Linn Freedman

Linn Freedman

Robinson & Cole LLP

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Privacy Tip #78 – Cybersecurity Aids for Small Businesses

I frequently get complaints from small businesses that they don’t have the resources or resilience to properly address cybersecurity and that it is overwhelming to them. Well, it is. We frequently tell businesses that...more

3/20/2017 - Cybersecurity Data Breach FTC Personally Identifiable Information Risk Management Small Business

Home Depot Settles with Financial Institutions

A federal judge has preliminarily approved a proposed settlement of $25 million between Home Depot and financial institutions that issued payment cards that were affected by the Home Depot data breach in 2014. This proposed...more

3/20/2017 - Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Financial Institutions Hackers Home Depot Malware Retail Market Settlement

Wendy’s Executives and Board File Motion to Dismiss

We previously reported that Wendy’s was hit with a putative class action shareholders’ derivative suit in December following its data breach in 2016. Late last week, the executives and Board of Wendy’s filed a Motion to...more

3/20/2017 - Data Breach Data Security Debit and Credit Card Transactions Derivative Suit Fast-Food Industry Hackers Malware Motion to Dismiss Point of Sale Terminals Restaurant Industry Shareholder Litigation Wendy's

House Bill Would Allow Employers to Require and Access Genetic Testing Results

House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R.N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on...more

3/17/2017 - ADA Discrimination Employee Benefits Employment Discrimination Genetic Discrimination Genetic Testing GINA Health Insurance Proposed Legislation Wellness Programs

Federal Agencies Hit with 30,899 Cyberincidents in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report this week indicating that federal agencies experience almost 31,000 cyberincidents in 2016. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was responsible for 10 of 16...more

3/17/2017 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Breach FDIC Government Agencies Hackers OMB Personally Identifiable Information Popular

Cardiology Group Hard Drive Stolen

Denton Heart Group, located throughout Dallas, has notified 21,665 patients that their protected health information has been compromised as a result of the theft of a hard drive from a locked closet....more

3/16/2017 - Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Health Care Providers HIPAA Breach Personally Identifiable Information PHI

Air Force Security Clearance Files Compromised on Unsecured Backup Drive

Security researchers have discovered that an unsecured backup drive has compromised thousands of U.S. Air Force documents, including personnel files and sensitive forms filled out by senior and high-ranking officials. These...more

3/16/2017 - Data Breach Data Security Military Service Members Personally Identifiable Information US Air Force

West Virginia University Medicine University Healthcare Patients Victims of Identity Theft

West Virginia University Medicine University Healthcare (WVUM) has confirmed that it is sending notification letters to over 7,400 of its patients seen at Berkeley Medical Center as a result of an unauthorized access to their...more

3/13/2017 - Data Breach Health Care Providers HIPAA Breach Identity Theft Medical Records Personally Identifiable Information PHI

Medical Device Malware Medjack.3 Poses Threat to Hospitals

Medjack is a form of malware that was specifically developed to attack medical devices, such as heart monitors, CT and MRI machines, insulin pumps and PAC systems....more

3/13/2017 - Connected Items Cybersecurity Hackers Health Care Providers Malware Medical Devices Pharmaceutical Industry Popular

Verifone Investigating Breach of its Internal Corporate Network

Verifone, the largest maker of credit card point of sale terminals in the U.S., which assists various industries, including retailers, with credit and debit card swipe and process services, has affirmed that it is...more

3/10/2017 - Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Hackers Information Technology Point of Sale Terminals Retail Market

Privacy Tip #77 – FTC Offers Tips to Businesses That Have Been Impersonated by Phishing Schemes

On March 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and a video to businesses that have been impersonated by Phishing schemes. The guidance, entitled “Has a phishing scam hooked your company’s good name?”...more

3/10/2017 - Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Email FTC Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Phishing Scams

Experts Warning of New Google Chrome Malware Scam

Cybersecurity experts have been warning users about a Google Chrome scam that targets Windows users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The scam, which began in December, uses a pop-up stating “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t...more

3/6/2017 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Google Hackers Malware Popular

