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|The Ashley Madison Hack is More than Just Embarrassing|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 25, 2015, previously published on August 21, 2015It was a bad week for people looking to cheat on their spouses - hackers publicly released the personal information of roughly 33 million users of the cheating site Ashley Madison. Aside from the obvious public embarrassment, many experts are saying the incident underscores the serious...
|Data Dump! AshleyMadison.com Fallout Deepens|
Wynter Lavier Deagle; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 20, 2015, previously published on August 20, 2015The Impact Team, the vigilante group behind the hacking of the infamous website AshleyMadison.com has followed through on its threat to leak the full database of the site’s users online. On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, an impressive 9.7 gigabytes of compressed data was posted to the dark web...
|Internet of Things and Cybersecurity|
Kevin L. LaRoche, Scott Widdowson; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 4, 2015The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is the developing web of objects embedded with microchips capable of allowing sending and receiving data, and so connecting them to the network we call the Internet. In an article in the Harvard Business Review late last year, Michael Porter and James...
|Getting Compliant With the EU Cookie Law|
Matthew D. Lawless, Diane D. Reynolds, Michael Wager; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 4, 2015Google recently sent out a letter to users of its AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers, and DoubleClick Ad Exchange products.
|Appointing Legacy Contacts for Facebook|
Meredith Edwards Collins; Adams and Reese LLP;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 7, 2015Earlier this year (Feb. 2015), Facebook announced a new feature that allows Facebook users to designate a legacy contact to manage their Facebook account when they pass away. According to facebook.com, a legacy contact is, "[s]omeone you choose to look after your account if it's...
|Germany Rushes to Adopt a New IT Security Act|
Wolfgang G. Büchner, Ted-Philip (Ted) Kroke, Undine von Diemar; Jones Day;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 2015The German Federal Council (Bundesrat) has approved the Act regarding Improved Security of Information Technology systems ("IT Security Act") on July 10, 2015 without seeing a need to defer it to the Reconciliation Committee (Vermittlungsschuss). Shortly before, on June 12, 2015, the...
|Digital Privacy Act - New Requirement for Valid Consent to Use Personal Information|
Bradley J. Freedman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015On June 18, 2015, the Canadian government enacted the Digital Privacy Act, which makes a number of important changes to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. One of the most significant changes is a new, additional requirement for “valid consent” to the...
|Social Engineering and the Modern “Hacker”|
Bill Gardner, Evan R. Kime; Bowles Rice LLP;
July 2, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015When we speak of hackers, most people see an image of a hoodie-wearing whiz-kid, feverishly banging away at the keyboard, launching a technical onslaught that somehow slips in behind an organization’s firewall. That image is mostly mythology.
|Supreme Court Issues CVSG Order in Oracle v. Google|
Staas Halsey LLP;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015On January 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (“Supreme Court”) invited the U.S. Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the United States’ views on the copyright infringement case between Oracle and Google. The invitation means the Supreme Court is progressing...
|FTC Issues New Social Media/Endorsement Guidance|
Andrew B. Lustigman; Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP;
June 25, 2015, previously published on June 2015The FTC’s Endorsement Guides were revised in 2009 to provide advertisers with guidance on how to apply traditional legal principles regarding testimonials and endorsements to new marketing channels and techniques. More recently, in 2013, the FTC issued its revised .Com Disclosure Guide....