The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued the report “Do Web Host Protect Their Small Business Customers With Secure Hosting And Anti-Phishing Technologies? This report is the result of a mid-2017 investigation by the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation into the security features offered by eleven web hosts that primarily target small businesses. More
FTC Considers “Informational Injury” for Data Breaches
Victims of data breaches are often unable to find a remedy without sustaining actual monetary damages. That could change if the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) pursues a path toward “informational injury,” which could impose a deemed harm to data breach subjects. In December 2017, the FTC held a workshop on informational injury to “examine more thoroughly the range of injuries that can occur from privacy and data security incidents,” according to Acting FTC Chair Ohlhausen. More
The Michigan House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to prevent public disclosure of organization’s cybersecurity assessments, cybersecurity plans, cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Protecting this type of information from public disclosure could help prevent cyberattacks on the organizations involved. More
Kathy Ossian, founder and CEO of Ferndale’s Ossian Law P.C. has been selected as a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Information Technology Law in Detroit for the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication. This title were given based on a peer-review survey of attorneys in Metro Detroit.
Along with practicing law, Ossian is a speaker, educator and editor of the PLI publication, “Social Media and the Law.” Ossian Law P.C. is an information technology law practice, based in Ferndale, Michigan.
Ossian Law P.C.
June 21, 2017 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
701 Woodward Heights, Suite 117, Ferndale, MI 48220
As the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) turns 33 years old, it is increasing being applied not just to external hackers, but also to current and former employees, competitors, vendors and even customers. Information Technology attorney Kathy Ossian will discuss recent civil and criminal actions under the CFAA and the impact of its expanded scope on businesses. Networking from 5:30 – 6:00 with presentation from 6:00 – 7:00. Complimentary admission. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included. Space is limited. Register here today!
While administrative changes within federal agencies have raised uncertainty over enforcement of privacy and security initiatives, many state governments are looking at establishing new rules and laws directed at protecting individual privacy and enhancing online security. More
Merit Network Member Conference
The Henry, May 17, 2017 11:15 a.m. – noon
300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126
How does the proliferation of data impact your business? Do your privacy policies reflect your actual data collection practices? How do your vendors use and share your customer or employee information? Can anonymized data be “re-identified”? These and other questions will be addressed by Information Technology Attorney Kathy Ossian in this informative session. Legal issues of Big Data will be explored from the data collector/aggregator, data subject and regulatory perspectives. Register here today.
Mobile apps are increasingly designed with features and functions promoting interaction with users, including voice commands. Could the design of an app to capture and transmit user communications and other information violate federal wiretap laws?
An amended class action complaint filed in federal court in California against the Golden State Warriors and the team’s app designers poses that question. In 2014, the Warriors organization apparently updated its mobile app to include beacons to track consumers and how they interact with marketing and advertising. The amended complaint further alleges that, when the app is installed on a user’s smartphone, it monitored and recorded all communications, including the users’ conversations. More
In recent years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been considering what direction to take regarding mobile messaging. In August, the FCC held hearings where mobile companies and industry associations offered comments on the proposed regulations of mobile messaging. By way of example, comments filed by mobile messaging leader Twilio claim that, under the current environment of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), tens of millions of text messages have been blocked by carriers. Twilio has urged the FCC to ease this negative impact by relaxing federal regulations.
On the flip side, the Wireless Association has taken the position that easing regulations could lead to a virtual “Spamageddon” of consumers receiving unwanted text messages. Stay tuned for the direction the FCC ultimately decides to take.
Access an earlier Twilio filing with the FCC discussing text message blocking here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding any information technology law question.
Kathy Ossian, founder and CEO of Ferndale’s Ossian Law P.C. has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Information Technology Law. The Best Lawyers titles were given based on a peer-review survey of attorneys in Metro Detroit.
Along with practicing law, Ossian is a speaker, educator and editor of the PLI publication, “Social Media and the Law”. Ossian Law P.C. is an information technology law practice, based in Ferndale, Michigan.