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Is Your Health Plan HIPAA Compliant?

Data breaches with respect to medical information are on the rise, given that such information is generally more valuable on the black market than stolen credit card data. The 2015 breach of healthcare company Anthem, Inc.,...more

Privacy Tuesday – August 2015

While you enjoy what is left of the summer of 2015, we will kick off your week with a few privacy and security bits and bytes....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2015

Seventh Circuit Decision May Make It Easier for Class Action Plaintiffs to Establish Standing in Data Breach Cases - The Seventh Circuit has issued a decision that could make it much easier for class action plaintiffs to...more

Cybersecurity Coverage Litigation: Learning to Survive After the Second Wave Hits

It’s a familiar pattern. First, new risks inspire legislation and regulations that impose new penalties. Next, insurers and policyholders fight over whether the new liabilities are covered under traditional liability...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Bill Mandating Identity Theft Protection Services Following Data Breach

Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that imposes strict new timing requirements for entities conducting business in the state that experience a data breach, which Governor Malloy reportedly intends to sign into law. ...more

Doing Business In Connecticut? There's A New Data Security Law You Should Get To Know

This week the Connecticut House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 949, "An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness," (the "Act") which includes new or modified State requirements concerning the security of...more

CareFirst, Third Major Health Insurer This Year To Be Hit By Cyberattack

On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”) announced that it was the latest victim of a major cyberattack, with as many as 1.1 million plan customers affected. Current and former CareFirst members and...more

Data Breach Insurance: Does Your Policy Have You Covered?

Recent developments in two closely watched cases suggest that companies that experience data breaches may not be able to get insurance coverage under standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies. CGLs typically...more

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

NAIC Planning to Require Cybersecurity Insurance Data Submission

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (“NAIC’s”) Cybersecurity Task Force and Property and Casualty Insurance Committee are jointly considering whether to require a cybersecurity insurance coverage supplement...more

HHS Settlement: Dumpster-Diving Leads to Settlement for Improper Disposal of Documents Containing Protected Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS) recently announced that it has reached an agreement with a small pharmacy to resolve potential HIPAA violations. The settlement arose from the...more

HIPAA Rules and Procedures in the Event of a Data Breach, Part One

As discussed in my prior post, recent massive data breaches at major retailers and health insurance providers paint a bleak picture of modern data and emphasize the importance of strong security safeguards and plans for...more

New York Regulator Finds Substantial Cyber Vulnerabilities in Banking System

Earlier this month, Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services for the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), released a report finding “significant potential” vulnerabilities for cyber theft of...more

NAIC Provides Insurers and Regulators with Guidance on Data Security

Cybersecurity risks have become more significant as critical consumer financial and health information is increasingly stored in electronic form. On April 16, 2015, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)...more

Another Health Plan Hit By Massive CyberAttack and Class Actions Follow

Coming fresh off the heels of the Anthem data breach Premera Blue Cross announced on March 17th that it was the victim of a “sophisticated” cyberattack that may have exposed the personal information of approximately 11...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Dismissal in P.F. Chang’s Data Breach Case Shows Challenge Plaintiffs Face in Such Actions - Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Underscores the Need to Evaluate Insurance Programs for Cyber...more

Update on Cybersecurity Issues – New York Section 308 Letter & NAIC Spring National Meeting

Cybersecurity continues to be an emerging regulatory issue in the insurance industry, as evidenced by recent actions taken by the New York Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) and the National Association of Insurance...more

New York Regulators Implement New Measures to Strengthen Cybersecurity in the Insurance Industry

The February 4, 2015 announcement of a data breach at a national health insurer highlighted the need for tighter cybersecurity measures in an industry entrusted with the security of large amounts of sensitive personal...more

TCPA Litigation Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - TCPA Litigation And Regulatory Interpretation - Class Certification - Settlements - Insurance Coverage - Excerpt from TCPA Litigation And Regulatory...more

Protecting the Data Lode: NAIC Addresses Cybersecurity

With cyber-attacks and data breaches making frequent headlines, the NAIC in November 2014 took steps to promote protection of insurance industry information by creating the Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force. The task force will...more

Premera Blue Cross Targeted by Hackers – 11 Million Individuals Compromised

Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”) announced this week that it has been the target of a sophisticated cybersecurity attack in which the information of approximately 11 million individuals has been compromised. This announcement...more

Lessons Learned from Recent Data Security Breaches, Part Two

Because controlling access is essential to protecting privacy of PHI under HIPAA, the HITECH Security Rule essentially requires that a covered entity control physical and electronic access to the data system by implementing...more

State Legislatures React To Latest Health Data Breaches By Updating State Data Breach Notification Laws And Encryption...

Recent, large-scale breaches of health information have served to highlight the fact that federal agencies have only rarely assessed penalties against companies as a result of these breaches, while many states do not have...more

Blog: Another Large Scale Data Breach Announced by Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was hit by a sophisticated cyber attack potentially exposing personal data for approximately 11 million of its members including members, employees and others with whom it does business,...more

State Data Breach Notification Law Updates

State legislatures are not waiting for Congressional action on a national data breach notification standard. Montana — Montana has amended its 10-year old breach notification law (see Mintz Matrix) to expand the...more

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