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|Government RFI on New Cybersecurity Measures for Federal Contracts|
Connie N. Bertram; Proskauer Rose LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 21, 2013Last week, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) soliciting comments from federal contractors on the feasibility of incorporating cybersecurity standards into federal acquisitions rules. 78 Fed. Reg. 27,966 (May 13, 2013)....
|Nova Scotia New Tort of Cyberbullying|
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013On May 10, 2013 the Nova Scotia legislature passed the Cyber-safety Act (Bill 61). When this bill comes into force, it will give rise to a new tort of cyberbullying that creates liability for the tortfeasor and potentially for his or her parent(s) if the tortfeasor is under the age of 19.
|Are We Dealing with an Unhappy Customer or Online Defamer?|
Whitney C. Gibson; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013It's Monday morning. As you're grabbing a cup of coffee, your cell phone rings. It's one of your fellow executives who asks if you have seen what's being said online about your bank. You hadn't, but you rush to your computer. Your inbox has become full of Google alerts related to your bank. In...
|The New Generic Top-Level Domains and the New Trademark Clearinghouse: Deciding Whether to Register Your Brands|
Susan Neuberger Weller; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is the organization that oversees domain names worldwide. It recently began accepting new applications for expanding the number of generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) on the Internet. The most popular gTLDs...
|The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors|
Jake Romero; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 21, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for president in 40 years? If so, you’ll be glad to know that the...
Katharine F. Musso, Katharine F. Musso; Jones Walker LLP;
May 21, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013Each month sees an announcement of significant cybercrime against financial institutions. Last week it was announced by Federal prosecutors that two Middle East banks suffered $45 million in losses. The fraudsters were located in cells in the U.S. and abroad. The crime was particularly audacious in...
|Credit Unions and Social Media: What’s Your Policy?|
Douglas Hattaway; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2013According to a 2012 poll by CUNA Mutual Group, 94% of credit unions are investing time and money in Facebook as part of their marketing strategy, and only 1% of credit unions were not planning on using social media in 2013. Credit unions have been relatively quick to embrace social media as a...
|California Considering a Bill Requiring Removal of Personal Information from Children's Social Media Accounts|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 2013The California Senate has approved Senate Bill 501, which, if enacted, would provide significant fines for social networking sites that fail to remove the personal information of a child within 96 hours of receiving such a request. The bill provides that "a social networking Internet Web site...
|FTC Votes to Keep July 1 Compliance Deadline for COPPA|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 2013The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously this week to keep the July 1, 2013, compliance date for the new COPPA Rule. Representatives from several industry groups had asked the FTC to delay the compliance date to give businesses more time to make the changes necessary to comply with the new...
|New York Court of Appeals upholds Amazon Law|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
May 20, 2013, previously published on May 2013The New York Court of Appeals recently upheld the constitutionality of New York’s Amazon law, which requires out-of-state (or remote) sellers to collect sales tax on taxable sales to New York customers based only on the sellers’ referral agreements with New York residents and remit...