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  • From Vol. 2 No.7 (Mar. 30, 2016)

    Steps for Companies to Take This Week, This Month and This Year to Meet the Challenges of International Cyberspace Governance

    The borderless nature of cyberspace demands adequate global security and governance, and companies must protect their data across jurisdictions. At the recent 2016 RSA Conference, experts explored the challenges of global cybersecurity and governance; identified key efforts to address these issues; provided nine practical steps companies should be taking now to protect themselves; and examined the cybersecurity laws of 13 countries. The panel featured Alan Charles Raul, a Sidley Austin partner; John Smith, Raytheon vice president, legal, cybersecurity and privacy; and Michael Sulmeyer, director of the Cyber Security Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. See also “Deal Struck to Maintain the Transatlantic Data Flow” (Feb. 17, 2016).

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  • From Vol. 2 No.5 (Mar. 2, 2016)

    Synthesizing Breach Notification Laws in the U.S. and Across the Globe

    Does your company have a comprehensive breach disclosure plan that complies with regulatory and legal obligations across the globe? In a recent panel held at Georgetown Law School, Harriet Pearson and Allison Bender, a partner and associate, respectively, at Hogan Lovells, discussed the changing legal landscape of breach notification obligations, including the proliferation of disclosure obligations at the state, national and transnational level, as well as disclosure obligations among organizations. See “After a Cyber Breach, What Laws Are in Play and Who Is Enforcing Them?” (May 20, 2015).

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  • From Vol. 1 No.12 (Sep. 16, 2015)

    Privacy and Cybersecurity in Canada: Legal Risk Update

    Privacy and cybersecurity considerations are currently a key focus of private and public sector organizations, governments and individuals worldwide.  Canada is no exception.  In fact, although Canada has long been considered a global leader in striking a reasonable balance between the protection of privacy and needs of organizations, in recent years Canada has seen the emergence of unprecedented legal risks in respect of privacy and cybersecurity matters. As Alex Cameron, a partner at Fasken Martineau, explains in a guest article, organizations doing business in Canada (or that process information about Canadians) should take note of the dramatic increase in privacy litigation and class actions in Canada, and the recent introduction of mandatory breach notification, reporting and recordkeeping in Canada.  Cameron explains the developments and summarizes recent cases.  See also “Canada’s Digital Privacy Act: What Businesses Need to Know,” The Cybersecurity Law Report, Vol. 1, No. 9 (Jul. 29, 2015).

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  • From Vol. 1 No.9 (Jul. 29, 2015)

    Canada’s Digital Privacy Act: What Businesses Need to Know

    Companies that conduct business in Canada or collect data from Canada will need to make significant changes going forward to comply with the recently enacted Digital Privacy Act.  As Kirsten Thompson, Daniel G.C. Glover and Marissa Caldwell of McCarthy Tétrault explain, the substantial regulation mandates breach notification, imposes new consent requirements and significant fines, and changes the confidentiality requirements within government investigations.  In addition, it gives the Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada an enforcement role.  Even companies with no Canadian presence are looking closely at this legislation as the U.S., Europe and other countries debate legislative proposals of their own.  

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