What’s trending on NP Privacy Partner

December 15, 2017

NP Privacy Partner

Author(s): Steven M. Richard, Jenny L. Holmes, Karina Puttieva

FTC to consumers: think about privacy in DNA testing, House passes bill aimed at improving DHS’s cyber threat response, court rules that former students’ directory information is discoverable, and more. Here’s what’s trending in data privacy and cybersecurity.


FTC advises consumers to think about privacy in DNA test kit purchases

Consumers should think about privacy when using DNA testing to uncover their heritage.—Steven M. Richard

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The House passes bill aimed at improving the Department of Homeland Security's cyber threat response

Largely in response to the many high-profile data breaches that have victimized consumers since 2013, the DHS Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017 (H.R. 3359) seeks to streamline the operations of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and encourage cooperation between DHS and private-sector companies.—Jenny L. Holmes

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EU Data Protection Advisory Body wants limits on U.S. government’s collection of personal data, calls to appoint Privacy Oversight Board and Ombudsman by May 25, 2018

WP29’s opinion, which is separate from the European Commission’s review, warns about the possibility of taking the Privacy Shield before the European Court of Justice next year, if several issues are not addressed.—Karina Puttieva

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Privacy Litigation & Class Action

Court rules that former students’ directory information is discoverable

Former students' directory information is not subject to FERPA notice and opt-out requirements.—Steven M. Richard

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Fifth Circuit declines to review orders compelling production of student records

Fifth Circuit denies petition seeking review of broad discovery orders in ongoing Title IX litigation.—Steven M. Richard

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