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New deadline for Red Flags Rule: FTC gives businesses until June 1, 2010 to develop compliant identity theft prevention programs
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • November 2 2009

On Friday, October 30, 2009, just two days before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was set to begin enforcement of federal Red Flags Rules, the FTC announced that it was giving businesses seven additional months, until June 1, 2010, to comply with the new identity theft regulations.


FTC announces delay in Red Flags enforcement until June 1, 2010
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 30 2009

Two days before they were scheduled to go into effect, and on the same day that a federal judge ruled that lawyers should be excluded from enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that it was delaying enforcement of its Red Flags Rule until June 1, 2010.


Bill to narrow Red Flags Rules moves forward
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 20 2009

It appears that certain groups, such as the American Bar Association (ABA), may be partially successful in their efforts to convince Congress to narrow the scope of the FTC Red Flags Rules, which are currently scheduled to go into effect on November 1.


Incident of the week: ever-growing breach involving passwords for Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Earthlink and ComCast
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 8 2009

What started out as an incident involving the leak of 10,000 user names and passwords for Windows Live Hotmail accounts continues to grow, both in terms of users and companies affected.


Incident(s) of the week: double feature
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 1 2009

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently disclosed a data breach that exposed information on 160,000 women, including the Social Security Numbers of 114,000.


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allows use of secret GPS to track an individual's movements, but requires police to obtain warrant
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • September 23 2009

Earlier this year, the Wisconsin and New York state courts split on whether police may install a covert GPS tracking device on a suspect's car without a warrant.


Massachusetts Attorney General announces opening of new computer forensics lab
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • September 22 2009

In a press release issued last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the opening of a "new, state-of-the-art Computer Forensics Lab in Boston" as part of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Initiative.


IRS in discussions with Swiss bank UBS over identification of bank clients suspected of tax evasion
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA, Switzerland
  • August 5 2009

On July 13, a federal judge in Miami granted a joint motion to stay an evidentiary hearing that was to be held as a result of a petition from the United States that the Swiss bank UBS be compelled to disclose the names of 52,000 American clients who were suspected of tax evasion.


Incident of the Week: UAE carrier updates Blackberry software with spyware, captures outgoing user emails
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • United Arab Emirates
  • July 24 2009

On Tuesday, Research In Motion Ltd (RIM), the maker of the Blackberry, posted a note on its website confirming that a software update offered to customers of its carrier Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates contained spyware.