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Takeaways From the FTC’s Annual Privacy and Data Security Update

By Antonia M. Dumas, an Associate at XPAN Law Group, LLC On March 15, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update (“Update”), an annual report summarizing its role and activity as the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer. For businesses, a key takeaway from the Update is […]

One Ring to Rule Them All

With large cyber breaches like Instagram, Target, and Equifax it isn’t a surprise that the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) issued the Data Security Model Law (MDL-668) (the “Model Law”).  The Model Law heavily borrows from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) cybersecurity regulations that went into effect on March 1, 2017. […]

“Becoming reality: A Federal Data Privacy legislation in the United States”

By Carolin C. Brucker Cabe, LL.M., an Associate at XPAN Law Group, LLC. It has been a week full of hearings in Washington, D.C. and the subject matter of these couldn’t be of any more interest to anyone working in the Data Privacy Industry. Both the House and Senate held hearings this past week setting […]

New Government Accountability Office Recommendations May Expand FTC Powers

This post is authored by Matthew Bonner, a third-year student at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Mr. Bonner is a legal-intern with the XPAN Law Group. Unlike the European Union, the United States still lacks an adequate federal framework to protect data users’ privacy rights. The GDPR provides landmark privacy rights for […]

A Guide to Protecting Your IoT Devices From Online Hackers

By Caitlyn Eltzholtz, Operations Manager at XPAN Law Group The Internet of Things As a millennial, my smartphone is virtually glued to my hand.  I will admit: I do not leave a room without bringing my phone with me, let alone leave the house without it.  In addition to our everyday devices such as smartphones, […]

Look Before You Leap.. Privacy and Security in M&A Transactions

For those of us in the privacy and security area, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) has dramatically changed the landscape and the platform privacy and security enjoy both domestically and abroad.  The GDPR is driving much of the conversation around privacy and security but we have also seen a renaissance in privacy […]

Weather Forecast: Cold with a side of data privacy storm

By Carolin Brucker Cabe, an Associate at XPAN Law Group, LLC. While the weather here on the East coast is getting colder, companies providing mobile applications to their users might still see themselves on the sunny side of the legal weather forecast when it comes to how they collect their users’ geolocation data and what […]

Has The Government Shutdown Resulted In A Cybersecurity Blackout?

By Antonia Dumas, an Associate at XPAN Law Group. Just like a blackout, a government shutdown occurs suddenly and creates a sense of chaos. This is especially true when we have faced the longest government shutdown in history. And, while the current political environment is a prominent national issue, businesses need to think about how […]

Where are we now? Six Months Into the GDPR

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into effect, and largely took the corporate world by surprise. In the ensuing six-plus months, the negative speculation on the impact of the GDPR has run rampant: it will destroy innovation, companies will be put out of business with extraordinary fines — […]

Rebecca Rakoski Periodical on Privacy in 2018 for Policy & Medicine’s Compliance Update

Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.’s periodical, ‘A Modern Renaissance Privacy in 2018 and Its Continuing Domestic Evolution,’ has been published in Policy & Medicine‘s Compliance Update.  Below is an excerpt from the article… These days, it seems that nearly every evolved country in the world recently passed a piece of sweeping privacy regulation. In a global […]