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CNIL Fines Google Over GDPR Violations

Data Protection GDPR

On Monday, France’s data protection authority (CNIL) levied the largest fine to date arising from violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by fining Google 50 million euros (more than $56 million) for Google’s lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding advertisement (ads) personalization. Read More ›

Are you innovating with cannabis? Patent protection might help you secure a foothold in your industry.

CBD oil vial and dropper

A decision this month by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) delivered a mixed bag for the owners of a patent, which claimed methods of treating seizures using cannabidiol (CBD). Read More ›

New Cybersecurity Requirements for Insurance Companies Operating in Ohio

New Cybersecurity Requirements for Insurance Companies

On December 12, 2018, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 273 (the “Bill”) enacting Section 3965.01-11 to the Ohio Revised Code to “establish standards for data security and for the investigation of and notification to the Superintendent of Insurance of a cybersecurity event.” Read More ›

Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds a common law duty for employers to protect sensitive employee information

Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds a common law duty for employers to protect sensitive employee information

In 2014, hackers broke into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) computer system and stole large amounts of personal information about UPMC’s employees. Read More ›

India and Cars – Visions of the Future for America?

Cars stuck in heavy traffic

India is the world’s fastest growing major economy, with 600 million people under 25 years old – a recipe, you would think, for enormous growth in auto sales. And yes, auto sales are projected to grow in 2019, albeit at the slowest rate in years (only about 2% YOY). The major reason? Technological change. Why is this, and does it offer ideas for the American future? Read More ›

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 ›

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Matthew D. Delaney focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as providing strategic patent counseling and IP due-diligence advice to clients. 

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