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Collection of Biometric Data Raises Privacy Concerns for Employees and Compliance Issues for Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many of us have become comfortable with the convenience of logging into our laptops or smartphones using a fingerprint scan in lieu of remembering yet another password. We are familiar with television and movie portrayals of...more

The Legal Benefits and Practical Problems of Data Encryption in the Workplace (and Elsewhere)

Partner Colin Zick was recently invited to speak to the Union College Computer Science Department’s Seminar Series. His presentation addressed the difficulties in implementing encryption in the workplace, the challenges to...more

Colorado Senate Bill Proposes Utilizing Blockchain Technology to Improve State Government’s Operations and Cybersecurity

The Colorado Senate is considering a bill to utilize blockchain or other distributed ledger technology for a variety of purposes, including to improve the state government’s operations and cybersecurity. Senate Bill 18-086...more

Electronic Discovery Without Borders: Your Passport to Managing Multilanguage ESI

by Epiq on

Although litigators today benefit from advanced technology to research and organize their cases, the evolution of electronic data and the internationalization of business are adding new complications that require...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2017/2018 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law....more

10 Common Data Breach Attack Techniques

by Revision Legal on

Among the more frustrating aspects of cyber security is the constantly evolving nature of the threat and the multitude of data breach attack techniques. One vulnerability is patched only for another to be found/created; one...more

OIG finds incomplete CFPB response to unaccounted-for-laptops

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Office of Inspector General has issued a report indicating that, in performing an audit of the CFPB’s encryption of data on mobile devices issued to staff members, the OIG found the CFPB had not yet completed all...more

North Carolina Proposed Data Breach Legislation & Security Breach Report 2017

by Wilson Elser on

On January 8, 2018, the State of North Carolina released its Security Breach Report 2017, which highlights a 15 percent increase in breaches since 2016. At the same time, North Carolina introduced new legislation aimed at...more

In Principle: 10 Things Authorised Firms Need to Know for 2018 – The World of Financial Regulation as the UK Prepares to Exit the...

There is much for authorised firms to consider in the year ahead. Firms have been through the intensive period of the enactment of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), but must now step up their...more

Alert: Export Control Reminder: Encryption Reporting Deadline 2/1/18

by Cooley LLP on

The new year brings with it the reporting deadlines for exports of encryption items under the US Export Administration Regulations. February 1, 2018, is the deadline for submitting annual self-classification reports for...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

Privacy Tip #122 – What’s Up with WhatsApp’s Security Flaws?

WhatsApp has been applauded for adding end-to-end encryption on its platform to secure conversations of its users two years ago. But encryption has its challenges, despite its security posture....more

Privacy Perils: Now You See Me ...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In the ongoing and contentious litigation between Uber and Google's autonomous (self-driving) vehicle unit (Waymo v. Uber), allegations have arisen that one party has hidden relevant information, in part by use of...more

Privacy Perils: Password Managers

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

We've harped on the importance of strong passwords several times, and hopefully we are all practicing those tips. Many of us have dozens of online accounts, and while it's tempting to use the same password across the board...more

CMS Memo on Texting Patient Information

by Holland & Knight LLP on

CMS issued a memo to state survey agency directors on December 28, 2017, to clarify CMS’s position on texting patient information. The memo, which indicates that it is effective “immediately,” states that CMS prohibits...more

Getting Ready for GDPR Compliance in the New Year

by Vedder Price on

As 2017 comes to a close and companies look to planning initiatives for 2018, there is one date that should be front and center for privacy professionals: May 25, 2018. That is the date that the EU’s General Data Protection...more

Privacy Perils: The Internet of Things

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected devices that are able to collect and share data using embedded sensors. Smart homes are an area where IoT is heavily used. For example, using your cell phone while in...more

Wrapping Your Privacy Practices Up with a Bow

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

For many companies, the "hap-happiest season of all" coincides with the busiest season of all. Business owners and employees are racing to fill customer orders in time for the holidays, which also means an avalanche of new...more

(Another) Federal Data Breach Notification Law Introduced in Congress

by Wilson Elser on

Senate Democrats have introduced a third iteration of a federal data breach notification bill, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2017 (S.B. 2179). If passed into law, this bill would replace the patchwork of 48...more

State Data Breach Notification Statutes: 2017 Year in Review

by Fisher Phillips on

Continuing a trend in the last few years, in 2017, eight states amended their security breach notification laws to expand definitions of “personal information”, specify the timeframe in which notification must be provided,...more

Forever 21 Latest Retailer to Suffer Credit Card Breach

Forever 21 has warned customers who used a credit card at any of its stores between March and October 2017 that their credit card may have been compromised....more

Latest OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Tackles Mobile Devices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its October Cybersecurity Newsletter last week with a focus on mobile devices. Given the amount of work conducted on mobile devices...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...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

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

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