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Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Privacy Perils: For What It's Worth

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Depending on the calculation method, what you are may be worth as little as $5. Who you are, however, can be worth much more. Experian recently sent an email linking out to an interesting article on the amount your...more

Boo! “Witch” one should you have, HTTP or HTTPS?

by McManis Faulkner on

With Halloween season here, it’s important to be aware of the spooks on the web. It is a scary online world, and now more than ever is the time to take measures to strengthen the security of your website....more

Privacy Perils: Phishing in the Ocean of Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

News about phishing attacks implemented through email and websites is very common (see Déjà vu All Over Again; American Express – New Bait for an Old Phishing Lure; Beware of Text Scam, iPhone Users; Beware New Hacker Scheme...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #5: Segment Your Network And Monitor Who’s Trying To Get In And Out

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On August 25, 2017, the FTC released its fifth “Stick with Security” principal, which focused on how companies can protect their virtual “entrances and exits” and make life harder for hackers. The FTC believes that the...more

Company Awarded Damages After Former Employee Hacks Its Systems And Hijacks Its Website

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A company can recover damages from its former employee in connection with his hacking into its payroll system to inflate his pay, accessing its proprietary files without authorization and hijacking its website, a federal...more

Sony Cyber-Attackers Lurking at Financial Supervisor “Watering Hole” Target Banks and Others

Cybersecurity specialists at BAE Systems and Symantec announced last week new evidence suggesting that the criminals behind the notorious 2014 attack on Sony Corp. are also responsible for recent cyber-attacks involving 104...more

Legal Considerations for Website Privacy Policies

by LeClairRyan on

We get questions from clients about whether they are required to include a privacy policy and, if so, what should it say. The answers may surprise you, but a privacy policy should definitely not be an afterthought for...more

Affair Website Ashley Madison Fined $8.75 Million Over Data Breach, Misrepresentations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a multimillion dollar settlement with the owners and operators of AshleyMadison.com, a dating website for people interested in having discreet affairs, related to the...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

Privacy Perils: Choose Your "Friends" Wisely - Thought Leadership - Bass Berry

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

By press release on Monday, November 14, 2016, adult website operator Friend Finder Network, Inc. (FFN) confirmed it was addressing "a security incident involving certain customer usernames, passwords and email addresses."...more

California Attorney General 'Crowdsources' Reporting of Privacy Policy Violations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This initiative by the Attorney General is effective immediately and is just the latest example of California’s effort to increase enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the privacy and data security of individual consumers....more

Ninth Circuit Vastly Expands Scope of Criminal, Civil Liability for Computer Fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the Ninth Circuit significantly reshaped criminal and civil liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The court’s recent decisions in United States v. Nosal...more

FTC Steps Up Activity on APEC Cross-Border Privacy Certification: Issues Warning Letters to 28 Companies Claiming Certification

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warning letters to 28 companies that claim to be certified participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative’s (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system on their...more

Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly...more

What to Consider When Drafting or Reviewing a Privacy Policy

by Bryan Cave on

Although financial institutions, health care providers, and websites directed to children are required to create consumer privacy policies under federal law, other types of websites are not. In 2003, California became the...more

Health Care Employees at the Frontline in The Battle Against Ransomware

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As recent noteworthy attacks have shown, no health care organization or provider is safe from ransomware threats, and the results of an attack can be devastating. Ransomware is a virus which limits or eliminates access to...more

The CFPB Takes First Enforcement Action Related to Data Security Practices

by Carlton Fields on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB ) has taken its first UDAAP action against a consumer financial service provider related to data security practices. Since its launch in December 2009, Dwolla, Inc. ("Dwolla"),...more

Federal Trade Commission PrivacyCon 2016 Recap: Insights into the FTC’s Perspective on Privacy and Data Security

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event brings together the FTC, researchers and academics to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security. Much of the discussion today...more

Disgruntled Former Tribune Company Employee Who Aided Hacking Convicted; Could Face Jail Time

by King & Spalding on

On October 7, 2015, former Tribune Company employee Matthew Keys was convicted of three felonies stemming in part from assistance he provided to the hacking collective Anonymous to alter content on the LA Times’ website. ...more

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

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2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

Does Your Website Privacy Policy Need Some Love?

by Lane Powell PC on

Everyone does it, especially startups. You need a privacy policy for your website, and your legal budget is limited. Hop onto Facebook (or Google, or Amazon) — cut, paste and voilà! — your startup has a shiny new privacy...more

California Amends Definition of Personal Identifiable Information and Breach Notification Content Requirements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several changes to California’s Data Breach Notification Statute. The law, as amended, adds additional categories of information into the definition of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015

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Regulatory Developments - FINRA Files Proposed Rule Change to Apply Markup Rule to Government Securities: On Sept. 30 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change, published in the Federal Register on Oct. 6, to...more

New Delaware Act Requires Online Privacy Policy for Websites

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A new privacy law requires companies to make specific statements about what information is collected on its website. Like California, it also requires that companies state in writing whether they respect “Do Not Track”...more

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