negligence related to data security in this episode of The Data Report. He highlights the importance of incorporating good data...more

Litigation Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Highlights Biometric Data Risks

by K&L Gates LLP on

Since June 1, 2017, over thirty class actions have been filed in Illinois alleging claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“Illinois BIPA”), which regulates the use and retention of biometric...more

FTC: Stay Stuck on Security

The Federal Trade Commission recently wrapped up its Stick with Security blog series, which dove deeply into data security lessons based on agency cases, closed investigations, and questions and comments from businesses....more

Hyatt and Bob Evans Face Class Action Biometric Suit Over Fingerprints

Hyatt Corp. was hit with a class action suit this week for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and storing employees’ fingerprints. This is the latest in a string of suits...more

Use This Checklist to Assess Your Cybersecurity Preparedness

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

When was the last time your organization did an assessment of its cybersecurity preparedness? October was designated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Even though October is coming to a close, it is important to continue your...more

Second Circuit Set to Address Key Issues Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Second Circuit became the first U.S. Court of Appeals to wade into the rising tide of litigation under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) when it conducted oral argument on October 26, 2017 in a BIPA...more

The Data Report Episode 19: Data Security Regulations in China & Russia

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part IV) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses two other big players in the international data security scene, Russia and China. Jay begins by discussing...more

Avoid the Headlines: Six Initial Steps To Take Today To Improve Your Company's Data Security

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that companies are suffering cyber attacks that jeopardize sensitive company or customer data more and more frequently. What you may not know is that even more...more

Airline Cargo Company Sued Under Illinois Biometric Law

Alliance Ground International is the latest company to be sued for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for collecting and storing its employees’ fingerprints without their consent....more

Washington's New Biometric Privacy Statute and How It Compares to Illinois and Texas Law

by Alston & Bird on

Washington recently became the third state to pass a statute regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers. The growing trend of state biometric privacy legislation began in 2008, when Illinois enacted the Bio-metric...more

The Data Report Episode 18: Privacy Shield

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part III) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses compliance with the GDPR requirements. Jay examines "Privacy Shield," the framework that provides a set of...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #7: Apply Sound Security Practices When Developing New Products

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 8, 2017, the FTC released its seventh “Stick with Security” principle, which offered guidance regarding how companies incorporate security by design to prevent or minimize threats in the following ways...more

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