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|It’s Back for Spring 2016: The Annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report|
Margaret H. Loveman; Butler Snow LLP;
June 20, 2016, previously published on May 31, 2016Last year around this time we examined the results of Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). As in year’s past, Verizon analyzed the data it received from companies across the country about security incidents and data breaches the companies experienced. In total,...
|Customers of Wireless Communications Provider Telus to Receive Rebates as Part of Competition Bureau Agreement|
Andrea C. Kroetch; Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh;
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016On December 30th, 2015, the Canadian Competition Bureau, which is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Competition Act, announced that Telus Communications Inc. (“Telus”), one of Canada’s “Big Three” wireless carriers, had entered into a consent...
|The Legal Implications of Cell Phone Use While Driving|
Melissa Crowley; Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.;
February 17, 2016, previously published on February 11, 2016As the prevalence of sending emails, texting, posting on social networks, and making calls from smartphones while driving has increased, the legal implications for doing so has increased as well. One government study found that more than two-thirds of adult drivers in the United States reported...
|FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba|
Kara M. Bombach, Mitchell F. Brecher, Cyril T. Brennan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List. If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based...
|Industry Groups to DC Court: Hang Up on FCC Expanded TCPA Rules|
Paul D. Abbott; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015Industry groups representing a diverse range of companies in the retail, technology, financial, and utility industries filed eight amicus briefs last week in the D.C. Circuit supporting challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) recently adopted order that...
|Splitting the Dancing Baby: Both Sides are Crying Over the Ninth Circuit’s Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. Holding|
Jenn Dollard; Faruki Ireland Cox P.L.L.;
December 14, 2015, previously published on December 7, 2015In a not-so-shocking development, both sides in a closely watched copyright suit known as the “Dancing Baby” case are urging the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) to rehear their case, unhappy with the court’s middle-of-the-road...
|EU Launches Consultation on the Review of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive|
Viola Bensinger, Christoph Enaux, Stefan Lütje; Greenberg Traurig Germany, LLP;
November 13, 2015, previously published on October 30, 2015On Aug. 24, the EU launched a public consultation as part of a broader review of the 1993 EU Satellite and Cable Directive, one of the 16 initiatives announced in the Commission's plan for the Digital Single Market (DSM). The Commission wants to know whether EU rules defining where and how...
|The Changing Landscape of Cross Border Data Transfers|
Bryce Dillon, Robert P. Kinghan; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled that the Safe Harbor Framework, an arrangement which allowed the exchange of personal data among European and American companies, was invalid. Given the increasingly global nature of commercial information sharing, this has...
|California Amends Data Breach Notification Statute by Requiring Specific Notification Content and Expanding the Definition of Personal Information|
Gregory K. Lee, Ian A. Stewart; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 16, 2015California’s Data Breach Notification Statute was amended on October 6, 2015, by Governor Jerry Brown. The amendment, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, makes important changes to the existing law, including new requirements for security breach notification through the use of prescribed...
|EU Data Protection: Article 29 Working Party Says Standard Contractual Clauses, Binding Corporate Rules are Adequate—for Now|
Olivier Haas, Mauricio F. Paez, Undine von Diemar; Jones Day;
October 23, 2015, previously published on October 2015After the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") declared the 2000/520/EC Safe Harbor decision of the European Commission (the "Safe Harbor") to be invalid, there was considerable uncertainty as to whether alternative measures of protection to legalize the transfer of personal data...