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Massachusetts Fines Bank for Data Breach

On December 8, a large bank settled with the state of Massachusetts for $825,000 over a data breach that exposed the personal information of at least 260,000 customers. In March 2012, the bank allegedly lost unencrypted...more

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

Class Certification Trends in Consumer Data Breach Litigation—Individualized Damages Theories May Preclude Certification

In the last two years, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed in response to high-profile data breaches compromising the personally identifiable information of customers of various companies. Major...more

Don’t Be the Next Data Breach Target

As the much-publicized data breaches of the last year reveal, third parties are often the gateway to an organization’s data. As repositories of vast amounts of confidential client data in e-discovery, such as personally...more

In the Cybersecurity Hot Seat: How Law Firms are Optimizing Security While Reducing Cost and Risk

Your Highest Priority is also Your Greatest Challenge - Data breaches are not just dramatic headlines in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times—they are events that increasingly are affecting companies and...more

U.S. District Court in Minnesota Denies Target’s Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

On December 2, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of five payment-card-issuing banks, credit unions, and savings associations (the “Banks”) that...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

Did You Know…Cybersecurity Made More Complicated by the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board has recently inserted itself into the world of cybersecurity after the United States Postal Service suffered a security breach involving the personal data of several hundred thousand of its...more

Encryption and Securing BYO Devices at the Heart of Massachusetts AG $100,000 Settlement

The Massachusetts Attorney General announced Friday that her office had reached a settlement with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) surrounding a 2012 data breach in which a physician’s unencrypted personal laptop...more

Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

In August, Paytime, Inc., a payroll services company, moved to dismiss a putative class action filed in the wake of a data breach in which the personal and financial information of more than 230,000 people was compromised. ...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

Boards Should Put Time and Resources into Cybersecurity Issues – It Is Good for Business and Works as a Defense Strategy

We have previously blogged about Commissioner Aguilar’s recommendations at a NYSE conference, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom” on what boards of directors should do to ensure that their companies are appropriately considering...more

FTC Settles With Debt Broker That Posted Consumer Financial Information

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has settled a complaint against consumer debt broker Bayview Solutions, LLC, as well as its principal, Aron Tomko, based on allegations that they had publicly disclosed the personal...more

Client Alert: Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - One Of The Strictest Data Breach Statutes in the Nation

If your business stores personal information of Florida Residents, you must be aware of a new Florida statute that has created specific reporting requirements in the case of a data breach. Failure to comply can result in...more

Wyndham Decision Provides Guidance to Corporate Directors and Officers in Responding to a Data Breach

U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey recently provided much needed guidance to directors and officers on their duties and responsibilities with regard to cybersecurity. In Palkon v. Holmes, et...more

Privacy Tuesday – November 2014 – Five Things to Start Your Week

Welcome to Privacy Tuesday – here are five privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: 1) California AG’s Data Breach Report: Who Is Handling Your Patients’ Confidential Health Information? - The...more

Investment Management Update - Focus on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity [Video]

Pepper partners Gregory J. Nowak and Angelo A. Stio III discussed data privacy and cybersecurity issues for investment funds during a recent webinar for West LegalEdcenter. This podcast is a recording of their...more

Bank to Make $850,000 Payout for 2012 Data Breach

A major national bank will pay $850,000 for allowing a data breach to compromise the personal information of 260,000 of its customers. Nine states — Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,...more

FCC Proposes $10M Privacy Breach Fine Against Two Telecommunications Companies

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that it intends to fine two telecommunications companies $10 million for storing confidential personal information of up to 305,000 customers in a...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

Alert: The FCC Begins to Regulate Data Security

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken its first big step into the regulation of data security by fining two affiliated telecommunications carriers a total of $10 million for failing to protect personal...more

California Court Raises Anew Questions of Standing in Data Breach Cases

There is no question that data breaches are among the most common and costly threats to consumers and companies alike. What remains the subject of vehement debate is whether plaintiffs in cyber-attack cases must allege stolen...more

California District Court Finds Threat of Future Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing in Data Breach Action

In a departure from the mounting body of case law finding that the “increased risk of future harm” is insufficient to confer Article III standing on victims of a data breach, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District...more

Good News: California Extends Its Medical Data Breach Notification Requirement From 5 to 15 Days

On Sept. 18, 2014, California’s governor approved Assembly Bill 1755, extending California’s stringent breach notification deadline for medical information breaches from five business days to 15 business days for clinics,...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

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