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Senior MP Calls for Regulatory Crackdown on Banks’ IT Systems: 3 Things You Can do to Prepare

The recent cyberattack on Tesco Bank’s IT systems has prompted Rt Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to call on regulators to take action against vulnerable bank IT systems... ...more

Home Depot directors prevail in cybersecurity liability claim

In our November 15, 2016, blog post, “Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors,” we discussed an influential case that, while not directly dealing with cybersecurity, outlined the duty of oversight that...more

Guidelines for Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology uses algorithms that map facial features – such as the distance between a person’s eyes, or the width of a person’s nose – and compares those features to a database of known individuals....more

Four Points And A Stick: What You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

It's coming. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on May 25, 2018. If your business involves processing EU citizen data, you will be subject to GDPR – even if your sole location...more

Michigan State Data Breach and the Value of Preparedness

Michigan State University’s announcement earlier this month that hackers had gained access to a school database of about 400,000 records highlights why colleges and universities are such tempting targets for hackers and just...more

OCR Issues Alerts Regarding Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published an alert on November 28 describing a phishing email being circulated on mock HHS departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels. The email prompts...more

2016 Breach Roundup, Part I: U.S. State Data Breach Notification Laws Highlights and Trends

In many respects, 2016 has been a remarkable year, but one constant with recent history is that multiple states (six this year) amended their breach notification statutes. As is commonly stated, the U.S. ...more

EU-US Privacy Shield challenged in the European Court of Justice

Just four months after its adoption by the European Commission, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is facing its first formal legal challenge. The challenge comes from the Irish advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland, who is...more

FriendFinder Data Breach Exposes 400 million+ Accounts

FriendFinder Networks is a company in the adult entertainment, social networking, and online dating space. Several databases from FriendFinder Networks web sites with more than 412 million accounts, including usernames,...more

Compliance Clock Begins to Tick for BIAS Providers Following Publication of Privacy Rules in the Federal Register

The FCC’s new privacy rules were published in the Federal Register last Friday, December 2, 2016. The publication of these rules initiates the period in which broadband ISPs must come into compliance with the agency’s...more

Cell Phone Manufacturer and Firmware Provider Hit with Consumer Class Action Over Extracting and Transmitting User Information...

A recent class action lawsuit is alleging that cell phone manufacturer Blu Products, Inc. (“Blu”) and firmware providers Shanghai Adups Technology Co., Ltd. and Adups USA LLC (“Adups”) violated several federal privacy laws by...more

21st Century Cures Act Includes Prohibition on Information Blocking and Mandates for Additional HIPAA Guidance

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), an expansive health bill that addresses the discovery and development of new medical therapies as well...more

New Rules of the Cyber Road: Federal Banking Regulators Seek Comment by January 17, 2017 on Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations

Continuing the trend of recent years, cybersecurity has remained at the top of the regulatory agenda for several federal and state agencies. For financial institutions, keeping track of the dizzying array of proposed...more

FTC Settles with Data Broker

On November 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a settlement with Jason A. Kotzker, the purported owner and member of two separate data broker companies: Sequoia One, LLC and Gen X Marketing Group, LLC. ...more

U.S. Navy Announces Breach of 134,386 Sailors’ Information from Laptop of Vendor

The U.S. Navy has revealed that it has been notified by one of its vendors that a laptop of the contractor was the source of a data breach that compromised the names and Social Security numbers of 134,386 current and former...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

HHS Issues Warning About Phishing Campaign Disguised As Official Communication

As part of its efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) engages in audits of covered...more

Do As We Say, Not As We Do: Audit Reveals Unencrypted IRS Emails Put Taxpayer Data at Risk

With tax season around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun its yearly campaign to educate taxpayers on the importance of protecting their personal information. However, a recent audit of the agency’s...more

Avoiding the Enforcement Crosshairs of Cross-Device Tracking

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently announced that enforcement of its guidance on cross-device tracking (the “Application of the DAA Principles of Transparency and Control to Data Used Across Devices”) is set to...more

FAA Releases New Video for Safe Operation of Drones this Holiday Season

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a friendly holiday warning for those who chose to purchase a drone this year for the holidays: fly it safely. The FAA released a new video summarizing the rules and...more

“Sorry, Santa, the Kids’ Data Is Stuck In Russia!” ~ Plus LinkedIn Not Feeling the Love from Russia

LinkedIn has become the first major company to have access to its website in Russia blocked by the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, following earlier Moscow Court decisions on 4 August and 10...more

NY Financial Services Companies’ 2017 Resolution: Cybersecurity

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made headlines back in late September with a “first-in-the-nation” piece of legislation aimed at mandating specific cybersecurity protocols for banks, insurance...more

Study Finds Companies May Do Too Much For Data Breach Victims

A recent study at the University of Arkansas suggests that organizations should avoid doing too much for individuals affected by a data breach. That is, when organizations provide compensation to breach victims that exceeds...more

Cybersecurity Risk: Latest Guidance from Bank Examiners

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has indicated in a recent bulletin that its examiners will gradually incorporate a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool into its examinations of national banks and other institutions...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

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