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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+

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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

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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

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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

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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 ›

Drone Services: Don’t fly in the face of IP law

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TL;DR: Drone services companies need to get their drone operators to sign intellectual property assignments and non-disclosure agreements. Drone services companies also need to negotiate intellectual property rights with their customers. Read More ›

California Consumer Privacy Act: Applicability and Compliance for Employers

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Have you heard about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that recently passed and goes into effect on January 1, 2020? Do you know that it may apply to businesses located outside of California that employ California residents? Read More ›

Ohio Enacts Law Acknowledging Blockchain Transactions and Granting Safe Harbor Protections to Eligible Businesses from Data Breach Claims

On Friday, August 3, Governor Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 220, which acknowledges for the first time the legitimacy of blockchain transactions as enforceable electronic transactions and creates an affirmative defense to tort actions against eligible businesses for claims relating to data breaches. The law goes into effect in 90 days. Read More ›

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