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Dealing with High Risk Data

When people think of high risk data, most think of Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable Information as it relates to HIPAA and the health care industry, but Steve Shebest’s very informative article “High...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm - Part II

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Cybersecurity Monday: Who Is Shopping for Your Data?

At this time of year, everyone is shopping for a good bargain. And with “Cyber Monday,” the internet has become the place to go for the best deals. The shift to online and cloud-based information systems and data storage has...more

Alert: Congress Ramps Up Cyber Legislation Activity: Four Bills Await President Obama's Signature

After years of pundits saying "oh, major cyber legislation will pass this year," it may finally be happening. Last week Congress hammered out details on four different cyber bills that are intended to help the country move...more

New York Establishes New Cyber Security Examination Process for Financial Institutions

New York’s Department of Financial Services released a letter on December 10, 2014, announcing the details of its plan to focus more attention on cyber security matters in conducting examinations. Directed at New...more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

Comptroller: Retailers Must Be Held Accountable for Data Breaches

Why it matters - Reflecting continued regulatory focus on the issue of cybersecurity, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry said in recent remarks, retailers must be held accountable for data breaches, urging...more

Don’t Be the Next Data Breach Target

As the much-publicized data breaches of the last year reveal, third parties are often the gateway to an organization’s data. As repositories of vast amounts of confidential client data in e-discovery, such as personally...more

Target Takes Aim at Consumers after Banks Win Opening Round

On Thursday, the attorney for Target Corporation (“Target”) made oral arguments in support of its motion to dismiss consumer claims stemming from the data breach it suffered late last year when hackers stole financial and...more

In the Cybersecurity Hot Seat: How Law Firms are Optimizing Security While Reducing Cost and Risk

Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge - Data breaches are not just dramatic headlines in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times—they are events that increasingly are affecting companies and...more

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

On the Second Day of Privacy, Plaintiffs’ Counsel Gave to Me . . .

. . . still more privacy litigation. In 2015, we are likely to see further development of the law in data breach class actions, continuing growth in statutory privacy claims, and increased risk of privacy-related claims...more

An Early Christmas Present for Consumers? Court Rules that Retailers Can Be Liable to Banks Arising from Data Breaches.

Cyber-Monday sales weren’t the only good thing that happened for consumers last week. Later in the week a federal judge in Minnesota thwarted Target’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by banks and credit unions arising...more

The FCC Asserts its Role as Regulator of Data Security

The FCC recently signaled its intention to move aggressively into the realm of data security regulation. On October 24, 2014, the agency released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), ordering two...more

Encryption and Securing BYO Devices at the Heart of Massachusetts AG $100,000 Settlement

The Massachusetts Attorney General announced Friday that her office had reached a settlement with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) surrounding a 2012 data breach in which a physician’s unencrypted personal laptop...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response: Union Files Failure-to-Bargain Charge With NLRB Against USPS

As recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security...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

Data Privacy And Cybersecurity For Investment Funds

In This Presentation: - WHY IS DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY IMPORTANT? ..Why is it important to protect data? ..SEC Cybersecurity Risk Alert ..FINRA Scrutiny - BEFORE THE BREACH ...more

Investment Management Update - Focus on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity [Video]

Pepper partners Gregory J. Nowak and Angelo A. Stio III discussed data privacy and cybersecurity issues for investment funds during a recent webinar for West LegalEdcenter. This podcast is a recording of their...more

Blog: Connecticut Court Holds HIPAA Does Not Preempt Common Law Claim for Breach of Confidentiality

The Connecticut Supreme Court held that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not bar individuals from bringing negligence and emotional distress claims under state common law for breach...more

Data Breach Case Update: Shareholder Derivative Suit Dismissed

We recently discussed the increase in data breach litigation which resulted after several high-profile data breaches. You can read those articles here and here. Not surprisingly, several of these suits involve class actions...more

Data Breaches: Industry Calls for Single, Federal Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, a coalition of 44 service and retail industry trade associations sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging the House and Senate to adopt a single data breach notification standard at the federal level. The...more

The Consumer May Not Be Your Worst Enemy In The Case Of A Data Breach

Hardly a month passes without headlines of a prominent business, from retail giants like Target and Home Depot to sophisticated financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase, experiencing a data breach involving the unauthorized...more

How To Analyze A HIPAA Breach

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and subsequent regulations have changed several aspects of compliance with HIPAA, including the way covered entities should think about...more

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