Jenner & Block

“Data Security Has a New Sheriff in Town,” Daily Journal

In this article, Jenner & Block Partners Mary Ellen Callahan and Samuel L. Feder and Associate Elliot S. Tarloff explore the Federal Communications Commission’s “arrival to the data security playing field.”  The authors explain that the FCC recently leveled a $10 million penalty on two telephone carriers that had violated provisions of the Communications Act by storing data on unsecured servers.  They examine the case and its implications, concluding that the FCC “clearly wanted to communicate to all carriers this is an enforcement priority, and that a carrier’s failure to adopt encryption, password protection, and other minimal safeguards could come with a hefty price tag.”  The article is the latest installment of Mary Ellen’s regular “PIG (Privacy and Information Governance) Tales.”