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|State of the Union Address Places the President's Privacy and Cybersecurity Proposals Front and Center|
Richard J. Johnson, Todd S. McClelland, Mauricio F. Paez, Gregory P. Silberman; Jones Day;
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 2015In his January 20, 2015, State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama notably focused on privacy and cybersecurity, stressing the urgent need for comprehensive legislation. He raised the specter of foreign nations and hackers shutting down American networks, stealing trade secrets, and...
|SCC Holds Disclosure of Private Communications Engages Constitutional Rights|
Lisa Martz; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014In its Nov. 14, 2014 decision in Wakeling v. United States of America, 2014 SCC 72, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that s. 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) (the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure) applies to the disclosure of communications...
|New York Regulator Announces Plans to Conduct Targeted Cybersecurity Examinations of Insurance Companies, Issue Standards|
Matthew R. Bowles, Scott A. Edelstein, Lisa M. Ledbetter, Mauricio F. Paez; Jones Day;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015On February 8, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") announced that it will soon begin making targeted cybersecurity assessments of insurance companies and that it plans to issue regulations setting heightened security standards. The announcement coincides...
|FINRA and SEC Issue Cybersecurity Reports Identifying Common Industry Practices|
Kyle T. Barrett, Richard J. Johnson, Todd S. McClelland, Mauricio F. Paez, Gregory P. Silberman; Jones Day;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015New reports by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") and the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") highlight the increased regulatory focus in the financial sector on cybersecurity. Both reports merit industry attention.
|President Obama Continues Push on Cybersecurity|
Todd S. McClelland, Michael G. Morgan, Mauricio F. Paez, Katherine S. Ritchey, Gregory P. Silberman; Jones Day;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015On February 13, 2015, President Obama spoke to attendees of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection held at Stanford University. Calling the digital world a "sort of Wild Wild West," Obama and many corporate representatives announced developments intended to...
|New Telecommunications Privacy Rules for U.S. Broadband Providers|
Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015Turn-of-the-century common carrier regulation is about to be imposed on providers of broadband internet services in the United States; all that remains to be determined is the details, and there are a lot of them in dispute. On February 4, 2015, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications...
|Consumer Associations Will Be Entitled to Bring Collective Action for Data Protection Violations|
Undine von Diemar; Jones Day;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015The German Federal Cabinet has adopted draft legislation that, if approved, will allow civil claims to enforce violations of data protection provisions protecting consumer rights (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verbesserung der zivilrechtlichen Durchsetzung von verbraucherschützenden Vorschriften...
|Prepaid Mobile Provider to Pay $40 Million to Settle Charges It Deceived Consumers About ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans|
Adam Z. Solomon; Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015Mobile provider settles with FTC for deceptive advertising claims about its data plans.
|TCPA Plaintiff Gave Consent to Calls Based on Prior Class Action Settlement|
William F. Dolan, Gregory R. Hanthorn, Richard J. Johnson, J. Todd Kennard, Bruce A. Olcott; Jones Day;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 2014A recent case highlights the importance of carefully drafting settlement agreements. In that case, a federal district court judge held that a prior class action settlement precluded the plaintiff from filing released claims in a new lawsuit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...
|Are You Covered for CyberWarfare, CyberTerrorism and CyberVandalism?|
John E. Iole; Jones Day;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014Cyber attacks are now a routine part of the corporate landscape. Businesses regularly defend against or succumb to cyber infiltrations and data exfiltrations that can result in hundreds of millions of dollars of loss. The losses obviously are not confined to property and information — the...