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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

China Employment Law Alert: New Data Privacy Obligations for Employers

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has now finalised the new Cyber Security Law ("CSL"), to take effect on 1 June 2017. The fast development of the internet in China has caused a rapid escalation of security...more

A Failed Strategy: Another Derivative Action In A Data Breach Case Goes Down To Defeat

Dismissal Of Home Depot Derivative Action Extends Shareholder Losing Streak An attempt to impose liability on corporate officers and directors for data breach-related losses has once again failed. On November 30,...more

Law Enforcement Permitted To Obtain GPS Location Data Without A Warrant In A Sex Trafficking Investigation

In United States v. Gilliam, 15-387, the Second Circuit (Newman, Winter, Cabranes) held that, under the exigent circumstances present in that case, law enforcement could use cell phone GPS data to locate a suspect without...more

Privacy Tip #63 – NYC Concertgoers—You May Need to Check Your Bank Records

Madison Square Garden has announced that it has suffered a year-long data breach of debit and credit cards used at concession stands at Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, ...more

Data Security for Employers: An Update

Employers store, manage, and share sensitive data about employees. The Navigator and other commentators have written a lot about issues related to personally identifiable information, health-related data, and employee...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

Data Protection Officer and IT Manager – Two Jobs That Do Not Match

Companies required to appoint a data protection officer (“DPO” ) in Europe should carefully consider which candidate is best to select for the job. A company established in Bavaria, Germany, was recently fined by the Bavarian...more

New California AG Appointed with Possibilities for Privacy Enforcement

With the election of current California Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown was tasked with appointing her replacement. On December 1, he announced that his pick is U.S. Representative...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #6: Balancing BYOD Programs with Expectations of Privacy at Work

This is the sixth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. OVERVIEW - The workplace practice of bring your own device (BYOD) has hit the mainstream as more and more employees use their own mobile...more

OCR Alerts Listservs About Fake Phishing Email to Covered Entities and Business Associates

On November 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an Alert to its listservs that a phishing email is being circulated on “mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR”s Director, Jocelyn Samuels”...more

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