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EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “... unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

3 Questions to Ask About Free-File Hosting Services

The landscape of data storage and maintenance is shifting. Despite significant company investments in secure, onsite data storage systems, today’s data storage environment can create challenges for many of these extensive...more

Internet of Things and Cybercrime – what risks?

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 collecting and exchanging personal data about their users, their lives, their preferences and tastes. This will lead not only to relevant data...more

California May Soon Be Calling You

Recently California amended its privacy laws requiring website privacy notices for businesses outside California’s borders. If your business operates a commercial website that collects consumers’ personally identifiable...more

Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - Florida Means Business When It Comes to Protecting Customers' Personal Information

On June 20, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 ("FIPA"), which became effective July 1, 2014. FIPA expands the obligations of businesses and government entities that...more

So You’ve Got A Cybersecurity Policy – What Next?

After hearing about the major data breaches at companies like Target, Michael’s, and Neiman Marcus, ABC Corp. realizes it needs to protect itself from such an attack. So it consults with its attorneys, identifies where it is...more

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Cyber Sharing Bill

On July 8, 2014, in closed session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence voted 12-3 to report the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would grant legal immunity for companies to share cyber threat data with...more

HIPAA Data Breaches

HIPAA has been on the books since 1996. With the advent of electronic health records, HHS adopted security regulations to require covered entities to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of electronic...more

Oil and Gas Industry Forms Information Sharing Group to Combat Cyber Threats

In response to the growing threat from cyber-attacks, the oil and gas industry has announced the formation of an information sharing clearinghouse. The new group, known as the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and...more

Florida’s Strict New Data Breach Notification Law Takes Effect

The new law sets up one of the most robust data protection regimes in the United States and is relevant to any business that collects personal information nationwide....more

New OpenSSL Bug is More Heartburn than Heartbleed

Only three months after uncovering the Heartbleed bug, two new data security threats were discovered in the same OpenSSL software package used to encrypt the majority of web communications. Although not as dangerous as...more

Article 29 Working Party Defends BCR-P to European Institutions

On 12 June 2014, in a letter from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party to the President of the European Parliament, the Working Party has defended, and urged the EU institutions to discuss, Binding Corporate Rules for...more

Does Your Company Align Compliance Training To An Annual Ranking of Risks?

PwC came out with their annual State of Compliance survey, which is always well done, and has given me lots of fodder for upcoming blogs. I found the below illustration in the accompanying “chart pack” and found it...more

Bank Customer – Not the Bank – Liable for Fraudulent Wire Transfer

Recent security breaches have focused attention on the allocation of risk associated with fraudulent payments. The recent U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Choice Escrow & Land Title, LLC v. BancorpSouth Bank...more

Hedge Fund Hack Results in Trade Secret Loss, and Raises SEC Reporting Issues

Data breaches may be nothing new, but they are certainly evolving into bigger and more notorious infractions. While the data breaches of yesterday may have involved accidental disclosure or disgruntled former employees, the...more

New HIPAA Reports to Congress Shed Light on OCR Enforcement

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued two reports to Congress, as required by the HITECH Act. The compliance report details OCR’s enforcement activities for 2011 and 2012 and...more

10 Tips for Creating a Successful BYOD Policy

The “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend has become the norm at many companies and viewed as a way to both save money and increase productivity. By allowing employees to use their personal smartphones, tablets and laptops to...more

Florida Strengthens Data Breach Law

On June 20, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 1524, which significantly revises and strengthens the state’s data breach notice law, making it among the toughest in the country. The bill shortens the timeline for providing...more

New Connecticut Pharmacy Rewards Disclosure Bill Took Effect July 1

On June 12th, Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law ”An Act Concerning Pharmacy Rewards Programs And Protected Health Information“. The law went into effect July 1st, and applies to pharmacy retailers in the...more

EU Data Protection Regulation: Update

There has been a debate as to whether the new Regulation is actually going to happen. The clear view from the European Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor is that the Regulation will happen and the European...more

OCC Report Highlights Cybersecurity, BSA-AML, Indirect Auto Underwriting Concerns

On June 25, the OCC published its semiannual risk report, which provides an overview of the agency’s supervisory concerns for national banks and federal savings associations, including operational and compliance risks....more

Florida Introduces Stringent Obligations with New Data Breach Law

In the wake of increasing pressure due to data breaches, Florida is introducing a stringent new data breach law to protect its residents from identity theft and financial harm. The new Florida Information Protection Act of...more

If Exposed to Cyber-Attacks, Cyberinsurance May Cover Losses

Your network is your company’s life blood. You want to be protected in the event your cybersecurity is breached; the attack on Target being a recent, well-publicized reminder to the threat of cyber attacks. ...more

Tips For Navigating U.S. and International Data Breaches

Navigating today’s complex legal and regulatory framework surrounding data breaches can be a daunting process for even the most sophisticated organization. In the United States, there is not currently a national uniform data...more

FFIEC Launches Cybersecurity Resources Web Page

On June 24, the FFIEC unveiled a new web page that will serve as a central repository for current and future FFIEC-related materials on cybersecurity. Although the FFIEC did not release any new resources, the launch shows the...more

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