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The Future of Consumer Data Security, Privacy and the Internet of Things: Guidance from FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny

by Mary-Elizabeth M. Hadley on Feb 09, 2016
Posted in Privacy & Security
In an event yesterday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Terrell McSweeny offered businesses the following guidance on current privacy, data security and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) issues. 


Too Late, But Will It Prove Too Little? U.S. and EU Eke Out Last-Minute Data Deal

by Kathleen Sheridan on Feb 03, 2016
Two days after the expiration of the deadline to reach an agreement on data transfers between the EU and U.S., authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have announced a new framework to handle such transfers.


Cyberattacks on Public Infrastructure? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

by Behnam Dayanim on Jan 27, 2016
With apologies to Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my all-time faves), cyberattacks on public infrastructure have become a reality. Just yesterday, Israel’s Public Utility Authority reportedly was targeted, resulting in temporary disruption of winter electricity to thousands of Israelis.


FTC Report on Big Data: Risks & Recommendations

by Mary-Elizabeth M. Hadley on Jan 12, 2016
In a report released last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) highlights the benefits and risks associated with the use of “big data” and offers businesses some suggestions on how to minimize those risks, including through compliance with consumer protection laws.


Belly Up: USDA and HHS Release 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

by Daniel Liebowitz on Jan 08, 2016
The highly anticipated 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide valuable insight into what nutrition trends and science the agencies currently support and are expected to have a wide impact on food sales and food consumption in the country—some estimates suggest that the Guidelines affect one in every four meals consumed. The Guidelines are issued to help all individuals consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet, and state and local governments will use them in developing their food, nutrition and health policies and programs, including school lunch programs and nutrition programs for the elderly


EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Update: U.S. Chamber of Commerce & BusinessEurope Issue Letter Urging Leaders to Reach New Agreement

by Mary-Elizabeth M. Hadley on Dec 02, 2015
In a letter last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BusinessEurope, an advocate for enterprises in 34 European countries whose national business federations are its direct members, called on senior leaders “to expeditiously reach agreement on a strengthened Safe Harbor framework.”


Key Takeaways from FTC Workshop on Cross-Device Tracking

by Mary-Elizabeth M. Hadley on Nov 23, 2015
In a workshop just last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) explored issues related to cross-device tracking, a process through which companies track consumers across multiple devices and platforms.


Has LabMD Slain The FTC Cybersecurity Dragon?

by Behnam Dayanim on Nov 18, 2015
Those familiar with the annals of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement actions know that there are few investigations that rival the long-running investigation of small, now-defunct Atlanta-based medical testing company, LabMD.


6 Things Financial Institutions Are Doing In Response to New Regulator Cyber Audit Guidance – Other Industries Take Note!

by James Koenig on Nov 10, 2015
On September 15, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an Alert (the “Alert”) to provide guidance concerning the series of cybersecurity examinations it began conducting in late 2014 and early 2015.


EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Update: Agreement in Principle on Aspects of a New Framework

by Mary-Elizabeth M. Hadley on Nov 06, 2015
In a speech earlier this week, European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová announced that there was agreement “in principle” between the European Union (“EU”) and United States regarding components of a new safe harbor framework for transatlantic data flows.


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