Tag Archives: Email

House of Representatives Passes Email Privacy Act

On February 6, 2017, the House of Representatives suspended its rules and passed by voice vote H.R 387, the Email Privacy Act. The Email Privacy Act now moves to the Senate, where it will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. … Continue Reading

Email Privacy Act Reintroduced in Congress

On January 9, 2017, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act, which would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require government entities to obtain a warrant, based on probable cause, before accessing the content of any emails or electronic communications stored with third-party service providers, regardless of how long the communications have been held in electronic storage by such providers.… Continue Reading

Court Rules Fraud Involving a Computer Is Not ‘Computer Fraud’ under Crime Protection Policy

On October 18, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in Apache Corp. v. Great American Ins. Co. that a crime protection insurance policy does not cover loss resulting from a fraudulent email directing funds to be sent electronically to the imposter’s bank account because the scheme did not constitute “computer fraud” under the policy. … Continue Reading

FCC Cites Lyft Inc. and First National Bank Corp. for TCPA Violations

On September 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that Lyft Inc. (“Lyft”) and First National Bank Corporation (“FNB”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by forcing their users to consent to receive automated text messages as a condition of using their services. The FCC warned that these violations could result in fines … Continue Reading

Data Security Act Introduced in New York State Assembly

On April 8, 2015, a New York Assemblyman introduced the Data Security Act in the New York State Assembly that would require New York businesses to implement and maintain information security safeguards. The Data Security Act also expands the scope of New York’s breach notification law.… Continue Reading

Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers

On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.… Continue Reading

NLRB Reverses Register Guard; Grants Workers Right to Use Employer Email System for Section 7 Purposes

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, in Purple Communications, Inc., a divided National Labor Relations Board held that employees have the right to use their employers' email systems for statutorily protected communications, including self-organization and other terms and conditions of employment, during non-working time.… Continue Reading

White House Releases Report on Big Data

On May 1, 2014, the White House released a report examining how big data is affecting government, society and commerce. In addition to questioning longstanding tenets of privacy legislation, such as notice and consent requirements, the report recommends (1) passing national data breach legislation, (2) revising the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and (3) advancing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.… Continue Reading

Swiss DPA Issues Its 20th Annual Report

On June 28, 2013, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner issued its annual report highlighting activities during the period from April 2012 to March 2013. This blog post provides an overview of information from the report that is relevant for international businesses with operations in Switzerland.… Continue Reading

Sotto Discusses Epsilon Breach with Information Security Media Group

On April 5, 2011, Lisa Sotto, partner and head of the Privacy and Data Security practice at Hunton & Williams LLP, discussed the Epsilon email breach in an interview with Tracy Kitten of Information Security Media Group.  The interview covered issues such as data protection requirements for sensitive consumer data, steps companies should take to … Continue Reading

Israeli National Labor Court Severely Restricts Employee Monitoring

Legal consultant Dr. Omer Tene reports that last week, the Israeli National Labor Court issued an opinion requiring employers to set forth clear policies with respect to employee use of computers and communications systems in the workplace. The Court distinguished between the monitoring of business email accounts, personal email accounts and "mixed" email accounts, and expressed reservations concerning the validity of employee consent in the monitoring context. … Continue Reading
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