blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at info@sequeltechlaw.com with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on March 15, 2018
Topic: blogs
Tags: data protection, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Graham-Leach-Bliley Act, Paypal, Venmo

FTC Settles Complaint Against Venmo

On February 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with Paypal, Inc. relating to the privacy and security practices of Venmo, Paypal’s peer-to-peer payment service. The FTC alleged that Venmo failed to adequately disclose to its users that transfers of funds from their Venmo balances to external bank accounts were subject to review, […]

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Posted by Sequel on March 13, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: data breaches, data protection, ICO, Information Commissioner's Office, Personal Information

ICO Adding 200 New Staff Solely for Enforcement Efforts

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will soon be expanding their staff of 300 by adding 200 more lawyers, policy advisors, analysts, and investigators solely for enforcement efforts. They will be strictly enforcing new data protection laws aimed at curtailing the mishandling of consumers’ personal information. The ICO will have the ability to impose large […]

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Posted by Sequel on January 30, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Donald J. Trump, personal data, Privacy Act, privacy shield

Privacy Shield is Safe, for Now

On January 25, 2017, U.S. President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” One specific provision in the order has caused some concern among privacy professionals: the provision, titled “Privacy Act,” reads as follows: Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure […]

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Posted by Sequel on January 9, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: cyber insurance, General Data Protection Regulation, Lloyds

Cyber Insurance Applications and Claims on the Rise in the UK

Cyber insurance applications and claims have soared in view of attacks and fears about fines under the General Data Protection Regulation, with Lloyds offering over 15 different types of cyber insurance policies. A 78 percent increase in claims on cyber policies between 2015 and 2016 means there is a growing amount of exposure for cyber threats […]

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Posted by Sequel on January 9, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Council of Better Business Bureaus, data integrity, Data Protection Authorities, Direct Marketing Association, DOT, DPAs, EU, European Union, FTC, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, JAMS, onward transfer, privacy shield, Privacy Shield Principle, PrivacyTrust, TRUSTe, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, VeraSafe

Identifying Your Independent Recourse Mechanism for Privacy Shield Certification

A U.S. based organization that is subject to the enforcement authority of either the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) may join Privacy Shield by self-certifying its commitment to comply with the seven Privacy Shield Principles. The seventh Privacy Shield Principle—recourse, enforcement, and liability—requires that an organization seeking Privacy Shield […]

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