Feb. 19, 2020

Consciously Coupling: Tackling the Juxtaposition Between Adtech and Privacy

The onslaught of privacy regulations has impacted every industry and, while it seems that no industry can be flat footed – from auto manufacturers to ecommerce platforms – one in particular has had to remain especially nimble: the advertising technology industry. In this guest article, Reed Smith attorneys Sarah Bruno and Casey Perrino discuss the growth of adtech and how it falls into privacy laws’ crosshairs, review relevant definitions under the CCPA and provide advice on how the industry can comply with the patchwork of sometimes elusive definitions. See also “Key Compliance Considerations for Fund Managers Using Alternative Data” (Jan. 15, 2020).

Preparing for and Responding to Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware and cyber extortion have been on the rise, and companies are struggling with whether to pay the demand and how to contain the damage. This article presents insight from Morrison & Foerster partners Christine E. Lyon and John P. Carlin and counsel Alex Iftimie about the current threat environment and the ways businesses can prepare for, and respond to, these increasingly sophisticated attacks. See “Ransomware Lessons From the Trenches of the MedStar Attack” (Jul. 11, 2018); and “How to Prevent and Manage Ransomware Attacks” (Jul. 15, 2015); Part Two (Jul. 29, 2015).

Best Practices for Using Alternative Data: Mitigating Regulatory Risks

The increasing use of alternative data by asset managers brings with it added privacy and cybersecurity risks. This second article in our two-part series covering a Hedge Fund Law Report webinar featuring Stacey M. Brandenburg, a shareholder at ZwillGen, Jeffrey D. Neuburger, a partner at Proskauer, and Adam J. Reback, a director at Optima Partners, addresses these risks and how to mitigate them. The first article contained the panelists'  insights on data gathering and managing third-party data providers, including due diligence and contract provision issues. See our three-part series on a fund manager’s road map to big data: “Its Acquisition and Proper Use” (Aug. 8, 2018); “MNPI, Web Scraping and Data Quality” (Aug. 15, 2018); and “Privacy Concerns, Third Parties and Drones” (Aug. 22, 2018).

Former DOJ Supervisory Counterintelligence and Cyber Counsel Joins Rothwell Figg in Washington, D.C.

Rothwell Figg has announced its hire of Christopher Ott, a former Supervisory Counterintelligence and Cyber Counsel in the National Security Division of the DOJ, as a member of the firm’s privacy, data protection and litigation practice in Washington, D.C.

SEC Adds Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Policy

Nancy Sumption has joined the SEC as Chairman Jay Clayton's Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Policy. For recent SEC enforcement trends, see “Present and Former Regulators Discuss Current SEC and NFA Examination and Enforcement Environment” (Jan. 8, 2020).