The information age is ushering in a new way of communicating, transferring and storing information, and conducting business. With that in mind, Foley & Lardner LLP have created the Privacy & Security Source blog, which discusses the legal entanglements that can occur when technology and how companies do business collide. Edited by Andy Serwin, the blog covers electronic discovery, privacy laws, litigation relating to information management, and a litany of other legal topics.
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By: Chanley Howell Fresh on the heels of a similar agreement by US app platform providers, Europe’s major mobile operators have agreed to implementing guidelines for the development and privacy of mobile apps. The GSM Association published the guidelines which have been agreed to by...
By: Chanley T. Howell The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public comment a draft update to a guide for organizations managing their responses to computer security incidents such as hacking attacks. The Guide notes that computer security incident response...
By: Megan E. O’Sullivan On February 22, 2012, California’s Office of the Attorney General announced that Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion (the “Companies”) have all agreed to require their application (“app”) developers to post...
By: Chanley T. Howell It may be form over substance, but sometimes form counts. California’s “Shine The Light” law (Cal. Civ. Code. §1798.83) requires businesses that collect California residents’ personal information and share it for marketing purposes to disclose to the...
By Ariel Fox Johnson and Chanley Howell Today, the FTC staff released a Report [http://www.ftc.gov/os/2012/02/120216mobile_apps_kids.pdf] which raised concerns about the privacy polices and practices of mobile apps for children. The Report contains the results of a survey the FTC staff conducted...
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued its Guidelines on Security in Privacy in Public Cloud (SP 800-144). The Guidelines can be found at http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=909494 They stress the importance of user responsibility in practicing sound...
European Commission Releases Much Anticipated Data Protection Regulation: Questions Remain About What Will Finally Be Implemented
On January 25th, the European Commission published a proposal for a new data protection regulation to replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The 1995 Directive has come under considerable criticism due largely to the significant variation in implementation by the 27 EU member states. While...
On Monday, January 23, 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement violated the Fourth Amendment by attaching a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s car in connection with a drug investigation. We provide a brief summary of the decision followed by our views on the implications of...
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A New Financial Privacy Regulator Emerges (and Not Without Controversy)
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) was created by 2010’s massive Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) and officially “opened for business”—at least in part—on July 21, 2011. Now, the new federal Consumer Financial...
By Peter McLaughlin and Megan O’Sullivan On December 8, 2011, the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued Working Paper 188 entitled “Opinion 16/2011 on EASA/IAB Best Practice Recommendation on Online Behavioural Advertising” (“WP 188”). WP 188 addresses the online...