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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

Is Your HIPAA Compliance Program Going Out the Window with XP?

April 8, 2014 marks the end of Microsoft’s support for the Windows XP operating system, which means the end of security updates from Microsoft and the beginning of new vulnerability to hackers and other intruders into systems...more

4/9/2014 - Compliance Data Protection HIPAA Technology

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In what apparently is a big “oops,” two banks that took legal action against Target over its recent data breach have withdrawn their claims. The suits were withdrawn due to an erroneous...more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

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

Time to Change that Facebook Password

If you haven’t been paying attention to “password hygiene” preached by this blog and others, perhaps it’s time. Jose Pagliery from CNNMoney reports of a large-scale hack that has compromised over 2 million passwords at...more

12/5/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Protection Facebook Google Passwords Twitter Yahoo!

Privacy Monday – November 18, 2013

The month of November is quickly slipping by – this is the time to be looking at the 2014 cybersecurity and data privacy goals and updates and planning ahead. Our selected bits and bytes for this Monday...more

11/19/2013 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection FTC NIST NSA Parental Consent Privacy Laws SCOTUS Surveillance

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

Privacy Monday – October 21, 2013

Privacy tidbits and bytes for this Monday – App Developers – Put this on your calendar! Now that the US government shutdown is over, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its participation in a workshop...more

10/21/2013 - App Developers Canada Data Protection EU FTC Mobile Privacy PIPITPA

Golden State Privacy Warriors: California Has Just Passed a Number of Data Privacy Laws; Here Are Your Next Steps

The federal government may be completely unable to pass laws, but that certainly isn’t the case with the State of California, which has just completed a data privacy hat trick by passing three significant laws addressing a...more

10/9/2013 - CalOPPA Cybersecurity Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws

Privacy Monday: October 7, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Supreme Court is in for the 2013-2014 session. There are a couple of privacy cases on the agenda. U.S. v. Wurie and Riley v. California - At issue: Separate appeals over...more

10/8/2013 - Cell Phones Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Protection FTC IPO Privacy Policy SCOTUS Search & Seizure Search Warrant Twitter

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

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW? - 93 percent believe their online actions can protect not only friends and family but also help to make the Web safer for everyone around the world...more

10/1/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Protection

Privacy Monday – September 23, 2013: Today Is HIPAA Compliance Day – 5 Things That You Should Have Done

Today’s the day! Today marks the long-awaited compliance date for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. In case you have put any thoughts of compliance with the Omnibus Rule out of your mind, you can no longer escape. Here...more

9/23/2013 - Business Associates Data Protection HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice Requirements PHI

Privacy Monday – September 9, 2013 — NIST Draft Cybersecurity Framework

This Privacy Monday, there are a few important items of note, rather than the usual “bits and bytes”. NIST RELEASES DISCUSSION DRAFT OF CYBERSECURITY FRAMEWORK - After several months of work, the National...more

9/10/2013 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection NIST Proposed Regulation

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