Partner Colin Zick Speaks to Bloomberg BNA About the Privacy Concerns of Ride-sharing and Healthcare

Reproduced with permission from Bloomberg Law: Health IT Law & Industry Report, (March 9, 2018). Copyright 2018 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

By James Swann

Privacy and security concerns are mounting as Uber and Lyft break into the medical transportation space.

The two companies recently rolled out separate initiatives to drive patients to and from medical appointments,… More

Recent Reports Confirm Continuing Vulnerability of Healthcare Industry to Cyber Issues

There seems to be a new scientific study published every day—like this one that alleges that eating cheese every day might actually be healthy. Understandably, many of these studies fly under the radar — but two recently published reports regarding cybersecurity and health care should not. These two reports show that the healthcare industry in particular is continuing to struggle with cybersecurity issues. Understanding the vulnerabilities revealed by these studies is important to healthcare organizations attempting to reduce their cybersecurity risks and legal liabilities.… More

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Presentation: 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 encryption from law enforcement, and the future of encryption in light of U.S. v. Microsoft and the coming GDPR.

Click here to download the presentation.… More

New SEC Guidance Addresses Disclosure Requirements for Breach Events

As the SEC has made clear on numerous occasions over the past year, cybersecurity will continue to be a major enforcement priority under the Commission’s new leadership.  As we have previously covered, one new area of potential enforcement activity that the SEC has warned about concerns the failure of public companies to make disclosures regarding material cyber events.  While the SEC had previously provided some guidance to publicly traded companies about when to disclose such events,… More

States Continue to Upgrade Data Privacy Laws – A Look at North Carolina

A recent Security Breach Report published by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office provides a snapshot of the various data security threats currently riling the state’s public and private sectors.  Since 2006, the year North Carolina businesses and government entities became statutorily obligated to report breaches to the Attorney General’s Office, reported data breaches have skyrocketed from 86 to over one thousand.  In turn,… More

Presentation: Partners Colin Zick and Catherine Muyl Discuss Getting Real About GDPR for MassTLC CISO Roundtable

Partners Colin Zick and Catherine Muyl joined the MassTLC’s CISO and CTO Peer Group Meeting this week to discuss the General Data Protection Regulation. Click here to download the presentation, which focused on setting security strategies and new obligations starting in May 2018. More

Schrems v. Facebook: The Show Must Go On In Vienna, But Now As A One-Man Show

Recently, Austrian privacy activist Maximilian Schrems won a partial victory in his continuing battles with Facebook. We discuss that case below. But first, we review his prior tilts with Facebook.

Schrems in Ireland’s Courts

When Schrems was a college student, he heard a Facebook representative at a conference talk about European privacy rules with a lack of consideration that shocked him. Since then, Schrems has been fighting Facebook on many fronts.… More

Changes Afoot at the FTC – A New Slate of Commissioners

In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission has long been the trend-setter for what constitutes reasonable behavior in protecting data privacy.  It does so through its broad Section 5 authority, which federal courts have held allows the FTC to regulate the data privacy space, but the breadth of which is under challenge.  With news that the Trump Administration has nominated a slate of four new Commissioners to head the agency — among them, anti-trust lawyers with private practice backgrounds — privacy enforcement at the federal level seems poised to change.  Unfortunately, predictions remain difficult, especially about the future (and especially with regard to privacy):  these nominees do not have a long privacy track record, affording us few tea leaves to read.  I spoke with Law360 about what we might expect; you can read my comments here.