Friday Blog Round-Up

In case you missed it . . .

  • This week we continued our multi-part Year in Preview series, with a deep dive into the privacy issues relating to educational institutions.  We’ll be publishing soon on international law and cyberwar.
  • We had some reactions to the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality.  (Spoiler:  it’s a decidedly mixed back on the cybersecurity front,…
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FCC and Net Neutrality — Some Predictions about the Fallout

The end of net neutrality — for now — is big news, because it’s a big deal; there’s just no getting around the fact that the way consumers experience the internet is going to change.  What are some of the practical consequences?

On cybersecurity, it’s not at all obvious what the effect will be.  Essentially, slowing down, speeding up, or blocking traffic can be both good and bad. … More

SEC’s Cyber Unit Takes Aim at ICOs

For the second time in less than a month (click here for a prior enforcement action), the SEC’s newly created Cyber Unit has shut down an initial coin offering (ICO).  This time the ICO was for Munchee, Inc., a California-based developer of an iPhone application for people to review restaurant meals.  The recent enforcement activity follows several policy statements and warnings regarding ICOs.  … More

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Privacy and Security in Educational Institutions

Editors’ Note:  This is the sixth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA complianceemerging security threatsfederal enforcement trends, state enforcement trends, and biometrics. … More

Privacy Shield: Article 29 Working Party Calls Upon the European Commission and US Authorities to Restart Discussions

‎On November 28, 2017, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party issued its report on the First Annual Joint Review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, which was conducted on September 18-19, 2017.

In this 38 page report, the WP analyzed the Privacy Shield’s commercial and government aspects (as it did in its earlier opinion, issued in April 2016 when the Privacy Shield was still a draft;… More

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Biometrics

Editors’ Note:  This is the fifth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA complianceemerging security threats, federal enforcement trends, and state enforcement trends.  Up next:  Education.

The term “biometrics” may conjure up images of Gattaca or Minority Report,… More

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year In Preview: State Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note:  This is the fourth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging security threats, and federal enforcement trends.  Up next:  a look at biometrics.

As state Attorneys General continue to flex their muscles in response to serious data security lapses nationwide,… More

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Federal Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note:  This is the third of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Click here for our previous entry on HIPAA Compliance, and here for our entry on emerging security threats.  Up next:  trends in state enforcement.

This time last year, Donald Trump had just been elected,… More

Data Breach Litigation: What Enterprises Should Know (from SearchSecurity)

Editors’ Note:  The following is an excerpt from an article published by SearchSecurity.  To read the full article, click here.  Registration required.

A data breach is a business crisis that can have enduring ramifications. While the discovery of a breach can initiate a drill — investigating what happened, remediating the security gaps, engaging law enforcement, and complying with state and federal notification laws —… More

Some Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

As you enjoy the holiday weekend, and even some Cyber Monday shopping, keep in mind these online shopping tips from the FTC:

  • Know the seller and the item. Put the company or product name in a search engine, along with “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” Read the reviews. Be sure you can contact the seller if you have a dispute.
  • Avoid clicking links in emails.…
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