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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

Cyber Threat Information Sharing Guidelines Released by DHS

This week, the Federal government took the first steps toward implementation of the The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), enacted into law last December. CISA aims to encourage sharing of cyber threat indicators...more

2/18/2016 - Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) DHS DOJ Federal Register Government Agencies New Guidance Personally Identifiable Information Private Sector

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

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 v Wyndham FTCA Personally Identifiable Information Section 5 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Wyndham

Privacy Tuesday – August 2015

While you enjoy what is left of the summer of 2015, we will kick off your week with a few privacy and security bits and bytes....more

8/4/2015 - Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security FDA Hackers Healthcare Facilities Hospitals Medical Devices NAIC Nursing Homes Personally Identifiable Information

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 - March 2015: Unpacking the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Proposal

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

3/17/2015 - Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Data Collection FTC Personally Identifiable Information

State Data Breach Notification Law Updates

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

3/11/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Encryption Failure to Notify Health Insurance Healthcare Notice Requirements Personally Identifiable Information Popular

The Anthem Data Breach: The Fallout and What’s Next

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

2/11/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Corporate Counsel Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Health Insurance Insurance Industry Personally Identifiable Information Popular Risk Mitigation

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 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 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

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