Are You Ready for the New Telephone and Text Marketing Rules?

By | Data Privacy Monitor | October 2, 2013
Are You Ready for the New Telephone and Text Marketing Rules?

Effective October 16, 2013, the rules governing telephone and text marketing will significantly change. Under prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations issued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (47 U.S.C. 227), telephone and text marketers could telephone and text market to consumers’ residential phones using autodialing equipment that is standard in call center operations, based either on having “express consent” from a consumer or because of a “pre-existing business relationship” with that consumer.

The Internet of Things: FDA Releases Guidance On Securing Wireless Medical Devices — What Medical Device Manufacturers Should Know

By | InfoLawGroup | October 2, 2013
The Internet of Things:  FDA Releases Guidance On Securing Wireless Medical Devices — What Medical Device Manufacturers Should Know

FDA published the Guidance amidst heightened public and governmental scrutiny of wireless medical devices.  The threat of “human hacking” – taking control of someone’s wireless medical device and modifying its functionality to cause harm – recently gained widespread public attention due to the curious death of Barnaby Jack. 

Reminder: October 16 is the Effective Date for the FCC’s Written Consent Rule for Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls and Autodialed Telemarketing to Cellphones

Reminder:  October 16 is the Effective Date for the FCC’s Written Consent Rule for Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls and Autodialed Telemarketing to Cellphones

Companies that engage in telemarketing – either on their own or by contracting with a third-party telemarketing provider – should remember that new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) telemarketing rules go into effect October 16, 2013, requiring companies to obtain prior express written consent from consumers before calling them with prerecorded telemarketing “robocalls” or before using an autodialer to call their wireless numbers with telemarketing messages. 

HHS Issues Model Privacy Notices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

HHS Issues Model Privacy Notices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Just in time for the September 23, 2013, deadline for compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a set of model notices of privacy practices for health care providers and group health plans, available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/modelnotices.html