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Target Reaches $18.5 Million Dollar Settlement in Data Breach with States

It seems as though we have been writing about this case for a lifetime. Target Corporation’s data breach saga came one step closer to a conclusion this week. On Tuesday, Target reached an $18.5 million settlement with 47...more

Governor Signs Amendment to Tennessee Data Breach Notification Law

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

During the recent 110th Regular Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999....more

Australia And China Establish Cybersecurity Agreement

by King & Spalding on

On April 21, 2017, Australia and China forged an agreement to expand their cybersecurity cooperation. This agreement emerged as part of the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue held in Sydney. ...more

Yesterday, #WannaCry. Today, #DocuSignPhish

Another day, another data incident. If you use DocuSign, you’ll want to pay attention. The provider of e-signature technology has acknowledged a data breach incident in which an unauthorized third party gained access to...more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to...more

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

by King & Spalding on

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law; the Data Breach Notification Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on June 16, 2017. The good news for many in the health care...more

A Primer on China’s New Cybersecurity Law: Privacy, Cross-Border Transfer Requirements, and Data Localization

China’s new Cybersecurity Law is one of the most important pieces of privacy and cybersecurity legislation we’ll see this year, and companies of all sizes need to be aware of its requirements – regardless of whether or not...more

Tips to Help a Business Avoid Data Breach Litigation

by Revision Legal on

Little else is as stressful for a company than handling the aftermath of a data breach. Not only does the company have the obligation of making notifications to clients about the data breach, but it may also be confronted by...more

$2.5 Million Settlement Reached as HIPAA Crackdown Continues on Unsecured Portable Devices

by Jones Day on

A recent settlement of $2.5 million for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") continues a trend of government enforcement targeting health care providers and vendors that fail...more

Is There Fire Where There’s Smoke? The FTC Says Yes

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought suit against Taiwan-based D-Link Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems Inc, in Los Angeles Federal Court, for failing to properly secure its consumer...more

Recent Updates to State Data Breach Notification Laws in New Mexico, Tennessee, Virginia

by Wilson Elser on

With the growing risk of cybersecurity attacks, the landscape of state-specific data breach notification laws continues to evolve. Companies and industries must stay aware of changes in the legal framework if they are to meet...more

Launch of Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework Announced by US Secretary of Commerce

by Revision Legal on

International commerce is a huge business, but one of the challenges involved in conducting international business is that different countries may have different laws concerning privacy and the handling of personal data. Many...more

HIPAA and the Cloud’s Shared Responsibility Models

by Snell & Wilmer on

Cloud-based service providers (CSPs), like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, offer online access to shared computing resources. As such, they have developed a “shared responsibility model” for how CSPs and companies...more

Lawmakers Push FCC To Confront Cell Phone Cyber Threats

by King & Spalding on

In a letter dated March 28, 2017, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Representative Ted Lieu, D-Calif., urged the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the cell phone industry,...more

Be Compromise Ready: Go Back to the Basics

by BakerHostetler on

We are excited to release our third annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report. This report analyzes the more than 450 data security incidents we led clients through in 2016. Companies continued to...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy Law GDPR: New territorial scope, one stop shop and consistency mechanisms

One of the undeniable highlights of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on 25 May 2018, is its extended territorial scope. The new geographical reach does not only come as a reaction...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy The GDPR - new data governance obligations on businesses

Let’s start with the good news. The current obligation to register with the national data protection authority will be abolished. Along with the fines and criminal offences of failing to do so. In its place, the...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy Law: Getting ready for the new GDPR: Issues to consider now

The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection - Colorado Attorney General Obtains Judgment Against Debt Collection Company - Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman obtained a judgment against debt collection company Peak Resolution LLC, its owner, and...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield: Key Similarities, Key Distinctions with the EU-U.S. Approach

by White & Case LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Administration ("ITA") will begin accepting self-certifications for the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield ("Swiss Privacy Shield"). The Swiss Privacy Shield replaces the U.S.-Swiss...more

Privacy Shield: Recent Developments

by White & Case LLP on

The Article 29 Working Party has released new procedural documentation concerning complaints under the Privacy Shield scheme, comprising rules of procedure and a form for individuals to submit complaints. This comes against a...more

Will September assessment scuttle EU-US Privacy Shield?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Ever since being finalized in July of 2016, the EU-US Privacy Shield has faced considerable criticism. Crafted to replace the long-standing EU-US Safe Harbor that was struck down the previous year, the EU-US Privacy Shield...more

FTC and NHTSA to Explore Vehicle Privacy and Security Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are co-hosting a workshop on June 28, 2017, to explore the privacy and security issues raised by automated and connected vehicle...more

What Does the Introduction of Mandatory Data Breach Notification in Australia Mean for You?

by Jones Day on

Australia's Data Breach Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("Privacy Act") and requires private and public organisations regulated by the Privacy Act to notify affected individuals and the Australian Information...more

New Mexico comes late to data breach party, requires promptness

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Thirteen years after the first state data breach notification law was enacted, New Mexico has finally decided to join the other 47 states with such laws, sending HB15 in mid-March to Gov. Susana Martinez for signature...more

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