Taxpayer CyberSecurity — Step 2: Create A Data Security Plan

The Security Summit, consisting of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), state tax agencies, and private-sector tax industry officials, is encouraging tax professionals during the 2019 summer season to take some time to assess their data security policies and review critical … Continue reading

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Senate Introduces The Data Care Act of 2018

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, introduced The Data Care Act of 2018. The bill, which is co-sponsored by 14 Senate Democrats, would establish numerous consumer … Continue reading

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FCC Rejects FOIA Requests for Net Neutrality Comment Logs

On December 3, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) denied reporters’ Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests for web server log comments on net neutrality that the reporters believed contained fraudulent comments. The web server logs for the docket include almost … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Employers Have an Affirmative Duty to Protect Workers’ Personal Data from Cybercriminals: Will Other States Follow?

In a landmark decision with far-reaching implication, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that employers have an affirmative duty to protect their employees’ personal information from criminal hacking. In particular, on November 21, 2018, the court ruled in Dittman v. … 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

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James P. Melendres Joins Our Data Privacy and Cyber Security Practice

We’re pleased to announce that James P. Melendres has joined Snell & Wilmer as a partner.  James joins the firm after a distinguished career at the Department of Justice and will be contributing his considerable skills and experience to our cyber security and … Continue reading

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More Questions than Answers – The DOJ’s Sudden Change in Tactics in the Apple iPhone Encryption Dispute

In the ongoing iPhone encryption battle between the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Apple, March 22, 2016 might have been a pivotal moment in the national discourse on digital privacy rights, encryption, and the bounds of federal investigative authority. March … Continue reading

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Sanity Prevails? The Framework for the New EU – U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced a last-minute “political agreement” with the United States concerning a new privacy framework for transatlantic data transfers. The accord, called the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield”, still requires further negotiation of the specific terms of the deal, but the … Continue reading

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Connecticut AG Enforces HIPAA Privacy Rules Against Hospital and its Business Associate

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General’s office announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with the Hartford Hospital and its business associate vendor, the EMC Corporation (EMC), to resolve claims arising from an investigation into the 2012 theft … Continue reading

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California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails, e-documents in the cloud) without a search warrant or court order. California … Continue reading

Posted in California, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Uncategorized

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