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Privacy Tuesday – April 14, 2014: Heartbleed Headaches

Last week was certainly the “week of the Heartbleed.” Unless you have been on vacation on a remote island (and if so, good for you!), you have heard and read much about the latest mass bug to infect the Internet....more

4/15/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Heartbleed Internet Privacy

FTC Data Security Authority Confirmed, For Now: Wyndham’s Motion to Dismiss Denied

The FTC’s Claim - A New Jersey federal judge has confirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) authority to regulate data security and bring claims against companies suffering data breaches due to inadequate...more

4/15/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Wyndham

First Glance: Legal Implications of the Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug?

The vulnerability caused by the Heartbleed bug circumvents the purpose of OpenSSL: encryption. Therefore, the conclusion would appear to be that any data breach during the time of OpenSSL vulnerability would be reportable...more

4/10/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Encryption First Glance Heartbleed HIPAA Legal Perspectives

Banks Withdraw Lawsuits Against Target and Trustwave

UPDATE to our story yesterday: In what apparently is a big “oops,” two banks that took legal action against Target over its recent data breach have withdrawn their claims. The suits were withdrawn due to an erroneous...more

4/2/2014 - Banks Data Breach Data Protection Target Trustwave

Privacy Monday – March 31, 2014 OPENING DAY!

Last Monday in March (Opening Day for you baseball fans) - some privacy/security bits and bytes to close out the month....more

3/31/2014 - Data Breach Privacy Laws Target

The Target Breach Update

It has been difficult to keep up with all the various permutations of the Target data breach saga. Yesterday, the fingerpointing continued in the form of the release of a Harris Poll and testimony on Capitol Hill at a...more

3/28/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Target

Privacy Monday – March 24, 2014

Welcome to March Madness — although if your brackets look anything like mine do this morning, it is not particularly “welcome.” Let’s just say that there is no danger of my winning Warren Buffet’s $1 billion....more

3/24/2014 - Data Breach Data Protection Privacy Laws

Privacy Monday – February 24, 2014

On this Privacy Tuesday: US Attorney General Puts Pressure on Congress for Data Breach Disclosures - Today, US Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to pass legislation requiring retailers to make...more

2/25/2014 - Data Breach Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Privacy Laws

“Sophisticated” Breach Exposes 300,000 Student Records at University of Maryland: 3 Questions You Should Ask

Officials at the University of Maryland (“University” or “UMD”) announced that UMD was the victim of a significant security breach that took place on Tuesday, February 18 (the “Breach” or “Incident”). The Incident,...more

2/21/2014 - Cyber Attacks Data Breach Data Protection Hackers Student Records Universities

BNA Privacy and Security Law Report

Target Corp. announced Dec. 19, 2013, that it had discovered an intrusion that may have compromised approximately 40 million customer payment cards used at its U.S. stores from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, 2013 (12 PVLR 2133,...more

1/29/2014 - Data Breach Data Protection Target

Data Privacy Day 2014

The “observance” of Data Privacy Day annually on January began in 2008. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will be kicking off today’s events with a live stream of its press conference in Washington, DC. ...more

1/28/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection

To 8-K, or not to 8-K? For Target, that is indeed the question.

As anyone with a pulse and a computer, television or carrier pigeon knows, Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) suffered a major data breach in December – the extent of which is still being uncovered – and pegs the latest number of...more

1/20/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Form 8-K Hackers Target

Privacy Monday – January 13, 2014

These are busy times in the data privacy/security world. If Misery Loves Company, Target Has Friends - Target was not the only target of data thieves this holiday season. Reports over the weekend revealed that...more

1/14/2014 - CAN-SPAM Act Canada Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Privacy Laws Privacy Policy

The Number of The Day: 70 Million (at least)

The Target data breach story keeps getting worse. The December pre-Christmas disclosure was the theft of up to 40 million Target shoppers’ credit and debit card information in what appeared to have been a hack of the Target...more

1/10/2014 - Credit Cards Cybersecurity Cybertheft Data Breach Data Protection Debit Cards Personally Identifiable Information Target

Happy 2014!

After a brief hiatus for the holidays and our “12 Days of Privacy” series, we are back. We have had a series of late year — and new year — data breaches in the news. These latest incidents should prompt New Year’s...more

1/6/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Hackers Target

Privacy Monday – November 11, 2013

First and foremost, this is Veterans’ Day in the US. Let’s take a moment to thank all of those who served and who still serve, and honor the memory of those who gave their all. Businesses are offering special deals to...more

11/11/2013 - Adobe Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Passwords

A Different Kind of Adobe Update: Adobe Announces Data Breach Compromising Information of 2.9 Million Customers

Adobe Systems Inc.,(ADBE -1.24%) announced earlier today that has been the victim of a cyber attack that has compromised information of 2.9 million of its customers. In a blog post Thursday morning, Adobe’s Chief Security...more

10/4/2013 - Adobe Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information

And the hits keep on coming……..

The ”hits” to data bases, in any event. Here is a rundown of some of the most recent data breach reports – Oregon Health & Science University Data Breach Compromises 3,000 Patients’ Records in the Cloud. Modern...more

7/31/2013 - Cyber Attacks Data Breach EHR Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Stanford University

Privacy Monday – July 29, 2013

Privacy goofs, gaffes and tidbits for the last Monday in July — NSA Surveillance Causes More Grief –Germany Calls for a Stop to Safe Harbor: Time for Binding Corporate Rules? According to news sources the...more

7/30/2013 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Protection EU HIPAA Omnibus Rule NSA Personally Identifiable Information Safe Harbors SEC Surveillance

Privacy Monday - Breaches, lawsuits and legislation this Monday, July 15

Programming Error Leads to “Low Tech” Data Breach at Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - Although it started with a programming error, the breach itself was paper document. Apparently, a programming...more

7/16/2013 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Protection Electronic Communications Electronically Stored Information Encryption Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws

Welcome to Privacy Monday

Welcome to a new feature of Privacy & Security Matters – Privacy Monday. We will start your week with a fresh collection of privacy tidbits, goofs and gaffes....more

6/24/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Facebook Gap Inc Personally Identifiable Information Personnel Records

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

2/18/2013 - Business Associates Cloud Computing Covered Entities Data Breach ERISA Fundraisers HHS HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing Notice Requirements OCR PHI Privacy Rule Risk Assessment Subcontractors Training

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