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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

California Amends Law to Expand Businesses’ Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach

Entities that own, license or maintain personally identifiable information on California residents beware – on January 1, 2015, an amendment to California’s privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant...more

FCC Accepting Comments on ABA Petition to Exempt Data Breach Notification Requirements from the TCPA

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Public Notice requesting comments on a petition by the American Bankers Association (“ABA”) to exempt informational calls and texts to mobile devices...more

California Expands Data Breach Law

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1710, a bill which expands California’s existing data breach laws. As we discuss in further detail below, the new laws introduce substantive...more

’Tis the Season for Data Breaches, Identity Theft

As U.S. consumers head into the shopping season – the weather is getting cooler, and the holidays are getting closer – it is a good idea to take extra precautions to protect bank accounts, credit cards and personal identity....more

FCC Proposes $10 Million Forfeiture for Privacy Violations

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $10 million forfeiture penalty against TerraCom, Inc. (TerraCom) and YourTel America, Inc. (YourTel) (collectively, the Corporations) for alleged...more

Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government

Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals. Those changes include...more

Breaking Old Ground: California Again Amends Breach Law

Not to be outdone by Florida, California has yet again amended its breach law and again in groundbreaking (yet confusing) fashion. On September 30, 2014, California Governor Brown signed into law a bill (“AB 1710”) that...more

California Privacy Laws Change: Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Services

Continuing the trend of changes in state breach notification and related laws, Cal. A.B. 1710 amends California's breach notification, security procedures, and Social Security number (SSN) laws in the wake of significant data...more

Third Quarter 2014: States Expanding Data Breach Notification Requirements

California, Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa have changed their security breach notification requirements in the past few months: California passed legislation effective January 1, 2015, that for the first time, addresses...more

California Passes New Law Protecting Consumers From Data Breaches

On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1710, authored by Assembly Members Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). AB 1710 enhances consumer protections by strengthening the...more

California Passes New Data Breach Laws: Requirement to Offer Identity Theft Protection at No Cost, New Duties Imposed on...

California added new provisions to its data breach law on October 1 by signing Bill AB 1710 into law. The amendment to California’s Civil Code (1) requires entities that experience a data breach to provide identity theft...more

Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Are Offers Of Free Credit Monitoring About To Become Mandatory In Data Breach Incidents? - Mandatory “Made-In” Labeling in the EU - A New Dawn for California Class Actions - Recent...more

Data Breach Litigation – A New Wave of Class Actions by Financial Institutions

Rarely does a day go by without news of a data security breach. According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, there have been a total of 447 data breaches to date this year, which represents a 20.5% increase over the same...more

From Russia With Love: ‘Do svidaniya’ Peace Of Mind, Hello Information Security Training

So, this is rather embarrassing to admit, but I am one of those people that knows exactly what to do when your personal information is stolen. It’s not embarrassing that I know what to do. It’s embarrassing why I know what to...more

Florida Introduces Stringent Obligations with New Data Breach Law

In the wake of increasing pressure due to data breaches, Florida is introducing a stringent new data breach law to protect its residents from identity theft and financial harm. The new Florida Information Protection Act of...more

The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

FTC Uses Its "Unfair Acts" Power to Go After PHI Security Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with an administrative action against a small medical laboratory that suffered two data security breaches, resulting in its patients’ protected health information falling...more

Clapper Again Stymies Data Breach Class Action

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA again has been relied on by a federal district court to hold that the “mere loss of data” in a data breach case does not constitute an injury...more

SEC Cybersecurity Initiative: Five Steps ALL Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Should be Taking

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert announcing its Cybersecurity Initiative....more

On the 11th Day of Privacy, class counsel served on me……

. . . a data breach class action. Hackers and plaintiffs’ lawyers could combine to make 2014 the year when class actions concerning theft of sensitive information proliferate. On this 11th Day of Privacy, we look...more

The Challenges of Compliance

Compliance, like many other aspects of the business world, is a balance of risks. Unfortunately, it often takes an organization being rebuked in some fashion before it realizes the importance of failure to be in compliance. ...more

Little Harm, Big Damages: AvMed Settlement Could Change the Landscape for Privacy Breach Class Actions

On October 21, Florida-based health insurer AvMed, Inc. (AvMed) settled a data breach class action lawsuit for $3 million, even though no plaintiffs in the class demonstrated that they had suffered identity theft or any other...more

California Data Breach Notification Laws Expand to Include Login Information

On Friday, September 27, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, S.B. 46, which increases the online protection of potential identity theft for Californians by requiring companies to give notice when a California...more

Encryption is Key to Limiting Company Exposure for Data Security Breaches

Companies doing business in California may find themselves targeted for investigation if they fail to encrypt personal information, according to a recent report issued by the California Attorney General’s office. ...more

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