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Privacy & Security

Arent Fox is on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and data protection laws and has experience assisting clients with all aspects of privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection. Our group serves clients in regulated spaces such as health care and telecommunications and sophisticated industries including retail, gaming and entertainment, and media.

Arent Fox’s interdisciplinary team of cybersecurity and data protection attorneys handle the full scope of data security and protection issues. We regularly advise clients on how to protect their data at every stage, from advice and counseling to investigations, incident planning and response, litigation, and even securing insurance policies to mitigate risks and liabilities. We work with companies to develop internal security and governance programs; advise businesses on the collection of data in retail locations as well as in online including via social media marketing and e-commerce platforms; and conduct internal investigations in response to critical data breaches. We also work with companies to implement privacy and data security protection by using IT agreements to control data access by their employees, reconfiguring data security when moving IT operations to the cloud, and protecting against cyber risks that can arise from third party IT vendors.

We routinely advise on the biggest trends in privacy and data security such as: handling ransomware incidents; cyber threat and new technology systems; NIST, ISO, PCI-DSS, and other security standards; payment security and mobile payment trends; aggregate and anonymized data collection in advertising; FTC guidance and enforcement; the Internet of Things; cross-border data transfer issues; the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); health information privacy, security, and breach notification; as well as federal- and state-level regulatory compliance.

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California Attorney General Reports Upswing in Data Breaches

What’s the News?

In October 2014, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released the California Data Breach Report, the state’s most recent analysis of data security threats facing businesses and consumers. The Report, which notes a dramatic 28 percent increase in data breaches in California in 2013, serves as a reminder to businesses nationwide of the constant threat of increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals — and the need for new and better approaches to safeguarding sensitive information.

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Target Breach Class Actions Take a Big Step Forward

Arent Fox Complex Litigation partner Joshua Fowkes wrote an article that was published by Corporate Counsel which focuses on a recent ruling involving the data breach of Target Corp. that gives banks a green light to continue with their class action suits against the company.

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Ikea Seeks Class Decertification in ZIP Code Case

What Made News?

Ikea recently argued that a class action filed against it based on alleged violations of California’s Song-Beverly Act should not be maintained. Ikea admits that its sales registers prompt sales associates to collect ZIP codes from consumers, but it argues that associates often bypass the prompt. Because it does not have a policy to collect ZIP codes, Ikea claims that it cannot be held liable for the alleged illegal ZIP code collections.

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‘Killing the Password Dead’ and Other Updates in Cybersecurity

The Obama Administration has announced a series of initiatives to address the growing number of data breaches at major retailers. Millions of Americans and thousands of retailers have been the victims of data breaches over the past year, and consumers and legislators alike are increasingly looking for ways to secure sensitive data such as payment card account numbers.

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BOGO? More Like ‘No Go’

FTC Brings First Case Under Federal Negative Option Law

What’s Making News?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first case under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA), a 2010 federal law that prohibits online sellers from charging consumers in an Internet transaction unless the seller has clearly disclosed all material terms of the transaction and obtained consumers’ express informed consent.

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FTC Lends Support to Federal Geolocation Data Bill

What’s the News?

In testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this summer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lent its support to federal legislation that would require businesses to obtain “affirmative express consent” from consumers before collecting geolocation data from mobile devices.

How the Cookie Crumbles: Cookie Enforcement Sweeps Begin in EU

What’s the News?

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) — the entities responsible for enforcing the European Union (EU) Data Directive and the EU Cookie Directive — are taking part in what is being referred to as “Cookie Sweep Day.” This “day” will actually last a week, beginning September 15, 2014 and ending on September 19, 2014.

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Walmart Argues Against Class Certification in Customer Data Collection Case

What Made News?

Walmart recently argued that the US District Court for the Eastern District of California should not grant class certification in a suit alleging that Walmart’s data collection practices violate California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 (Song-Beverly Act).

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High Profile Data Breaches Spur Legislative Action on Cyber Security

What’s Making News?

After a spate of high-profile data security breaches, many legislators, businesses, and consumers are asking what can be done to prevent such security lapses and who should be held responsible. The increased attention to data security has led to a flurry of recent activity in state legislatures and in Washington.

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Victory for FTC in Dispute Over Its Data Security Authority

What Made News?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently won a significant victory in federal court in its ongoing efforts to hold businesses accountable for their data security practices. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey rejected a challenge to the FTC’s authority over data security, allowing the FTC to continue with its action in court against the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Wyndham) for its data security failures.

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