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Lessons from the Equifax Breach

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

As data breaches go, they don’t get much bigger than this. On Thursday, September 7, credit reporting giant, Equifax, reported that it had suffered a cyber-incident. 143 million consumer records, including names, birth dates,...more

Give Your Customers the Gift of Security

by Perkins Coie on

2017 has reminded us that data security threats continue to evolve and that the stakes for companies can be very high if their data security programs fail to evolve as well. Before the recent announcement of Equifax’s...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

Defending Breach-Of-Contract Claims In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

We’ve previously discussed the “overpayment” theory of injury in data-breach litigation. This theory rests on the premise that the price of a product or service includes a payment for data security measures. When a data...more

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data...more

Beyond Care, Custody, and Control: Data Security Best Practices for the Transportation and Logistics Sector

by Benesch on

The receipt, storage, and handling of sensitive shipper data occurs, often frequently and in real-time, alongside the flow of goods. Commercial shippers are well aware of the supply chain security risk to the materials and...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Aaron Ford Announces Bid for Nevada Attorney General- Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford announced his candidacy to become Nevada AG. He is the first major-party candidate to...more

Here’s a Factor That Can Reduce the Potential for Account Hacks: Cybersecurity Best Practices

by CloudNine on

The data breaches just keep coming.  Equifax is the latest hacking victim to a tune of 143 million US customers – approximately 44 percent of the population.  Perhaps if they, and other organizations recently breached, had...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

Be Smart about Insurance for the Smart Grid: Coverage for Losses from Cyber Events—Part II

by Blank Rome LLP on

In Part I of this two-part series, I identified first-party and third-party insurance claims that could result from a cyber event or attack on the Smart Grid. In this part, I examine how insurance policy language governs...more

Equifax Breach is a Category 5 Incident Affecting You – Our Recommendations on How to Safeguard Your Data

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced what appears to be the largest breach of consumer data in US history. According to Equifax, it discovered on July 29, 2017 that it had suffered a cyber-attack which lasted from May to...more

Mitigating Third Party Data Breach Risks

by Reed Smith on

Increasingly, organizations look to third parties to collect, process, and store their data. In some instances, organizations reduce their net risk by outsourcing these data functions to companies with a core competence in...more

Data Breach Preparedness: A Critical Risk Management Priority For Small And Mid-Sized Businesses

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After hearing a lot lately about big companies suffering data breaches, it is important to remember that, according to inc.com, half of all cyberattacks target small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Based on a 2016 State of...more

The single authorization regarding the processing of personal data resulting from the Sapin II Law is finally applicable

by DLA Piper on

Through its Decision No. 2017-191 dated 22 June, 2017 (published in the Official Journal on 25 July , 2017), the French Data Protection Authority ("CNIL") amended the Single Authorization No. AU-004 on whistleblowing systems....more

Reflections on Equifax Hack

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

The Equifax hack announced September 7 is very scary, and a reminder to lock up the company jewels. Most companies, however, will never face a catastrophic event involving an outside, malicious attack on the very core of...more

I May Have Been Affected by the Equifax Breach: Now What Do I Do?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If you’ve seen the news, you’re probably aware that Equifax announced last week that hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately...more

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

Equifax And The CFPB Arbitration Rule: A Tempest In A Teapot

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The recent data breach disclosure by Equifax raised an outcry from consumer advocates trying to link the data breach to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final arbitration rule. They are portraying this...more

2017 Data Breach Litigation Report

by Bryan Cave on

2016 was another year in which data breaches continued to dominate the headlines, a constant reminder to people that their personal information was vulnerable and the target of criminal attacks. Yet, despite the fact that...more

Proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations Under PIPEDA have been Released

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian federal government released the proposed Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations under Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) on September 2, 2017....more

Equifax Hack Endangers Millions of Consumers

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, disclosed yesterday that hackers had breached its security systems and stolen information relating to as many as 134 million American...more

Better Business Bureau Enforces IBA Self-Regulatory Principles

by Reed Smith on

The Better Business Bureau’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program has cracked down on two digital advertising companies for allegedly violating the industry’s self-regulatory principles concerning...more

Equifax Breach Checker – Curiosity May Have A Cost (But It’s Refundable)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Individuals who have received notice of a HIPAA breach are often offered free credit monitoring services for some period of time, particularly if the protected health information involved included social security numbers. I...more

Government of Canada publishes proposed “Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations”

by DLA Piper on

On September 2, 2017, the Government of Canada published proposed “Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations”. The proposed regulations relate to the provisions in Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more

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