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Connecticut Expands Consumer Protections Against Identity Theft and Data Breaches

On June 4, 2018, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 18-90 “An Act Concerning Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Identity Theft Prevention Services and Regulations of Credit Rating Agencies”...more

Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

Minnesota, Maryland, and Georgia Pass Legislation Concerning Fees Related to Credit Security Freezes

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Recently, Georgia, Minnesota, and Maryland all enacted laws that disallow a consumer credit reporting agency from charging a fee to a consumer for lifting a security freeze on credit reports.  While all three states will now...more

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

Breaking: ICE Raids Landscaping Company, 114 Employees Arrested, and Employer Under Investigation

In a surprise morning raid yesterday, hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended upon an Ohio gardening and landscaping company and arrested over 100 of the landscaping company’s employees, who were...more

Murtha Cullina

Connecticut Legislature Responds to Proliferation of Data Breaches

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On June 4, 2018, the Governor signed into law Public Act 18-90, An Act Concerning Security Freezes on Credit Reports, Identity Theft Prevention Services and Regulations of Credit Rating Agencies (the “Act”), likely in...more

Poyner Spruill LLP

A Bipartisan Proposal to Beef Up North Carolina's Identity Theft Protection Act

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Data privacy regulation tends to take one of two general approaches. In most of the world—but not in the United States—the approach is usually characterized as “omnibus.” Under an omnibus regime, privacy rights are defined at...more

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

Honoring and Protecting Our Veterans is an Honor

Honoring Those Heroes Who Have Defended Us - Report Issued Week Leading up to Memorial Day - Memorial Day originated in 1868 to honor the sacrifices of soldiers in the Civil War. During the first commemoration, James...more

Poyner Spruill LLP

Employees May Seek Treble Damages From NC Employer In Class Action Over Phishing Scam

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By now, you’ve surely been warned of so-called “phishing” e-mails. The failure to heed such warnings may become more costly for North Carolina employers. According to a recent federal court decision, an employee who is...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Privacy Tip #139 – Update on Removing Your name from Offers of Credit or Insurance and Access to Disclosure Report from NCTUE

Update on Removing Your name from Offers of Credit or Insurance and Access to Disclosure Report from NCTUE Last week’s Privacy Tip touched a nerve with many readers and I received numerous comments and thank you’s from...more

McGuireWoods LLP

Say Redesign One More Time

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A series of IRS reform related bills passed by the House on April 17 are still pending in the Senate, but it is unclear as to how the upper chamber will proceed. The Senate Finance Committee is currently reviewing the House...more

Robinson & Cole LLP

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - May 2018 #2

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AICPA Survey Shows U.S. Adults Worried About Identity Theft and Financial Fraud and Concerned Businesses Can’t Protect Their Data - A new Harris Poll for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which called 1,006 U.S....more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Privacy Tip #138 – Another Credit Freeze to Consider

Just when I thought I had frozen all of my credit, and was doing everything I can to protect myself from identity theft and fraud, I find out today about another one from KrebsOnSecurity....more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

AICPA Survey Shows U.S. Adults Worried About Identity Theft and Financial Fraud and Concerned Businesses Can’t Protect Their Data

A new Harris Poll for the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), which called 1006 U.S. adults for the report, shows interesting statistics regarding American adults’ attitudes and fears about identity theft and financial loss...more

McGuireWoods LLP

Fake Tax Filings on the Rise

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Identity thieves continue to become increasingly sophisticated. The IRS noted an increase in fake filings for C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and returns from trusts and estates. Forms 1120, 1120S, 1041, and...more

King & Spalding

EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprints In All EU ID Cards

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On April 17, 2018, the EU Commission (the “Commission”) released its plans to integrate mandatory images of two fingerprints and a facial image in all identity cards held by EU citizens. The proposal covers IDs of every EU...more

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Equifax Breach Costs Stack Up

How much does a data breach cost? One independent study estimated that, on average, the cost to an organization of a data breach in the U.S. was $7.35 million in 2017. But recent financial disclosures from Equifax Inc. show...more

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

Gone Phishing: Employer Faces Liability for Mistakenly Disclosing W-2 Forms to Scammer

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Phishing. Spoofing. - These words may sound silly, but for employers, they are anything but. Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive electronic information—such as usernames, passwords, or financial...more

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Two More Circuits Find Data Breach Standing without Proof that Plaintiffs’ Data Was Misused

Data breaches have become commonplace. Despite the best efforts of many, identity thieves and hackers always seem to find a new vulnerability somewhere in the system of virtually every company that conducts business online....more

Moskowitz LLP

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen,Part IV: Tax Return Preparer Fraud

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Tax return preparer fraud gets its own place on the IRS Dirty Dozen nearly every year, but as noted in our previous blogs in this series, it is a key component of many of the tax scams on each year’s list....more

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates Triage: Protecting Patient Information in Bankruptcy Cases

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In this episode, Margaret Westbrook discusses privacy issues that may affect health care providers when filing proofs of claim in the bankruptcy court. Given the potential for public access of these records, it is important...more

Carlton Fields

No Celebration For Yahoo! Data Breach Claims Survive Motion To Dismiss

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After Yahoo! Inc. suffered three data breaches in a span of four years, plaintiffs brought a putative class action lawsuit against the internet service provider and a subsidiary (collectively, “Yahoo”), alleging defendants...more

Brooks Pierce

Of Course I Meant to Send the Email, But Not to the Criminal - Court Rules that Companies Have a Duty to Train Employees on...

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With the April 17 tax deadline fast approaching, businesses need to remain vigilant for employee reports (or more likely questions) about fraudulent tax returns being filed in their names. Multiple employee reports of...more

Locke Lord LLP

Standing – On Its Head - in Privacy Cases After CareFirst

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review CareFirst Inc. v. Attias, a data breach standing case. For those hoping for resolution of a notable circuit split over what constitutes Article III standing at the pleading...more

Whitman Legal Solutions, LLC

Identity Theft in Violins and Tax Scams

My violin was made in 1962 by a luthier named Umberto Lanaro, but it bears the label of Eligio Puccini and says it was made in 1947. Lanaro chose in effect to use Puccini’s identity when making my violin, as Lanaro...more

Jones Day

Ninth Circuit Finds Data Breach Customers Have Initial Standing to Sue

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The Situation: Relating to a 2012 data breach lawsuit against Zappos.com, a district court had found that a certain group of plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they "failed to allege instances of actual identity theft...more

Moskowitz LLP

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen, Part I: Identity Theft, Phone and Phishing Scams, Fake Charities

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Every year, the IRS releases a list of 12 schemes that are especially popular during the tax season. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes three types of warnings: (1) Protect your personal information and your assets, (2) Don’t...more

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