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The Global Network Initiative (“GNI”) recently released a report, “Data Beyond Borders: Mutual Legal Assistance in the Internet Age,”examining the current dysfunction in the existing Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (“MLAT”) process and making recommendations to improve this process. The report, written by law professor Andrew Woods, was compiled based on feedback from law enforcement and...

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On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address (“SOTU”), which included proposals regarding privacy and data security. This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard promises about these topics in the SOTU. But, as 2014 has been referred to as “the year of the data breach,” the stars may align to finally...

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LabMD’s challenge to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) authority to regulate data security again stalled in the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The lengthy procedural drama continued—without a major plot twist—when the Eleventh Circuit upheld the District Court’s dismissal of LabMD’s claims against the FTC for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. LabMD originally...

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The Supreme Court may soon decide whether certain aspects of Oracle’s Java programing language are protected by copyright law. The case began in a California district court, where the court held that Oracle’s copyright claims against Google largely failed because the code allegedly copied was not protected by copyright law. The Federal Circuit substantially overruled...

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Yesterday, Judge Stanley Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed once and for all a Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) claim against Viacom based on its operation of certain Nickelodeon websites. Plaintiffs in the matter had alleged that Viacom violated the VPPA by disclosing to Google (Viacom’s analytics...

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President Obama once again turned his attention towards online privacy and security issues. During his January 12th speech at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), he announced new proposed legislation aimed at protecting American consumers from identity theft and ensuring privacy, including for children. Interestingly, Obama’s speech marked the first time that an American President visited...

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ZwillGen Promotes Two New Shareholders

Jan 14, 2015 by Jennifer Russell

We are pleased to announce that Jon Frankel and Ken Dreifach have been promoted to the position of Shareholders. Jon joined the D.C. office two years ago after co-chairing the Privacy and Security Group at Bingham McCutchen, LLP and Ken Dreifach, the head of ZwillGen’s New York office, also joined ZwillGen in 2012, after serving...

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With high-profile data breaches making headlines in 2014, the New Year will likely bring significant developments in the privacy space. On January 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PST, we invite you to join Katherine Robison and Anna Hsia for a webinar on these developments. Topics include: Establishing standing in privacy litigation; Anticipated legislative...

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Happy New Year! For many, the holidays included exciting new gadgets. Whether it’s a new fitness tracker, a smart thermostat, or a smart glucose meter, these new connected devices have arrived, and new products are on the horizon. These products, termed the “Internet of Things” by privacy professionals, are broadly defined as products that can...

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After threatening to move the effective date of its new data localization law from September 1, 2016 to January 1, 2015, Russia settled on a more reasonable, albeit accelerated, timeline. At the end of December, Russia enacted Federal Law No. 526-FZ, which changed the effective date of its new data localization law, Federal Law No....

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