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Identity Theft

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

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Predicts $1 Billion Settlement in Data Breach Case – But Where’s the “Harm”?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

This week, a high profile plaintiffs’ firm (Edelson) stated that “if done right,” the data breach class actions against Equifax should yield more than $1 billion in cash going directly to more than 143 million consumers...more

Non-Signatories Succeed In Compelling Arbitration In State Courts

The high courts of two states have allowed non-signatories to compel arbitration in recent weeks. The cases show courts are addressing non-signatory issues using different standards and raise important drafting issues for...more

State AGs ask Experian to waive credit freeze fees

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Assistant Illinois Attorney General, in a letter sent to Experian’s CEO on behalf of the Illinois AG and the AGs of 35 other states and the District of Columbia, has asked Experian not to charge any credit freeze-related...more

Is Blockchain the Answer to Identity Management?

Considering the recent Equifax data breach which put an estimated 145.5 million American’s identity at risk, main stream media outlets are starting to ask an important question; if we can’t stop data breaches, how do we...more

Spokeo Speedwagon: Employers Forced To Take Privacy Breach Cases On The Run

by Fisher Phillips on

By now, most everyone has heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. It is the case being cited across the country in...more

When Technology Becomes Weaponized and the Target is You

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“Technology is a wonderful thing but it’s scary when it’s weaponized against you.” The first sign that my wife’s identity and my own were under attack came innocently enough....more

Equifax: Can It Get Any Worse? U.S. Breach Toll Tops 145 Million

It’s difficult to imagine things getting much worse for Equifax Inc. But late yesterday, Equifax disclosed that an additional 2.5 million Americans are potentially affected by the massive breach, bringing the company’s...more

The Continuing Saga Of Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The 8th Circuit Weighs In

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on the developing circuit split over Article III standing in data breach class action cases. In August, the D.C. Circuit Court joined the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in finding that the...more

Retirement Plans at Risk for Identity Theft

by Winstead PC on

While many cyber threats have special names, e.g., ransomware, malware, cryptolocker, advanced persistent threats or GRIZZLY STEPPE (a malicious cyber attack that occurred late in 2016), your retirement plan’s data may be...more

Guarding Against Inadvertent Disclosures in E-Discovery

Have you watched the news lately? Somewhere in between the coverage of politics, global turmoil, more politics, sports, and the absurd number of commercial breaks, there seem to be weekly, albeit very brief, reminders that...more

Cattle Rustling, Blackmail, and Punitive Damages in Texas

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In a case that reads like an episode of “Dallas,” the Texas Supreme Court reiterated the rules for recovery of punitive damages. Bennett v. Grant, No. 15-0338 (April 28, 2017)....more

Five Lessons All Companies Can Learn From The Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax data breach has dominated news headlines for weeks, and Equifax will be dealing with the legal and financial fallout from the breach for many years. While many companies may be relieved not to be in Equifax's...more

Equifax Data Breach Highlights SEC Disclosure Obligations for Public Companies in the Wake of Cybersecurity Attacks

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the country’s three primary credit reporting bureaus, announced it had suffered a major cybersecurity breach that could potentially affect half of the U.S. population. According to the...more

The Equifax Breach: How to Protect Your Company and Your Customers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On September 7, Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting firms in the U.S., disclosed a data breach that potentially affects 143 million consumers. Equifax’s disclosure indicated that the breach, which Equifax claims...more

Equifax Breach: What Can the Hackers Do with Your Information and How Can You Protect Yourself?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Equifax breach is not the biggest in terms of the number of people affected (the 2016 Yahoo breach compromised data associated with over 500 million user accounts compared to the 143 million people affected by the Equifax...more

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