Posted by fgilbert on March 27th, 2014

In a short statement following the EU-US summit held in Brussels earlier this week, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, announced on March 27, 2014, that the United States and the European Union have agreed to take steps to address concerns caused by last year’s revelations on the USA NSA surveillance programs, and […]

Posted by fgilbert on January 9th, 2014

The Internet of Things has the potential to transform many fields, including home automation, medicine, and transportation. It will connect more things and more people to the Internet, and ultimately, connect more people with each other. Our devices will know, more than ever, who we are, what we pay, what we sign up for, or […]

Posted by jgilbert on October 15th, 2013

  Thank you for your vote! We are proud to announce that our very own Francoise Gilbert was recently named the Best Lawyers® 2014 San Francisco Information Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year!” Additionally, Francoise celebrates her 7th year inclusion with Best Lawyers’ 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers of America as well as her 6th year […]

Posted by fgilbert on October 4th, 2013

Supplement #12 to our two-volume treatise Global Privacy and Security Law has been shipped to our subscribers!! 29 chapters have been updated. The most significant changes are described below. Americas Chapter 17 – Canada: The Federal Privacy Commissioner of Canada has issued several reports, including reports requesting amendments to PIPEDAs. The update also provides information […]

Posted by fgilbert on June 24th, 2013

The FDA has published for comments a draft guidance that is intended to assist the health industry in identifying and addressing cybersecurity threats in medical devices. Indeed, medical devices are frequently used to collect patients’ vital signs. The information is then transferred to a database within the medical office or in the cloud, for further […]

Posted by fgilbert on June 4th, 2013

The State of New York has launched an inquiry into the steps taken by the largest insurance companies to keep their customers and companies safe from cyber threats. This is the second inquiry of this kind.  Earlier this year, a similar investigation targeted the cyber security practices of New York based financial institutions. On May […]

Posted by fgilbert on March 15th, 2013

On March 14, 2013, the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party published its opinion on the unique privacy and data protection issues faced by applications used on mobile device.  The 30-page opinion provides an analysis of the technical and legal issues, and concludes with a series of recommendations to app developers, platform developers, equipment manufacturers […]

Posted by fgilbert on January 17th, 2013

A 562-page, unofficial version of the final HIPAA / HITECH Rule was posted today. The final version of the document (“the 2013 Rule) is scheduled to be published on January 25, 2013 at This 2013 Rule becomes effective on March 26, 2013. Covered entities and business associates must comply by September 23, 2013. This […]

Posted by fgilbert on December 19th, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission final updated COPPA Rule, published this morning (December 19, 2012),  brings child protection online to the 21st century. While most of the high level requirements, which stem directly from the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) remain unchanged, the updated Rule contains references to modern technologies such as geolocation, plug-ins and mobile apps, and […]

Posted by fgilbert on December 11th, 2012

Recent reports and press articles, with attention grabbing headlines, have expressed concern, and at times asserted, that the U.S. government has the unfettered ability to obtain access to data stored outside the United States by U.S. cloud service providers or their foreign subsidiaries. They point to the USA PATRIOT Act (“Patriot Act”) as the magic […]