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On April 26th at 1:00 pm EST Marc Zwillinger will be joining other distinguished panelists on the TeleStrategies ISS World Webinar series. The webinar will feature conversation about new Federal Law enforcement mandates for social network, portal, cloud computing and telecom operators. This webinar comes at an important time as Congress is considering several initiatives...

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Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) have scheduled a press conference to introduce their privacy bill, titled “The Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011,” on Tuesday, April 12. The bill is expected to be the first comprehensive consumer privacy bill to be introduced in the Senate. In March, the Obama administration...

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The SEC Puts Regulation S-P to Work

Apr 8, 2011 by Jake Sommer

The SEC has charged three employees at Florida-based GunnAllen Financial Inc. for violations of Regulation S-P including: improperly transferring customer data to a third party, improperly responding to data breaches, and failing to have adequate policies and procedures in place to protect customer information.  Each defendant entered into a consent order with the SEC pursuant...

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Yesterday, April 6, 2011, two government agencies’ testified in a hearing entitled “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act:  Government Perspectives on Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age” before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Committee Chairman Leahy has continued to show interest in reforming ECPA.  The administration appears to have more mixed views.   Cameron Kerry, General Counsel of...

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Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) has filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint in the In Re Sony PS3 OTHER OS Litigation, Case No. C 10-1811, pending in the N.D. of California.  The case concerns SCEA’s release of a software update to its PS3 game system that disabled the systems’ “Other OS” feature, which...

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Numerous news organizations reported yesterday that popular iPhone and Android Application developers received grand jury subpoenas purportedly relating to a criminal investigation into whether the Apps obtained and transmitted User information without proper disclosures.  WSJ’s coverage, ARS Technica, Bloomberg.  According to the news articles, the existence of the investigation became public when Pandora disclosed in...

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On April 7th from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm EST Marc Zwillinger and Elizabeth Banker will lend their expertise to the EDUCAUSE webinar series. These webinars are designed to facilitate hour-long presentations on critical information technology issues that are impacting higher education.  Their presentation, Lawful Access: Issues and Challenges for Universities will focus on the legal...

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If you haven’t already, you are about to get an email or letter informing you that your email address may have been obtained by unauthorized parties.  Email marketing firm Epsilon suffered a data breach late last week that potentially exposed its corporate clients’ customer information, specifically email addresses and/or customer names. While not itself a...

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Like most things these days the online book market is rapidly growing and eclipsing the non-digital market. With that in mind Senator Leland Yee from California recently introduced legislation to put stronger privacy protections in place to restrict disclosure of records about consumer activity on e-book sites.  While the legislation would provide more protection for...

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As an update to our previous post regarding the United States Copyright Group (USCG) mass copyright infringement suits, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled in three additional USCG cases (Call of the Wild Movie LLC v. Does 1-1,062, Maverick Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Does 1...

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