STLR Link Round-Up – Oct. 31, 2014

Spain’s Parliament approves new so-called “Google Tax”

Spain’s Parliament announced that it would adopt a new tax on news aggregators. (Yahoo news). The tax has come to be known as the “Google tax.” At least one technology blog, Gizmodo, was quick to decry the new law as “bad for everyone.” (Gizmodo). A similar tax was tried in Germany. Ultimately after being blocked by Google, the news sites asked to be relisted. (TechCruch h/t Gizmodo).


New York regulators to scrutinze law firms’ cybersecurity

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky sent a letter to banks asking that they detail more information about their cybersecurity and the cybersecurity of third-party vendors including law firms and accounting firms. (WSJ). Some law firms explained how the changing cybersecurity requirements of their clients might affect them. (Law360). An article in the New York Law Journal discussed cybersecurity more generally. (New York Law Journal).


Facebook sends a letter to DEA asking it not to impersonate users

Facebook’s CIO sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that it cease all operations involving the impersonation of persons. (Facebook h/t FindLaw). Mark Wilson has a summary and analysis of this controversy on FindLaw. (FindLaw).


Apple Pay and the Consumer Financial Protection Act

Now that Apple has released a new payment system called Apple Pay. (TechCrunch). Professor Adam Levitin makes the argument that Apple Pay requires Apple be subjected to additional Federal regulation including examination by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Credit Slips, see also CFPB Prohibition on Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices).

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