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When All You Want for the Holiday's is the Latest IoT Device

Internet of Things (IoT)

Does your holiday wish list have a Google home, Nest thermostat, Smarter iKettle, Fitbit Versa smartwatch (guilty), or another internet-connected device on it? Before making your wish list be sure to consider the potential privacy and security concerns that can accompany these so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Read More ›

Ohio’s Data Protection Act: An Opportunity for Financial Institutions That Operate in Ohio

Ohio Data Privacy

Good news! The Ohio legislature has offered financial institutions some legal protections in the form of the Ohio Data Protection Act ( “Act”), effective November 2 and believed to be a first-of-its-kind state law. Read More ›

$1 Billion Telemedicine Fraud Scheme in Tennessee

Telehealth lawsuit

In October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that several individuals and companies were indicted in Tennessee for a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme. Read More ›

The Commercial Litigator and His Client’s Information Management Systems

It takes many systems (hardware, software and employee activities) to operate a modern lending institution. Because these systems weren’t necessarily engineered with litigation in mind, it’s important for commercial loan litigators to understand how their lender clients’ systems are configured and suggest minimally disruptive ways for improving the configuration in order to save time and money in the event that litigation is initiated. Read More ›

After News of Data Leak, Google Ramps Up Security and Sunsets Google+

Hacker thumbs up

On October 8, The Wall Street Journal broke the news that, as early as 2015, a flaw in Google’s social media platform, Google+, made it possible for third-party developers to access data from users’ non-public profile fields. Read More ›

Settlements Reached in Round Two of FTC’s EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions

Privacy Shield data security

As additional evidence that the United States takes enforcement of the Privacy Shield Framework seriously, a new wave of settlements has been reached concerning the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) complaints related to companies’ false claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification. The timing of these enforcement actions is significant since they come at a time when the future of this EU-U.S. agreement concerning the cross-border transfer of personal data is unclear. Read More ›

California Establishes New Cybersecurity Standards for IoT Devices

Internet of Things cityscape

California has signed into law SB-327, which establishes new cybersecurity standards for devices capable of connecting (directly or indirectly) to the internet and that have a designated IP or Bluetooth address. By some estimates, nearly 12 billion of these internet-connected IoT units are already in use, from smart appliances to wearables, and together comprise what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Read More ›

The Federal Tax Consequences of Cryptocurrency Transactions

Cryptocurrency tax law scales

In recent years, cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, and Kin, have brought a flurry of activity and excitement to companies and investors. As Americans participate in these new virtual markets, they must also consider the tax impacts of their investments and activities. Amidst the excitement, the IRS has made clear that it is paying attention and is stepping up enforcement efforts to tax cryptocurrency transactions. Read More ›

Amendments to California’s Privacy Legislation Address, Among Other Things, “Personal Information” and Consumers’ Private Right of Action

On August 31, California Governor Jerry Brown approved several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which clear up some of the original legislation’s ambiguities, while leaving other issues unresolved. Read More ›

FBI Memo: Ed Tech Systems and K-12 Students Increasingly Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Due to the rapid adoption of education technologies by K-12 schools, students have become increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, according to a public service announcement issued by the FBI on September 13. Read More ›

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