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Mille Lacs County in Minnesota settles for $1 million after former employee accesses driver and vehicle database for personal gain

Last week, Mille Lacs County and former investigator for the Mille Lacs County Family Services, Mikki Jo Peterick, agreed to pay $1 million to settle a proposed federal class action which alleged that a former employee of...more

Reputation Matters: Don’t Lose Opportunities Due to Inaccurate Personal Data

Consumers may be injured by inaccurate data that they cannot review or correct. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Congress. The children’s song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket,” exemplifies the conundrum many consumers...more

The Paper Trail: The Potential Data-Breach Sitting in your Printer

In April 2016, the sensitive personal medical information of NFL players was stolen from the car of a trainer who had left the files in a backpack in his locked car. In 2014, Safeway, Inc. settled charges brought by the...more

Employee Error Accounts for Most Security Breaches

A recent study by a well-known information security company captures one of the most common information security fallacies: that information security is a technology problem. Most businesses view mitigating information...more

Experian sponsors Ponemon study on data breach

Experian Data Breach Resolution sponsored a recently released Ponemon Study entitled “Managing Insider Risk through Training & Culture.” The report is quite timely in light of all of the recent successful W-2 phishing...more

Health Care Employees at the Frontline in The Battle Against Ransomware

As recent noteworthy attacks have shown, no health care organization or provider is safe from ransomware threats, and the results of an attack can be devastating. Ransomware is a virus which limits or eliminates access to...more

Employment Law Reporter - May 2016

The Age of The Data Breach : The Top 5 Best Practices - What will you do? We live in The Information Age. Increasingly, business success depends on the ability to obtain, maintain and intelligently utilize increasing...more

Driver Privacy Act of 2015 Addresses Privacy Concerns for Data Collected on Event Data Recorders

An event data recorder (EDR), as defined in 49 CFR section 563.5, generally means a device or function in a vehicle that records the vehicle’s dynamic time-series data during the time period just prior to or during a crash...more

HHS Fact Sheet on Your Employees’ and Clients’ Rights under HIPAA to Access their Health Information

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, contains extensive rules designed to limit access by non-health plan entities to certain individually identifiable health...more

Mobile Applications that Track User Information Have the FTC’s Attention

Similar to website browsers, many mobile applications collect a variety of information from the user, including, the user’s identity, usage history, past log-ins, and location. This enables the application to provide various...more

What Employers Should Consider Before Switching to Fingerprint-based Time Clocks, Padlocks and Access Points

Several companies now offer time and attendance solutions that incorporate the use of fingerprint identification technology and purport to eliminate “buddy punching” for hourly employees. In addition to time and attendance...more

Scalia’s Death Leaves High Court in Limbo on Three Key Consumer Class Actions

While the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the bench, it also likely will leave the high court’s docket in limbo on number of key consumer class actions awaiting the Court’s...more

What You Need to Know About the New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) finally released the text of the long anticipated new data protection law. While the law has not formally been enacted, its adoption at this...more

Fingerprint Identification Technology

Fingerprint identification technology uses fingerprints to uniquely identify individuals. The technology has been used by law enforcement agencies for decades, and dozens of statutes regulate when government agencies may...more

EU-US Privacy Shield May Provide Guidance for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to invalidate Safe Harbor in October 2015 sent shockwaves throughout the international business community. Safe Harbor was a certification mechanism that...more

Tax Relief for Identity Protection Services

In 2015, following numerous customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS announced special tax relief to breach victims who were provided identity protection services as a result of the breach. In January...more

FTC Publishes Big Data Report – Provides “Recommendations to Business”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just released a report on Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues (Report), January 6, 2016. The FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez indicates in the FTC...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

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

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2015.

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...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

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

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