GDPR Aftermath: The Effect of the EU’s Data Protection Regulation on UDRP and Related Proceedings

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took full effect across the countries of the European Union, with unknown (and highly anticipated) effects on UDRP and related proceedings. In the days leading up to May 25, 2018, many trademark owners prepared and filed UDRP complaints for most, if not all, troublesome domain …

Blockchain: What is it and can I protect it via patents?

What is Blockchain? Blockchain technology, some might argue, is the most important technological innovation since the Internet. Those impacted by this technology are not only companies, but also everyday people. Thus, everyone should try to have a basic understanding of what blockchain is, and how one might benefit from it. The inventor of the blockchain …

Are You Ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The impact will be significant and yes, U.S. businesses will be impacted. GDPR will impact any U.S. company that has a web presence and markets their goods or services to European markets. A recent study by the International Association of Privacy Professionals indicated that Fortune’s Global 500 will spend roughly €7.8 billion to implement GDPR. IAPP also estimates that …

The Fate of WHOIS Under the GDPR: Privacy and Safety on the Internet

As of May 25, 2018, a new EU regulation will make the collection of data and tracking of online selling activity illegal – potentially shielding would-be counterfeiters and trademark infringers from detection in the purchase and sale of counterfeit goods. By Anne Aikman-Scalese Privacy advocates hail the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as …

Court Breathes Life Into Lawsuit Over Inaccurate Online Data

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit revived a California man’s lawsuit accusing Spokeo, Inc. of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The FCRA regulates any “consumer reporting agency” that furnishes a “consumer report,” and those terms are broadly defined to include operators such as Spokeo. The lawsuit arose when …

New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification Legislation

Last week, the New Mexico state legislature passed a bill requiring that New Mexico state residents be notified if their non-encrypted “personal identifying information” (including biometric data) is breached. Once the bill is signed into law, New Mexico will join 47 other states with similar notification laws, and the only two hold-outs will be South Dakota and …

Congress Offers Cybersecurity Guidance for Small Businesses

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Earlier this week the House Small Business Committee published new cyber security and data privacy guidance for small businesses.  Those publications can be found at http://smallbusiness.house.gov/resources/committee-publications.htm, and come on the heels of a Committee hearing that highlighted cyber risks facing small businesses. According to the Committee, nearly 60 percent of small companies go out of …

Federal Court Limits FTC’s Power to Police Data Breaches

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the government agency primarily responsible for imposing penalties on companies that fail to protect consumer data.  It does so under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair and deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.” This case began in 2008, when someone found a …