Attorneys Colin Zick and Chris Hart recently led a Q&A discussion for MassTLC members on new trends in data privacy. Click here to download the slides. Topics included: recent GDPR enforcement actions, the California Consumer Privacy Act, recent changes to the Massachusetts data breach statute and more. More
Category Archives: Cyber policy
Investment advisers and managers of private investment funds organized in the Cayman Islands should take note that on September 30, 2019, the Data Protection Law, 2017 (the “DPL”), is set to come into effect.
In general terms, this will bring the Cayman Islands into line with many other countries who have recently enacted enhanced data privacy laws, including the European Union’s GDPR. The DPL is designed to protect individuals’ data and give them greater control over its use.… More
Shifting how businesses think about privacy.
New Trends in Data Privacy: GDPR, CCPA and Beyond
Changes to data privacy laws and regulations continue to happen at a rapid clip. Join Foley Hoag’s Colin Zick and Chris Hart for a question and answer discussion about recent GDPR enforcement actions, the latest status on the California Consumer Privacy Act, recent changes to the Massachusetts data breach statute, and what other changes are in store nationally and internationally in the world of privacy and data security.… More
The passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was a seismic event in U.S. data privacy law. CCPA has an expansive, rights-based approach to privacy, with national and international ramifications.
What if your organization doesn’t process any personal information through its website? What if you run a B2B startup and just have an informational website that tells the public about what you do,… More
On March 22, 2019, Foley Hoag hosted the New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, organized by Raab Associates. The roundtable featured keynote addresses by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur—who recently announced she will be stepping down later this year—and North American Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) CEO and President James Robb. Both took turns addressing the most pressing issues in energy. … More
Data breaches have become an all-consuming topic of late. Stories about data theft dominate political headlines, boardroom discussions and family meetings around the dinner table. They, of course, have also been the subject of government investigations and private litigation.
The current environment is not unlike other moments in the recent past that seem to have captured the attention of Wall Street, K Street and Main Street, including the financial reporting scandals of the early 2000s.… More
Partner Colin Zick Discusses Why Law Firms Are Building State Privacy Practices as Enforcement Heats Up with Bloomberg Law
Partner Colin Zick speaks to Bloomberg Law about how big law firms are expanding their state-focused practices to help clients deal with heavy state fines for alleged privacy violations.
Companies are turning to state-centric practices “because they see the threats from individual state enforcers,” Zick said. They want expertise from former officials, like former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who know the proper approach to limit enforcement risks,… More
In a recent trip to Ireland, I was surprised to see two subjects that Ireland is known for — GDPR and rugby — coming into conflict. As reported in the Sunday Business Post, World Rugby was lobbying the Irish government to create new data protection laws to address the interaction of anti-doping testing and the laws regarding transfer of data among and between different countries. … More
As noted recently in the Wall Street Journal, “New cybersecurity rules will give Chinese authorities sweeping powers to inspect companies’ information technology and access proprietary information—steps that are likely to deepen concerns among foreign businesses about their China operations.” These regulations were issued pursuant to the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China, which came into force on June 1, 2017.… More
Senator Warner’s White Paper Gives Congress Options for Regulating Social Media and Technology Companies
Senator Mark Warner of Virginia has released a white paper outlining policy proposals for regulating social media and technology companies. The paper has gained significance in recent weeks as pressure builds on Congress to pass federal data privacy legislation. In the wake of Europe’s GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act, industry groups, tech companies, and privacy activists alike have urged Congress to act.… More
On September 23, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB-1121, a bill that makes several amendments to the Golden State’s landmark Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). California enacted the CCPA in June after legislators reached a last-minute compromise with a group of privacy activists who would have put a more stringent data protection measure on the November ballot. Given the hasty enactment of the law,… More
Partner Colin Zick will join Naomi Leach, Senior Associate, Data Protection at Stephenson Harwood, and Lana Gladstein, Vice President and General Counsel at Brammer Bio, for a MassBio program on July 31 entitled The Era of GDPR Data Privacy, Two Months In: Do you have a Data Transfer Agreement handy?
The GDPR Data Privacy Law has been in effect since May 25,… More
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) was signed into law on June 28, 2018. Although it is a state law, it has national and international ramifications. Here are some key aspects to be aware of.
1. Effective date
The law is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2020. However, the California State Legislature has the option of offering amendments to alter the law between now and its effective date,… More
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
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
With enforcement set to begin in May 2018, organizations around the world must be ready to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Partner Colin Zick discusses 10 things you need to know now with Enterprise.nxt.
