Data Security

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Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

21st Century Data Breaches: Not All Fun and Games

Data breaches can occur in the most surprising places. When data breaches affect sensitive, private information—especially those of children—companies can face scrutiny from regulatory agencies and be exposed to civil (and...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

And Then There Were Two – New Mexico Set to Become 48th State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

While there is no federal law requiring companies to notify individuals of data breaches, South Dakota and Alabama will be the only states without data breach legislation if Gov. Susana Martinez signs New Mexico’s H.B. 15,...more

Privacy Perils: Data Collection from Connected Devices

While the WikiLeaks CIA dump makes for interesting reading about our nation's capability to hack certain connected devices, it does not mean we are all being spied on while waiting for a microwave burrito. However, fanciful...more

Bipartisan State Cyber Resiliency Act Will Help Local Governments Defend Against And Recover From Cyber Attacks

On March 2, 2017 lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives introduced the State Cyber Resiliency Act, which would give state, local, and tribal governments grants to boost cybersecurity protections. ...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

Avoiding Employee Data Breaches Has Nothing to Do With Luck .....

You may have already had your bracket busted by now…..but you should have Mintz Levin’s Third Annual Employment Law Summit on your schedule and the panel on Cybersecurity and Employee Data Breaches may help you avoid a...more

The Two Faces of Hacking: Data Scientists are Doing Bad to Do Good.

American and Canadian data scientists, librarians, hackers and activists have united in a “rogue” movement to locate and archive climate data maintained by U.S. agencies. Environmental scholars and librarians at the...more

Wendy’s Executives and Board File Motion to Dismiss

We previously reported that Wendy’s was hit with a putative class action shareholders’ derivative suit in December following its data breach in 2016. Late last week, the executives and Board of Wendy’s filed a Motion to...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #2

Privacy Policy, Notifications Mandatory Under Updated Google Rules - On March 1, Google updated its Play Store policies with a host of changes that took effect on March 15, including a requirement that app developers...more

Air Force Security Clearance Files Compromised on Unsecured Backup Drive

Security researchers have discovered that an unsecured backup drive has compromised thousands of U.S. Air Force documents, including personnel files and sensitive forms filled out by senior and high-ranking officials. These...more

Are Your Federal Contractor Employees Required To Have Privacy Training?

The Federal Acquisition Regulations were recently updated to include a requirement that certain federal contractors provide privacy training to some of their employees. The training obligation does not apply to all employees...more

Privacy, Please

Studies show that Americans are more worried than ever about data privacy and security on the internet. Every time you go online, you reveal a lot of information about yourself: what you browse, where you shop and what you...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

Top Trends in Business Law that You Need to Know for 2017

Macy’s and Kmart are each closing a Lansing, Michigan location – but did you know that in general, retail spending is up? It’s easier than ever to collect customer data, but business owners beware: you need to...more

The Future Is Now: Robots And Artificial Intelligence In The Workplace

While it may be some time before we commute to work in flying cars or seek a transfer to our company’s lunar outpost, another concept once thought outside the realm of modern reality is now increasingly ordinary in the...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

Three Major Security Issues to Consider with SaaS and Cloud Solutions

Small and medium-sized businesses are turning to software as a service (SaaS) solutions for their IT needs more and more frequently. SaaS solutions can provide end-users with quicker, cheaper access to software that they...more

Cybersecurity And Financial Institutions: How New York’s “First-In-The-Nation” Data Security Regulations May Impact You

March 1, 2017 marked the implementation of New York’s cybersecurity regulations, subjecting covered financial institutions to arguably the most burdensome cybersecurity regime yet. The regulations, promulgated by the New...more

Law Firm Sued for Alleged Lax Data Security Obtains Significant Win in District Court

Back in December of last year, we reported that for the first time, a U.S. law firm – Johnson & Bell, a mid-sized Chicago firm – was publicly named in a class action data security lawsuit. Last month, the firm obtained a...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Company Claims Against Former Executive For Unlawful Access to Email

A terminated executive who accessed co-worker emails in the process of reporting possible company wrongdoing lost his appeal on several grounds. In Brown Jordan Intl, Inc. v. Carmicle, the Eleventh Circuit found that the...more

Yahoo’s General Counsel Takes the Fall for Cybersecurity Breach

When news broke recently that the General Counsel for Yahoo had resigned over concerns about the company’s handling of data breaches, it highlighted the ways in which data breaches can have serious consequences for corporate...more

The Top Six Takeaways from Auto-ISAC's and NHTSA’s Cybersecurity Best Practices

As cars continue to rely more and more on systems that closely resemble those that run mobile phones and personal computers, it’s no surprise that the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers of car parts need to...more

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