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Personally Identifiable Information Data Breach

1 Million Individuals’ Personal Data on Backup Drive is Stolen from Washington State University

File this story in the category of even locking data up in a safe is not secure. Washington State University (WSU) has begun to notify approximately 1 million individuals that their personal data was compromised when a...more

2017 Security Breaches: Frequency and Severity on the Rise

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We are only six months into 2017, and we can already tell that it is going to be a bumper year with regard to instances of data security breaches. Looking back at the hacking statistics from 2015 and 2016, we should not be...more

Medicaid Documents Thrown in Dumpster

The North Dakota Department of Human Services has admitted that one of its employees threw Medicaid claim resolution worksheets into a dumpster instead of disposing them in a secure onsite shredding receptacle. The result?...more

Northern District of Illinois Dismisses Barnes & Noble Data Breach Lawsuit

by Alston & Bird on

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered an order dismissing with prejudice a putative class action concerning a security breach affecting PIN pad devices at numerous...more

Data Gets Personal

by Conduent on

The average total cost per data breach for a U.S. company is $4 million, not to mention reputational damage to the brand and possible litigation1 . No entity is immune from ransomware gangs, careless employees exposing...more

Deeper Dive: Clapper Divide Expands In Data Breach Cases

by BakerHostetler on

As reported in our 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report, plaintiffs allege potential future harm as a basis for injury in 80 percent of data breach lawsuits. But are allegations of future harm sufficient to meet...more

Yet another Target settlement highlights data breach costs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In what appears to be the closing act of the saga that is the Target data breach, on May 23 the retailer announced it had reached a settlement agreement with a coalition of 47 states’ attorneys general. Pursuant to the...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

OneLogin Suffers and Notifies Customers of very Sophisticated and Scary Intrusion

San Francisco based OneLogin, which provides single sign on and identity management services for companies and app vendors, recently notified its users that it has discovered an unauthorized access to its data....more

“Fireball” Malware a Threat to Health Care Industry

A new report released by Check Point has security personnel working in the health care industry particularly concerned and they are warning their colleagues about the existence of “Fireball.”...more

Target Settles For $18.5M Over 2013 Customer Data Breach

by King & Spalding on

On May 23, 2017, Target Corp. reached a settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia, agreeing to pay $18.5 million to resolve the states’ investigation into Target’s 2013 customer data breach. The resolution...more

2,500 Mothers’ and Newborns’ Personal and Health Information Lost in the Mail

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has notified 2,500 patients that their personal and health information has been lost in the mail. The affected patients were mothers and newborns enrolled in the newborn...more

Privacy Tip #91 – Teen App Wishbone Compromised—Female Teenagers at Risk

Social networking app Wishbone, which is used primarily by teenage girls to vote on various teenage type quizzes, like favorite entertainers or fashion, has been hacked....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Expect More. Pay More. No Sale for Target After Paying Out Over $60M in Data Breach Settlements"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Last week, Target announced that it reached a settlement of $18.5 million with attorney generals in 47 states and the District of Columbia over the massive security breach it suffered in 2013....more

New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification Law

by Selman Breitman LLP on

New Mexico recently became the 48th state to enact some type of legislation requiring companies to notify individuals of data breaches involving their personally identifiable information, leaving only Alabama and South Dakota...more

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Suit for $25M

As a result of a $25 million settlement reached with the remaining banks and credit unions, the litigation against Home Depot stemming from its 2014 data breach will finally end....more

Court Applies Work Product Protection to Breach Investigation Reports

One of the most significant questions in data security law is whether reports created by forensic firms investigating data breaches at the direction of counsel are protected from discovery in civil class action lawsuits. ...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Record-Setting Target Settlement Changes Expectations for Institutional Data Security

On May 24, 47 state attorneys general settled with Target for $18.5 million regarding its 2013 data breach. The implications of the agreement may be more far-reaching than many companies realize. The fact that nearly all...more

GDPR Compliance Update: Which Government Authorities Have Issued Official GDPR Guidance?

This post provides an update as to the current status of official GDPR-related guidance. With a little under a year remaining until the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable, companies...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...more

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare computer systems harbor the most useful three pieces of personal identifying information that can be used for fraud and identity theft – names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth. With these three pieces...more

Post-WannaCry—US-CERT Warns of Samba Security Flaw

Following the massive WannaCry event, the mantra among security folks is push patches to vulnerabilities as soon as they are released. US-CERT issued a warning late last week that there is a newly discovered flaw,...more

Privacy Tip #90 – Payment Card Breaches - Both Sides of the Story

We hear daily about another payment card breach at a retail store, restaurant chain or hotel line. The response to a payment card breach differs from company to company. I get a lot of questions about payment card breaches...more

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

by Hogan Lovells on

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10. The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was...more

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