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Federal Judge in Maryland Remands Data Breach Class Action Following in Spokeo Decision’s Footsteps

Just days after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, the highly anticipated decision is already impacting data breach class actions across the country. The defendant in the Spokeo case contended that the plaintiff...more

Beyond Breach: Challenges in Cybersecurity & Coverage

Some of the biggest threats to cybersecurity involve controlling, damaging and interrupting systems, denying access to critical data and destroying data; “breach” not so much. Organizations need to make sure that their...more

Data Privacy Considerations for Starting or Evaluating a Bounty Program

Data security officers typically look for security risks by monitoring reports from automated security systems, listening to employees’ reports of security issues, and/or auditing IT systems. There is a great deal of debate,...more

First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend.  ...more

PayPal reaches settlement with Texas AG over privacy and security disclosures

PayPal agreed to pay $175,000 and strengthen its privacy and security disclosures in a settlement agreement reached with the Texas Attorney General’s office (the “AG’s office”). The AG’s office claimed that PayPal failed to...more

Data Breaches: Are You Ready (for the inevitable)?

In 2015, identity theft occurred every two seconds, disrupting the lives of 13.1 million people, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. Year after year, U.S. data breaches have hit record highs, reports the Identity...more

Employee Data Security: Perquisite or Prerequisite?

One of the many costs of doing business in this day and age is the threat of a data breach. In the past several years data breach incidents have occurred with increasing frequency. From Target to eBay and Sony to Ashley...more

Important Issues are yet to be corrected in the Right to be Forgotten

The recognition by the European Union of a “Right to be Forgotten” has caused much controversy, but seemingly progress is being made. The Right, which entitles Europeans to petition data controllers to prevent harmful...more

Will Spokeo Impact Standing In Data Breach Cases?

Despite months of anticipation, the majority opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins reads more like a teacher (the Supreme Court) telling a student (the Ninth Circuit) to go back and show the work behind a long division answer...more

LinkedIn admits that 2012 data breach in fact affected 117 million users’ data

A LinkedIn data breach in 2012 supposedly exposed 6.5 million LinkedIn users’ hashed passwords. LinkedIn announced yesterday (May 18, 2016) that in fact, it impacted more than 177 million user accounts, and that the...more

Sensitive Information: How Insurance Producers Can Protect Consumer Privacy

Introduction. Insurance sales may be conducted using entirely impersonal tools. An insurance consumer may fill out a form on an internet web site, and through automated systems have a policy of insurance issued without any...more

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Given the security industry’s increased use of information technology and the constant evolution of cyber threats, cybersecurity will continue to demand significant attention from regulators and industry participants in the...more

New Study confirms that 9 out of 10 businesses have experienced a hacking incident in the last year

Hartford Steam Boiler released a study on May 17, 2016, that states that nine out of ten businesses have experienced at least one hacking incident in the past year, which represents a 21 percent increase since 2014....more

Top Takeaways from DWT’s April 26 Open Internet Webinar

As the communications industry anxiously awaits a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the judicial challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules, the Commission is...more

Tennessee’s Data-Breach Notice Requirements Among the Nation’s Toughest

On July 1, 2016, Tennessee’s new notice requirements for breaches of data security systems which compromise an individual’s personal information will take effect. The amendments to Tennessee’s current rules, found at T.C.A....more

Newest Ponemon study released on health care data breaches

The Ponemon Institute has recently released its Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data. The study has included business associates for the past two years. The study included information received...more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

CFPB's New HMDA Rule Still Leaves Privacy Concerns Unanswered

The implementation date of the CFPB's final Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Rule is fast approaching and the mortgage industry still has not received any answers in regards to their data privacy concerns. As widely...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing to Discuss FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

On May 11, the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules.” Present at the hearing were witnesses FCC Chairman Thomas...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Relatively Low Threshold to Establish Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

With the proliferation of storage of personal data and the increase in hacking efforts and phishing scams, Wisconsin courts are likely to see more data breach class actions on the horizon. Wisconsin businesses handling...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Individuals Operating Lead Aggregator

In new lawsuits seeking to hold the individuals behind a company that allegedly violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 liable, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against the cofounders...more

Is CaaS the solution for privacy and security in the SaaS world?

Companies are under tremendous pressure to reduce IT costs. Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) offer significant potential cost reductions through the use of shared infrastructure and standardized software offerings....more

Tennessee Enacts Changes to Data Breach Statute

Businesses in the State of Tennessee should take note of several significant changes to Tennessee's data breach statute that take effect for data breaches occurring on or after July 1, 2016. Currently, Tennessee Code...more

Children's Privacy Online: The Interplay Between Mobile Applications and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

The activities of children on the internet, whether via computers, smart phones, or tablets, have grown exponentially in recent history. As internet access for children increased, parents began losing control of the amount...more

OPT-IN vs. OPT-OUT

As technology continues to make it easier for businesses across the globe to collect, maintain, and use personally identifiable information (“PII”), securing PII has become increasingly important. For most businesses, having...more

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