DNC Sues Russia, the Trump campaign, Wikileaks

It’s probably not going to change anything, but the Democratic National Committee has sued Russia (and members of the Russian establishment), members of the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks regard the 2016 election security breaches.  The DNC’s complaint includes almost every claim imaginable in response to a hacking incident.  If nothing else, it’s a good model for lawyers to crib from. More

GDPR: Q&A for Investment Advisers and Private Fund Managers

As many of you may already be aware, the European GDPR goes into effect during May 2018. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about GDPR as a short guide to assist investment advisers and private fund managers with initial GDPR analysis.

What is GDPR?

It is the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adopted by the European Union that is intended to protect the “personal data” of natural persons in the European Union.… More

Procedural Violations of BIPA: One Court Says They Cause Actual Harm and Confer Standing—How Long Will This Ruling Hold Up?

In a recent ten-page order, a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California declined to dismiss a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that Facebook’s “Tag Suggestions” feature violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The ruling means that the case, Patel v. Facebook, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-03747-JD, will proceed, but the long-term impact of the ruling is less clear.… More

Bitcoin Takes A Hit As Cryptocurrency Advertising Faces Increased Scrutiny

Crypto is a Greek prefix meaning “secret” or “hidden.”  Unless you live under a rock, or in one of several countries like Bolivia where buying and selling it is illegal, there is nothing secret or hidden about cryptocurrency.  It’s everywhere.  And public interest in cryptocurrency has led to lots of advertising, mostly on social media and the internet.

Spurred on by an incredible—some might say too-good-to-be-true—increase in value in late 2017,… More

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) http://www.bna.com

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

Quiz: Are You a GDPR Expert?

A lot of information has been circulating about GDPR in the last months from all kinds of sources, some more reliable than others, and you may have the feeling that you are quite knowledgeable about it. We have designed this quiz to enable you to check how knowledgeable you really are.

If you get all the answers right except for one or two, you are a true expert!

If you get less than 5 answers wrong, you know more than most people on this topic.

If you don’t belong to any of the above categories, don’t worry, there is a pretty extensive and popular summary of GDPR that you can find here.

Good luck!

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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