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How to Leverage Privacy as a Key Competitive Advantage

“Privacy by design” – while not a new concept – is certainly enjoying a new spot in the sunshine thanks to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (50 days and counting…) and its codification of...more

Alabama Becomes 50th State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

Alabama has joined the “crazy quilt” of state data breach notification laws with the governor’s signature of the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018. Things to take note of under the Alabama law...more

Only One Left …..

Only one U.S. state without a data breach notification law, that is. South Dakota as become the 49th state to enact a data breach notification law, which take effect on July 1. The South Dakota law follows the pattern...more

It’s that time of year again: Phish Madness!

Beware of March Madness! Scammers and phishers take advantage of increased web traffic by impersonating popular March Madness websites, including bracket sites and game live streams. Will your employees take the bait?...more

SEC Provides New Far-Ranging Cybersecurity Guidance

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released expansive interpretive guidance (“2018 Guidance”), posted February 21, 2018, further building upon its far-reaching cybersecurity guidance provided in 2011. Below are...more

The Week Ahead – US v. Microsoft at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in United States v. Microsoft Corp., in which the court will decide whether a US technology service provider, Microsoft, must obey a search warrant for data stored in a foreign...more

How to Leverage Privacy as a Key Competitive Advantage

We’ve discussed privacy compliance with regulations, legal requirements, etc. in the space since this blog’s inception. “Privacy by design” – while not a new concept – is certainly enjoying a new spot in the sunshine thanks...more

Deadline Approaching under NY Cybersecurity Regulations

If your company is one of the broad group of businesses licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS), a very important deadline is bearing down on February 15. Regulated entities have under Thursday to...more

Practical GDPR Steps for US-Headquartered Life Sciences Companies

In case you had not heard, the European Union is replacing its current privacy laws with a new, comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018. The essential principles of the EU’s...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bill Requiring 30-Day Notification of Company Data Breaches

As we near the end of a year that has seen more than its share of massive data breaches, two bills have been introduced (one re-introduced) in the U.S. Senate....more

The Law of Unintended Consequences: BIPA and the Effects of the Illinois Class Action Epidemic on Employers

Has your company recently beefed up its employee identification and access security and added biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans? Have you implemented new timekeeping technology...more

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data...more

Equifax Breach: Three Takeaways from the First Four Days

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three large credit reporting bureaus, announced a cybersecurity incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. According to Equifax, the breach occurred mid-May through...more

US-CERT Warns of Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

As if the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are not bad enough, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security is warning of a different threat: falling victim (or...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

Are You Ready for the New York August 28th Compliance Deadline?  

If you are one of the many businesses licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), and cannot avail yourself of the (very) limited exemptions, you must be ready for the first compliance transition date for...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

Retailers: Review Those Checkout Practices – Again

If you are a retailer with locations in New Jersey, you will need to review your procedures in anticipation of a new law effective October 1, 2017....more

Court Holds Crime Policy Covers Business Compromise Email Loss

The “business compromise email” is what the FBI calls the “$5 billion scam,” but apparently an insurance company did not agree with an insured company that they had been the victim of a crime....more

Five Questions for Investors in Insurtech

Decisions you make when founding and/or investing in an insurtech venture can dictate your regulatory obligations, tax liability, operational structure and, ultimately, profitability. Here are five seemingly simple...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Target Reaches $18.5 Million Dollar Settlement in Data Breach with States

It seems as though we have been writing about this case for a lifetime. Target Corporation’s data breach saga came one step closer to a conclusion this week. On Tuesday, Target reached an $18.5 million settlement with 47...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: The Cybersecurity Executive Order (at last)

Amid the flurry following former FBI Director James Comey’s firing last week, President Trump marked his 111th day in office on Thursday, May 11th by signing an executive order targeting national cybersecurity....more

Yesterday, #WannaCry. Today, #DocuSignPhish

Another day, another data incident. If you use DocuSign, you’ll want to pay attention. The provider of e-signature technology has acknowledged a data breach incident in which an unauthorized third party gained access to...more

Global Ransomware Attack Update

We’ve been following the latest on the WannaCry ransomware attack that we first told you about over the weekend. A feared “second strike” did not materialize today, but victimized firms in over 100 countries are still...more

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