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New York DFS Targets Third-Party Relationships in Letters to Banks

Why it matters - Continuing the regulatory focus on third-party relationships, New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) has sent multiple letters to banks across the country to address the issue of data...more

NY DFS Advises Banks On New Cybersecurity Examination Process

On December 10, NY DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky issued a bulletin to all New York state-chartered or licensed banking institutions regarding an updated IT examination process. Effective immediately, cybersecurity...more

Deputy Treasury Secretary Discusses Cybersecurity Checklist for Banks

Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Raskin, who recently spoke at the Texas Bankers’ Association Executive Leadership Cybersecurity Conference, provided bank executives and boards some guidance on preventing, preparing for and...more

Massachusetts Fines Bank for Data Breach

On December 8, a large bank settled with the state of Massachusetts for $825,000 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of at least 260,000 customers. In March 2012, the bank allegedly lost unencrypted...more

New York Establishes New Cyber Security Examination Process for Financial Institutions

New York’s Department of Financial Services released a letter on December 10, 2014, announcing the details of its plan to focus more attention on cyber security matters in conducting examinations. Directed at New...more

A Primer on EMV Technology for Merchants

With the new year just around the corner, retailers should make a resolution to learn more about EMV technology. That’s because 2015 is slated to be the year EMV technology makes significant inroads in the United States, and...more

Lawmakers Query Banks About Data Security

Why it matters - Suffered a cyber attack over the last year? Members of Congress want to hear about it, and all financial institutions should be prepared to competently respond to government inquiries if they are a...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Issues Expanded Cyber Security Examination Procedures

As part of an ongoing effort to combat cyber attacks on financial institutions and promote enhanced cyber security, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has issued expanded examination procedures...more

Treasury Official Urges Banks to Consider Cyber Insurance, Assess Cybersecurity Readiness

On December 3, Deputy Secretary Raskin delivered remarks at the Texas Bankers’ Association Executive Leadership Cybersecurity Conference. During her prepared remarks, Raskin noted recent data security breaches across many...more

The Treasury Recommends Cyberinsurance For Banks

If you think you are being overly paranoid about the recent cyber attacks on Sony, JP Morgan, and Target, think again. You aren’t the only one that has been paying attention – hackers are also front-and-center on the minds...more

Cybersecurity Continues as a Major Focus of Financial Industry’s Concerns

With only three official days left of the current Congress, conversations Wednesday turned towards cybersecurity in the financial sector. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,...more

Sophisticated Hackers Target Insider Information

A security consulting firm has discovered a sophisticated hacking campaign that has targeted more than 100 public companies, investment banks and law firms. In a report released December 1, cybersecurity firm FireEye...more

Court Allows Financial Institutions To Proceed With Data Breach Class Action Against Target

On December 2, 2014, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota ruled that a group of banks and other financial institutions (collectively, “FIs”) could proceed with a class action against large national retailer Target arising from...more

Executive Order Mandates Heightened Data Security Measures for Government Agencies

On October 17, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order for its BuySecure Initiative requiring government agencies to transition payment processing terminals and credit, debit and other payment cards to employ enhanced...more

Minnesota Federal Judge Allows Data Breach Suit Against Target to Proceed

On December 2, District Judge Paul Magnuson denied Target’s motion to dismiss the class action suit brought by banks in response to its 2013 data breach. In re: Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation,...more

Trade Associations Submit Letter to Congress regarding Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 3, the Merchant and Financial Associations Cybersecurity Partnership (“Partnership”) submitted a letter to Congress requesting its consideration of adopting cybersecurity information sharing legislation. ...more

An Early Christmas Present for Consumers? Court Rules that Retailers Can Be Liable to Banks Arising from Data Breaches.

Cyber-Monday sales weren’t the only good thing that happened for consumers last week. Later in the week a federal judge in Minnesota thwarted Target’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by banks and credit unions arising...more

Legal Issues With Mobile Payments

A short time ago, I stopped to pick up the family dry cleaning when an alert from a pharmaceutical retailer that noticed I was nearby popped up on my mobile phone. “Slide to activate your digital rewards card and come in for...more

Technology may reduce fraud but doesn’t fix regulatory confusion

President Barack Obama recently announced the administrtion’s BuySecure initiative. At a meeting at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Oct. 17, the president outlined the program, aimed at increasing the security of...more

Issuer Banks’ Claims in Target Data Breach Litigation Survive Motion to Dismiss

Federal District Judge Paul Magnuson has ruled that banks that issued credit and debit cards to customers whose data was stolen in the December 2013 Target data breach could continue to litigate claims against Target for...more

Ruling Gives New Life to Bank Claims Against Breached Retailers in Target Case

One common occurrence after the disclosure by a retailer of a breach affecting card present payment card data used to be the filing of claims by banks that issued payment cards affected by the incident. The banks bringing the...more

EDPS has published Guidelines on Data Protection in EU Financial Services Regulation

On November 25, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation. The EDPS aims to ensure that the EU institutions and bodies are aware of data...more

Cyber Monday – December 1, 2014

Welcome to December – we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few privacy bits and bytes to start your week. 1. ICYMI – 60 Minutes Explains Credit Card Hacking...more

Handling Customer Data In The Banking Industry

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong (PCPD) on 6 October 2014 released new Guidance on the Proper Handling of Customers' Personal Data for the Banking Industry (Guidance Note). The...more

Lawmakers Seek Details On Consumer Data Breaches From Financial Institutions

On November 18, 2014, several major financial institutions received requests from lawmakers for detailed information about recent data breaches and for briefings from their corporate data security officials. The lawmakers...more

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