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Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Two bills amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) intended to benefit consumers are making their way through Congress. H.R. 4172, "The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015," has bipartisan support, although it is...more

Regional Income Tax Authority in Ohio loses info on 50,000 people

The Regional Income Tax Agency of Ohio (RITA) announced on December 31, 2015, that it lost the personal data of approximately 50,000 individuals who filed tax forms with the agency in November. RITA provides tax collection...more

Early Ruling in Putative Biometrics Class Action May Provoke More Lawsuits

In recent years, a new genre of privacy litigation has emerged involving biometrics. Generally, biometrics consists of biological data that can be used to identify a person, such as retina and iris scans, fingerprints,...more

IRS provides tax relief for pre-breach identity protection services

The IRS released a bulletin on December 30, 2015, (Announcement 2016-02) announcing that it would extend the tax exemption issued in August to organizations who provide credit monitoring to its employees following a data...more

An Ounce of Prevention…Is Tax-Free: IRS Expands Tax Relief to Pre-Data Breach Identity Theft Protection Services

As reported here after last year’s customer data security breaches at major U.S. corporations, the IRS announced special tax relief for identity protection services provided to individuals affected by a security breach. In...more

The Tax Man Cometh Not to ID Protection Recipients Either

Late last year, while you were probably busy picking out which bubbly to pop at the stroke of midnight, the IRS gave us another reason to celebrate. You may remember (as we wrote previously) the IRS said it would not require...more

ERISA Trumps State Law Claims in Anthem Data Breach

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) preempts state-law claims arising out of Anthem’s data breach in Smilow, et al. v. Anthem Life &...more

Model Social Media Privacy Legislation To Be Proposed in 2016

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a non-profit unincorporated association comprised of state commissions on uniform laws from each state, recently announced that it intends to vote on model social media privacy legislation in...more

Hospice EndNotes - December 2015

Winds of Change Blowing Across the Hospice Landscape - Recent Medicare developments indicate that end-of-life health care providers can expect to face continuing change in an already dynamic sector. These latest turns...more

International data transfer news… a bit like buses

You know how you wait for ages for a bus to come (well, we do in Europe) and then three come along at once? Well it’s a little like that in the data privacy arena right now, as far as transfer of international personal data...more

HR Data Security in the Spotlight

Cloud computing has the potential to provide on-demand efficiency, lower costs and flexibility for HR functions. However, it is important to manage a number of data privacy and security issues to protect sensitive HR data in...more

Company’s use of GPS to track employee did not violate collective bargaining agreement

On November 2, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released an advisory letter stating that Shore Point Distribution Co. (Shore Point), an alcoholic beverage distributor in New Jersey, did not violate labor laws...more

Lawful Cross-Border Transfers of Employees' Personal Data: EU Commission's Communication on the Invalidation of Safe Harbor 1.0...

In the wake of last month's landmark decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidating the U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor framework, hundreds of U.S. multinationals, no longer able to rely on the Safe Harbor...more

How Often Can We Run Credit Checks On Dealership Employees?

Picture this scenario: a privately held dealership operates 16 stores in Southwest Florida. The company’s CFO tries to keep on top of how the finance managers, cashiers, parts managers, and others who handle money or property...more

Recent Amendments to Security Breach Notification Laws Further Complicate Breach Notification for Employers

It is not a matter of "if" but "when" an employer will be required to notify employees of a security breach.  Forty-seven states require employers to notify employees when defined categories of personal information, including...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Against Two Background Screeners

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has taken action against two large background screening companies.  Yes, you are reading this correctly.  The CFPB…not the Federal Trade Commission, has taken...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #3

Last week was a tough one for Uber, an exemplar of the “sharing economy.” Multiple lawsuits against the company are focused on the status of drivers as employees or independent contractors, and now the Oregon Bureau of Labor...more

Experts cite employee wellness programs as area of data privacy concern

In an effort to curb rising healthcare costs, many employers have introduced wellness programs, which use assessments and motivators to improve employee health. Such programs collect information from various sources including...more

Transfer of Employees’ Personal Data from Germany to the United States under German Data Privacy Law

Following the ECJ’s decision in the “Schrems” case which has invalidated the Safe Harbor framework multinational corporations may now face profound privacy law related compliance issues in a multitude of jurisdictions. In the...more

What Does the European Court of Justice's Invalidation of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Mean For U.S.-Based Multinational...

In a landmark decision that will dramatically affect thousands of U.S. companies that transfer personal data from the European Union ("EU") to the United States, the European Union Court of Justice ("ECJ") yesterday...more

Class Action Round-Up: Summer 2015

The big news this quarter is the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, an employment case likely to have major ramifications across the whole spectrum of class action litigation. The Court is set...more

IRS Provides Some Relief after Data Hacks

Citing scary facts like the 16.6 million victims of identity theft in 2012 and the recent customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS recently announced special tax relief for identity protection services...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

Hong Kong Commissioner upgrades rules for processing biometric data

The Hong Kong Commissioner has published guidance (‘Guidance’) to assist data users in complying with Hong Kong’s privacy laws when processing biometric data, and takes a broader approach than previous guidance dealing with...more

Data Security Issues in the Workplace: It’s 10:00 p.m. – Do You Know Where Your Company’s Data Is?

It seems that not a day goes by without another massive data breach incident providing fodder for the morning headlines or the evening news. That should come as no surprise. According to key studies, the average company...more

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