Entries by Aaron Murphy

EU-US Privacy Shield Now in Effect

On July 12, the European Commission formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a bilateral data privacy agreement hastily assembled from the wreckage of the Safe Harbor Framework, which was invalidated by the European Court of Justice in 2015. U.S. companies immediately lined up to apply the new framework, with tech giants like Google, Salesforce and […]

Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

UPDATE: Since this article was drafted, Privacy Shield has been formally adopted and is now in effect. Please see this article for more information. After four months of frantic negotiations, the U.S. and the European Union have a new deal on cross-border data transfer. The agreement, dubbed the “Privacy Shield,”replaces the Safe Harbor Framework, a […]

Trademark Registration: Benefits of Registering Your Trademark

Are you searching for a way to distinguish your business and protect the essence of what makes your company unique? Federal or state trademark registration can be an excellent choice for entrepreneurs looking to leverage brand recognition and reputation. This posts outlines the basics of trademark and benefits of trademark registration for your trademark. 

Not So Safe: The ECJ Strikes Down U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

The Safe Harbor Framework governing transfer of personal information from the European Union to the United States is no more. On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down the vaunted bilateral data protection and transfer agreement, impacting over 4,700 companies that relied on the Safe Harbor for transporting and storing European […]

Hiring Your First Employee? Ten Questions You Need to Answer

Congratulations! Your business is growing, and you’re ready to hire your first employee. You’ve moved beyond the legal netherworld of independent contracting, and it’s time to establish a formal employee relationship. This article will help you answer some common questions that tend to percolate around hiring your first employee.

HIPAA Compliant App (Part 3)

The healthcare industry is primed to benefit mightily from the ever-expanding influx of medical apps, transforming areas such as personal fitness, information storage, and even complex medical procedures. However, many app developers fail to realize the the role of the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the full extent of HIPAA’s applicability to […]

HIPAA Requirements (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of three posts that cover the background of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), HIPAA requirements, and HIPAA compliance strategies for startups and small businesses. The aim of this series is to make the privacy provisions of HIPAA accessible and understandable to startups and small businesses. In […]