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What U.S. companies need to know about the evolving EU privacy rules

For the past 20 years, when U.S. companies needed to share employee information, collect consumer data, target advertisements, or complete e-commerce transactions, they were able to avoid strict penalties and cumbersome data transfer rules required by the European Union (EU) Data Privacy Directive (the Directive). Now, both U.S. companies and EU citizens are in limbo about what is happening with their data.

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Bug bounty programs: Hacking for good or evil?

Obtaining cyber insurance, hiring trusted staff to ensure the safety of your information technology (IT) infrastructure, and adopting cutting edge security measures are just a few of the preemptive steps essential to preventing data breaches today. But even after these steps are taken, your company may still be vulnerable.

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A revised UFADAA keeps the PEAC(e)

After the drafting of two distinct statutes and more than a year of subsequent comment and stakeholder negotiation, a revised proposal from the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) is closer than ever to securing widespread support in establishing a statute governing third-party fiduciaries’ access rights to “digital assets.” The Revised Uniform Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA) would govern fiduciaries’ ability to disclose the digital assets of trust settlors and deceased and incapacitated persons.

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What does the Cybersecurity Act mean for your business?

According to a 2013 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, cybercrime costs the United States an estimated $100 billion per year. Businesses and the government clearly have an interest in curbing those losses. On Oct. 27, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S. 754). While it still must be reconciled with the House version, and then signed into law by the president, the bill seems likely to be enacted into law sometime in early 2016.

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Humpty Dumpty’s great fall: business continuity planning

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, further estimates that 43% of companies were immediately put out of business by a major loss of computer records, with another 51% ceasing operations within two years — for a staggering 6% survival rate after two years. How is a business owner to manage this “bet-the-company” risk? Through business continuity (BC) planning.

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Mindi Giftos and her colleagues in Husch Blackwell’s Technology Law group handle a wide variety of issues related to emerging and established technologies, including intellectual property, development and licensing, commercial contracting, and corporate transactions across a broad range of industries.

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