The U.S. Supreme Court struck down today a Vermont law prohibiting pharmaceutical companies from buying or using prescription data for marketing. The decision, Sorrell v. IMS Health, holds that the state law prohibiting the sale or disclosure for marketing purposes of prescription data that identifies prescribers (but not patients) is an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech rights of pharmaceutical and data mining companies.
The Hogan Lovells privacy blog is now mobile! Learn about our new mobile-formatted content available through our new App. Imagine, you can be standing in line (or on line, if in NYC) and bide the time by looking at your mobile device to read about the latest FTC enforcement action. Learn more in this entry.
A House subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on the SAFE Data Act, a draft data security and breach notification bill that, among other things, would require businesses to minimize the amount of personal information they maintain about consumers and notify law enforcement within a very short period of time — within 48 hours of discovering a breach.
The FTC is holding a July forum entitled “Stolen Futures”, focusing on children’s identity theft, as described in more detail in this blog entry.
The Tony Awards for the best in Broadway will be handed out in New York on Sunday. This week, the “Tony Awards for Privacy Law” were handed out by Chambers, a leading guide to law firms and practices that conducts client surveys. The performance of the Hogan Lovells privacy lawyers yielded the top ranking in Band 1, with the practice leaders also personally highly ranked.
At a time when hacks of major commercial computer systems are in the news, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force issued a green paper yesterday preliminarily recommending a new framework for Internet security for the myriad interconnected companies using the Internet other than those considered critical infrastructure. The report, described in this blog entry, proposes voluntary self-regulatory codes of conduct.