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FINRA settles data breach enforcement action

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) agreed to settle its enforcement action with Sterne Agee & Leach, Inc. (Sterne) this week for $225,000. The enforcement action followed the loss of an unencrypted laptop by...more

French Data Protection Authority Unveils Its Inspection Program for 2015

On May 25, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published its annual inspection program for 2015, unveiling its objectives and priorities for the year. This alert highlights the main priorities of the CNIL for...more

OPC’s New Priorities – Commissioner Therrien Provides an Overview

On May 28, 2015 Daniel Therrien, Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner, previewed the OPC’s priorities for attendees of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada Privacy Symposium. These...more

Nevada and North Dakota amend state breach notification laws

Nevada has amended its breach notification law, effective July 1, 2015, to include a medical or health insurance identification number and a user name, unique identifier, or e-mail address in combination with a password or...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

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - May 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in the...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

Privacy in the Employment Context: the Italian Data Protection Authority Handbook

On May 15, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) issued a handbook covering the main areas related to the data protection in the employment context (the “Handbook”)....more

Will Your Cyber Insurance Respond When You Need It Most?

On May 7, Columbia Casualty Company, an insurance company, filed one of the first lawsuits by an insurer seeking to deny coverage for a privacy class action under a cyber insurance policy. Why is this significant? As the...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

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

Student Data Protection Bills Unveiled In Congress

Two bills specifically designed to protect private student information were unveiled in the U.S. Senate last week. The first was released on May 13 by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and the second...more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2015 #2

Recent Lawsuit Underscores Critical Lessons for Purchasers of Cyber Insurance - Why it matters: Columbia Casualty Company v. Cottage Health Systems was filed on May 7, 2015, in the Central District of California. Cottage...more

Nevada Broadens Definition of Personal Information for Purpose of Encryption and Breach Notices

On May 13, Nevada passed a new law (A.B. 179) expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a natural person’s first name or initial and last name in combination with: 1) medical and health insurance...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2015

ONC Releases Updated Guide To Privacy And Security of Electronic Health Information ? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and...more

Recent Lawsuit Underscores Critical Lessons for Purchasers of Cyber Insurance

Columbia Casualty Company v. Cottage Health Systems, No. 2:15-cv-03432, was filed on May 7, 2015 in the Central District of California. Cottage Health is one of the first cases nationwide—if not the first case—in which the...more

Privacy Laws in Asia - May 2015

Privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the past few years, and the level of activity and enforcement does not show any signs of slowing down. Eleven jurisdictions in Asia now have comprehensive privacy laws:...more

CNA Denies Cyber Insurance Claim

Key takeaway: The insurance applications and underwriting questionnaires prepared in connection with cyber insurance do matter. Cyber security, and cyber insurance, have dominated the industry headlines for several...more

BELGIUM: Belgian Privacy Commission fires its first warning shot to Facebook

Based on its on-going investigation of Facebook’s new terms and conditions, the Belgian Privacy Commission has issued a public recommendation (which can be consulted here in English language). The document focuses on...more

Cybersecurity: Integral to Overall Risk Management for Insurers and TPAs

Recent data breaches have brought cybersecurity to the attention of insurance companies, and serve as a reminder to third party administrators ("TPAs") that cybersecurity issues are a serious compliance and regulatory...more

Cybersecurity Oversight: What is a Board of Directors to Do?

Cybersecurity and the risks of data breaches figured prominently at the 35th Annual Ray Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute held April 30, 2015, at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Participating in a panel...more

Nevada Expands Definition of PI for Purposes of the State’s Breach and Safeguards Laws

Nevada’s recently amended law will, among other things, create the first state mandate to encrypt online account credentials. Specifically, on May 13, 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval approved a bill (“AB 179”) to expand the...more

State AGs’ Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity – No End in Sight – REDUX (or, if you prefer, we told you so…)

Reed Smith has been closely following the interest and activities of State AGs in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity, and recently blogged on a major NAAG (National Association of Attorneys General) conference in April on...more

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