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Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...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

Biometric Privacy Targeted In Increased Class Action Litigation in Illinois

by Bryan Cave on

Even as technology advances and consumers become more accustomed to providing their fingerprints in routine, everyday transactions (such as unlocking their cellular phones), private entities, and employers in particular, are...more

The Risky Business of Using Biometric Information: Insurance Coverage Considerations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Illinois has recently entered the litigation spotlight due to the growing number of actions being brought under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “Illinois BIPA”). Illinois is one of only several states that...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

The Rise of Smartphone-Fueled, Social-Media-Addicted Smartphone Zombies

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the IASA Northeastern Conference on a favorite topic of mine of late — Privacy and Data Breaches in the workplace. Of course, that sounds kinda of boring....more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sears’ Petition to Modify Order Regarding Software Tracking Application

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”. In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears...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

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Emerging Security Threats

Editors’ Note:  This is the second of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Click here for our previous entry on HIPAA Compliance.  Up next: ...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- 2017 Virginia Attorney General and New Jersey Governor Election Results- In Virginia’s AG race, Democrat incumbent AG Mark Herring defeated Republican John Adams by a margin of 53.3% to 46.7%. Virginia’s...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

To Scan or Not to Scan: Surge in Lawsuits under Illinois Biometrics Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is having its moment. At least 32 class action lawsuits have been filed by Illinois residents in state court in the past two months challenging the collection, use and storage of...more

Clinical trials Part II: Privacy, cybersecurity risks, and managing ePHI

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The ongoing digitization of the drug and medical device industries continues, and, as a result, new considerations have come to the forefront for companies engaged in clinical trials. In Part 1 of this series, we described a...more

Balancing Convenience and Risk: OCR Issues Statement on Use of Mobile Devices

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued guidance emphasizing the increased risks of using mobile devices in the workplace when the mobile devices contain or have...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

The First Step to GDPR Compliance Is Reintroducing Yourself to the Individual

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The European Union’s looming new General Data Protection Regulation will be one of the biggest GRC issues companies face in 2018. Its extraterritorial reach is sweeping, potential penalties are high, and conceivable...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

CFPB Outlines Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) recently released a set of consumer protection principles for protecting consumers when they authorize third party companies to access their financial data to provide...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the European Commission's annual review of the Privacy Shield, a potential threat to the European Union's "standard contractual clauses," a push by...more

So You’re Finally Compliant with the DFARS and NIST Requirements, but Are Your Subcontractors?

As the December 31 deadline for implementation of the NIST special publication 800-171 requirements called for by DFARS 252.204-7012 (“the DFARS cyber clause”) quickly approaches, most DoD prime contractors have taken steps...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

Beware the Fine (Thumb) Print: Insurance Coverage for Class Actions Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and...

by Reed Smith on

Since July 2017, national, regional and local businesses operating in Illinois have been hit with a virtual storm of class actions under the Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14 et seq. BIPA regulates how...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

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