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Don’t Let Hackers Profit from Your Privacy

These days, data sharing is more than a business—it’s an industry. Every day, data aggregators and brokers comb the internet for personal information. Because they rarely engage directly with us, we are dangerously unaware of...more

Cybersecurity Myths Debunked

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Security incidents, loss of customer data, exposure of confidential corporate assets, demands of ransom, and similar stories are becoming daily headlines with the impacts being felt across a wide variety of industries. We...more

Federal Trade Commission’s Uber Consent Agreement Designates Geolocation Information as Personal Information

by Williams Mullen on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered a Consent Agreement with Uber that includes “precise geolocation information” in the list of personal information that is to be protected. While the Consent Agreement only...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

FTC's New Guidance on COPPA is a Wake-Up Call to Review Your Privacy Policy

by Baker Donelson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its compliance plan for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Introduced in 1998, COPPA establishes the guidelines under which personal information may be...more

Nevada Enacts Online Privacy Policy Law; Illinois ‘Right to Know’ Bill Carried Over

by BakerHostetler on

Nevada recently became the latest state to pass a law requiring operators of websites and online services to post a public notice regarding their privacy practices. California was the first state to pass such a law in 2004,...more

COPPA Guidance Released to Help Businesses Keep Pace With Evolving Internet

by BakerHostetler on

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998, created guidelines limiting the collection of personal information from children online. But 1998 was eons ago in Internet time; the online landscape has...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Who reads privacy policies?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Americans’ privacy is protected on the Internet and mobile apps by a classic disclosure system — we expect those who collect, use, and transfer data to disclose their practices. The basic idea is that consumers, armed with...more

FTC resolves allegations against three U.S. based companies involving misrepresentations of International Privacy Program...

Privacy laws in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore restrict the export of personal information except when the exporter meets certain qualifying conditions. One qualifying condition is...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield: Key Similarities, Key Distinctions with the EU-U.S. Approach

by White & Case LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Administration ("ITA") will begin accepting self-certifications for the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield ("Swiss Privacy Shield"). The Swiss Privacy Shield replaces the U.S.-Swiss...more

Happy Data Privacy Day! A Few Tips from the MVA Privacy and Data Security Group

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Saturday January 28, 2017 is Data Privacy Day. The Moore & Van Allen Privacy and Data Security group took a break from the pre-holiday revelries to put together some thoughts and tips for DataPoints. So hoist a glass and...more

Data Protection Officers: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-to-be-EU Law

by Bryan Cave on

Although organizations in the United States have dealt with privacy issues for years, only in the past decade have they begun to view the complexities of privacy as requiring formal organizational structure and, in some...more

Hey, Alexa – Tell Me About My Privacy Rights!

For internet-of-things watchers, some information to chew on: several news outlets have reported on a dispute between Amazon and law enforcement investigators in Bentonville, Arkansas. Arkansas police are investigating an...more

Do You Know Where Your Data Is Located? Why Knowing is Half the Battle

by Jaburg Wilk on

Whether you realize it or not, you are probably storing some personal or business data in the cloud. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as a model for enabling ubiquitous,...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

FCC Institutes New Privacy Regime for Broadband Providers and Other Telecommunications Carriers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Landmark ruling establishes a variety of new obligations, but long-term effects remain unclear. On November 2, 2016, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an order adopting new privacy rules that will...more

EU Privacy Regulators Issue Letters To Yahoo And WhatsApp

by King & Spalding on

In late October 2016, European Union (“EU”) data protection authorities issued letters to Yahoo and WhatsApp related to alleged privacy incidents involving those companies. The letters were issued by a collective of EU data...more

Expect IoT to Continue Redefining Customer Experience in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely discussed as a revolutionary movement that will continue to have a pervasive impact on our personal and professional lives. But, as is the case with most technological advances that make...more

Misleading Terms & Conditions and Unfair Contract Terms: The Italian Competition Authority Opens Two Investigations against...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 28 October 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (the “Authority”) opened two investigations against WhatsApp Inc. for alleged unfair commercial practices. The first investigation by the Authority alleges that WhatsApp...more

Privacy Tip #58 – Distrust Social Media? Almost All Americans Do, But Still Use Them

A recent nationwide poll conducted by The Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies shows that although 96 percent of American social media users distrust the ability of social media platforms to protect their personal...more

Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Fall 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Privacy Shield – An Early Reflection - EU law generally prohibits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the U.S., unless the transfer is made in accordance with an authorized data transfer...more

Asia-Pacific Data Flow

by Morgan Lewis on

On October 19, the US Department of Commerce and the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan announced their commitment to expand the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR)...more

UK ICO Offers Guidance on Privacy Notices Under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an anticipated guidance, the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) updated its code of practice for privacy notices titled Privacy notices, transparency and control (the Code). Significantly, the ICO has...more

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