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Privacy Tip #131 – Bryant University Women’s Summit Follow-Up

I was so honored to be a presenter at the Bryant Women’s Summit last week. It is always an incredible event and I enjoy attending every year. ...more

Ninth Circuit Gives Leg Up To Shoe Purchasers’ Data Breach Suit

by Carlton Fields on

On March 8, a Ninth Circuit panel held that fear of identity theft in the wake of a data breach satisfies the standing requirements of Article III of the United States Constitution....more

Weekly Roundup - March 2018 #2

..Reza Olangian, the dual U.S.-Iran citizen arrested in Estonia in 2012 for trying to arrange the purchase of surface-to-air missiles with an undercover DEA agent, was sentenced to 25 years in prison...more

Weekly Roundup - March 2018

..A couple of local “co-schemers” were charged with credit card fraud — one allegedly favored QFC and Fred Meyer, the other was all about Bartell ..A Florida man was indicted in federal court in Boston for pretending to be...more

Appellate Court Finds Risk of Identity Theft Sufficient to Establish Standing, Circuit Split Worsens

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has found that allegations of a future risk of identity theft resulting from a data breach are sufficient to establish standing....more

Privacy Perils: National Consumer Protection Week Fraud Reminders

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has designated this week as National Consumer Protection Week, and has issued a report on the top frauds reported during 2017. Highlights from the report are as follows... ...more

FBI Issues New Warning to Businesses About Phishing Campaigns

In a recent Public Service Announcement dated February 21, 2018 entitled “Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns,” the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) issued another alert about an increase in phishing campaigns since the...more

Privacy Tip #129 – As New Medicare Cards are Issued: Beware of Scams

This writer has been lamenting for years about the fact that Medicare recipients’ Social Security numbers are included on the face of the card. This is an unnecessary risk posed to Medicare recipients, which are primarily...more

Identity Theft Earns Third Spot On IRS “Dirty Dozen” For 2018 Despite Recent Improvements

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the Internal Revenue Service announced the third entry on its annual “dirty dozen” list of the tax schemes most commonly encountered by taxpayers during tax filing season. Even though instances of tax-related identity...more

The Equifax Breach Continues to Rage

Six months after a massive data breach at credit reporting company Equifax, Inc. handed hackers the personal information of nearly 150 million Americans, the fallout continues. Equifax first disclosed in September that...more

Phishing Scams Top Internal Revenue Service “Dirty Dozen” For 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the 2018 tax filing season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that it would unveil its annual “Dirty Dozen” tax schemes over the course of the next twelve consecutive days. At the top of this...more

Bill Seeks To Provide Remedy For Unlawful Use Of Personal Identifying Information In Business Filings

by Allen Matkins on

Identity theft, including business identity theft, is all too common. In its most straightforward form, the thief simply appropriates the identity of an individual or business and uses that identity to obtain goods,...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2018

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the Identity Theft Research Center's findings on data breaches in 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari that leaves in place the circuit...more

Supreme Court Declines to Address Circuit Split on Data Breach Standing Issue

A circuit split on whether actual misuse of personal data is required to have standing to assert data breach claims remains unresolved. Last week the Supreme Court rejected a petition to review that issue in CareFirst v....more

Groundwork Grows for Defendants Challenging FACTA Complaints Lacking Actual Injury Allegations

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined a growing number of circuit courts of appeal to hold that alleged procedural violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, such as the inclusion of a...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Rejects FACTA Suit under Spokeo, Avoiding Circuit Split

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently held in Bassett v. ABM Parking Services, Inc. that a plaintiff cannot establish Article III standing to maintain a Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”) claim merely by pleading that...more

Ninth Circuit: Speculative Injuries Do Not Confer Article III Standing

As Dwight Schrute of hit NBC show “The Office” said, “identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!” In response, Congress has passed a variety of legislation over the years aimed at curbing...more

N.C. Attorney General, State Representative Drafting Bipartisan Bill To Combat Security Breaches

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

While some may be wringing their hands over members of the legislature who just can’t seem to get along, North Carolinians have reason to hope that bipartisanship is not a thing of the past. On Jan. 8, 2018, Democratic Atty....more

Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition in CareFirst v. Attias

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in CareFirst v. Attias, a closely watched case that some thought provided the Court with an opportunity to clarify the standing analysis under Spokeo...more

Update On New Medicare Cards And The Transition To The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In an effort to combat identity theft and prevent fraud as well as to comply with the provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

Counsel hoping for Supreme Court guidance on standing issues dividing the circuit courts will have to wait a bit longer. On February 20, the Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Attias v. CareFirst to resolve a...more

The Dark Web And Its Impact On Small Business

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Most business owners are all too familiar with identity theft. What they might not be sufficiently aware of is the “Dark Web” where identity theft thieves buy and sell stolen personal information. The Dark Web Defined-...more

California Employers Beware: W-2 Phishing Scams Skyrocket During Tax Season

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers have been scammed into sending sensitive W-2 information to malicious third parties. This article outlines the key steps California employers must immediately take if subject to this unfortunate...more

IRS Warns Of Increase In Phishing Scams Targeting Employee W-2s

by King & Spalding on

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), along with state tax agencies and the tax industry, recently issued a warning to employers about increasingly prevalent “phishing” email scams targeting the W-2 tax form information of...more

Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With major consumer data breaches making headlines on a semi-regular basis, legislators around the country are starting to hold businesses more accountable for cybersecurity compliance....more

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