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You Asked: Can My Employees Hack My Company?

Yes! Employees and other insiders – think Edward Snowden – can, and in fact, do play a role in most data breaches or cyber-security incidents. Companies must ensure their data protection policies include not only training but...more

Mapco Express pays $1.9 Million in Data Breach Settlement

A Tennessee federal judge has approved a proposed settlement of up to $1.9 million to be paid by Mapco Express to individuals affected by a payment card data breach that occurred in 2013. Two banks alleged that Mapco...more

Argentine Data Protection Authority Approves Model Clauses

The Argentine Data Protection Authority recently issued a new regulation approving two sets of model contractual clauses (controller-to-controller and controller-to-processor) for the international transfer of personal data....more

AG Empowers EU Privacy Suits with Redress Act Designations

Earlier this week, the U.S. Attorney General designated 26 countries and the European Union as “covered countr[ies]” under the Judicial Redress Act. The Attorney General has simultaneously designated 13 “Federal agenc[ies] or...more

Employer Did Not Owe Legal Duty to Protect Employees' Hacked Personal and Financial Records

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) maintained a human resource database containing current and former employees' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, tax information, addresses, salaries, and bank...more

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD...more

Looking Back at Predictions That I Made Three Years Ago, Part 2: eDiscovery Predictions Revisited

Earlier, I took a look back at two posts that comprised six eDiscovery predictions for 2014 that I wrote three years ago. I thought it might be fun to look back at those posts to see how those predictions fared. I covered...more

EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Vendor Causes Breach of Over 5,000 Patient Records

The continued risk that vendors pose to companies, including health care entities cannot be overemphasized. This week, Sentara Healthcare (Sentara) announced that one of its third-party vendors was the victim of a...more

Privacy Tip #70 – Renters: Check out This Scam Thwarted by the FTC

I know a lot of people who have looked for and been successful in finding an apartment and/or a roommate on Craigslist. If you are looking for an apartment on Craigslist right now—listen up....more

Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy as a Board of Directors Issue

Cybersecurity and privacy of customer information have become such a critical issues that in-house counsel should treat them as board of directors-level issues. In-house counsel should do that with presentations for their...more

NYDFS: A Lawyer’s Responsibility

New York Financial Regulator to Enforce First-of-Its-Kind Cybersecurity Regulations in Coming Weeks - On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued revised cybersecurity regulations...more

PII Training Required for Government Contractors, Effective Jan. 19

Beginning January 19, federal government contracts will contain additional training requirements for contractors who deal with personally identifiable information (PII) or with a system of records....more

Switzerland and the United States Agree Privacy Shield Framework

The governments of Switzerland and the United States finalised the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework on 11 January. The Framework is similar in many respects to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and replaces the U.S.-Swiss Safe...more

Outgoing Homeland Security Chief: Cyber Security Has Improved But More Work Remains to Be Done

Following an election season characterized by missing emails, private servers and personal laptops, and amidst pervasive allegations of Russian cybercrimes, outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson issued an...more

Tax Season Becomes "Spear Phishing" Season for Cybercriminals

Imagine this scenario. Your HR team receives an email from your CEO: "I want you to send me W-2s of employees' wage and tax statement for 2015, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment." They hurry to...more

College Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Encrypted Data

The scourge of “ransomware”—malicious computer viruses that prevent entities from accessing their own data until they pay a ransom—has spread to the higher education sphere. In early January 2017, a California public...more

The Anthem Breach – A Retrospective

Many people and news outlets have opined, weighed in, and informed the public about the 2015 Anthem breach. It is still a hot topic in January 2017, because it currently lines up with other hot stories about hacking ordered...more

The New Cybersecurity Law of China: What does it Mean for the International Market?

On 7 November, the government of the People’s Republic of China passed the much-anticipated Cyber Security Law of China, which will come into force 1 June 2017. After first and second drafts were put out for public...more

Los Angeles Community College Pays Ransomware to Retrieve Data

On December 30, 2016, the Los Angeles Community College computer network was kidnapped by cyber criminals requesting a ransom for its return. The ransomware encrypted the college’s entire network system, including email...more

Alert: New Privacy Training Requirements for Companies with Federal Government Contracts

Effective January 19, 2017, companies awarded federal government contracts will be required to ensure that their employees receive annual privacy training if those employees (1) handle personally identifiable information...more

Article 29 Working Party Identifies GDPR Implementation Priorities for 2017

In a press release published on January 16, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP 29”) has outlined its strategy for 2017 on implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). WP29’s “2017 GDPR Action...more

Increasing Ransomware Attacks in Higher Education

Malicious “ransomware” attacks — where a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts data, preventing the owner from accessing it until the victim pays a sum of money — are on the rise against...more

New EU Guidelines on Data Protection Officers

The EU's Article 29 Working Party has published new Guidelines on the role of Data Protection Officers under the General Data Protection Regulation. Data Protection Officers are seen as a cornerstone of data protection...more

EU Proposes Overhaul to Privacy and Electronic Communications

January 10, 2017 marked another important step towards reform of the EU data protection framework, with the release of the EU Commission’s proposals for a new Regulation governing privacy and electronic...more

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