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|How Can Employers Respond to Race Discrimination? Promote Diversity|
Emily Perkins; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 13, 2016, previously published on Fall 2016According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal,1 employers can learn a lesson by observing the actions of a modern hospitality company, Airbnb. Airbnb is an online marketplace that enables individuals to either list or rent vacation homes for a smaller fee than typical hotels. It...
|In The Wake of the Yahoo Breach, the CSA Offers Timely Guidance to Public Companies|
Joseph DiPonio; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 13, 2016, previously published on October 7, 2016On September 22nd, 2016 Yahoo Inc. ("Yahoo") - in the midst of a US$4.8 billion deal to sell its core business to Verizon Communications Inc. - disclosed that certain user account information, such as names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and passwords, were swiped...
|Inappropriate Social Media Activity Dooms Job Applicant’s Prospects|
Natalie Young; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 13, 2016, previously published on October 11, 2016Being connected to not just your friends, but their friends and their friends’ friends (it’s all six degrees of separation, right?) means that it’s become increasingly hard to stay anonymous when using an online dating platform. Just ask one recent male user of OkCupid who made...
Wiretap Act and CIPA Violations Held to Satisfy Spokeo Test for Standing in
Latest Gmail Privacy Class Action|
Kevin M. McGinty; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 10, 2016, previously published on October 3, 2016In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), lower courts have begun to address whether alleged violations of statutes intended to protect privacy suffice, in the absence of any further alleged injury, to establish Article III standing. In...
|Facebook Wins Privacy Class Action Certification Battle|
Matthew R. Rechner; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 27, 2016, previously published on September 9, 2016Facebook, Inc. recently obtained a significant victory in a privacy class action filed by users alleging that Facebook disclosed their “sensitive personally identifiable information” to third-party advertisers in violation of Facebook’s own privacy policies, and state and federal...
|New York Attorney General Announces COPPA Settlements|
Nathan A. Cardon, Tracy P. Marshall, Sheila A. Millar; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 22, 2016, previously published on September 19, 2016Last week the New York Attorney General (NY AG) Eric T. Schneiderman announced the conclusion of a two-year investigation into the tracking practices of four online publishers - Viacom, Inc., Mattel, Inc., Hasbro Inc., and JumpStart Games, Inc. - over allegations of violations of the federal...
|Intellectual Property: How Ideas Are Protected|
The Posey Law Firm P.C.;
September 22, 2016, previously published by HG.orgSmall business owners need to know their rights and limitations regarding intellectual property.
|Back to School - Avoiding Theft of Data and Money via the “Business Email Compromise” Scam|
Kevin Neil Ainsworth; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 8, 2016The FBI warned this summer that the “Business Email Compromise” (“BEC”) scam continues to grow, evolve, and target businesses of all sizes. As reported by the FBI in June, the scam had hit more than 22,000 victims for a combined dollar loss of greater than $3 billion -...
|Pass or Fail? Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Risks in Higher Education|
James J. Giszczak, Sherri A. Krause, Dominic A. Paluzzi; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 23, 2016There is a long list of people who trust their sensitive financial, medical, and personal information to institutions of higher education - including donors, trustees, board members, alumni, students, parents, applicants, faculty, staff, researchers, medical patients, consumers, and vendors. And...
|The New EU Cybersecurity Directive: What Impact on Digital Service Providers?|
Jörg Hladjk, Todd S. McClelland, Mauricio F. Paez, Undine von Diemar; Jones Day;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 2016On August 8, 2016, the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems ("NIS Directive") entered into force after it had been approved by the European Parliament on July 6, 2016, and published in the Official Journal of the EU on July 19, 2016. Andus Ansip, the European...