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In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Lessons from the Equifax Breach

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

As data breaches go, they don’t get much bigger than this. On Thursday, September 7, credit reporting giant, Equifax, reported that it had suffered a cyber-incident. 143 million consumer records, including names, birth dates,...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data...more

Vendor Breaches and Their Implications for Employers

by Littler on

The announcement by Equifax, Inc. that it had been victimized in a hacking incident involving the personal information of 143 million Americans generated headlines this past week. The sheer size of the hack means that most...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

So…Everyone’s Been Compromised? What To Do In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach

by Dickinson Wright on

By now, you’ve probably heard that over 143 million records containing highly sensitive personal information have been compromised in the Equifax data breach. With numbers exceeding 40% of the population of the United States...more

Apple X’s Face ID Feature Places Spotlight on Facial Recognition Technology, Raising Numerous Mobile Privacy and Data Usage Issues

This week’s Apple X announcement was not more than a few hours old, and the questions began to come in. Apple’s introduction of Face ID facial recognition on its new phone – although already available in some form on several...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

After Equifax: What Should the Public Do?

As we have discussed in previous posts, Equifax Inc. suffered a cybersecurity breach potentially affecting 143 million individuals in the United States. Although Equifax’s investigation is ongoing, the data at risk includes...more

The Biggest Health Care Data Breaches in 2017

Health Data Management (HDM), using information compiled by Protenus Breach Barometer, published a list this week of the biggest health care data breaches so far in 2017....more

The Equifax Breach: Protecting Yourself Against Threats to Your Finances and Identity

On September 7, U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax reported that it had been hacked and more than 140 million people might have had their information stolen. The breach could have global implications: Equifax has stated...more

Privacy Tip #105 – Data Breach Woes

I spend a lot of time and effort to protect the privacy of my personal information. I am very careful. I have pretty good security hygiene. But I don’t have total control of my personal information and it is frustrating. I am...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...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

Data Breach Exposing 143 Million Americans' Personal Information Hits Equifax

by Benesch on

Equifax, the international credit reporting agency, confirmed that a data breach exposed the personal information of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The breach occurred from May through July of this year. Breached...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

I May Have Been Affected by the Equifax Breach: Now What Do I Do?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If you’ve seen the news, you’re probably aware that Equifax announced last week that hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately...more

Privacy Perils: Hackers Breach Instagram User Accounts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Engineers at Instagram have revealed that hackers managed to gain access to the contact numbers and email addresses (but not passwords) of some of Instagram's users via a bug in the app's API (Application Programming...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

Yes, You Were Likely a Victim of the Equifax Hack, But Here’s What You Can Do Now

As we previously said, the Equifax breach affects approximately 143 million Americans. While the hackers stole data that includes addresses, birth dates, full names and Social Security numbers, there are steps you can take...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

Government Response to Increasing Cyber Threats

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Government agencies collect and hold massive amounts of personally identifiable information (PII), creating valuable targets for cybercrime. Recently proposed legislation would impose baseline standards for cyber hygiene on...more

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