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FTC Testifies about Data Security and Small Business

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), earlier today (March 8, 2017), Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen spoke about the FTC’s continuing efforts in protecting consumers and educating small businesses on ways to keep consumer data secure. “Failing to take reasonable precautions to secure data from identity thieves and other malicious actors hurts consumers and legitimate businesses alike,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said in her written testimony. “Data breaches can harm a business’s financial interests and reputation as well as result in the loss of consumer confidence in the businesses to whom they entrust their data. In the case of small businesses, a data breach can be devastating.” Internet attorney Corey Silverstein has been stressing the importance of data security for years and Silverstein Legal spends a substantial portion of its daily resources on assisting website operators with their data security practices. Website attorney Corey Silverstein continues to insist that online business operators need to treat data security and privacy law as a priority. “Our team of internet lawyers are always ready to educate our clients and prospective clients on the dangers of ignoring data security, privacy and applicable internet law.” Website lawyer, Corey Silverstein says. Silverstein Legal always invites…

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Releases Annual Summary of Consumer Complaints

In 2016, the Consumer Sentinel Network collected more than 3.1 million consumer complaints, which the FTC sorted into 30 top complaint categories. The complaint categories making up the top 10 are: You can view, download, save, or print the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2016 by clicking here. Silverstein Legal always reminds individuals and businesses alike that FTC compliance is a must and FTC investigations, complaints and prosecutions should not be taken lightly. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you stay FTC compliant and defend you against an FTC investigation, complaint or prosecution. Contact us today to have your online business or website evaluated. If you have been contacted by or are being investigated by the FTC don’t make the mistake of believing that you can handle the situation on your own. Our attorneys are here to help.

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Internet Lawyer, Corey Silverstein Accepts Invitation to Speak at Michigan State College of Law

Silverstein Legal is proud to announce that website lawyer, Corey Silverstein has accepted an invitation to speak at Michigan State College of Law, Journal of Business and Securities Law, Vol. 17 Spring Symposium. Internet attorney, Corey Silverstein is scheduled to speak on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:45a.m. at the Michigan State University Law College Building, Castle Board Room, 3rd Floor. Mr. Silverstein’s panel is entitled Regulation: The Legal Perspective on Evolving Federal and State Law and the following are the planned general discussion points: Setting the stage for the afternoon discussion on delivery of legal services and issues from the perspective of in-house professionals: Wyndham Hotels Case implications: What are the projections following the Third Circuit’s holding that the FTC can use the prohibition on unfair practices under section 5 of the FTC Act to regulate cybersecurity? Is the FTC limited in its authority to regulate cybersecurity controls? What constitutes fair notice that a company’s specific cybersecurity practices fall short of what the law requires? What is the status on federal law in the 6th Circuit regarding FTC authority to regulate cybersecurity? What other sources of law authorize the regulation of cybersecurity? Who else (state/federal agencies) has authority to…

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Internet Law Attorney Corey Silverstein Accepts invitation to Speak at University of Michigan

Silverstein Legal is proud and excited to announce that the firm’s founding member, internet attorney, Corey Silverstein, has accepted an invitation from Kappa Omega Alpha at the University of Michigan to speak on February 6, 2017. Kappa Omega Alpha describes itself as the “premier Pre Law and Public Policy Professional Fraternity at the University of Michigan”. The U.S. News ranks the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Law School as #8 in the country and ranks the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, as the 27th best national university. “Since its founding in the fall of 2009, KOA has been bringing undergraduates with similar interests together under the ideals of fraternalism and philanthropy...” according to its website. Web attorney, Corey Silverstein is honored and humbled to have been invited to speak at the University of Michigan for the Kappa Omega Alpha fraternity. “I am truly privileged to have been invited by Kappa Omega Alpha at the University of Michigan to speak to its members.” Silverstein said. “The University of Michigan is one of the greatest universities in the world and its students are comprised of the best-of-the-best in both academia and character.” “I myself was a member of two fraternities…

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Data Breach Hits Michigan State University

