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|Data Privacy Alert: Prepare for Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor|
Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014In the aftermath of disclosures of the extent of U.S. government monitoring of private communications, the European Commission is currently considering changes in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework. The EU and its member states already have some of the strictest data privacy laws in the world. Under...
|Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Are You Prepared?|
Chad Matheson; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014On July 1, 2014, certain provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation (“CASL”) will come into force and govern how businesses can communicate with Canadian recipients. Given its scope, CASL is considered to be one of the most stringent commercial electronic messaging laws in the...
|White House Issues Two Big Data Reports; Florida Legislature Passes Revamped Breach Notification Law|
Chanley T. Howell, James R. Kalyvas, Steven M. Millendorf, Michael R. Overly; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014Yesterday, May 1, was a big day for privacy in the news. The White House issued 2 reports on the privacy implications of Big Data, and the Florida legislature overhauled the state’s security breach notification law, strengthening and adding several new requirements relating to data security...
|Proposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts|
Tenaya Rodewald; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014On Tuesday, April, 22, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 to approve a so-called “Yelp bill” that would prohibit companies from suppressing negative consumer reviews through the use of “non-disparagement clauses” in contracts with consumers. Such clauses...
|Hong Kong Court Calls for Proactive Measures Against Shadow Companies|
Gabriela Kennedy, Eugene I. Low; Mayer Brown JSM;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014On 18 April, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a trial framework for the notification of simple concentrations or mergers. The Guidelines on the Notification of Simple Cases of Concentrations of Undertakings (Simplified Notification Guidelines) establish a procedural structure...
|FTC Offers Guidance on Social Media Contests|
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014In a recent (March 20, 2014) letter, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offered guidance as to the factors to consider in evaluating whether entry into a contest on a social media site is a form of material connection requiring disclosure under the FTC Endorsement Guidelines. At issue before the...
|Wisconsin Limits Employers’ Access to Personal Social Media Accounts of Employees, Job Applicants|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 24, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014Adopting restrictions on employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of employees and job applicants, Wisconsin has joined 12 other states with similar restrictions.
|Copyright Office Schedules Webinar on New Electronic Statement of Account Filing System for April 24, 2014 at 2 PM|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014 The Copyright Office, which has been working for several years to develop an electronic filing system for cable operators’ semi-annual Statement of Account filings (known as the “Electronic Licensing” (or “eLi”) system), has scheduled a Webinar to describe the new...
|Privacy & Security Bits and Bytes|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014There has been so much news swirling in the data privacy and security world in the last few days, that it has been difficult to keep up. We’ll give you a roundup here for your Friday and weekend reading.
|California Federal Court Requires Pre-Recording Notification of All Cell Phone Calls Under California Invasion of Privacy Act|
Michael L. Mallow, Christine M. Reilly; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014A federal district court in the Northern District of California in March refused to dismiss a consumer class action against wireless telecommunications company Verizon alleging that a third-party collections agency hired by Verizon violated the state's unlawful recording statute. California Penal...