Category Archives: Privacy Law

Celebrities And Snapchat Feuds: Are Recording Phonecalls Legal?

As most people know, there has been on-going feud between Taylor Swift and Kayne West. Last night, more fuel was added to the fire when Kayne’s wife, Kim Kardashian, went to Snapchat and posted recordings of a conversation between Ms. Swift and Mr. West which purport to show that Taylor was aware of off-colored lyrics …

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Will Brexit Undermine U.K. Participation in the General Data Protection Regulation and the U.S./E.U. Privacy Shield?

The June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum outcome in the U.K. does create uncertainty about whether the U.K. will continue to follow EU data protection laws, including implementation of the E.U.’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), scheduled to become effective on May 25, 2018. Furthermore, the recently negotiated new U.S./E.U. Privacy Shield, intended to replace the …

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security breaches

Fiduciary Risk in Data Privacy and Cybersecurity? You Bet!

Health plan administrators are (or certainly should be) well-versed in their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Failure to secure protected health information (PHI) from disclosure can result in civil monetary penalties of up to $1.5 million …

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general data protection

Announcement of "Privacy Shield" Gives Hope for U.S. Companies Who Previously Relied on Safe Harbor

We have previously discussed the EU Court of Justice’s invalidation of the long-standing Safe Harbor program, previously relied on by many organizations as a means of authorizing transfers of EU citizens’ private data to the United States. U.S. companies eagerly awaited news of a replacement for Safe Harbor and kept a close watch as the …

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Announcement of “Privacy Shield” Gives Hope for U.S. Companies Who Previously Relied on Safe Harbor

We have previously discussed the EU Court of Justice’s invalidation of the long-standing Safe Harbor program, previously relied on by many organizations as a means of authorizing transfers of EU citizens’ private data to the United States. U.S. companies eagerly awaited news of a replacement for Safe Harbor and kept a close watch as the …

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More Than Family Affair: Six-Figure HIPAA Penalty Upheld for Unrepentant Home Care Agency due to PHI Access by Spurned Spouse of Employee

Introduction The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 and the regulations promulgated thereunder (“HIPAA”) should be now well-known to health care providers and health plans.  Under HIPAA’s “Privacy Rule,” covered entities must take steps to “reasonably safeguard” protected health information (“PHI”) from any “intentional or unintentional use or disclosure that …

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MARINA CA/USA - DECEMBER 30 2013: Exterior view of a Target retail store. Target Corporation is an American retailing company headquartered in Minneapolis Minnesota. It is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States.

Rosa Parks Name and Likeness Free for Use?

Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development v. Target Corp. Addressing the balance between privacy rights and matters of public interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint, holding that the defendant was shielded by the First Amendment from a lawsuit claiming the …

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Private Email Woes Infect The Private Sector in Delaware

Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s ruling in Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo!, Inc., C.A. No. 10774-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 2, 2016) should sound a tocsin to directors that their “private” emails may not be so private.  The ruling addressed Amalgamated Bank’s demand to inspect the books and records of Yahoo! pursuant to Section 220 of the Delaware General …

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Department of Commerce Releases Fact Sheet on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

As we reported yesterday, the United States and the European Commission have reached a political agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows, referred to as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.  The U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) released a fact sheet yesterday to coincide with the announcement of the agreement. The fact sheet includes a …

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general data protection

Agreement Reached on New EU-U.S. Safe Harbor: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 2nd, 2016, the European Commission and U.S. Government reached political agreement on the new framework for transatlantic data flows.  The new framework – the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – succeeds the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (for more on the Court of Justice of the European Union decision in the Schrems case declaring the Safe Harbor …

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