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|5 Steps to Keep Your Social Media Endorsements Out Of FTC Crosshairs|
Sara Hutchins Jodka; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 29, 2015, previously published on August 4, 2015Online advertising and word-of-mouth endorsements are typically the cheapest and most accessible forms of advertisements for businesses to get noticed, grow, and spread their brands. In fact, it is common practice for companies to provide products, services, or discounts to individuals (especially...
|Cyber-Risks 2015 - A Board Primer|
Timothy R. Moore; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015Cyber-risk is a witch’s brew of reputational, operational, legal and financial dangers. This toxic combination exposes a financial institution to a potentially existential hazard when an intrusion occurs. The only way to mitigate (because an intrusion cannot be prevented) is proper planning....
|Courts' Potent Tools Can Protect E-Commerce Rights|
H. David Edinger; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015The Internet makes conducting cross-border business possible and affordable. But it also raises many complex questions, including which jurisdiction’s courts have the authority to adjudicate disputes, and whether or not those courts should issue remedies with international consequences.
|Irish High Court Quashes Irish Data Protection Commission Original Schrems’ Decision|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 23, 2015, previously published on October 20, 2015The Irish High Court today has ordered the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) to investigate Facebook’s European data privacy practices, bringing Max Schrems’ three-year fight full circle. The Court today quashed the original DPC refusal to examine Schrems’ complaint that...
|New Maine Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect October 15, 2015|
David P. Mason; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 20, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015Maine has become the latest state to restrict employers’ ability to access social media accounts of employees and applicants. A new Maine statute, which will go into effect on October 15, 2015, prohibits a broad range of employer conduct.
|Worldwide Injunction Against Google Confirmed by BCCA|
Owen Bourns; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
October 16, 2015, previously published on September 27, 2015On June 11th the British Columbia Court of Appeal released its decision in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc. 1, wherein the Court confirmed the chambers judge’s motion decision granting a worldwide injunction against Google, a non-party to the main action, that prohibits it from...
|US-EU Safe Harbor Framework Invalidated by European Court of Justice - What Now?|
Susan L. Foster, Cynthia J. Larose; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 13, 2015, previously published on October 6, 2015The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has declared Safe Harbor invalid - in total. The ECJ has sent the case back to the Irish Data Protection Authority to determine whether Facebook Ireland’s transfer of personal data to the US is permitted under EU data protection law, in light of...
|REMINDER: Register for Wednesday Webinar! Another Cop on the Cybersecurity Beat: What to Do Before and After the SEC and FINRA Come Knockin|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 1, 2015, previously published on September 28, 2015The SEC has announced a new round of cybersecurity inspections at broker-dealer and registered investment advisory firms. If that’s not enough to catch your attention, just days after issuing the Risk Alert, the SEC censured and fined a St. Louis-based investment advisor for a failure to...
|Delaware Enacts Package Of Internet Data Laws|
Ieuan Jolly; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
September 28, 2015, previously published on September 2015Joining the collection of states with online privacy laws, Delaware has enacted a package of statutes governing the collection, storage and use of the personal information of Delaware residents by websites, Internet and cloud service providers, and Internet and mobile applications. While the...
|An Ounce of Prevention...|
Geoffrey G. Hemphill; Vandeventer Black LLP;
September 25, 2015, previously published on September 2015Too many times in my practice, clients have come to me in the midst of a tumultuous intracompany squabble. Owners who once thought they were going to start the next Microsoft or Apple are now at each other’s throats, lobbing all sorts of accusations and wrestling for control of the company....