“Stick With Security” – Getting Up to Speed With the FTC’s New Initiative

Companies that have experienced data breaches or security hacks have subsequently found themselves the subject of enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for violating the FTC Act, due to inadequate protections and provisions that should have been in … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, FTC

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NIST Issues Draft Update to the Cybersecurity Framework

On January 10, 2017, as the Obama administration draws to a close, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released a long-awaited draft version 1.1 of its ground-breaking Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  This draft revision builds upon … Continue reading

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FTC sues IoT Device Manufacturer D-Link for Lax Cyber Security Practices

On January 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint against computer networking hardware manufacturer D-Link Corporation, alleging that the company’s wireless routers, IP cameras, and other “Internet of Things” (IoT) products failed to implement basic security features, thus … Continue reading

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FTC Releases a Data Breach Response Guide For Business

Data breaches are fast becoming a fact of life.  Experiencing a data breach is never a pleasant experience, regardless of how it happens – by accident, by criminal intent, or by system failure.  Someone steals a company laptop that contains … Continue reading

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FTC Round-Up: NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough and Looming Ransomware Enforcement Activity

On August 31st and September 7th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided guidance regarding cybersecurity standards, which companies should consider when assessing their current data security posture. NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough On August 31st, the FTC published … Continue reading

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The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were unreasonable, lacked “even basic … Continue reading

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EU Approves New “Privacy Shield” Data Transfer Accord With U.S.

On Tuesday July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU – U.S. Trans-Atlantic Privacy Shield data transfer deal, commonly referred to as the “Privacy Shield”. The action followed an earlier vote by representatives of each EU member state … Continue reading

Posted in Data Protection, European Union, FTC, Government Regulations, Privacy, Privacy Policy, Privacy Shield, Safe Harbor, Uncategorized

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Businesses Take Note: The FTC Assesses Big Data Practices

Businesses engaged in big data practices should be mindful of a new report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in which the FTC serves notice of its intention to monitor areas where big data practices can violate consumer protection … Continue reading

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Government Websites With Cybersecurity Tips & Information

As part of the government’s recent clarion call to improve our individual and collective cybersecurity posture, several federal and state agencies have released a variety of guidelines, frameworks, best practices and tips.  Some are more helpful than others.  Much of it … Continue reading

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Appellate Court Confirms the FTC’s Power to Regulate Cybersecurity

In a highly-anticipated decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is authorized to pursue lawsuits against those who allegedly fail to provide adequate … Continue reading

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