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3 Guidelines to Maximize Value of Data

Imagine you are the CEO of company sitting across from an interviewer. The interviewer asks you the age old question, “So tell me about your company’s strengths and weaknesses?” You start thinking about your competitive...more

10/24/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Collection Data Protection Data Security

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was...more

9/29/2016 - Capital Raising Crowdfunding Crowdsourcing Data Breach Data Security Dwolla E-2 Entrepreneurs FinTech Good Faith H-1B Innovation IPO JOBS Act Parole Privacy Laws Private Placements Public Offerings Rule 506 Visas

New York Proposes First-Ever Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services recently announced a new proposed rule, which would require financial institutions and insurers to implement strong policies for responding to cyberattacks and data breaches. ...more

9/19/2016 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Financial Institutions Financial Sector

Summer Round-Up: Four States Bolster Data Breach Notification Laws and More Changes on the Way

As has become typical in the data security space, there was quite a bit of activity in state legislatures over the previous year concerning data breach notification statutes. Lawmakers are keenly aware of the high profile...more

9/6/2016 - Attorney Generals Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Security Encryption Personally Identifiable Information Safe Harbors Security Breach State Data Breach Notification Statutes State Legislatures

Eddie Bauer Latest Victim of POS Malware Attack

Last week the clothing retailer Eddie Bauer LLC issued a press release to announce that its point of sale (“POS”) system at retail stores was compromised by malware for more than six months earlier this year. The...more

8/23/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Malware Point of Sale Terminals Retail Sales State Data Breach Notification Statutes

To Protect Data: Keep Your Network Access Close, and Your Vendors Closer

Two recent data breach incidents in the healthcare industry prove what readers of this blog have heard all too often: KNOW THY VENDORS....more

8/9/2016 - Cyber Attacks Data Breach HIPAA Hospitals Point of Sale Terminals Third-Party Risk Vendors

FinTech Companies Face Big Privacy Challenges in 2016

According to the FBI, “there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” It does not take an actual data breach, however, for a company to be liable for its data security practices. ...more

7/20/2016 - CFPB Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Collection Data Privacy Data Security Dwolla FinTech FTC v Wyndham Hackers Personal Data Privacy Laws

Breach Response Portal Added by Massachusetts Regulator

If you have had to provide data breach notices across any number of states (and who hasn’t….), you would know that they vary widely in how those notices must be provided to state regulators. In some states (for example,...more

4/28/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Incident Response Plans Office of Consumer Affairs Portal State Data Breach Notification Statutes

It’s A Wrap! Sony Pictures Data Breach Case Settles Without A Hollywood Ending For The Plaintiff Class

Everyone loves a good courtroom drama. So just imagine this pitch: henchmen of an evil dictator hack their way into a movie studio computer system. Once inside, they steal the most sensitive personal information of the...more

4/11/2016 - Class Action Data Breach Personally Identifiable Information Settlement Agreements Sony

State Data Security Breach Notification Laws - April 2016

The general definition of “personal information” used in the majority of statutes is: An individual’s first name or first initial and last name plus one or more of the following data elements: (i) Social Security number, (ii)...more

4/4/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Personally Identifiable Information Popular Young Lawyers

Beware of the CEO Email Request Phishing Scam: A Different Form of March Madness

Not only is it “March Madness” time, it is also prime tax return filing time. That means that the email scammers are out in full force as well. In the last 10 days, we have seen a marked uptick in what are called...more

3/17/2016 - CEOs Data Breach Email Human Resources Professionals Identity Theft Payroll Records Phishing Scams Popular Tax Scams

California by the Numbers (Part 1): 24 Million Compromised in 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a report of the data breaches that have been reported to her office from 2012 until 2015. Although the California data breach notification law took effect in 2003,...more

2/27/2016 - Attorney Generals Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Hackers Kamala Harris Malware Social Security Numbers

California by the Numbers (Part 2): How to Stay out of the 2017 Report

Receently, we reviewed the staggering numbers in California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ 2016 Data Breach Report. In addition to providing a comprehensive analysis of four years of data breaches, the report provides...more

2/26/2016 - Annual Reports Attorney Generals Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Kamala Harris

The Problem With Data Security is not the Hardware or the Software, It’s the Wetware

Remember this? - “Wetware” – coder slang for biological life forms (i.e., people) – is the weak link in most companies’ data security protections, according to a new data security report issued by the Association of...more

1/13/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Security Employee Training Popular

Wyndham and FTC Settle Case Over “Unfair” Data Security Practices

The years-long saga of the Federal Trade Commission’s suit against Wyndham Hotels over data breaches that occurred at least as early as April 2008 is finally coming to an end with a proposed settlement filed today with the...more

12/11/2015 - Data Breach Data Security FTC FTC v Wyndham Settlement Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wyndham

Happy Holidays: VTech data breach affects over 11 million parents and children worldwide

The recent data breach of Hong Kong-based electronic toy manufacturer VTech Holdings Limited (“VTech” or the “Company”) is making headlines around the world for good reason: it exposed sensitive personal information of over...more

12/8/2015 - Attorney Generals COPPA Cyber Attacks Data Breach FTC Hackers Hong Kong Popular

Data Breach Planning in 10 Easy Steps: How to Think Like A Litigator

For the first Tuesday in November, we have 10 easy steps to make sure that your data breach incident response planning is viewed from that pesky point of view of a litigator....more

11/3/2015 - Cyber Incident Reporting Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Breach Plans Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security Email Policies Personally Identifiable Information Popular Tone At The Top Training

5 Popular Cybersecurity Writers to Follow Right Now

For your convenience, a short list of JD Supra writers covering the myriad issues raised surrounding Cybersecurity, date privacy and protection, and related matters. ...more

10/23/2015 - Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Popular

Privacy Tuesday – August 24, 2015 – FTC vs. Wyndham Update

Rather than our usual Privacy Monday “bits and bytes,” we have a breaking story relating to the ongoing Wyndham/FTC saga. Today, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. lost a critical round in the Third Circuit. Anticipated since...more

8/25/2015 - Best Practices Credit Cards Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Privacy Data Security FTC FTC Act FTC v Wyndham Personally Identifiable Information Section 5 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wyndham

Breaking News: Target to Settle Data Breach Claims of Visa Card Issuers for $67 Million

Target has announced that it has entered into a settlement with Visa to resolve claims of issuers of Visa credit and debit cards arising from Target’s November 2013 data breach. The proposed settlement will pay issuers of...more

8/19/2015 - Damages Data Breach Data Privacy Settlement Target Visa Inc

Change in the Prevailing Winds in Consumer Data Breach Cases?

Seventh Circuit Rules Consumers Have Standing to Sue in Neiman Marcus Payment Card Data Breach Case - In Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing consumer...more

7/22/2015 - Appeals Article III Clapper v. Amnesty International Class Action Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Imminent Harm Neiman Marcus Retailers Spokeo v Robins Standing

Privacy Monday – July 2015

Welcome to the dog days of summer 2015. Three privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week (if you are reading this on vacation … good for you!) 1. ICYMI: Massive Data Breach at OPM Claims Victim — The Director...more

7/14/2015 - China Cyber Attacks Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Cybertheft Data Breach Data Protection Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Personally Identifiable Information Russia Third-Party United Nations

Privacy Tuesday – June 2015

It’s appropriate that the “boys of summer” feature prominently in today’s post. Strike three for the St. Louis Cardinals? On another summer Privacy Monday in 2014, we made note of a reported hack into the Houston...more

6/23/2015 - Books & Records Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Home Depot Houston Astros

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