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FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Predicts $1 Billion Settlement in Data Breach Case – But Where’s the “Harm”?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

This week, a high profile plaintiffs’ firm (Edelson) stated that “if done right,” the data breach class actions against Equifax should yield more than $1 billion in cash going directly to more than 143 million consumers...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #2: Control Access to Data Sensibly

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 4, 2017, the FTC released its second “Stick with Security” principle, which addressed the next step a company should take after it has identified confidential data in its possession and determined what information...more

IoT, spyware and privacy risks

by DLA Piper on

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables everyday objects – printers, thermostats, pacemakers, cars – to collect and exchange data over the Internet. Like other online data, IoT data can be mined, transformed and monetized....more

Cyber Winter is Here, and Coming to Regulation: New York Cybersecurity Rule Ice Dragon Heading for the Wall

The State of New York’s response to two large cybersecurity breaches may fuel the transformation of the state regulation of corporate cybersecurity in the U.S. Unlike typical state data breach statutes which focus on...more

National Cybersecurity Month: Protect Your Assets

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

It’s National Cybersecurity Month. You’d hardly know this momentous occasion was coming: in September of 2017, we kept waking up to headlines about hacks at major outfits such as Equifax, Deloitte, and the SEC....more

Cybersecurity—It's Not Only About Building Walls

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Importance of Detection Once the Enemy Is Past the Gates - The recently announced data breaches involving Equifax, Deloitte and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission underscore that data breaches are a way of...more

The FTC Case against EquiFax Inc.

by Revision Legal on

In early September of 2017, it was reported that Equifax Inc., one of the country’s three leading credit reporting services, was subject to a cyberattack that resulted in the access by the hackers of financial and personal...more

FTC’s ‘Stick with Security’ Series Carries On

Continuing with its “Stick with Security” series of blog posts for businesses, the Federal Trade Commission worked its way through several more items found in the “Start with Security” guidance....more

When Ripples Become Waves: The Equifax Cybersecurity Incident

Since September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of three credit rating agencies in the United States, has been dealing with the fallout from one of the largest (known) data breaches of personal information, putting 143 million...more

The Data Report Special Edition: The Equifax Data Breach

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Litigation attorney Jay Ward explores the massive Equifax data breach, which has affected as many as 143 million Americans, in this special edition of The Data Report. Jay summarizes what happened, explains the ramifications...more

CyberSecurity Regulation Back on Center Stage After Data Breach

by Goodwin on

The issue of cybersecurity is back in front of Congress in the wake of the news of the data breach at Equifax Inc., which reportedly has affected approximately 143 million consumers. Various industry trade groups, including...more

Client Alert: FTC Gives Guidance in Slaying the Data Breach Dragon

The FTC has recently provided specific guidance on what it considers appropriate data breach protection activity by financial institutions. Such guidance came by virtue of a proposed consent order, dated August 29, 2017,...more

Equifax Week Two: It Keeps Getting Worse

The drumbeat of bad news continues for credit monitoring agency Equifax Inc., after its disclosure on September 7th of a massive data breach – compromising Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personally...more

Legal Implications and Initial Takeaways from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that compile and evaluate the financial history of consumers, announced that it suffered a security breach in which sensitive information of...more

Preloaded Adware That Risked User Data Costs Lenovo $3.5 Million

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Lenovo Inc. agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it installed monitoring and advertising software on its laptops. The lawsuit was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and 32 state...more

Equifax Breach is a Category 5 Incident Affecting You – Our Recommendations on How to Safeguard Your Data

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced what appears to be the largest breach of consumer data in US history. According to Equifax, it discovered on July 29, 2017 that it had suffered a cyber-attack which lasted from May to...more

Equifax Breach: Three Takeaways from the First Four Days

by Mintz Levin on

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three large credit reporting bureaus, announced a cybersecurity incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. According to Equifax, the breach occurred mid-May through...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Data Security in Its “Stick With Security” Blog

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Building on the FTC’s “Start with Security” guide for businesses, the agency launched the “Stick with Security” blog on July 21, 2017. The blog provides additional guidance on each of the 10 fundamental principles of data...more

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay,...more

More Companies Must Comply with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, But Don’t Know It. Are You One of Them?

by Dickinson Wright on

When the topic of data privacy and cyber security comes up, most people automatically think of data breaches, especially given the high-profile nature of so many of them. Breaches and hacks are certainly an issue about which...more

Connecting the Dots: Key Developments and Best Practices for Evaluating Privacy and Security Risks in IoT Investments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The market for internet-connected devices (often referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT) is growing rapidly. Investment in this burgeoning space can be attractive, and according to research firm IDC, the worldwide...more

Defining Sensitive Personal Information

by Bryan Cave on

Like the terms “personal information,” “personally identifiable information,” or “PII,” the terms “sensitive information” and “sensitive personal information” are often left undefined in contracts and treated as if they were...more

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