Melissa Ventrone

Melissa Ventrone

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Data Security, Cyber Liability and First-party Costs for Mid Cap and Small Companies Are Reaching Catastrophic Levels

Curiously, while the numbers on data security and cyber liability losses have grabbed headlines, the published information has not focused on the insurance perspective. NetDiligence® recently released its Cyber Claims Study...more

12/16/2014 - Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Protection Liability Popular Small Business

California Amends Law to Expand Businesses’ Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach

Entities that own, license or maintain personally identifiable information on California residents beware – on January 1, 2015, an amendment to California’s privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant...more

12/10/2014 - Cyber Insurance Data Breach Duty to Mitigate Identity Theft Liability Insurance New Legislation Personally Identifiable Information Social Security Numbers Third-Party Risk Third-Party Service Provider

California Appellate Court Limits Liability under California’s Medical Confidentiality Act for Disclosure of Medical Information

In what should be considered a win for the defense, the California Third Appellate Court recently overturned the lower court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit seeking $4 billion in damages under...more

9/23/2014 - Class Action Dismissals Electronic Medical Records Hospitals Medical Records Patient Confidentiality Breaches Sutter Health

Surf’s Up: The Wave of High-profile Privacy Class Actions

Businesses have revolutionized the way they reach customers. Through computers, smart phones, iPads and a host of other technologies, we can now make purchasing decisions from the comfort of our homes. All we need to do is...more

7/23/2014 - AvMed Class Action Credit Cards Data Protection Popular Privacy Laws

Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?

Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, but not everyone has made the decision to upgrade their operating systems. By choosing to stick with Windows XP, users may be leaving themselves vulnerable to...more

7/16/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection Electronically Stored Information Information Governance Personally Identifiable Information Popular

The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

6/11/2014 - Data Breach Identity Theft IRS Social Security Numbers Tax Fraud

Google and the Great Divide: U.S. Privacy Rights versus EU Privacy Rights

Will the “right to be forgotten” be the new mantra in cyber cases in the United States? Or will the “right to know” continue to prevail? In Europe, proponents of the “right to be forgotten” argue that individuals should be...more

6/3/2014 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Personally Identifiable Information Popular Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines

EU’s Ruling Not “To Be Forgotten” Anytime Soon

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that individuals have the “right to be forgotten.” In other words, individuals have the right to control their data and can ask search engines to remove links to...more

5/26/2014 - Data Processors Data Retention EU Google Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines Third-Party Websites

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