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Report Says Russian Hackers Stole 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords, But Don’t Let “Breach Fatigue” Take Hold

In what is believed to be the largest security breach to date, the Associated Press reported that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords. According to the AP, Milwaukee security firm, Hold Security, learned of the breach, but has yet to provide details about the series of website hackings believed to have affected… Continue Reading

FTC Amends Guidance to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rules, Clarifying “Verifiable Parental Consent” Requirements

Written by Amy Worley In response to reported on-going confusion regarding how to satisfy the “verifiable parental consent” requirements in Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) 15 U.S.C. §6501 et. seq. (1998), and its implementing regulations, 12 CFR Part 312 (2000), the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) revised its guidance on enforcement of the same. According… Continue Reading

FTC Objects to Sale of Company Assets Based on Potential Breach of Privacy Policy

Written by Christopher E. Hoyme Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a limited objection in bankruptcy court to the proposed sale of assets of ConnectEdu, Inc. (“ConnectEdu”) on the grounds that the company’s privacy policy protecting customer personal information had potentially not been complied with. Specifically, ConnectEdu, an education technology company that provided interactive… Continue Reading

EEOC & FTC Issue Joint Background Check Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued joint informal guidance concerning the legal pitfalls employers may face when consulting background checks into a worker’s criminal record, financial history, medical history or use of social media.  The FTC enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the law that protects the… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Identity Theft Was Top Consumer Complaint During 2013, 14 Years Running

According to an FTC press release, identity theft tops the national ranking of consumer complaints for 2013, with American consumers losing a reported $1.6 billion to fraud last year. Here is how some of the numbers break down: Fourteen (14) percent of the more than two million complaints to the FTC (or 290,056) stemmed from identity theft. Thirty… Continue Reading

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Urges the Passage of a National Data Breach Notification Law

After years of identity theft holding the top spot for crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission, and following recent reports of massive data breaches, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress today to enact a national law setting a uniform standard for notifying individuals regarding breaches involving their personal information, according to a report by… Continue Reading

Top 14 for 2014

In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 14 for 2014.”  While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide critical areas businesses will need to consider in 2014. Location Based Tracking.  As the utilization of GPS enable devices becomes more and more prevalent, employers are often faced with… Continue Reading

Recruiter Misuse of Social Media Can Increase Risk of Liability

Recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to screen and recruit candidates. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that 92% of respondents plan to use social media for recruiting.  Often, recruiters are viewing and considering information that should not be utilized in the hiring process.  LinkedIn is replete with information that should not be considered when… Continue Reading

Addressing Social Media Use–Recent Ruling on Students’ Social Networking Reaffirms Need for Policies and Training

Co-Author:  Joseph J. Lazzarotti The pervasiveness of social media in professional and everyday communication is a hot button issue (discussed at length here), particularly for private and public employers and organizations.  In fact, many organizations have adopted, or are considering adopting, social media policies for employees and providing training for how employees should interact in… Continue Reading

Human Resources Vendor Settles FTC Charges that it Failed to Protect the Sensitive Employee Data of its Clients

Promising a company that you will safeguard its employees’ information and then failing to do it according to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) standards likely will be viewed by the FTC as an unfair and deceptive business practice and trigger an enforcement action. This was the case for Lookout Services, Inc., a company that maintains large amounts of… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance Addressing Medical Identity Theft

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection posted FAQs on its website to guide health care providers and health plans when their patients and subscribers are affected by medical identity theft.  When most people hear about an identity theft or a data breach, they typically think about credit card data or Social Security… Continue Reading

Peer-To-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Data Breaches Lead to FTC Action

Nearly 100 organizations have been notified by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that personal information, including sensitive employee and customer data, shared from the organizations’ computer networks is available on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks. This, the FTC warned, could be used to commit identity theft or fraud. The notices went to both private and public entities, including… Continue Reading

Whitepaper On Social Media Use By Employees

Whether it be Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube or the company blog, employee presence in social media is way, way up, creating risks for employers that are proving difficult to manage without careful planning and appropriate policies. These risks can take many forms - FTC endorsement issues, inadvertent sharing of confidential company or personal information, harassment claims, blog posts harmful… Continue Reading

FTC Endorsement Rules Provide For Employer Liability for Employees’ Online Conduct

 According to the newly revised Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Guides, employers may face liability for employees’ commenting on their employer’s services or products on “new media,” such as blogs or social networking sites, if the employment relationship is not disclosed. Potential liability may exist even if the comments were not sponsored or authorized by the employer. … Continue Reading

FTC Investigates Cloud Computing

Last month, we briefly discussed "cloud computing," along with some issues that should be considered when deciding whether to adopt this new technology. Our post focused on data privacy and security issues. As reported by Kim Hart, of The Hill’s Technology Blog, a December 9, 2009, Federal Communications Commission filing states that the Federal Trade Commission is in the process… Continue Reading