Amended California Law Expands Requirements for Consumer Subscriptions
- Companies that offer services, whether online or offline, to consumers on a subscription or other automatic renewal basis should be aware that such offers are heavily regulated at both the federal and state levels. A recent amendment to Section 17602 of California’s Business and... ›
Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges
By: Erin M. Bosman and Julie Y. Park“My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw,” wrote a tech blogger who purchased Google Inc.’s latest internet of things (IoT) device. Following the incident, a pact of consumer advocacy groups insisted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... ›
Social Links: Potential cures for cyberbullying & other social media ills; cross-device tracking could imperil employers; should AI be regulated?
By: Aaron P. RubinAfter British police unsuccessfully tried to get the blogging platform WordPress.com to remove offensive and threatening posts, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party vowed to urge changes that would make the country’s laws less tolerant of online abuse. As bipartisan U.S. legislation... ›
Brands Beware: FTC Continues Campaign on Social Media Influencer Disclosures
By: Julie O'NeillWith much fanfare , the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to take actions relating to so-called “social media influencers” who allegedly fail to disclose material connections to the products or brands they endorse. Recurring enforcement actions and guidance—and the FTC’s ongoing promotion of its... ›
More Insight From the FTC on Data Security—or More of the Same?
By: Julie O'NeillRecent challenges to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) authority to police data security practices have criticized the agency’s failure to provide adequate guidance to companies. In other words, the criticism goes, businesses do not know what they need to do to avoid a charge... ›
In-Depth Report: Privacy + Data Security
By: Aaron P. RubinAs Socially Aware readers know, privacy and data security issues are among the most critical legal issues confronting companies that do business online. With ransomware attacks and hacking incidents on the rise, and with privacy and data security laws becoming increasingly burdensome, companies are... ›
German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities
By: Christoph Nüßing and Philip RadlanskiOn June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive surveillance powers to law enforcement authorities. The new law, once in force, will allow law enforcement to covertly install software on end user devices allowing the interception of... ›
8 Steps to Avoid Being the Victim of the Next Ransomware Attack
By: Nathan D. TaylorThe global WannaCry ransomware attack should be a wake up call for all companies about the threat ransomware poses. While WannaCry was one of the first highly publicized attacks in which ransomware was weaponized and used against numerous companies at once, there will undoubtedly... ›
Data Protection Masterclass: GDPR Is Less Than a Year Away: Are You on Track?
By: Aaron P. RubinLive Webinar: June 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM (ET) / 9:00 AM (PT) The May 2018 compliance deadline for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching and—with non-compliance penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover... ›
Overview of Ransomware Attacks
By: Aaron P. RubinIn the most recent edition of his CyberSide Chat series, Socially Aware contributor Andy Serwin discusses ransomware attacks, including: the reasons why ransomware attacks are becoming more common; the types of ransomware attacks companies should prepare to address; and the strategies that companies can... ›