Horizon BCBS of New Jersey Pays State $1.1 million for HIPAA violations

We often forget that state AG’s have jurisdiction under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule to levy fines and penalties against HIPAA covered entities for violations. This is because the Office for Civil Rights has traditionally taken the...more

3/6/2017 - Cyber Attacks Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Fines Hackers Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Breach Personally Identifiable Information PHI Popular

American Senior Communities Suffers W-2 Scam

W-2 phishing schemes continue to be a problem for companies in every industry. Last week, American Senior Communities based in Indiana announced that one of its employees was scammed through a phishing email and thereafter...more

3/6/2017 - Cyber Crimes Elder Issues Email Identity Theft IRS Payroll Records Phishing Scams Tax Fraud Tax Returns W-2

Vanderbilt University Medical Center PHI Breached by Patient Transporters

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced that it will be sending breach notification letters to over 3,000 patients as a result of unauthorized access to PHI by two patient transporters....more

3/2/2017 - Data Breach Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Breach Personally Identifiable Information PHI

Arby’s Hit with Multiple Class Action Suits over Data Breach

Arby’s has announced that its point-of-sale system had been compromised by intruders over a four month period between October of 2016 and January of 2017, exposing the credit and debit card information of 355,000 customers....more

3/2/2017 - Arby's Class Action Data Breach Data Security Debit and Credit Card Transactions Fast-Food Industry Malware Point of Sale Terminals Restaurant Industry

Privacy Tip #76 – Stay on Top of the Most Recent Scams and Subscribe to FTC’s Scam Alerts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week. The FTC will announce different programs and events throughout the week that are designed to educate consumers on...more

3/2/2017 - Elder Issues False Advertising Fraud FTC Scams

New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations Go Into Effect on March 1st

We have previously reported about the upcoming New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations. On February 16, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that “the first-in the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect...more

2/27/2017 - Banking Sector CISO Confidential Information Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection Financial Institutions Financial Services Industry Information Technology Insurance Industry NYDFS Personally Identifiable Information Risk Assessment Risk Management Third-Party Service Provider

Report Summarizes Healthcare Data Breaches in January 2017

Health care data breaches are not slowing. According to a report issued by Protenus, in conjunction with, the summary of healthcare data breaches in 2017 continues where 2016 left off. In January...more

2/27/2017 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Breach OCR PHI

NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.”...more

2/27/2017 - Comment Period Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Breach Electricity NIST Power Grid Risk Management Utilities Sector

Privacy Tip #75 – Yes-those Tech Support Scams are Really Scams

My friends and family frequently ask me about the newest scams so they can stay vigilant and keep on top of the latest ways fraudsters are trying to get our information. But many times, my friends and family alert me to...more

2/24/2017 - Computer Software Workers FTC Information Technology Scams

Yahoo Data Breach Update: A Third Notification + Shareholders Sue

Last week, Yahoo issued another warning to some of its customers telling them that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. This is the third notification to Yahoo users that their information...more

2/24/2017 - Breach of Duty Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Breach Derivative Suit Fiduciary Duty Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Popular Search Engines Shareholder Litigation Yahoo!

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

2/24/2017 - Cyber Crimes Email Hackers Health Care Providers Hospitals Identity Theft IRS Payroll Records Phishing Scams Tax Fraud Tax Returns W-2

Report Lists Health Care Data Breaches by State

A new report issued by Safetica USA has organized data breaches affecting over 500 individuals that were self-reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2016 into a list by state and records exposed....more

2/22/2017 - Data Breach Data Protection Health Care Providers HIPAA Breach OCR Personally Identifiable Information

Privacy Tip #74 – What to Do About Customs and Border Patrol

There has been lots of talk about the ripple effects of the Trump travel ban. But here’s a new twist I hadn’t heard before—U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) agents are detaining U.S. citizens and requiring them to unlock...more

2/20/2017 - Cell Phones Confidential Information Customs and Border Protection Executive Orders Foreign Nationals Fourth Amendment Immigrants Immigration Reform Information Technology Mobile Devices NASA Passwords Privacy Concerns Right to Privacy Smartphones Social Media Technology Travel Ban Traveling Employee Trump Administration Wireless Devices

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