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In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to,...more

FTC Obtains $4.1 Million Judgment Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

by Goodwin on

On October 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it obtained a $4.1 million default judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against a phony debt collection operation that sold...more

Washington's New Biometric Privacy Statute and How It Compares to Illinois and Texas Law

by Alston & Bird on

Washington recently became the third state to pass a statute regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers. The growing trend of state biometric privacy legislation began in 2008, when Illinois enacted the Bio-metric...more

2017 Security Breaches: Frequency and Severity on the Rise (Updated)

by Revision Legal on

We periodically update this post with recent data breach statistics. Now that we’re into the final quarter of 2017, it’s time to look back at the largest data breaches of 2017. This was originally published in December,...more

Hyatt Data Breach Impacts 41 Locations in 11 Countries

Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced that it had identified malicious software code resulting in unauthorized access to customer payment card information. Hyatt disclosed that upon investigating the incident, it...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Are you Safe?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Since it was first announced by Presidential Proclamation in 2013, we mark each October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Department of Homeland Security explains that, in 2017, designation is “designed to engage...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

New Wave Of Biometric Privacy Class Actions: Could You Be A Target?

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

While the privacy world is focused on the Equifax data breach, another development is taking place that could have a more lasting effect on privacy law. In the last month, plaintiffs’ lawyers in Illinois have filed over 20...more

Lessons From Equifax – Trends on Data Breach of Employee Information

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The recent Equifax breach data and public missteps in handling the breach has companies revisiting their cybersecurity measures and refreshing their breach response plans. Although not every company has consumer data likely...more

China's New Cybersecurity Law Brings Enforcement Crackdown

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Earlier this year, the People's Republic of China enacted its Cybersecurity Law, which granted authorities broad, explicit powers to monitor and investigate activities falling under its purview, along with the...more

Vermont AG Settles with SAManage for $264,000 for Delayed Breach Notification

The Vermont Attorney General (AG) recently announced that it has settled with SAManage USA, a business support services company, for failing to timely notify 660 Vermont residents that their names and Social Security numbers...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

Privacy Perils: Reality Check - Your Information is Not Secure

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As we all know, over the past few years there have been a host of data breaches by entities that most of us expected would safeguard that information. The latest loss of roughly 150 million Americans' personal information is...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Protecting Student Data: Student Privacy Requirements and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Institutions

by Reed Smith on

Technology plays an increasingly important role in the learning experience for students from kindergartners through college and beyond. It also improves the student interaction with learning materials and provides educators...more

States Respond to Equifax Cyber Breach with Enforcement Actions and Calls for Enhanced Regulatory Powers

In the wake of last month’s historic cyber breach of Equifax, which resulted in the theft of sensitive personal information belonging to over 140 million Americans, states have wasted no time in seeking a greater role in...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #2: Control Access to Data Sensibly

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 4, 2017, the FTC released its second “Stick with Security” principle, which addressed the next step a company should take after it has identified confidential data in its possession and determined what information...more

Lawyers and Employers Must Protect Private Employee Data

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

A few weeks back, I did a post about having our personal data hacked. What if the hacker was you?...more

Cloud Computing Crash Course: Safety First

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When it comes to privacy and security laws governing sensitive data, you don’t have to be a financial or health institution to have information that is subject to state and federal regulation. Almost every organization with...more

What to Do When You Find Yourself in the Data Breach Club

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In the wake of the latest massive data breach, this one involving Equifax, more and more companies are likely wondering what they should do in the event that they are faced with a data breach that exposes the personal data of...more

Privacy Tip #109 – Cybersecurity Tips for Small (and all) Businesses

I travel around helping businesses, both large and small, work on assessing their cybersecurity risks and implement measures to protect data, reduce risk and comply with applicable state and federal laws. In doing so, it is...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Peltz/P&G drama continues, with the company suggesting that Trian has lost its bid for a Board seat and the fund arguing that it disagrees with the company’s counting of the ballots....more

Securing Your Home’s Digital Entry Points

We’re all concerned with our home’s physical security, but so often we forget to pay the same amount of attention to our digital security. However, leaving your home’s digital entry points open is like leaving your front door...more

Equifax Fallout Could Boost Consumers' Shaky Harm Claims

Tim Toohey was quoted in Allison Grande’s article that ran in Law360 on October 6, 2017, discussing the Equifax data breach and the congressional hearings in both the Senate and House following the breach. The hearings have...more

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