This week, the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) released a new report entitled, “Cyber Security Post Equifax: Perceptions and Priorities from Massachusetts Residents.” The report highlights the results from a survey of Massachusetts residents conducted to better understand public opinion on consumer and privacy matters and cyber security related to the Internet. Click here to read in full. More
As we’ve blogged in the past, the cannabis industry is particularly susceptible to cyberattacks. With threats like a federal crackdown and workplace drug testing, customers have a vested interest in keeping their information private. Unfortunately, the newly-legal cannabis industry has limited experience with data security. While traditional industries have the benefit of expertise and mature regulatory oversight to foster best cybersecurity practices,… More
General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part Three)
This is the third post in a three-part series designed to provide a summary of some of the GDPR features that are likely to have the most substantial impact on healthcare/life science related businesses. (Links for Part One and Part Two)
GDPR Features that Apply Specifically to the Healthcare/Life Science Sectors
Even though the GDPR is a general regulation,… More
General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part Two)
This is the second post in a three-part series designed to provide a summary of some of the GDPR features that are likely to have the most substantial impact on healthcare/life science related businesses. (Links for Part One and Part Three)
New General Features of the GDPR
Some of the GDPR general features may be of particular interest for companies in the healthcare/life science sectors.… More
General Data Protection Regulation: What It Means For US Healthcare/Life Science Companies (Part One)
This is the first post in a three-part series designed to provide a summary of some of the GDPR features that are likely to have the most substantial impact on healthcare/life science related businesses. (Links for Part Two and Part Three)
The clock is ticking: on May 25, 2018, in less than a year from now, the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”) will apply in all Member States of the European Union (“EU”) and will replace the Directive 95/46/CE (“the Directive”).… More
Privacy and data security have rocketed to the top of the list of concerns for all corporate boards. Whether you are a technology company, a biotech, or a traditional widget maker, your company has confidential information about its products, customers and employees. And that information has to be protected as a matter of law, both by statute and under contracts with your customers and suppliers.… More
What happens when state and local governments respond to significant data breaches? They often turn to the private sector for breach response capabilities in order to mitigate damages. Speed is the name of the game, and state and local governments often move with alacrity to save face.
But what about procurement laws?
The rush to hire sophisticated private entities to support data breach response efforts is in tension with statutory competitive bidding mandates. … More
Christopher Painter, the State Department’s “Coordinator for Cyber Issues” stepped down on July 28, 2017. Described as the Department’s “weary soldier in America’s cyber war,” Painter traveled the globe advancing U.S. interests in cyberspace. His efforts included coordinating diplomacy in cyber security matters and launching “cyber dialogues” with foreign powers. The aim of those dialogues: reducing cyber threats ranging from D-DOS attacks to the theft of intellectual property.… More
Recently, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 477, which aims to provide guidance and clarity to lawyers as they consider what level of security to give communications with clients. (I was recently interviewed by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on this topic, and you can read the full article here; please note that the article is behind a paywall.)
The bottom line? … More
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been a critically important regulator of cybersecurity practices in the US, using its authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act to bring enforcement actions against companies for failing to protect their consumers’ private data. This past January, Trump appointed Republican Maureen Ohlhausen as the Commission’s new acting chairwoman. Here’s what you need to know about her approach to data security.… More
“Will the President sign it?” I asked in a recent post. As if in direct answer, the President issued the order the same day, May 11, 2017. The order is titled Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, and it appears to be identical to the recently leaked draft.
The order commissions a slew of reports from federal agencies.… More
The saga of the cyber security executive order continues; a new draft surfaced just last week. The first draft leaked in January, shortly before the President was expected to sign a cyber-security order. He abruptly postponed. Another draft leaked in February, but the President didn’t sign that one either. Perhaps this latest draft is the final one. “Rumors had it,” Paul Rosenzweig writes,… More
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon launch a healthcare focused cybersecurity initiative modeled on the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). Christopher Wlaschin, Chief Information Security Officer at HHS, announced this development at the 2017 ACT-IAC Health IT-Mobile Forum on April 20. According to Wlaschin, the new center, to be called the Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) would seek to reduce the extensive “noise” in the health care industry about cyber threats and to analyze and “deliver best practices and the two or three things that a small provider,… More
We recently posted on the Ohio Attorney General’s CyberOhio initiative and forecasted that the Ohio Attorney General might be the first of many Attorneys General to join forces with industry in the struggle to protect consumer information. Ohio Deputy General Counsel Craig Rapp, Director of CyberOhio, contacted our blog not only to agree with our prediction, but also to shed more light on what is transpiring in his state. … More
The Economist certainly thinks computer security is broken (and it’s hard to argue the contrary). In its April 8 edition, The Economist’s cover story proclaims, “Why computers will never be safe.” While that’s good news for some of us (at least in the short run), for most of us it’s a daunting proposition. So how to address the problem? Do we need more regulation, as The Economist suggests? … More
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that his predecessor was weak on China. But at least with respect to cybersecurity, the facts don’t support that charge. In 2015, “following all-night negotiations,” Robert Silvers writes, the United States convinced China to sign on to a joint commitment against “cyber enabled theft of intellectual property.” Ever since, China’s hacking of U.S. companies has dropped off dramatically. Next month,… More