Tag Archives: Internet

Global Ransomware Attacks Raise Key Legal Considerations

On May 12, 2017, a massive ransomware attack, known as “WannaCry,” began affecting tens of thousands of computer systems in over 100 countries. These types of incidents can have significant legal implications for affected entities and industries for whom data access and continuity is critical. As affected entities work to understand and respond to the threat of ransomware, we address some of the key legal considerations.… Continue Reading

CNIL Unveils 2017 Inspection Program and 2016 Annual Activity Report

On March 28, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority published its Annual Activity Report for 2016 and released its annual inspection program for 2017. The Report presents the main accomplishments in 2016 and highlights the diversified activity at both the national and EU level with the adoption of two major pieces of legislation.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement Over Alleged Consent Order Violation

On March 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Upromise, Inc., agreed to pay 500,000 dollars to settle allegations that it violated the terms of a 2012 consent order that required Upromise to provide notice to consumers regarding its data collection and use practices, and obtain third-party audits.… Continue Reading

FCC Stays Implementation of Data Security Rules

On March 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission, under the new leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 to issue a temporary stay of the data security obligations of the FCC’s Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, which were to go into effect March 2, 2017. The temporary stay will remain in place until the FCC is able to act on pending petitions for reconsideration. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Report on Cross-Device Tracking

On January 23, 2017, the FTC released a Staff Report on cross-device tracking technology that can link multiple Internet-connected devices to the same person and track that person’s activity across those devices. The Report follows a November 2015 workshop on the same subject and is based on information and comments gathered during that workshop.… Continue Reading

European Commission Plans to Upgrade e-Privacy Directive to a Regulation

On December 12, 2016, Politico reported that the European Commission intends to replace the e-Privacy Directive with a Regulation. The planned shift from a Directive to a Regulation means that the Regulation will create a harmonized set of requirements at the EU level that are directly applicable in the Member States. … Continue Reading

CJEU Rules That Dynamic IP Addresses Are Personal Data

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment in Patrick Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, following the Opinion of Advocate General earlier this year. The CJEU followed the Opinion of the Advocate General and declared that the dynamic IP address of a website user is considered personal data.… Continue Reading

CNIL Publishes Internet Sweep Results on Connected Devices

On September 26, 2016, the French Data Protection Authority published the results of the Internet sweep on connected devices. The sweep was conducted in May 2016 to assess the quality of the information provided to users of connected devices, the level of security of the data flows and the degree of user empowerment.… Continue Reading

TalkTalk Appeal Against ICO Fine for Late Notification of Data Breach Dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal

On August 30, 2016, the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (the “Tribunal”) dismissed an appeal from UK telecoms company TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC (“TalkTalk”) regarding a monetary penalty notice issued to it on February 17, 2016, by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). The ICO had issued the monetary penalty notice to TalkTalk, for the amount … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party and EDPS Release Opinions on the ePrivacy Directive

On July 25, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor released their respective Opinions regarding the evaluation and review of Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications. Both the Working Party and the EDPS stressed that new rules should complement the protections available under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. … Continue Reading

China Publishes First Regulation Expressly Regulating Mobile Apps

On June 28, 2016, the State Internet Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the Administrative Provisions on Information Services for Mobile Internet Applications (the “App Administrative Provisions”). This is the first regulation that expressly regulates mobile apps in the People’s Republic of China. Before the App Administrative Provisions were published, the P.R.C. … Continue Reading

Second Reading of China’s Draft of Cybersecurity Law

On June 27, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China held a second reading of the draft Cybersecurity Law. The law is aimed at strengthening the protection and security of key information infrastructure and important data in China.… Continue Reading
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