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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Privacy Perils: Pokémon Go App Corrects Access to User Data

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July 15, 2016

Gamers who downloaded the Pokémon Go game were given a scare on Monday after it was pointed out that the app apparently had been granted "full access" to users' Google accounts. Pokémon players logging into the iOS app with Google accounts granted the app certain access permissions by default. Unlike other apps, the game did not display what permissions would be granted. Niantic, Inc., the makers of Pokémon Go, issued a statement saying that it erroneously requested such permission from some iOS users, but Pokémon Go "only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address)." Niantic, Inc. indicated that it was swiftly taking steps to ensure that the app can only access basic profile information from your Google account. Now, a new update is available for iOS users that fixes the account settings altogether. Please note, the permissions issue only relates to the iOS (Apple) version of the game and is not the case with the Android download.

If you downloaded the Pokémon Go app on your Apple device and are concerned about the privacy of your Google account, please ensure that your app has been updated and check your account security on Google to see which apps are accessing your information and change permissions if needed. Further, this is a good reminder to check the requested permissions when downloading any app, rather than just hitting "Install."

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.


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