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Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

Historic Moment: Husband Reports Wife’s HIPAA Violation Triggering Six Figure Penalty Against Employer

For the second time in history, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has imposed a civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) against a covered entity for violations of the Health Insurance and Portability Act (“HIPAA”). Lincare, Inc., a...more

Reading the Section 5(a) Tea Leaves: What the end of 2015 may suggest about the FTC priorities in 2016

The end of 2015 represented a mixed bag for the Federal Trade Commission on privacy enforcement. In November, the FTC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD for a possible data breach of...more

No Harm, No Foul? Defining FTC’s Authority Over Data Security

Given the frequency of high-profile breaches, it’s reasonable for companies and consumers to be not only fearful but also realistic (or some would say fatalistic) about data security. It’s not a question of if a security...more

All You Need to Know About LabMD’s Big Win in/over the FTC

We have been meaning for a while to write about LabMD’s epic data privacy fight against the FTC. We’re sure you have read about the action, and particularly about the administrative order dismissing the government’s...more

Government Forces Awaken: The Rise of Cyber Regulators in 2016

As the sun sets on 2015, but before it rises again in the New Year, we predict that, in the realm of cyber and data security, 2016 will become known as the “Rise of the Regulators.” Regulators across numerous industries and...more

FTC Appeals ALJ Ruling Dismissing Its Claims Against LabMD

The legal wrangling between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, Inc. over data security continues. On December 22, 2015, the FTC filed its appeal brief challenging Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) D. Michael...more

Georgia Secretary of State’s office exposed 6 million voters’ SSNs

It is frustrating for citizens to continue to watch state and federal governmental agencies announcing massive data breaches of citizens’ personal information. Here is another one. On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the...more

FDA Plans Workshop to Address Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

Two months after finalizing its first guidance on cybersecurity, the FDA has announced a public workshop entitled “Moving Forward: Collaborative Approaches to Medical Device Cybersecurity” to continue to address a growing...more

Re-Thinking “Substantial Injury”: The FTC’s Potential New Need for Victims

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge dismissed the Commission’s long-running data security case against LabMD because it failed to prove that there was an actual or reasonably imminent...more

When Do Data Security Breaches Cause Substantial Consumer Harm? Lessons from the LabMD FTC Complaint Dismissal

On November 19, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (the “ALJ”) at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) dismissed the FTC’s 2013 complaint against LabMD, a clinical testing laboratory, stating that the FTC failed to demonstrate...more

Company prevails in challenge to FTC data security complaint

As we have previously observed, banks and other companies subject to the CFPB’s jurisdiction face the possibility that the CFPB could begin using its authority under Sections 1031 and 1036 of the Dodd-Frank Act (which...more

LeBlanc Responds to Criticism of the FCC’s Enforcement Process

On November 25, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc penned a blog post outlining the Commission’s enforcement process and touting the upward trend in recent years in collecting fines issued for violations of the...more

Company Prevails in Challenge to FTC Data Security Complaint

A recent decision by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, Inc. (LabMD) asserting the company’s alleged failure to protect consumer data in two...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Security Claims Against LabMD Due to Lack of Actual or Likely Substantial Consumer Harm

On November 13, a Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge dismissed the FTC data security complaint against medical laboratory LabMD, potentially vindicating LabMD’s vigorous two-year struggle to deny the FTC’s...more

Administrative Law Judge Dismisses FTC’s Complaint Against LabMD In Data Breach Case, Citing Lack Of Consumer Harm

On November 13, 2015, the Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) dismissed an Administrative Complaint against LabMD, Inc. (“LabMD”) regarding its data security practices. In a 92-page...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Breach Action Against LabMD

In the first ruling rebuking the Federal Trade Commission’s cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC’s head administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, Inc., on November 13, stating that...more

ALJ Issues Sweeping Decision Dismissing FTC’s Action Against LabMD

On November 13, 2015, the chief administrative law judge (“ALJ”) handling the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) complaint against LabMD Inc. (“LabMD”) dismissed the case in its entirety. As we previously...more

ALJ Rules Against FTC in LabMD Data Security Action: Sets High Bar for Proving Consumer Harm

Last June we wrote about the FTC’s enforcement action against LabMD, a medical testing laboratory, which was forced to wind down its business because of the costs associated with challenging the FTC since 2013. Using its...more

LabMD vindicated in FTC row

We have been following the fight between LabMD and the FTC for years. It has been a story of high emotions, principles, standoffs, aggression, lawsuits, court decisions, Congressional hearings and accusations, all outlined in...more

FTC Case Against LabMD Dismissed Due to Lack of Harm

This past Friday the 13th was not a lucky day for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dismissed the FTC’s data security enforcement proceeding against LabMD on the grounds that the FTC failed...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC’s Data Security Suit Against LabMD for Failure to Prove ‘Substantial Injury’ to Consumers

In a landmark decision, an administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s long-running data security lawsuit against Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory, LabMD Inc., following an alleged data breach. Chief Administrative...more

The LabMD Case: Further Defining the FTC’s Enforcement Powers

The scaffolding of the FTC’s powers in the realm of cybersecurity continues to be built. On Monday, the FTC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell issued an initial decision in the FTC’s closely watched...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC’s LabMD Complaint for Lack of Actual or Probable Consumer Harm from Cybersecurity Incidents

On Friday, November 13, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) D. Michael Chappell issued an Initial Decision in In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. (FTC Docket No. 9357),...more

Response Plan Rewind: The Essentials of Data Breach Response Plans

From the financial sector to the healthcare industry, and even the security business itself, hackers are creeping their way into business data systems and pilfering personal information. For financial institutions, security...more

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