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Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds That Envelope With Visible Bar Code That Could Be Scanned To Reveal Consumer's Account Number May Violate The FDCPA
In light of this decision, debt collectors should avoid the use of account numbers and/or QR codes on envelopes or within the viewing area of clear plastic envelope windows.
United States
28 Jul 2015
Data Breach Negligence Claims Not Recognized In Pennsylvania
In an important and well-reasoned 12-page decision, Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County refused to create a common law duty to protect and secure confidential information.
United States
17 Jun 2015
Delaware Adopts Law Requiring The Destruction Of Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information
On July 1, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Delaware House Bill 295, which amends Section 6 of the Delaware Code relating to trade and commerce.
United States
29 Jul 2014
Improving Cybersecurity—The Road Ahead
On February 19, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636—Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
United States
12 Mar 2014
District Court Holds That Stored Communications Act Protects Private Facebook Posts
A district court recently held that the federal Stored Communications Act protects private Facebook wall posts from access by unauthorized users.
United States
22 Jan 2014
NIST Issues Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure: Solicits Comment
On October 23, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released the long-awaited draft of its Cybersecurity Framework, intended to help "critical infrastructure" organizations improve their IT and data security programs and policies.
United States
15 Nov 2013
HHS Issues Guidance On Communications About Drugs And Biologics Under HIPAA And HITECH
Just in time for the September 23 enforcement deadline under the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has issued Guidance regarding communications with individuals about drugs or biologics.
United States
26 Sep 2013
Court Rules Detainee Has The Right To Google An Attorney
Today, Google is the world's largest search engine, used for everything from finding local businesses, to email, to getting maps, and now socializing on the Google Plus network.
United States
5 Jun 2013
President Obama Signs Executive Order Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a related Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.
United States
13 Mar 2013
Final HIPAA / HITECH Regulations Published: Revisions That Impact Research Activities
A discussion on the modifications to the HIPAA Rules - includes several provisions that impact research activities, most of which are consistent with the proposed rule published on July 14, 2010.
United States
29 Jan 2013
Final HIPAA / Hitech Regulations Published: Subcontractors Are Required To Directly Comply With HIPAA
This is the first in a series of Alerts to be published regarding the Final Rule, titled "Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
United States
29 Jan 2013
Ethical Electronics: New Guidance On Protecting The Confidentiality Of Attorney-Client E-mails
On August 4, 2011, the American Bar Association (the "ABA") issued Formal Opinion 11-459 (the "Opinion"), stating that lawyers have a duty to warn their clients not to use a workplace computer, network, or device to communicate with their personal lawyer.
United States
17 Nov 2011
Whose E-Mail Is It Anyway? It Depends . . .
In our earlier article "Whose E-mail Is It Anyway," we discussed whether the Fourth Amendment and/or the attorney-client privilege protects an employee’s personal documents and e-mails stored on a company computer or sent through a company’s network.
United States
25 Feb 2010
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