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Monthly Archives: November 2012

NLRB Invalidates Another Workplace Social Media Policy

Posted in Employee Privacy

Our colleagues over at Mintz’s Employment Matters Blog have written about yet another finding from the National Labor Relations Board relating to a workplace social media policy.    Have you looked at your company’s policy lately in light of these rulings? By Martha J. Zackin The NLRB has again weighed in on workplace social media policies.  And,… Continue Reading

OCR Issues Guidance Methods for De-Identification of PHI Under HIPAA


Originally posted in Health Law Policy Matters Written by Julie K. Lappas The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released guidance on the methods that covered entities and business associates can use to de-identify protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act… Continue Reading

“Fair, Adequate and Reasonable”: Federal Judge Approves the FTC’s $22.5 Million Settlement with Google

Posted in Class Action Litigation, Federal Trade Commission

Written by Jake Romero As previously reported in this blog , Google, Inc. agreed to pay $22.5 Million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented its data collection practices to users of Apple, Inc.’s Safari Internet browser .  That settlement has now been approved by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, following a challenge brought… Continue Reading

The Unforeseeable Transaction: Apple Argues that the California Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Should Not Apply To Online Retailers

Posted in Class Action Litigation, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero When is a gallon of gas like an iTunes track?  That may sound like a riddle from a Lewis Carroll novel, but it was one of the questions considered by the California Supreme Court during oral arguments in Apple v. Superior Court (Krescent) as Apple, Inc. attempted to persuade the Court… Continue Reading

From Brussels: The New EU Data Protection Regulation — Will they or won’t they? And if so, when?

Posted in Data Breach Notification, Data Compliance & Security, European Union, Privacy Regulation

Susan Foster, a Member in Mintz Levin’s London office, attended last week’s IAPP Conference in Brussels and filed this report –  Written by Susan Foster Sometimes the most interesting things that emerge from conferences are whispered across the aisle just after a presentation or debated by attendees off-site over a glass or two of wine…. Continue Reading

Cybersecurity and Privacy Issues in the Lame Duck and 113th Congress

Posted in Legislation, Privacy Regulation

With a victory in last week’s election for President Obama, there is an increased chance for an Executive Order on Cybersecurity before the end of the year.   Our colleagues at ML Strategies have published a post-election analysis of telecommunications issues, including cybersecurity and privacy and that analysis is available here – ML Strategies Legislative Alert… Continue Reading

Survey Says: Consumers Confused about Online Tracking

Posted in Privacy Regulation

Written by Amy Malone Amid the chatter regarding the elections,  the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology recently released a report on Americans’ views of “Do Not Track”.  They found that 87% of the 1,200 people surveyed had never heard of Do Not Track.  The Do Not Track regulations that privacy groups began advocating for over… Continue Reading

California’s AG Puts Mobile Apps on Notice

Posted in Data Compliance & Security, Privacy Regulation

Written by Jake Romero If a haunted house or trick-or-treating was your scariest experience last week, you must not be one of the 100 mobile application developers who received a notice of non-compliance from California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.  On October 30, Attorney General Harris’s office announced that letters had been sent to the… Continue Reading

The FTC Fires Back Against Wyndham

Posted in Data Breach, Data Breach Notification, Federal Trade Commission, Privacy Litigation, Privacy Regulation

Written by Adam Veness The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has filed its response to the Wyndham Hotel & Resorts LLC’s (“Wyndham”) Motion to Dismiss.  More information about Wyndham’s Motion can be seen in an earlier blog post here. In its response, the FTC rebuts Wyndham’s Motion and argues three main points: 1) the FTC… Continue Reading