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Posted in Consumer Privacy, Financial Privacy, Social Media

Bank Regulators Propose Social Media Guidance; Comments Due March 25, 2013

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released proposed guidance on the use of social media by financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and non-bank entities supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  The proposed “Social Media:  Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance” (“Proposed Guidance”) defines “social media” broadly to including micro-blogging sites (like Google […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Breaches, Employment Privacy, Health Privacy/HIPAA

What the States Did on Their “Summer Vacation”: Enact New Privacy Laws

This summer, several states have enacted legislation addressing a broad range of privacy issues including data breach notification, health care privacy, employer access to employees’ and applicants’ social networking accounts, the collection of Social Security numbers, and telemarketing. We provide an overview of the recent privacy regulation developments in Vermont, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, and Illinois.

Posted in Financial Privacy

Financial Services Industry Group Issues Social Media Guidance

A financial services industry group recently released guidance on managing the risks associated with using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The guidance, titled “Social Media Risks and Mitigation,” was released this week by BITS, a division of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents 100 of the largest financial services companies. The guidance includes tips on managing numerous concerns specific to financial institutions, which are increasingly using social media in their marketing and customer relationship activities.

Posted in Consumer Privacy

CAN-SPAM Held to Apply to Social Media Messaging

On March 28, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held, in Facebook, Inc. v. MAXBOUNTY, Inc., case no. CV-10-4712-JF, that messages sent by Facebook users to their Facebook friends’ walls, news feeds or home pages are “electronic mail messages” under the CAN-SPAM Act. The court, in denying the defendant MAXBOUNTY’s motion to dismiss, rejected that CAN-SPAM applies only to traditional e-mail as it is commonly understood. The ruling is the most expansive judicial interpretation to date of the types of messages falling within the purview of the CAN-SPAM Act. The court did not reach or otherwise address the underlying merits of the CAN-SPAM claims.

Posted in Cybersecurity & Data Breaches

Twitter Consent Order Evidences Broader Scope of FTC Information Security Enforcement

On June 24, the FTC announced a proposed consent order with social networking service provider Twitter, Inc. The Twitter investigation is consistent with the FTC’s longstanding interest in policing the data privacy and security practices of social networking services, dating back to the FTC’s first online privacy case against Geocities in 1998, It evidences a broader ccope of FTC information security enforcement.