Identity Theft

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How to Protect Your Deceased Loved Ones From Identity Theft

We've all been warned about protecting ourselves from identity theft, but one group of victims can't take action to protect themselves—the dead. Identity thieves steal the identities of more than 2 million deceased Americans...more

California Dreams Becoming Reality for Franchisees; Amended Franchise Relationship Law Nears Passage

The California State Assembly saw the seventh amended version of proposed changes to the California Franchise Relationship Act (CFRA) introduced August 17, 2015. This amendment is the product of industry negotiations that...more

IRS admits 334,000 victims of fraudulent tax refunds due to security flaws on website

Not only did the IRS lose a flash drive with 12,000 school worker’s Social Security numbers on it in Texas, it admitted on August 17th that its initial estimate that 110,000 taxpayers’ personal information was used to file...more

IRS declares identity protection services not taxable

The IRS announced last week that the value of identity theft protection services are not taxable and do not have to be included in gross income calculations for tax purposes. Identity theft continues to be the number one...more

IRS Releases Guidance on Taxability of Identity Protection Services

As companies and governmental entities increasingly do business and store sensitive information in online or cloud-based environments, the risk of improper disclosure continues to grow. The unprecedented breach of the United...more

A Deeper Dive: Data Security Incident? Don’t Panic

It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday and you get a call from your IT department. They have detected that an intruder has gained access to your company’s network. At this point, the headlines from the major data breaches of recent years...more

IRS Admits Security Breach More Extensive

Earlier this year, the IRS announced that identity thieves had been able to hack one of its computer databases and gain access to extremely sensitive data.  Back then, the IRS indicated that about 225,000 households had been...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Article III Standing for Data Breach Class Action Based on Allegations of Future Harm

In the wake of numerous data breach cases dismissed for lack of Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138, 1147 (2013), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Data processing company hit with class action lawsuit for data breach and Judge denies class certification the next day

Advanced Data Processing, Inc. and Intermedix Corp. were sued in federal court in Florida last week for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for failing to protect the health information...more

Second class action suit filed against Medical Informatics

We previously reported that Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. was sued over a data breach that occurred in May and affected over 4 million individuals. Thereafter, Indiana AG Gregory Zoeller advised all Hoosiers to freeze...more

Checking in on Target’s Derivative Litigation: 18 Months Later, Directors Remain Stuck in the Checkout Line

Everyone remembers the Target Corporation data breach, one of the worst in history. In late 2013, hackers forced their way into Target’s computer system, accessing the information of approximately 70 million customers,...more

Who’s In Your Wallet? Is Your Company Being Hijacked by Identity Thieves?

The California Secretary of State has detected increased criminal activity aimed at businesses, as identity thieves make phony filings with the Secretary of State’s office that help them gain access to bank accounts and...more

Neiman Marcus files Petition for Rehearing En Banc

We previously reported on the Seventh Circuit’s reversal of the District Court’s dismissal of the data breach class action case against Neiman Marcus. On August 3, 2015, Neiman Marcus filed a Petition for Rehearing requesting...more

Neiman Case a Harbinger For Data Breach Cases? Not So Fast

Much has been said in the past couple weeks about the decision by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Remijas v. Neiman Marcus. Some have suggested that the ruling makes it easier to sue over data breaches, or...more

Three Delaware Privacy Bills Businesses Should Know About

The News Journal article highlighted passage by the Delaware legislature in 2014 of House Bill 295, now codified as 6 Del. C. §5001C et seq.: Safe Destruction of Records Containing Personal Identifying Information. Much of...more

Seventh Circuit: Neiman Marcus Data Breach Victims Have Standing To Bring Class Action

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided on July 20, 2015, that individuals whose credit card information was exposed to hackers in the 2013 Neiman Marcus data breach have standing to sue the luxury department store in a...more

Neiman Marcus Chides Seventh Circuit Panel

Neiman Marcus Petition Claims that Seventh Circuit Decision Invents Harm to Find Standing to Bring Data Breach Claims - Retailer Neiman Marcus has filed a petition seeking en banc review by the entire Seventh Circuit of...more

NIST Issues Draft Guidance for Mobile Health Data

With health care breaches constantly on the rise, increasing access to electronic health records (EHRs) from mobile devices, and more prevalent “shadow” cloud use, health care organizations are getting a bit of help from the...more

No Privacy in Pocket-Dialing

Most of us are aware of the increased risk of identity theft caused by the exponential growth of digital communications. But have we stopped to consider how the ease of communication we have today has significantly decreased...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2015 Summary Volume 2, Issue 7

AML/BSA & OFAC: OFAC PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HELP COMPLY WITH CRIMEA SANCTIONS REGULATIONS - On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2015

Seventh Circuit Decision May Make It Easier for Class Action Plaintiffs to Establish Standing in Data Breach Cases - The Seventh Circuit has issued a decision that could make it much easier for class action plaintiffs to...more

Hacked Class Can Sue Pre Injury

Last week, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group LLC that individuals whose debit and credit card numbers were stolen by cyberthieves who had hacked into Neiman...more

Does Free Credit Monitoring Do More "Harm" Than Good?

The Seventh Circuit reinstates the Neiman Marcus data breach class action lawsuit after finding that increased risk of future fraudulent charges and greater susceptibility to identify theft are sufficient for standing. ...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: International Edition July 2015

Retail Tracking Update: Privacy Guidance Following Nomi Technologies - There is currently a widespread effort to quantify everything, from steps, to sleep, to batted ball exit velocity. Fifteen years ago, TV host Jeremy...more

Data Breach Plaintiffs Bag a Win on Standing - Seventh Circuit Finds Against Neiman Marcus

In what is sure to be a widely cited data breach standing decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that increased risk of future harms from a data breach are sufficient to confer standing to sue upon...more

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