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EU-U.S. Data Protection Treaty Could Open U.S. Courts to EU Litigants

The U.S. and the EU recently concluded a treaty which will open the doors of U.S. courts to Europeans suing U.S. companies for data privacy violations. For a long time the Europeans have been skeptical about the protection of data privacy in the United States. The name “Snowden” still touches a sore spot with most … Continue Reading

FTC Confirmed as Data Privacy and Security Sheriff: Court Holds That FTC Can Regulate Company’s Data Practices

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit released a long-awaited decision, holding that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) does have authority to regulate data privacy and security practices which fail to protect consumer data. The decision could impact many companies and other organizations which hold consumer data, by increasing the risk if they fail to adequately … Continue Reading

PCI Council Retires Old Data Security Standard

Earlier this year, the PCI Security Standards Council published PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Version 3.1 and supporting guidance. While a majority of the revisions in this updated version are minor updates and clarifications, we highlight a few of the more significant changes in this blog post. PCI DSS Version 3.1 addresses vulnerabilities within … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning on Cybersecurity for Infusion Pump

On July 31, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a safety warning alerting users of the Hospira Symbiq Infusion System to cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with the infusion pump. The Symbiq Infusion System is a computerized pump designed for the continuous delivery of general infusion therapy for a broad patient population. The infusion … Continue Reading

VCs considering data when evaluating funding targets

With major data breaches seemingly in the news every day, venture capitalists are increasingly considering data issues as they evaluate potential investments. Gone is the era when data privacy concerns were not a priority for VCs, according to a recent post in The Privacy Advisor by Sam Pfeifle. The post noted venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz’s … Continue Reading

Top 3 data privacy, security issues in-house counsel should focus on in 2015

This article originally appeared in the April edition of the Wisconsin Law Journal Recent cyber attacks have caused companies to focus on privacy and security issues more than ever before. With the attack on Sony in December 2014 and the unprecedented breach involving health plan information of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in early 2015, … Continue Reading

EU’s new data protection law is likely to impact all companies doing business in Europe

Headlines have been popping up lately around Europe’s latest proposed rules to address data privacy. While the focus of the media seems to be mostly on how it’s bad news for big tech companies such as Google and Facebook—which will likely have even more complicated data privacy waters to navigate in Europe—there is likely a … Continue Reading

Proposed data privacy legislation at the federal level may be a step in the right direction, but falls short of consumer advocacy groups’ expectations

More than a month after announcing plans to build on cyber security infrastructure, President Obama released a draft of new data privacy legislation—once again stirring the debate on the best approach to protecting consumer data. The new legislation—the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights—places several notable requirements on companies. Among these requirements, companies would have to … Continue Reading

Holiday season underscores the growing concern of data security

Ahh, the holidays! A time for giving, a time for sharing, a time for family and a time to worry about data security. While every company is at risk of experiencing a data breach, retailers in particular are in the line of fire. During the holidays, retailers—both online and brick-and-mortar—are busier than any other time … Continue Reading

Chart serves as a reminder: It can happen to you

Big data breaches are on the rise. That’s not news. For the past several years, headlines have been dominated with company after company suffering from some sort of cyber-security attack. A recent chart, however, puts the frequency of these breaches into perspective—and also underscores the fact that small, unknown companies are just as vulnerable as … Continue Reading