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Cyber Information Sharing: Legislation Roundup

With an increasing number of high-profile data breaches in the news, both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have pushed forward on several data security and privacy bills. In the recent months, lawmakers have...more

CareFirst, Third Major Health Insurer This Year To Be Hit By Cyberattack

On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”) announced that it was the latest victim of a major cyberattack, with as many as 1.1 million plan customers affected. Current and former CareFirst members and...more

Data Breach Increases Show Importance of Data Security Compliance in Business Sector

Data breaches have seen a lot of media attention in the past year, but that should come as no surprise since 2014 was a record year for them. According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 783 tracked...more

Roadmap Offers Important Insights on How to Prepare for FTC Data Breach Investigations

On May 20, 2015, Federal Trade Commission Assistant Director Mark Eichorn of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP) offered an inside look into the FTC’s investigative process...more

Federal Trade Commission Targets Organizations with Expired U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certifications

Organizations in the United States that certify to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to transfer and receive personal data about residents of the European Union must annually reaffirm to the U.S. Department of Commerce that...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

Healthcare Organizations not Immune from Criminal Attacks on Sensitive Information

This month, the Ponemon Institute released its Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data and its findings are generating a good deal of attention. In the past, the Study has found that most data...more

Keeping Your Privacy Promises: Retail Tracking and Opt-Out Choices

As children, many of us were taught how important it is to “keep your word.” Similarly, it is black letter privacy law that if a company commits (for instance, in a privacy policy or in website statements) to certain actions...more

FTC says self-reporting is likely to result in more favorable resolution

Last week, the FTC encouraged companies to self-report data breaches with the promise of more likely favorable treatment. The statement comes in a blog post, authored by Mark Eichorn, an Assistant Director in the FTC Bureau...more

The FTC Weighs in on In-Store Tracking. Or Does It?

In law school, everybody learns the adage that hard cases make bad law. When it comes to the Federal Trade Commission, a better aphorism might be, “easy cases make new law.” The FTC’s recent settlement with Nomi Technologies...more

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory – Tells Broadband Providers to Take “Reasonable, Good Faith” Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy...

Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent...more

The NAI Issues Privacy Guidelines For Interest-Based Advertising, Ad Delivery and Reporting

The Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) has issued guidance for its members on the use of non-cookie technologies for Interest-Based Advertising (IBA) and Ad Delivery and Reporting (ADR) (Guidance). The NAI is a...more

Data Breach Insurance: Does Your Policy Have You Covered?

Recent developments in two closely watched cases suggest that companies that experience data breaches may not be able to get insurance coverage under standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies. CGLs typically...more

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new Start with Security initiative that aims to provide businesses with resources, education and guidance on best practices for data security. Announced by FTC Consumer...more

EU Council Confirms the Forthcoming Strong Enforcement of Fundamental Right to Data Protection

A recent leaked draft proposal reveals the position of the E.U. Council as regards to the fines system that will come into force under the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation in the E.U. member states. The huge...more

Think You Know Your HIPAA-Related Obligations? Read the ONC’s New Privacy and Security Guide to Find Out

In 2013, we alerted you to the expansion of the definition of the term “business associate” under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...more

Blog: CareFirst Discloses Data Breach

CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan serving the Washington D.C. metro area, became another in a line of health insurers to suffer a data breach as a result of hackers. CareFirst and the FBI are examining the breach...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

Target Data Breach Settlement

On November 30, 2013, I stopped at Target to purchase a birthday gift for my friends’ one-year-old daughter. Little did I know that I would be exposed to one of the largest data breaches in retail history. Fortunately, my...more

CareFirst announces breach of 1.1 million records in cyberattack

Following in the footsteps of Anthem and Premera, CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan servicing customers in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia announced yesterday that it too has been the victim of a...more

April Brings Amendments to Washington and North Dakota Breach Notification Requirements

April saw amendments to Washington State's and North Dakota's breach notification statutes. In a prior Orrick Alert, we discussed some of the implications from the proposed data breach notification amendments in...more

FTC sued by blogger to release data security guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was sued this week by Philip Reitinger, a fellow blogger and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is now President of VisionSpear LLC, an information...more

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

Guidance for Incident Response Plans  

Organizations are preparing for data incidents and breaches by developing, updating, implementing, and testing incident response plans. This article provides a checklist of key components of an incident response...more

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