Data Breach

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Nevada, Washington and North Dakota Expand Data Breach Definition and Notice Requirements

Continuing the trend of states expanding their data privacy laws, companies that store and transmit personal information about residents of Nevada, Washington and North Dakota must now take note of additional data-element...more

Understanding Cyber Liability Insurance Coverage

The last two years of headline news about cyber-breaches and computer system malfunctions have led a rapidly-growing number of companies to purchase insurance coverage to protect themselves from technology and cyber privacy...more

Purchasing Credit Monitoring May Not Protect Companies from Data Breach Class Actions

2014 set a record for data incidents, with nearly 30% of the 783 data incidents reported by companies caused by hacking. At least 97 incidents are reported to have occurred from hacking during 2015, affecting approximately 7...more

Getting More Personal: California Amends Data Security Law

California’s data security statute will get a little more “personal” as of January 1, thanks to a recently-passed amendment revising the definition of covered personal information. On July 14 California expanded the...more

Data Breach Plaintiffs Bag a Win on Standing - Seventh Circuit Finds Against Neiman Marcus

In what is sure to be a widely cited data breach standing decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that increased risk of future harms from a data breach are sufficient to confer standing to sue upon...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 3: Initial Contact

This is the third in a series of blogs examining the rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its consequential impact on product liability risk. The development of the IoT has been so rapid and the applications...more

At Last! Canadian Breach Notification Has (Almost) Arrived

June 18, 2015 marks another step forward for a country with already strong privacy laws, with the long-awaited passage of the Digital Privacy Act in Canada. The Digital Privacy Act amends Canada’s existing privacy framework,...more

“Everything Old is New Again” – Issues in Recent Cyber Insurance Litigation

Early days still for coverage litigation about cyber risks – whether under cyber insurance policies or other types of policies. This is not surprising given the relatively short history of cyber risks and even shorter history...more

Ashley Madison Reveals Even More: Hacking May Be An Inside Job

In recent years, hacking has infiltrated the retail industry. Hacking has infiltrated the healthcare industry. Hacking has infiltrated the sports industry. And now, hacking has now infiltrated the most personal (some would...more

Our July Picks for the Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

Picking this month’s top 10 was really, really hard. However, since I knew you wouldn’t appreciate a 12 page list of recommendations, I forced myself to narrow it down. Here are July’s top ten articles we think you shouldn’t...more

Seventh Circuit Green Lights Data Breach Class Action Against Neiman Marcus

An increase in data breach class actions could be the result of a recent decision of the Seventh Circuit holding that allegations of future harm stemming from a data breach can establish Article III standing. The majority of...more

Higher Education Institutions Increasingly Falling Victim to Cyberattacks

Higher education institutions are treasure troves for hackers. Colleges and universities are huge repositories of research data, sensitive information for large populations of applicants and enrolled students (personal,...more

State Law Roundup: Legislatures Across the U.S. Revamp Data Breach Notification Laws

As the number of highly publicized data breaches continues to skyrocket and proposals for a federal data breach notification law stagnate, state legislatures around the country have been busy amending their own breach...more

Seventh Circuit Allows Data Breach Class Action to Proceed Against Neiman Marcus, Despite Lack of Current Harm to Credit Card...

Data breaches are often followed by class action suits in which the affected individuals seek damages. Corporations defending against such suits have used a 2013 Supreme Court case, Clapper v. Amnesty International, 133 S....more

Federal Data Breach Bill Stalled in Congress

A key distinguishing feature of U.S. data privacy laws is their patchwork nature. There are industry-specific data privacy laws at the federal level (think HIPAA or the GLBA), yet there are no comprehensive federal standards...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

Barbarians at the Gate: Seventh Circuit Finds Article III Standing for Data Breach Class Actions

As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138, 1147 (2013), data breach class actions were largely considered dead in the water. The overwhelming majority of courts, relying...more

7th Circuit – Alleged Injuries Can Confer Standing In Data Breach Suit

In any case involving a data breach of customer or employee information, the first line of defense for the defendant is to assert that the plaintiff(s) lack standing to bring suit. In Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, the...more

Remijas v. Neiman Marcus: Seventh Circuit Affords Broad Standing To Sue Over Consumer Data Breaches

When hackers breach a business’s systems, class actions are sure to follow. Often, however, these suits have faltered right out of the starting gate. Citing the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Clapper v. Amnesty...more

Class action filed against UCLA following data breach

We previously reported that UCLA suffered a data breach affecting 4.5 million patients. Days following the announcement of the breach, plaintiffs filed a proposed class action lawsuit against UCLA, alleging that UCLA should...more

“Life is short. Have an affair.”® And have your data hacked and leaked

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” announced on July 15th that it has compromised the extramarital affair site AshleyMadison.com, and companion sites Cougar Life and Established Men, including absconding with up to...more

Seventh Circuit Concludes Plaintiffs Have Standing to Sue in Data Breach Class Action

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group that injuries associated with resolving fraudulent charges and protecting oneself against future identity theft after...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Risk of Future Fraudulent Charge on Credit Card Sufficient to Withstand Motion to Dismiss

During the 2013 holiday season, Neiman Marcus, like many other retailers, discovered that its payment card systems had been compromised and customers’ credit and debit card information was potentially stolen....more

Did the 7th Circuit Just Ease the Way for Consumer Data Breach Lawsuits?

On July 20, 2015, a federal appeals court in Chicago issued what could be a watershed ruling in favor of consumers pursuing class action lawsuits against retailers and other companies following data breaches that involve the...more

GAO Issues Report Citing Shortcomings In Federal Government Cybersecurity

On July 8, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report finding that agencies across the federal government continue to have shortcomings in preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber threats. The...more

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