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On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

12/16/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Identity Theft Internet Personally Identifiable Information Social Security Numbers Websites

Privacy Tuesday – November 2014 – Five Things to Start Your Week

Welcome to Privacy Tuesday – here are five privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: 1) California AG’s Data Breach Report: Who Is Handling Your Patients’ Confidential Health Information? - The...more

11/11/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Hackers Healthcare Facilities Home Depot Personally Identifiable Information PHI Social Media Target USPS

Privacy Tuesday – August 2014

We are just two Mondays away from Labor Day, the traditional end of summer in the United States. Here are some privacy tidbits to get your week started. See especially Jake Romero’s piece on the new Delaware data...more

8/12/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Retention Document Destruction FCRA Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Hackers HIPAA Personally Identifiable Information Russia

The Great Russian Internet Heist – What Now?

A breach of this nature is reportable under the breach notification laws in both California and Florida, as recently amended: “Personal Information” includes user name or email address, in combination with a password or...more

8/7/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection First Glance Personally Identifiable Information Popular Russia

Privacy & Security Bits and Bytes

There has been so much news swirling in the data privacy and security world in the last few days, that it has been difficult to keep up. We’ll give you a roundup here....more

4/21/2014 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Facebook Google Heartbleed Michaels Microsoft Network Security Notice Requirements Personally Identifiable Information

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

Collection of Email Addresses in Credit Card Transactions May Be Prohibited by California Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has held that the prohibition against requesting or requiring personal identification information in connection with credit card transactions contained in...more

12/11/2013 - Apple Class Action Consumer Protection Act Credit Cards Email Email Policies Internet Payments Internet Retailers Nordstrom Inc. Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Concerns Privacy Laws Retailers Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Williams-Sonoma

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

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

California Update: What Can Brown Do for You? What You Need to Know About the Two Data Privacy Bills Headed to the Desk of...

Two data privacy bills, Assembly Bill 370 and Senate Bill 568 have been sent to California Governor Jerry Brown for signature. As we previously reported, A.B. 370 would require commercial websites or online services that...more

9/5/2013 - Data Collection Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Jerry Brown Personally Identifiable Information Proposed Legislation Websites

California “Do Not Track” Bill Stays on Track

As we predicted, the California Senate has approved A.B. 370, a bill that would require commercial websites or online services that collect personally identifiable information to disclose how that site or service responds to...more

8/28/2013 - Data Collection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Personally Identifiable Information Proposed Legislation Websites

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 – July 22, 2013

Privacy gaffes and tidbits to start your week. Keeping up with Kardashians is NOT a defense under HIPAA - The LA Times recently reported the firing of six workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in connection...more

7/23/2013 - Cybersecurity HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Kim Kardashian Medical Records Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws Privacy Policy

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

Privacy Monday – Privacy Bits and Bytes to Start Your Week: July 8th, 2013

UK Regulators Tell Google: Rewrite that Privacy Policy — Or Else It’s been clear since last year that many European data protection regulators were very unhappy with Google’s “new” privacy policy. The UK Information...more

7/8/2013 - AT&T Cybersecurity Google Internet New Regulations Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy UK YouTube

Privacy Monday - July 1st, 2013

Privacy Tidbits to start your week - The Risk-Benefit Analysis of BYOD: As we have written in the past, the proliferation of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend is a high-wire balancing act for IT and...more

7/1/2013 - Apple Bring Your Own Device Data Collection Data Protection Minors Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Personally Identifiable Information ZIP Codes

Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

6/29/2013 - Actual or Constructive Knowledge Advertising Networks COPPA FTC Geolocation Internet Service Providers Mobile Apps Online Platforms Online Privacy Protection Act Parental Consent Penalties Persistent Identifiers Personally Identifiable Information Photographs Safe Harbors Third-Party Liability Websites

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

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Retailers May Be Sued for Wrongful Use of Customer Zip Codes Recorded During...

“May I have your zip code?” is an all-too-familiar question that may be going the way of the dinosaur in Massachusetts. Many retailers commonly ask customers for their zip codes when processing credit card transactions at,...more

3/14/2013 - Credit Cards Data Collection Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Retailers ZIP Codes

Privacy-on-the-Go: California Attorney General and Major Mobile Application Platforms Agree to Privacy Principles for Mobile...

Application developers have been put on notice by the State of California. It is time to pay attention to user privacy and collection of information from user devices. In an effort led by the office of California...more

1/15/2013 - Amazon Apple Data Collection Google Hewlett-Packard Microsoft Mobile Apps Online Privacy Protection Act Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Research In Motion

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