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Six Reasons to Get Your Tax Return Prepared Early

by Moskowitz LLP on

Don’t wait until April 17th to file your tax returns! The IRS begins accepting tax returns in January and we recommend filing as early as possible for numerous reasons, including but not limited to...more

North Carolina AG Proposes Stronger Breach Notification And Personal Information Safeguard Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Citing to estimates in 2017 “more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were … affected by a data breach,” Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine announced on January 8 proposed legislation aimed at protecting state...more

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s

It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was true over the past few years, this is not only the busy season for tax preparers,...more

DRI - The Powerful Economic-Loss Rule - Defending The Business-To-Business Data-Breach

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Hardly a day goes by without a headline announcing that a prominent company has fallen victim to a data breach. These headlines are followed, almost inevitably, by reports of class action lawsuits filed by consumers whose...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s - It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was...more

Defending Data-Breach Lawsuits Brought By Employees (Part 2 of 2)

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Yesterday’s post examined Sackin v. TransPerfect, Inc., where an employer suffered a data breach involving its employees’ sensitive information. After the employees sued, a federal court in New York refused to dismiss claims...more

New York Regulation of Consumer Reporting Agencies Following Data Breaches

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a press release directing the New York Department of State to issue a new regulation impacting consumer reporting agencies....more

'Tis the Season: W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

by Murtha Cullina on

W-2 phishing season is just a few weeks away. For the past several tax seasons, cyber criminals have duped hundreds of payroll departments into providing W-2 information on their employees, which results in the filing of...more

Privacy Perils: PayPal Data Breach

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On December 1, PayPal disclosed that an ongoing investigation into identify security vulnerabilities identified a data breach that may have compromised personally identifiable information for roughly 1.6 million customers at...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

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Privacy Tip #117 – How to Check to See if Your Personal Information is Being Sold On the Dark Web

People always ask me what hackers do when they are able to obtain our personal information, including our Social Security numbers. There are many things hackers use our information for, some of which include filing false tax...more

Senate Bill Introduced To Protect Personally Identifiable Information

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Primarily motivated by the several recent massive data breaches, Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill geared toward protecting Americans’ personal information against cyber attacks and to ensure timely notification and...more

Companies Outside Retail And Financial Industries May Have Additional Arguments To Challenge Standing In Data Breach Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was one of the most serious and possibly one of the top ten largest data breaches of the 21st century, compromising background investigation records for some 22...more

Celebrate National Tax Security Awareness Week!

by Snell & Wilmer on

While it may be better known as “Cyber Monday”, today also marks the start of the second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week (November 27 to December 1). The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax...more

Jury Convicts Payday Lender Owner for Allegedly Fraudulent Payday Lending Scheme

by Goodwin on

On November 15, 2017, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (“?USAO”) announced that a jury has convicted the owner of an alleged fraudulent lending scheme (the “Defendant”) for one count of conspiracy to...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...more

IRS Takes Measures To Curb Business Identity Theft

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The IRS is putting an increased emphasis on identity theft protections for business returns as a result of an increase in fraudulent business tax returns in recent years. The IRS will be asking tax professionals to gather...more

Is There Automatic Civil Liability For A Data Breach?

by Fisher Phillips on

No! It is a common misconception among the general public that someone always has to pay when there is a data breach. It is understandable that individuals affected by a data breach will be upset, distraught, and even angry....more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: ID theft services

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the data breaches that occur each year involve human resource related information. Bryan Cave has put together a multi-part series to help human resource managers understand, prepare for, and react to, a...more

FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

Defending The Business-To-Business Data Breach Lawsuit

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Hardly a day goes by without a headline announcing that a prominent company has fallen victim to a data breach. These headlines are followed, almost inevitably, by reports of class action lawsuits filed by consumers whose...more

Privacy Tip #113 – Protect Seniors’ Personal Information

I just read an article about a nurse from Florida who was convicted of wire fraud, theft of government funds, possession of unauthorized access devices and aggravated identity theft....more

Equifax Fallout Continues, Spreads Across Industry—and Pond

The fallout from the Equifax data breach continues, reaching other credit reporting companies and all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. What happened - In early September, Equifax disclosed that roughly 145 million...more

Cyber-insurance and Employee Data Breaches: Part 3

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the hundreds of data breaches and thousands of data security incidents that occur each year involve human resource related issues. This includes situations in which HR data was lost, employees were...more

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