News outlets across the world are reporting that a major data breach has occurred at Michigan State University. The Lansing State Journal reports that a university spokesman confirmed on Friday that about 400,000 records were affected that include names, social security numbers and Michigan State University identification numbers. Apparently, the University became aware of the data breach when it received an email that allegedly attempted to extort money. Michigan State University was quick to announce that it is offering to pay for 2 years of identity theft protection, fraud recovery, and credit monitoring for affected individuals. Unfortunately, this is a continuing trend in a world that is now dominated by news headlines that are reporting large-scale data breaches on a daily basis. Internet attorney Corey Silverstein, has been studying internet security and data breaches for his entire legal career and Silverstein Legal is your best option when it comes to internet security and data breach law. Website lawyer, Corey Silverstein and his team of internet lawyers are ready to help you prepare yourself from the legal consequences of a data breach. In the unfortunate instance that you or your business has been affected by a data breach, you need to…

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Website Attorney, Corey Silverstein Reminds You: Don’t Forget Website Terms of Use and Service

As a website attorney, one of the more frequent questions that I receive is whether Website Terms of Use and Website Terms of Service are different. In most cases the answer is no. To put it simply, a website’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service is the contract between the website operator and its user(s). The Terms of Use or Terms of Service should contain numerous legally binding provisions between a website operator and its user(s). It is also essential that a website’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service are properly implemented on a website so that the court find them enforceable. A website’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service will differ substantially from website to website, depending on the specific services or products that the relevant website is offering its users. There are far too many website operators who think that it is acceptable and sufficient to simply take someone else’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service and slap them on a website; history has taught us that the act of stealing someone else’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service is a recipe for disaster and can ultimately bind the website operator to unfavorable…

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Website Lawyer, Corey Silverstein Reminds You to Have Your Online Business Reviewed for Legal Compliance

There are far too many online business operators that are not taking legal compliance seriously enough and subjecting themselves to potential liability. A commercial website is still a business regardless of the fact that its home is the world wide web, instead of a traditional brick and mortar facility. In its October 2014 Web Server Survey, NetCraft confirmed that there are over 1 billion websites on the world wide web today. If you think that governments and enforcement agencies across the world have not taken notice of this fact, then you are kidding yourself. In the United States, federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) are prosecuting website operators at an increasing rate with more severe penalties. State attorneys are exercising subpoena power and commencing enforcement actions more than ever before and the United States has not been shy about seizing websites that are suspected of violating applicable law. Additionally, private civil lawsuits in both the federal and state courts involving online businesses and the internet are an everyday occurrence and at all-time highs. Almost all traditional (brick and mortar) successful business operators make legal compliance a top priority and usually won’t even open their doors for business…

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Website Attorney, Corey Silverstein Weighs in on Instant Messaging Security Issues

In the past few weeks our internet lawyers have seen an exponential increase in the number of client inquiries related to instant messenger hacks. Whether you are using Skype, WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger, ICQ or any other instant messaging tool, it is essential that you know what to do if you suspect that your account has been hacked or if you see that someone else’s account has been compromised. First things first, if you aren’t using anti-virus and anti-malware software, stop reading this post and go get both. There are plenty of excellent free options available online. (Yes, this applies to you Apple users). Secondly, do not share your passwords with anyone. Not your wife, neighbor, child, or invisible friend. Nobody. Third, make sure that your password contains a combination of upper case letters, lower cases letter, numbers and symbols. You should be avoiding passwords that include personal information such as your address, date of birth, social security number or middle name etc. Fourth, change your passwords often. Fifth, do not click on strange links that you do not recognize regardless of who the link is from. If a link looks suspicious then 99.9% of the time it is malicious in…

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Website Lawyer, Corey Silverstein Wins Super Lawyers Award for the 2nd Straight Year

For the second straight year, internet lawyer, Corey Silverstein has been awarded the Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Michigan Rising Stars award. This tremendous honor will be published in both Crain’s Detroit Business and Hour Detroit Magazine in addition to the Super Lawyers website. The Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Michigan Rising Stars award is selected by peer recognition and professional achievement and Mr. Silverstein was appreciative of the recognition. Silverstein Legal takes great pride in being comprised of some of the most talented and recognized website attorneys in the world. Website attorney, Corey Silverstein couldn’t be happier and continues to strive to be a leader in the internet law field.

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Website Attorney, Corey Silverstein Admitted to the State of Georgia

Silverstein Legal is very excited to announce that on September 20, 2016, website lawyer, Corey Silverstein was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Corey Silverstein who has already been admitted by the States of Michigan and Arizona and by the District of Columbia. It’s also a great addition to Corey Silverstein’s federal admissions that include, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Silverstein Legal is a boutique law firm that caters to online businesses and provides the best legal services to website and online business operators and is very proud of being known as its clients’ first choice when it comes to seeking a website lawyer.

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