Topic: Privacy

Medicine is Mobile. What Does That Mean for Security?

“New medicine is mobile, miniature and you can play angry birds on it. But what does that mean for security and privacy?” (Jo Ellen Whitney of law firm Davis Brown) The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) received a $1.5 million lesson in HIPAA and mobile device security earlier this month. Not because MEEI lost… Read more »

Got Compliance? The EU Cookie Law & What You Need to Do

The European Union’s “Cookie Directive” went into effect on May 26, 2012. The new law requires EU-owned websites, as well as those merely accessible to EU users, to tell visitors about cookies that track traffic on their sites. In addition, websites must obtain “informed consent” from users before saving cookies to their computers. For the… Read more »

California Law News: On Brinker, Arbitration, Social Media Access, Health Insurance, Church Solicitations, & More

For your reference, a roundup of legal advisories on issues of relevance to companies doing business in the state of California: Calif. Assembly OKs Bill To Shield Workers’ Facebook Logins (Mintz Levin – Employment, Labor & Benefits) “A landmark bill that aims to protect California employees and prospective workers from being asked by a company… Read more »

European Legal Spotlight: Privacy and Data Protection, Anti-Corruption, Competition Law, & More

For your reference, a roundup of commentary and analysis on a broad range of legal matters relevant to companies active in Europe: Competition Law Below-cost Pricing by a Dominant Company May Not Constitute a Breach of EU Competition Law (K&L Gates LLP) “A recent European Court case has confirmed that a dominant firm will not… Read more »

5 Ongoing Legal Issues for Nonprofit Boards

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations operating in the United States, from charities to industry associations to religious institutions. But whatever their structure or purpose, such organizations need to understand – and respond to – key legal and regulatory issues that are unique… Read more »

HIPAA Violation Leads to $1.5M Fine: 5 Takeaways for Businesses

In November 2009, 57 unencrypted computer hard discs containing protected health information of more than one million people were stolen from a storage locker leased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST). Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services entered into a $1.5 million settlement with BCBST over privacy and security violations as… Read more »

Privacy Policies: California Attorney General Signs Agreement with Mobile App Providers

On February 22, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a privacy agreement concerning mobile software applications with the six largest mobile application platform providers — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Research In Motion. This agreement effectively creates regulatory standards for implementing privacy policies within the mobile software application industry.” (California Attorney General and Mobile… Read more »

California Law: Mobile App Privacy Protections, Benefit Corporations, “Trial by Formula,” Revolutionary Clean Car Standards, & More

For your reference, a roundup of recent commentary on legal developments in The Golden State: On consumer privacy… California Attorney General and Mobile Platform Providers Agree to Require Mobile Software Application Developers to Implement Privacy Policies (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) “On February 22, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a privacy agreement concerning mobile… Read more »

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: FTC Proposes COPPA Rule Revisions

On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission proposed several important revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, which requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. Here’s a first look at what you need to know about the proposed… Read more »

Data Breach! Who’s Liable? What Next? (A Tech Law Reader)

“In case you haven’t heard, the days of having no obligation to notify consumers of a data breach or loss that involves only email addresses may have ended. This should be a major wakeup call for every CIO…” Your company’s data is in the cloud – including vital employee, investor, and customer information – and… Read more »