Webinar Series: Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU’s most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years, replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive.

In our ongoing series of GDPR-focused webinars, we guide attendees through the (GDPR) provisions, which will take effect on May 25, 2018 for all companies conducting business with EU citizens.

With the deadline for compliance quickly approaching, these sessions provide practical, detailed advice on preparations, as well as developments related to GDPR compliance preparations. We have included links to each of these sessions and a summary of what was covered below.

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Death, Taxes and Cybersecurity

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If Ben Franklin were alive today, he would add cybersecurity to his famous quote “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Cybersecurity is top of mind in every organization in part because of the recent massive ransomware attacks, new federal and state regulations (including the New York Division of Financial Services’ Cybersecurity Regulation) and the upcoming effective date of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  There is no one-size-fits-all solution for organizations that want to shore up their cybersecurity vulnerabilities, but there are a lot of useful reports and advice from federal government agencies.

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The Era of “Big Data” and EU/U.S. Divergence for Refusals to Deal

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The use of “big data” throughout all levels of the economy has led authorities in both Europe and the United States to begin examining how such data may be used as a commodity and, therefore, how it might regulated.

However, authorities on either side of the Atlantic seem to be offering different approaches on the matter; those in Europe are suggesting that big data should be subject to EU abuse of dominance law, whereas U.S. authorities are resisting the notion of big data as an “essential facility” and are suggesting it be considered as an asset within existing merger review processes.

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Delaware Amends Data Breach Notification Law

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Delaware recently amended its data breach notification laws through House Bill 180, which now expands the definition of breach and personal information. It is now among 14 states to impose explicit data security obligations on businesses. While revisions to the law are in some ways more stringent, they are also more balanced by including a risk of harm requirement.

Under the amended law, which will go into effect on April 14, 2018, the definition of breach has been expanded to include not only unauthorized acquisition, but also disclosure of electronic or paper files, media, databases or other data.  The law also broadens the scope of personal information to include user name or email address, in combination with a password or security question, and answer medical information, and unique biometric data.

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DC Circuit Deepens Circuit Split on Data Breach Class Standing

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***09/06/17 UPDATE***

On Wednesday, September 6, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted an unopposed motion to stay its decision that reversed a district court order dismissing a potential class action arising from a 2014 data breach Chantal Attias et al. v. CareFirst Inc. et al., case number 16-7108.  The order stays the mandate until December 7, 2017.

***ORIGINAL POST***

Last month, a three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously reversed a district court order dismissing a potential class action arising from a 2014 data breach,  Chantal Attias et al. v. CareFirst Inc. et al., case number 16-7108.  In reversing that order, the court permitted a health insurance company’s customers to proceed against that carrier, CareFirst, which serves one million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Recordkeeping Corner: All About Those Presidential Tweets & Self-Destructing Messages

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President Trump’s first tweet in office was sent within an hour of his inauguration on January 20, 2017, and it has been followed by hundreds of tweets from both @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump.   Are his tweets considered presidential records to be preserved permanently by the National Archives and Records Administration at a future Trump presidential library?   What is the record status of his deleted tweets?  And what is the record status of other state-of-the-art communications like Confide and Signal, which are designed to self-destruct like the message on the tape in “Mission: Impossible?

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