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Data breach coverage denial upheld by Connecticut Supreme Court

In a 3 page per curiam decision issued this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision holding in Recall Total Information Management, Inc., et. al v. Federal Insurance Company, that Federal Insurance...more

Nevada Broadens Definition of Personal Information for Purpose of Encryption and Breach Notices

On May 13, Nevada passed a new law (A.B. 179) expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a natural person’s first name or initial and last name in combination with: 1) medical and health insurance...more

At least 90 class actions primed for consolidation relative to 2015 Anthem data breach

On February 4, 2015, health insurer Anthem disclosed a data breach affecting the personal and financial information of up to eighty million Anthem members throughout the United States. Beginning the very next day, class...more

North Dakota Focused on Privacy and Information Security; AG Wants to Know if You’ve Been Breached

Come August 1, North Dakota’s Attorney General will expect to hear from you if your company suffers a breach of computerized data affecting more than 250 persons. On April 13 North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed S....more

Nevada Expands Definition of PI for Purposes of the State’s Breach and Safeguards Laws

Nevada’s recently amended law will, among other things, create the first state mandate to encrypt online account credentials. Specifically, on May 13, 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval approved a bill (“AB 179”) to expand the...more

State AGs’ Interest in Privacy and Cybersecurity – No End in Sight – REDUX (or, if you prefer, we told you so…)

Reed Smith has been closely following the interest and activities of State AGs in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity, and recently blogged on a major NAAG (National Association of Attorneys General) conference in April on...more

In-Store Monitoring: How to Enjoy the Benefits of Tracking While Minimizing Potential Privacy Issues

In the latest example of the conflict between technological innovation and privacy concerns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement agreement last month with Nomi Technologies, Inc. Nomi is a startup...more

Significant Song-Beverly Developments Continue—Court of Appeal Signals it May Be Ready to Articulate a Bright Line Test of When a...

On May 13, the California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments for Harrold v. Levi Strauss, a case involving the question of whether a retailer violates the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (“Song-Beverly”) by requesting a...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

Spotlight on Vendor Management: “Brother’s Keeper” Enforcement Pattern Becoming the Norm

Two regulatory enforcement matters announced in April offer a view into the current mindset of regulators in the ever-evolving world of vendor management. First, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $25...more

North Dakota Broadens Reach for Breach Notification

North Dakota recently enacted an amendment that will again tighten its existing breach notification law. The current law, North Dakota Century Code Section 51-30 et. seq., has evolved over time, having been previously amended...more

Entertainment Industry Agent Rightscorp Seeks Personally Identifiable Information of Thousands of Internet Users

In the past two years, Rightscorp, Inc. has sought the identity of thousands of Internet subscribers across the country, in order to obtain settlements for alleged violations of its clients’ copyrights. ...more

Senator Leahy Introduces Data Privacy And Notification Law With Limited Preemption of State Law

On April 30, 2015, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced new data breach legislation. The proposed law would require companies to meet certain consumer privacy and data protection standards and to notify individuals within...more

Important Breaking Development: California’s Song-Beverly “Consumer Perception Test” in Jeopardy — Will Retailers in California Be...

On May 5, 2015, the Ninth Circuit certified for the California Supreme Court the issue of whether the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (“the Act”) prohibits retailers from requesting a customer’s personal information at the...more

FDIC OIG Publishes Results of Audit of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties

On April 28, the FDIC’s Office of the Inspector General published a report – The FDIC’s Controls for Identifying, Securing, and Disposing of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties – regarding its...more

Protecting Personal Data in China: An Update

Personal data protection legislation has been a widely discussed topic in recent years in China, mainly because employees of institutions that amass personal data of users and clients in the course of their business (such as...more

Washington Enacts Legislation Strengthening Data Breach Notification Requirements

On April 23, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed bill H.R.1078, which requires covered entities to contact consumers living within the state as soon as possible, and no more than 45 days, after the discovery of a breach of...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations Clarifying Parameters of Employee Wellness Programs

What you need to know: The EEOC recently issued proposed regulations and guidance describing how the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to employer-sponsored wellness programs. The proposed changes clarify the...more

Montana and Wyoming Expand Data Breach Notice Requirements

Companies that electronically store personal information about residents of Montana and Wyoming must now take note of additional notice requirements following data breach incidents. With the ever-increasing number of such...more

Wearables and the Future of Intellectual Property Law [Video]

Wearables are a fast-growing segment of the consumer technology market. But how will these new devices affect the field of intellectual property law? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Aaron Fahrenkrog discuss patent damages,...more

Riley and the Third-party Doctrine

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one groundbreaking opinion in two cases regarding cellphone searches incident to arrest. In a unanimous opinion, the court held that under the Fourth Amendment, police must...more

BakerHostetler Partner Paul Karlsgodt Discusses Privacy Class Actions [Video]

Paul Karlsgodt, Leader of BakerHostetler's Class Action Defense team, talks about class actions privacy and litigation issues....more

Polsinelli Podcasts: Cloud Computing, From Cybersecurity to Confidentiality Issues [Video]

Hosting and securing data is a concern for both businesses and consumers. As companies and health systems are quickly adopting the idea of hosting data “in the cloud,” regulatory agencies are crafting laws to protect private...more

The Arizona Data Breach Law

Almost all U.S states have laws about data security and what to do when there’s a data breach. Here is what’s in the Arizona law. Who The Law Applies To. The law applies to anyone who conducts business in Arizona and...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Its Ascertainability Standard

Ascertainability is an implied requirement for class certification, not expressly addressed in Fed. R. Civ. P. 23. While there are different formulations of the requirement, in essence it requires that there be an adequate...more

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