Q. Our current job application asks for the applicant’s SSN. Is that legal? I feel it might not be a good idea with all the high-profile news of identity theft.
Originally published in the Utah Legal Law Letter....more
As we head into the end of 2015, state legislators across the country continue to strengthen, update and, in some instances, broaden the scope of their respective state data breach notification laws. Specifically, many...more
Social Security numbers are one of the highest risk data elements known to mankind.
A Social Security number in combination with a name and date of birth (which are publicly accessible) in the hands of a bad person can...more
The Social Security and Tax Number (“My Number”) System (the “System”) will go into effect in January 2016, and the government will start distributing My Numbers to all citizens in October 2015. The Act on the Use of Numbers...more
On August 10, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) adopted a final rule that, as of September 9, 2015, eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking to obtain a new or replacement Social Security number card...more
Katy Independent School District (ISD) was randomly audited by the IRS on August 5th. In order to conduct the audit, the IRS auditor had a flash drive with the names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers of...more
Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc., an electronic medical record service provider, recently disclosed a data breach affecting approximately 4 million individuals. Within days of the disclosure, Medical Informatics was hit...more
A New York federal court recently said that the plaintiff-employees involved in a wage and hour lawsuit are not required to produce their immigration documents and information. The case is important because it limits an...more
Last year we wrote about the EU’s adoption of an individual’s “right to be forgotten”, which gives Europeans the right to require search engines to remove information about them from search results for their own names, if the...more
UCLA Health announced today that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. The press report disseminated by UCLA Health noted there is evidence that computer systems containing sensitive personal data and health data was...more
The Department of Justice has announced that 25 year old Hieu Minh Ngo has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. His sentence was lighter than expected because he has cooperated with authorities to catch more identity...more
There is a significant nexus between data privacy and security and e-discovery that grows more pronounced as the volume of data generated multiplies exponentially and the ability of e-discovery tools to collect and process...more
There are only two types of companies left in the United States: those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked. In the last year alone, forty-three percent (43%) of U.S. companies experienced a data breach,...more
Hundreds of new Tennessee laws went into effect on July 1, 2015. The following is a summary and link to several new laws which can affect Tennessee businesses.
SB 1058 – Wrongful discharge for firearms and...more
Recently, there has been a spike in felons filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. The identity thief merely acquires a taxpayer’s name, address and Social Security Number, and files a return with a different...more
In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s computer system was hacked, resulting in the disclosure of sensitive personal information of current and former employees, including names, addresses, birthdates, social...more
Responding to the recently disclosed Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) data breach, congressional leaders are demanding answers from the agency regarding its handling of confidential tax information. Senate Finance Committee...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more
With all of the data breach issues in the news, we thought that this decision might be of interest to you. The Connecticut Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court ruling denying coverage to IBM for more than $6 million in...more
We have previously updated you on Tennessee's new "non-retaliation for the lawful possession of a firearm" law which will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
However, now that the State Legislature has wrapped up its 2015...more
In an effort to combat growing concerns of identity left, President Obama signed into law last week a bill that will require the removal of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare beneficiary cards. The change, which...more
As more and more workers acquire temporary legal status in the U.S. and receive new work authorization, employers will be faced with the following common scenario.
An employee has recently legalized their status and...more
The FCC has been warning communications companies for months that protecting consumer privacy and information security is a top priority, and the recent announcement of a $25 million settlement with AT&T over its alleged...more
In Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the Northern District of Ohio’s judgment dismissing Yeager’s complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12 (b)(6) for failure to state a...more
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers in some situations to accommodate employees’ and applicants’ religious beliefs and practices by varying policies and procedures of general applicability. However, as...more
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