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Thirty-Six Individuals Charged In Global Cybercrime Ring “Infraud”

by King & Spalding on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently indicted thirty-six individuals leading a global cybercrime ring for allegedly trafficking in stolen personal and financial information....more

Can Your Business be Liable for an Employee’s Intentional Data Leak?

by Revision Legal on

Many businesses are acutely aware of the dangers of a data leak that can result from the breaching of networks, computer hacks, malware, and computer espionage. These cyber threats are external threats, but businesses must...more

Is Your Bug Bounty Program Uber Risky?

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In October 2016, Uber discovered that the personal contact information of some 57 million Uber customers and drivers, as well as the driver’s license numbers of over 600,000 United States Uber drivers had been hacked. Uber,...more

GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: Does the GDPR data breach notification provision cover the same type of data as United...

by Bryan Cave on

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is arguably the most comprehensive – and complex – data privacy regulation in the world. As companies prepare for the GDPR to go into force on May 25, 2018,...more

US House of Representatives Passes Five Bills Affecting Financial Institutions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US House of Representatives passed five bills focused on regulatory reform for financial institutions. The bills passed by the House include: the Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act (H.R. 2255), which amends the Truth...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

Education Department Toughens Tone on Cyber and Threatens to Pull Funding for Non-Compliance

Recently-issued guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) threatens to “yank” Title IV funding for post-secondary institutions lacking appropriate data security safeguards....more

100(ish) Days Until GDPR

by Workman Nydegger on

In a little more than 100 days, a sweeping regulation known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect across the European Union. The purpose of the GDPR is to update and modernize the scope of...more

Practical GDPR Steps for US-Headquartered Life Sciences Companies

In case you had not heard, the European Union is replacing its current privacy laws with a new, comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018. The essential principles of the EU’s...more

BIPA: Plaintiff’s New Cash Cow

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Since its enactment a decade ago, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has seen a recent spike in attention from employees and consumers alike. This is due, in large part, to the technological advancements...more

Fresenius Pays OCR $3.5M for Five Separate Data Breaches Affecting a Total of 521 Individuals

In the first settlement for HIPAA violations in 2018, Fresenius Medical Care North America (Fresenius) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle allegations against it relating to five data...more

Blockchain and Privacy

Discussions about “blockchain” technology seem to be everywhere these days, with potential applications spanning industries as diverse as banking, healthcare, real estate, law enforcement, entertainment, and even wine and...more

GDPR May 25th Deadline Approaching – Businesses Globally Will Feel Impact

In less than four months, the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR" or the "Regulation") will take effect in the European Union/European Economic Area, giving individuals in the EU/EEA greater control over their...more

ICYMI in Cybersecurity and Data Breach

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Exclusive: U.S. Consumer Protection Official Puts Equifax Probe on Ice – Sources - On Monday, Reuters reported that, “Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe...more

New Delaware Breach Notification Law Will Require Diligent Preparation and Education

by Morris James LLP on

On August 17, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law HB 180, completing an update to a nearly 12-year old breach notification statute that had little teeth, and no enforcement. The new law, which applies to “Any...more

FTC Settles with Online Talent Search Site over COPPA Violations

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint against the operator of an online talent search company, asserting that the talent search company’s collection and disclosure of children’s personal...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

Tax Filing Fraud

by Bryan Cave on

Tax returns and W-2s are information rich documents. Among other things they contain the name and Social Security Number of an employee, as well as information concerning their salary and address, and personal behavior and...more

In 2018, Resolve To Keep Employment Records Secure

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Though hacked systems are alarming, too often, data breaches come from much more obvious sources, such as computers without passwords (or weak ones), files left sitting out on desks, and even briefcases left on airplanes...more

7 Reasons to Read FTC’s 2017 Privacy & Data Security Update

by Revision Legal on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released its 2017 Annual Privacy and Data Security Update. We see seven compelling reasons to read the 2017 FTC Update and to take data breaches seriously...more

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Recommends European-Style “Right to be Forgotten”

Recently, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released an important draft Position on Online Reputation (paper). The paper takes the position that current federal privacy legislation, the Personal...more

2018 Tax (Fraud) Season: IRS Warns Tax Professionals, Employers About New and Old Phishing Scams

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Tax season is here, which means tax fraud season is here, too. This year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning tax practitioners about a new phishing scam targeted at them and reminding all employers about...more

Full Quilt: The Final Two States Without Data Breach Laws Push Forward to Complete the Patchwork Protecting Personal Information...

by Reed Smith on

There are currently only two U.S. states that do not have a state data breach notification law: South Dakota and Alabama. Recently, South Dakota took a big step toward approving a data breach notification law. ...more

“Legally Reprehensible”: Senate Chastises Uber’s Conduct in 2016 Data Breach

On Tuesday, a Senate subcommittee grilled Uber’s Chief Information Security Officer, John Flynn, over a 2016 data breach that affected nearly 57 million drivers and riders. At the hearing, Uber faced backlash from lawmakers...more

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