Once again, data breaches and hacks are front and center, so here are three stories you should know about to start your week....more
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
Taking another “step” toward developing comprehensive privacy legislation, the White House has released a discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015. The draft reflects the Fair Information Practice...more
State legislatures are not waiting for Congressional action on a national data breach notification standard.
Montana — Montana has amended its 10-year old breach notification law (see Mintz Matrix) to expand the...more
By now (unless you have been under a snow drift), you have likely heard about the apparent intrusion into a database at the nation’s largest health insurer, Anthem, Inc. Rather than reiterate the facts as currently known...more
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
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? -
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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