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Connecticut Supreme Court Grants Private Action for HIPAA Breach

Posted in Data Theft, Privacy

This week, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an opinion which upheld a state common law negligence action against a healthcare provider for violation of privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations using as evidence of the standard of care the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its accompanying regulations. The court denied defense arguments that HIPAA, which expressly does … Continue Reading

Josh Salinas Explains How Drones Could Pose a Threat to the Protection of Trade Secrets

Posted in Espionage, Privacy, Trade Secrets

The commercial and personal use of drones are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Indeed, there were allegations during the ongoing World Cup that a drone was purportedly used to spy on a team’s practices by an opponent who was looking to gain a competitive advantage. Josh Salinas weighs in on the potential threat drones may pose to the protection of trade … Continue Reading

Talking About Big Data: A Framework

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Trade Secrets

Cross Posted from Global Privacy Watch

The White House released a set of reports this month on Big Data and the privacy implications of Big Data. While a number of folks have been discussing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (“PCAST”) report, I would offer that the Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) report needs … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: 2013 National Year in Review — What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete and Computer Fraud Law

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cybersecurity, Espionage, International, Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Social Media, Trade Secrets

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Michael Wexler, Jim McNairy and Josh Salinas will present Seyfarth’s first installment of its 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar series. They will review noteworthy cases and other legal developments from across the nation this past year in the areas of trade secret and data theft, non-compete enforceability, computer fraud, and the interplay … Continue Reading

Tips For Protecting Trade Secrets In The Social Media Age

Posted in Social Media, Trade Secrets

Social media clearly has numerous uses and benefits, as hundreds of millions of users worldwide can attest. From connecting with a long lost friend, to marketing a new product or service, to organizing a high school reunion or even an uprising in the Middle East, social media has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. But its rapid proliferation comes … Continue Reading

California Legislature Passes Bill To Extend Social Media Privacy Laws To Public Employers

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Social Media, Trade Secrets

Big Brother can’t ask for access to your “personal” social media accounts in the public hiring and employment setting except in certain narrow circumstances if Governor Jerry Brown signs a new social media privacy bill recently passed by the California legislature.

The California Senate passed a bill to extend California’s social media privacy law to public employers last week.

The … Continue Reading

Upcoming Complimentary Webinar: The Big Data Revolution – How Big Data Impacts Trade Secret, Computer Fraud and Privacy Law

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Trade Secrets

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Central time, Seyfarth attorneys Robert Milligan, John Tomaszewski, and Joshua Salinas, along with Anthony Wong, a renowned IP and IT expert from AGW Consulting in Australia, will present the seventh installment in Seyfarth’s 2013 Trade Secrets webinar series. They will discuss how the Big Data Revolution has created a new age … Continue Reading

Seyfarth Attorneys to Present at 2013 ITechLaw World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting

Posted in Privacy, Trade Secrets

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Seyfarth partner Robert Milligan will participate in a panel at this year’s ITechLaw World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting to discuss the hot new field of “Big Data” and the incumbent privacy issues.

Big Data involves the management and analysis of increasingly large and complex amounts of data. The rapidly accumulating and torrential amount … Continue Reading

New Jersey Poised To Adopt New Social Media Legislation

Posted in Legislation, Social Media

With the passage of A2878 in the New Jersey General Assembly in March, New Jersey is poised to become the eighth state to “pass legislation preventing employers from asking prospective and current employers for passwords to their accounts on social media sites.” The proposed law, which is now being considered by Governor Chris Christie, would become the most restrictive social … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Trade Secrets in the Telecommunications Industry

Posted in Trade Secrets

In Seyfarth’s next installment in its series of 2013 Trade Secret Webinars, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Seyfarth attorneys Jim McNairy, Mark Hansen and Justin Beyer will address the role that trade secrets play in the telecommunications industry. The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:… Continue Reading

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Hands Off My Tweets: Washington State Senate Proposes Ban on Mandatory Disclosure of Employee Social Networking Passwords

Posted in Legislation, Social Media

On January 30th, the Washington state senate introduced a bill which would prohibit public and private employers within the state from requiring employees to turn over their online social-network account passwords.  Senate Bill 5211.  As we previously blogged, a number of states have passed… Continue Reading or are considering similar legislation, which ostensibly is aimed at protecting employees’ privacy in their

Employers Take Note: Michigan Adopts Social Media Privacy Legislation

Posted in Data Theft, Legislation

By Jessica Mendelson and Robert Milligan

The Michigan Legislature recently passed the Internet Privacy Protection Act (“IPPA”), otherwise known as House Bill 5523. On December 28, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the IPPA, making Michigan the fourth state to enact a social media privacy law regulating employers. In explaining the reasoning behind the law, Governor Snyder stated, “Cyber security … Continue Reading

Failed Federal Cybersecurity Act May Emerge In Executive Order

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Data Theft, Espionage, Legislation, Practice & Procedure

By Misty Blair

In August, we waved farewell to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S.3414). Or, so we thought. The bill, which followed a tortured path of at least four major iterations since the introduction of its predecessor in 2010, finally hit the brick wall of Senate gridlock when a cloture vote failed to end debate. While this failure effectively … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: California Employment Webinar Series – Privacy in the Workplace: A Need-To-Know Checklist for California Employers

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Webinar Times:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Pacific
12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mountain
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Rights of privacy collide with business objectives more often and with greater impact in California, and there were some noteworthy developments in 2010. From … Continue Reading