Kathryn Rattigan

Kathryn Rattigan

Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Data Privacy and Security Team. She concentrates her practice on privacy and security compliance under both state and federal regulations and advising clients on website and mobile app privacy and security compliance. Kathryn helps clients review, revise and implement necessary policies and procedures under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). She also provides clients with the information needed to effectively and efficiently handle potential and confirmed data breaches while providing insight into federal regulations and requirements for notification and an assessment under state breach notification laws. Prior to joining the firm, Kathryn was an associate at Nixon Peabody. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Stonehill College. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.

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Everalbum Settles with FTC over Facial Recognition Technology in its Ever App

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its settlement with Everalbum Inc. (Everalbum) for its Ever app, a photo and video storage app, due to its alleged deception of consumers related to the app’s use of facial recognition technology and its retention practices around deactivated accounts. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Everalbum must delete models and … Continue Reading

Cyber Intelligence Facility in Port of Los Angeles to Thwart Maritime Threats

The maritime industry is an enticing target for hackers. The Port of Los Angeles (the Port) alone facilitated about $276 billion in trade last year, and the International Chamber of Shipping estimated that the total value of world shipping was around $14 trillion in 2019. The Port has plans to construct a multi-million-dollar cyber intelligence … Continue Reading

Canon Hit with Data Breach Class Action Suit by Former and Current Employees

Canon U.S.A. Inc. (Canon) was hit with a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York this week for the ransomware attack that exposed current and former employees’ personal information in November 2020. The plaintiffs reside in Ohio, New York, Florida and Illinois, and allege that Canon was … Continue Reading

FAA Issues Drones Rules for Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued final rules for unmanned aircrafts (or drones) for remote identification and the operation of drones at night and above people. The Remote Identification Rule (Remote ID Rule)  will allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. The FAA hopes that these rules … Continue Reading

FAA Fines Drone Pilot $182,000

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an $182,000 fine to a drone pilot for multiple (continued) violations of Part 107 -at least 26 violations to be more precise. Between December 2019 and August 2020, the drone pilot flew his drone around Philadelphia in violation of FAA regulations, sometimes violating more than one part of the … Continue Reading

A Hackers ‘Shipageddon’ Has Set Sail: Beware of Fake Shipping Messages

As the holiday shopping season comes to end, consumers should still be aware that hackers are sending fake delivery notifications appearing to come from companies like FedEx and UPS, especially as the last few days of package arrivals pass by. The hackers’ messages prompt consumers to enter their personal information like credit card information to … Continue Reading

CafePress to Pay $2 Million in Multi-State Data Breach Settlement

On December 18, seven states have entered into a settlement agreement with e-retailer Cafe-Press for $2 million stemming from a 2019 data breach that exposed information of approximately 22 million consumers. The breach affected consumers’ personal information, including usernames and passwords, Social Security numbers, and/or Taxpayer Identification numbers. Of the $2 million, $750,000 will be … Continue Reading

Update on the Massachusetts Right to Repair Lawsuit

As I wrote about previously on our blog, the Massachusetts Right to Repair amendment passed in November is up against a lawsuit from auto manufacturers. Now, the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office has responded stating that the state law does not conflict with any federal statute and that voters already rejected all of the lawsuits allegations. … Continue Reading

Easy Aerial Partners with Travis Air Force Base for Autonomous Drone Security System

Easy Aerial, a provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions, deployed its first autonomous drone security system at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California this week. This system will provide better surveillance and situational awareness from the skies. The system was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force and consists of two drones … Continue Reading

Texas Drone Law Faces Constitutional Challenges

Texas’ drone law, the “Use of Unmanned Aircraft,” is being challenged by press organizations and photographers for alleged violations of the First Amendment. The law prohibits the capture of images of a person or property while conducting “surveillance.” It takes it a step further and makes it a crime to use the images captured during … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 Still on the Forefront as Automakers Sue to Block its Implementation

A group of automakers through the Alliance for Automotive Innovation is suing Massachusetts in federal court to block the new ‘Right to Repair’ law that passed on November 3rd. This law was known as “Question 1” to Massachusetts residents hitting the polls earlier this month.  As we discussed in our prior blog post, the new … Continue Reading

New Canadian Privacy Legislation on the Horizon

This week, the Canadian government proposed new legislation in Bill C-11, or the Digital Charter Implementation (the ACT), which includes some hefty fines for companies for violations – up to 5 percent of their revenue or C$25 million, whichever is higher. The Act would increase protections for Canadians’ personal information by giving citizens more control … Continue Reading

REMINDER: Renew your Drone Registrations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a reminder this week for all those whose drone registrations expire next month. If an individual or business registered a drone directly with the FAA through its DroneZone, you should log into your account to renew your registration. If you registered using a third-party service, you should contact that … Continue Reading

The Effect of a Biden-Harris Presidency on Privacy in the U.S.

How will a Biden-Harris presidency affect the U.S. privacy landscape? Let’s take a look. Federal Privacy Legislation On both sides of the political aisle there have been draft proposals in the last 18 months on federal privacy legislation. In September, movement actually happened on federal privacy legislation with the U.S. Setting an American Framework to … Continue Reading

Walmart and Self-Driving Delivery Cars

Walmart announced that it will begin experimenting with self-driving cars in a pilot program with General Motors-backed Cruise (a tech start-up with electric, self-driving cars) to deliver groceries and other products to neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona. The program will launch in 2021. The fleet of cars will use electricity from renewable resources to curb carbon … Continue Reading

Fresh Produce Delivered Right to Your Door…By Drone

While drone deliveries have been tested for medical supplies, e-commerce/package delivery, and even pizza right from the oven, there are other, seemingly endless possibilities for delivery by drone. Recently, Reliable Robotics Corp. (Reliable Robotics) and Giumarra Companies (Giumarra), a distributor of fresh produce in California, joined forces to launch an automated flight test program to … Continue Reading

Guidance on Using Drones for Real Estate and Construction in Dense Cities: How Much Does the Public Value Privacy? (Part II)

As our previous post stated, the commercial use of drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), for urban real estate and construction has gained some traction with the passage of the New York City Council’s bill requiring the Department of Buildings (DOB) to study the feasibility of using sUAS to inspect building facades. With this new bill, … Continue Reading

Mid-Year Report on CCPA Trends

DataGrail recently released a mid-year report on trends related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and how it has affected consumers and businesses. The report indicates that consumers are regularly opting out of the sale of their personal information, with the “do not sell” right being the most exercised right, occurring 48 percent of … Continue Reading

Singapore Company Introduces Drones to Urban Building Inspection

Singapore analytics and acoustic solutions company H3 Zoom.AI’s founder, Shaun Koo, began using drones for building inspection and facilities management after realizing that the city’s highly urban landscape was “overdue for digital technology disruption.” For example, traditional building facade inspection involves workers tethered to ropes or on gondola lifts, scaling high and/or remote areas to … Continue Reading

ViSalus to Pay $925 Million Award for Alleged TCPA Violations

Last month, an Oregon federal judge refused ViSalus’ request to decrease the $925 million jury award against it for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ViSalus, a health supplement maker, allegedly made approximately 1.8 million unsolicited robocalls. This award came after ViSalus decided not to settle the class action and face … Continue Reading
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