Recent blog posts

Employers have had nearly a year to consider New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law.  With the recent release of proposed Paid Family Leave (PFL) rules by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), employers finally have something new to consider as they make plans to offer the required PFL benefits starting January 1, 2018.

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In previous posts, we’ve highlighted the FTC’s broad regulation of the use, storage and protection of consumer data under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act and discussed how the FTC relies upon its authority under the Act to flex its muscles in the cybersecurity realm. The FTC’s touchstone for data protection is “reasonableness” and for guidance as to its expectations as to what is deemed reasonable, the FTC has pointed businesses to its speeches, congressional testimony, articles, blog entries, Commission materials and published settlements.  It is for this reason that a blog post published last week on the FTC’s website regarding what to do if businesses are impersonated as part of a phishing scam is so interesting.  

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The new NYS DFS cybersecurity regulations will have international reach. 

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In a recent decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s ruling on a motion to dismiss and held that class action plaintiffs had Article III standing on the basis of their data security Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claims.

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Last Friday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intent to block a controversial new privacy rule that was adopted under the Obama administration and intended to protect consumer information from disclosure by broadband Internet providers.

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