Cyber Round Up: FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case, Safe Harbor Updated Framework Falling Apart,

  • FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case: ALJ Sets High Bar for Consumer Harm (Cyber Law Monitor):   This article in Cyber Law Monitor discusses the recent ruling by Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) D. Michael Chappell against the Federal Trade Comission (“FTC”) in their data security case against LabMD.  The article states that ALJ held that the FTC failed to show how LabMD’s conduct caused actual harm to consumers based on the FTC’s allegations that LadMD failed to “provide reasonable and appropriate security for personal information on its computer networks.” ALJ ruled that the FTC had shown that harm was possible but failed to demonstrate that it actually occurred or that there was a probability of harm, according to the article. The full article is here; the decision is available below.


  • Safe Harbor 2.0 Framework Falling Apart (SearchSecurity): A coalition of 34 human rights and privacy Non-Government organizations (“NGO”)s from the U.S. and EU provided a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and the EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, according to the article.  This letter states that the updated Safe Harbor framework is flawed as it does little to “reestablish trust for consumers” and the new framework is nothing more than a revision of the previous “… self-regulatory principles that lack legal effect”, according to the article.  The article also states that the revised framework is quite likely to be found invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”).  The letter can be found here; whereas the article is available here.
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Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

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is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

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