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Five Tips to Help Companies Protect Themselves from Data Breaches

With every swipe of a credit card this holiday season, consumers put their faith in the companies that process and store their information. Yet, it is no secret that data breaches are on the rise, hitting companies large and...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

Financial Services Report - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Beltway Report - Bureau Report - Mobile and Emerging Payments Report - Mortgage and Fair Lending Report - Operations Report - Preemption Report - Privacy...more

Cybersecurity: Having a Privacy Policy is Not Enough

With the rash of significant data security incidents that occurred in 2013 and have continued to this day, it is increasingly important for companies to have an updated cybersecurity preparedness plan. The World Economic...more

Privacy Tuesday - July 2014

There are quite a few privacy-related things taking effect July 1. Some reminders: Florida Amendments to Data Breach Notification Law - The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (“FIPA”) takes effect...more

Protecting personal information in sweepstakes and contests

Sponsors of sweepstakes and contests need to be especially careful to protect all personal private information they receive from entrants in the promotions they sponsor. This is a lesson a radio station in Oregon learned...more

California Attorney General Issues Privacy Guidelines for Websites

In the wake of numerous high-profile breaches of user privacy and complaints about sites that track the online activity of users, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a 28-page set of recommendations for how...more

The New Normal: Big Data Comes of Age

On May 1, 2014, the White House released two reports addressing the public policy implications of the proliferation of big data. The first report is by the Executive Office of the President, entitled “Big Data: Seizing...more

White House Issues “Big Data” Report

On May 2, the White House released the much anticipated report on Big Data titled “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values.” The report focuses on not only privacy and the private sector uses of big data, but also...more

Who’s Minding The Store?

Late last week, the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced a major breach within its own office with the loss of an unencrypted hard drive containing sensitive personal information relating to over 800 of its...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

Privacy Monday – January 13, 2014

These are busy times in the data privacy/security world. If Misery Loves Company, Target Has Friends - Target was not the only target of data thieves this holiday season. Reports over the weekend revealed that...more

How To Catch-Up in a Revised HIPAA World

The HIPAA final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) made sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules earlier this year. Although the compliance deadline of September 23, 2013 has come...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Changes to California Privacy Law Have Nationwide Implications - The FTC Brings Its First Enforcement Action Against the ‘Internet of Things’ - Fifth Circuit Ruling Provides New...more

Has the FTC Met Its Match?

Companies across the Country should be following the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) civil suit brought against Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC (“Wyndham”) entitled Federal Trade...more

Your Cat’s Name Could Soon Be Your “Personal Information”: 4 Steps You Can Take to Prepare Yourself for the Proposed Expansion of...

As we learned this summer, online account usernames can be, well . . . somewhat embarrassing when made public. Here in California, however, that type of username or an email address, in combination with a password or...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Lack Standing under Clapper to Sue Barnes & Noble for Credit Card Data Breach

Relying heavily on the Supreme Court’s recent Clapper decision, a federal court dismissed a class action lawsuit arising out of a “skimming” data breach against Barnes & Noble (BN)....more

Health Plan Fined for HIPAA Breach Relating to Information Stored on Photocopiers

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that it had reached a $1,215,780 settlement with Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New...more

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Date Is Only Two Months Away

The compliance date for the omnibus final rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information...more

Beyond Privacy Policies: Practical Privacy For Web Sites And Mobile Apps

In this environment of growing attention to the risks of data security breaches, and in the midst of an explosion of mobile applications that make data storage an increasingly far-flung proposition, many organizations assume...more

HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule – published Jan. 25, 2013

Six Points Health Care Professionals and Organizations (and those who do business with them) Need To Know NOW: - Possible fines have increased dramatically. Under prior law, fines were capped at $100 per violation, with...more

Blood Bank Settles FTC Complaint About Customer Data Privacy

Any company that collects personal information about individuals, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers, must be very careful about the way in which it stores and secures that information. Even a blood bank...more

Final HIPAA Regulations: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) for Group Health Plans

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) has issued final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy, Security, Breach...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

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