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Controversial NY lender and student loan servicer licensing proposals removed from budget bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York lender licensing proposal that threatened to create new regulatory burdens for financial service providers and to potentially adversely affect credit availability to New York residents and businesses, has been...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

by Snell & Wilmer on

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education...more

University of Mississippi to Pay $2.75 Million for Alleged HIPAA Violations

by King & Spalding on

On July 21, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), stemming from a 2013 breach of...more

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and...more

University of California Berkeley breached…again…financial data of 80,000

We previously reported that University of California Berkeley had suffered a data breach affecting 550 students and their families in April 2015. Last Thursday, UC Berkeley announced that a hacker broke into its Financial...more

Is your institution of higher education covered by HIPAA?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It comes as no surprise that virtually every postsecondary administrator is familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). After all, FERPA, the primary federal law...more

FTC files suit against Devry University for deceptive advertisement from data

The FTC filed suit against Devry University on January 27th, alleging that its ads, stating that 90 percent of its graduates obtained jobs in their field of study, and were making 15 percent more than graduates from other...more

Privacy Tip #16 – Top privacy tips for 2015

In response to our clients, colleagues, readers and friends’ requests, we started publishing weekly privacy tips 16 weeks ago. We hope that you have found them to be helpful, both in your personal and professional life....more

Blog: University of Rochester Medical Center Reaches Agreement to Settle Alleged HIPAA Breach

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reached agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General (NYOAG) to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Must Playground Equipment & Surfaces Comply with CPSC Lead Limits for Children’s Products?

Over the past few months, numerous national media outlets have published stories about the potential health risks of a material commonly used on playground surfaces—crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is a granule material typically...more

Privacy Tip #8 – How teachers can assist students to be safe online

It is scary to read the headlines that kids become victims of crimes, some of them horrific, because of online activity. Kids are naive and susceptible to online predators. Parents must be vigilant in educating their children...more

Colleges and Universities Are Prime Cyberattack Targets: What’s Behind the Threat?

by BakerHostetler on

When it comes to cyberattack targets, many think of retailers and associated credit card transactions or customer information, or perhaps healthcare providers with their ever-increasing storage and transmission of electronic...more

Tagging Trouble: Forays into the Regulation of Biometric Data

We leave breadcrumbs of biometric information scattered around our daily lives, which may be collected and used by private entities, often without our knowledge or consent. The sound of your voice when you call your bank’s...more

School Districts to Undergo Cybersecurity Audit

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway recently announced plans to conduct cybersecurity audits of five school districts. Coinciding with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the audits are intended to reveal how school...more

Data Breaches Are Not Academic: Colleges and Universities Should Take Appropriate Steps To Avoid or at Least Minimize Their...

by Reed Smith on

Data breaches at colleges and universities are on the rise. These institutions are targets because their networks have access to a large amount of private information, including educational and medical records, as well as...more

79,000 students’ data breached by vendor of Cal State

We End Violence, a third party vendor that provides online sexual assault prevention training to California State (Cal State) students notified Cal State that it experienced a vulnerability in its underlying code that exposed...more

The ABCs of COPPA Compliance

by LeClairRyan on

In today’s environment – when data breaches seem to be in the news nearly every day – the media, regulators and many others are hyper-focused on privacy issues. Schools and educational institutions are no exception when it...more

Delaware Student Data Privacy Protection Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

by Morris James LLP on

With the continuing push for more prolific and creative use of technology in Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, student data has become more valuable, and the protection of that data of greater concern. In the face...more

CFPB alerts Google to student debt relief scammers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s outgoing Student Loan Ombudsman, has sent a letter to Google to alert the company that “student loan debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search...more

New Hampshire Establishes Privacy Protections for Student Online Personal Information

California again has provided a model of privacy legislation for other states to follow. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recently signed into law House Bill 520 (the “Bill”), a bipartisan effort to establish guidelines...more

The Nevada Data Breach Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Nevada, like most states, has a data security statute that addresses what to do when there’s a data breach. Here’s a quick summary of the Nevada law, which is found at N.R.S. § 603A.010 et seq, “Security of Personal...more

Department of Education Issues New Guidance Documents Relating to Student Privacy

The past few years have seen exponential growth in the use of technology in the classroom, with applications ranging from the increased availability and use of e-books to the displacement of physical classrooms through...more

HIPAA Breach Affects Many Western New York School Districts

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Recently, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems was hacked. The information believed to have been accessed includes names, member ID numbers, dates of...more

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