On November 9, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had entered into an consent agreement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to settle allegations that the video conferencing provider engaged in a series of unfair and deceptive practices that undermined the security of its user base, which, according to the FTC, has grown from 10 million users in December 2019 to 300 million in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On November 2, 2020, the comment period for the Federal Acquisition Security Council’s interim final rule implementing the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 will close.
Continue Reading Federal Acquisition Security Council Accepting Comments on Interim Final Rule Regarding Information Technology Supply Chain Risk

On April 13, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services issued guidance to all New York State entities covered under NYDFS’s cybersecurity regulation regarding assessing and addressing heightened cybersecurity risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The UK Information Commissioner has released an opinion in response to the joint effort announced by Apple and Google to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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The meaning of an “automatic telephone dialing system” (“ATDS”) as defined by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has been hotly contested since the D.C. Circuit invalidated the prior Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) rulings interpreting the TCPA in 2018. The Ninth Circuit has held that merely calling numbers from a stored list is sufficient to meet the definition of an ATDS, while the Third Circuit has at least indicated that the ability to generate numbers randomly or sequentially is the defining characteristic.
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On February 21, 2020, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union published a revised part of the proposed Regulation concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications and Repealing Directive.
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On February 1, 2020, the Italian Data Protection Authority announced that it had levied a fine of 27.8 Million Euros on TIM S.p.A., a telecommunications company, for several unlawful marketing data processing practices.
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On July 23, 2019, New York City Council members introduced Int. 1632-2019, an amendment to the administrative code of New York City that would prohibit telecommunications carriers and mobile applications from sharing a customer’s location data if the location was collected from a device in the five boroughs.
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