What's trending on NP Privacy Partner

May 13, 2016

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Matthew J. Frankel, Valerie Breslin Montague, Steven M. Richard, Eric Walz

It’s a big week for privacy, security and the federal government: the recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act has cybersecurity implications, the FBI proposes a rule that will insulate records from the Privacy Act, the FTC issues FCRA guidance for companies that conduct employment background screening, and the White House releases a report on Big Data.


Are the DOJ’s rapidly expanding evidence-gathering techniques going too far?

Debates ensue as to where the line should be drawn in DOJ’s investigatory techniques.—Eric Walz

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Proposed rule seeks to insulate FBI records system from Privacy Act requirements

FBI believes exemption is key to its law enforcement and national security activities.—Valerie Breslin Montague

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Newly passed federal Defend Trade Secrets Act’s ex parte seizure provision gives nod toward cybersecurity concerns over seized materials

The Defend Trade Secrets Act will allow a federal civil lawsuit to be brought for trade secret misappropriation and provide new federal remedies for trade secret theft.—Matthew J. Frankel

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Health Care and HIPAA

Ohio state department suffers mental health privacy breach

Consumer survey focuses attention on preventing inadvertent disclosures.—Kristen Marotta

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Privacy Litigation & Class Action

California judge allows biometric lawsuit against Facebook to proceed

Facebook must defend against claims that biometric tagging violates the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act.—Steven M. Richard

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Employee & Workplace Privacy

FTC issues business guidance regarding employment background screening companies’ FCRA compliance

The Federal Trade Commission has created new guidance regarding employment background screening companies’ compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.—Steven M. Richard

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Threat Alerts & Guidance

Department of Homeland Security issues SAP software alert

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released an alert this week noting a particular vulnerability related to outdated or misconfigured software.—Kate A.F. Martinez

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Consumer Privacy

White House report addresses big data’s opportunities and risks

The White House has published a report addressing how organizations should use big data and algorithmic programs to enhance services while avoiding discrimination.—Steven M. Richard

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