Identity Theft

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Rhode Island Governor signs new comprehensive Identity Theft Protection Act

On June 26, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Senate Bill S0134, the Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015, which substantially revises the old law, including breach notification. Specifically,...more

Federal Employees’ Personal Information Compromised by Data Breach

In recent headlines, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) has begun notifying millions of federal employees that it may have lost their personal information earlier this month in a data breach. The data breach...more

Taxpayer Identity Theft

Recently, there has been a spike in felons filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. The identity thief merely acquires a taxpayer’s name, address and Social Security Number, and files a return with a different...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Bill Mandating Identity Theft Protection Services Following Data Breach

Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that imposes strict new timing requirements for entities conducting business in the state that experience a data breach, which Governor Malloy reportedly intends to sign into law. ...more

Connecticut May Become First State to Require Identity Theft Protection

A bill currently before Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy would make the state the first in the nation to require identity theft protection for data breach victims. Senate Bill 949 was approved by both the Connecticut...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Claims

In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more

Connecticut Requires Free Credit Monitoring for Certain Breaches

For nearly a decade, the Connecticut Attorney General (“AG”) has requested or encouraged companies to provide at least two years of free credit monitoring to Connecticut residents following breaches involving information...more

New 2015 Laws Update Data Breach and Identity Theft in Washington and Oregon - Both States Set New Requirements for Notifying...

Washington and Oregon both recently updated laws that define data security and incident response requirements for breaches of consumers’ personal information. Details of these new requirements for each state are...more

Court Dismisses Zappos Data Breach MDL Without Prejudice, Attributing Plaintiffs’ Alleged Harm “To The Realm of Speculation”

On June 1, 2015, a U.S. District Court in Nevada dismissed a consolidated class action against Zappos stemming from a data breach in January 2012. The court held that the plaintiffs lacked standing given their failure to...more

Connecticut Data Breach Law About To Get Tougher

This past Monday, Connecticut legislators voted unanimously to approve two new changes to Connecticut’s breach notification law. Senate Bill 949 will require businesses to (1) provide at least one year of identity theft...more

Are You Ready for the New Student ID Requirements?

Commencing June 1, 2015, Louisiana schools must adhere to several new restrictions and requirements regarding student identification and students’ personal information. This is the latest step in a process designed by the...more

CareFirst, Third Major Health Insurer This Year To Be Hit By Cyberattack

On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”) announced that it was the latest victim of a major cyberattack, with as many as 1.1 million plan customers affected. Current and former CareFirst members and...more

Data Breach Increases Show Importance of Data Security Compliance in Business Sector

Data breaches have seen a lot of media attention in the past year, but that should come as no surprise since 2014 was a record year for them. According to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 783 tracked...more

Data Security Breach at IRS Disrupts Taxpayers and Tax Professionals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 that criminals had fraudulently obtained the tax returns and account information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. The criminals used this information to...more

IRS Website Breached

The IRS announced yesterday that criminals had used the “get transcript” application on its website to gain access to the tax information of approximately 100,000 taxpayers. The IRS has temporarily shutdown this application...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

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

Issues Concerning Medical Identity Theft

Whenever a large data breach occurs in the healthcare industry, such as the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield breach this past winter, some news stories always seem to focus on the strange medical catastrophes that could...more

Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Complaint For Lack Of Standing - May 2015

On May 4, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held that a putative class plaintiff lacked standing to pursue claims against eBay Inc. (“eBay”) arising out of a data breach that occurred in...more

eBay Lawsuit Dismissed

On May 4, 2015, a US District Court judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a class action lawsuit that sought damages from eBay based on the “threat of future harm” stemming from the online retailer’s 2014 data...more

Internal Revenue Service Announces Creation Of A Criminal Investigative Team To Focus On Cyber Tax Fraud

A May 5, 2015 report detailed that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has created a new cybercrime investigation team. Based in Washington, D.C., and made up of about a dozen specially-trained agents, the unit will focus...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity

Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of...more

White House Re-Introduces Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

On February 27, 2015, President Obama unveiled the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, a draft bill intended to govern the collection and dissemination of consumer data. The Privacy Bill of Rights is a revival of...more

U.S. Appeals Court Rules That Mortgage Company Wrongfully Imposed Late Fees Based On Delay In Crediting Payments

In This Issue: - U.S. Appeals Court Rules that Mortgage Company Wrongfully Imposed Late Fees Based on Delay in Crediting Payments - Virginia Attorney General Joins Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in...more

US District Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Data Breach Class Action on Article III Standing

In Storm & Holt v. Paytime, Inc., 1:14-cv-01138-JEJ (MD Penn. Mar. 13, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania addressed the Article III standing issue of when a cause of action may...more

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