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Upcoming Deadlines for Covered Entities Subject to NYS DFS Cybersecurity Regulations

Last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued a press release to remind covered entities of an upcoming deadline under the DFS cybersecurity regulations.  The next deadline under the regulations is February 15, 2018 – by that date, any covered entities (hopefully, you know who you are) must submit a statement … Continue Reading

ABA Gets Lawyers Heightened Protections for Device Searches at International Borders

U.S. Customs searches have become increasingly invasive over the years. Pursuant to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operates under the “broad search exception”, which allows searches and seizures at international borders or an equivalent (e.g. international airports) without probable cause or a warrant. CBP’s searches are deemed “reasonable” … Continue Reading

Top 10 for 2018 – Happy Data Privacy Day

This Sunday, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, which Congress recognized on Jan. 27, 2014, when it adopted S. Res. 337, supporting the designation. As noted by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Don’t … Continue Reading

South Dakota May Become 49th State to Pass a Data Breach Notification Law

Only two states in the United States lack data breach notification statutes, but that may change in 2018. If legislation pending in South Dakota passes, Alabama would be the only state without a data breach notification law. South Dakota Senate Bill No. 62 would create a breach notification requirement for any person or business conducting … Continue Reading

Employers Can Be Vicariously Liable for Employee Data Breaches

The United Kingdom High Court recently issued a landmark liability judgment against the supermarket, Morrisons, following a data breach caused by a rogue employee (Various Claimants v. WM Morrisons Supermarket [2017] EWHC3113 (QB]). Similar results have been reached in the U.S., but this is the first time the UK Court has addressed the issue of whether … Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court: Health Care Providers Can Be Sued for Unauthorized Disclosures of Confidential Information

Physician practices and other health care providers respond to numerous requests for confidential patient information from patients and others. Mistakes made by employees fulfilling such requests for medical records or making similar disclosures can expose the practice to civil litigation. A recent decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court (Byrne v. Avery Center for Obstetrics and … Continue Reading

North Carolina AG Proposes Stronger Breach Notification and Personal Information Safeguard Requirements

Citing to estimates in 2017 “more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were … affected by a data breach,” Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine announced on January 8 proposed legislation aimed at protecting state residents from becoming victims of identity theft. To do so, the “Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections” (see fact … Continue Reading

U.S. Employers with EU Employees Gearing Up for GDPR

With the continuing parade of high profile data security breaches, the concern U.S. organizations have about the security of their systems and data has been steadily growing. And rightly so. Almost every organization processes (collects, uses, stores, or transmits) individually identifiable data. Much of this data is personal data, including employee data, which brings heightened … Continue Reading

Does the GDPR Apply to Your US-based Company?

If you’ve been following the headlines, you know that a day doesn’t pass without a reference to the “GDPR”. On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect, marking the most significant change to European data privacy and security in over 20 years. Most multinational companies, and of … Continue Reading

Senate Bill Introduced to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

Primarily motivated by several recent massive data breaches, Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill geared toward protecting Americans’ personal information against cyber attacks and to ensure timely notification and protection when data is breached. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2017 provides that companies that collect and hold data on at least 10,000 Americans would … Continue Reading

Lessons To Be Learned From The Breach Of Nearly 500,000 Individual Health Records Reported In September 2017

A recent report indicates that nearly 500,000 individual health records were breached in September 2017. This figure is taken from the 39 healthcare data breaches involving more than 500 records that were reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights in September 2017.  Healthcare providers suffered the most breaches with … Continue Reading

State AGs Argue That Federal Data Security Legislation Should Set Floor, Not Ceiling

The flood of massive data breaches – including, most recently, the Equifax breach that compromised the personal data of around 145 million U.S. consumers – has increased the pressure on Congress to pass sweeping federal data security and breach reporting legislation. While it’s difficult to project whether such legislation will be enacted in the near … Continue Reading

Industry Report calls for National Internet of Things Strategy

A coalition of the Information Technology Industry Council, the Semiconductor Industry Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center, Intel, and Samsung, recently released a report that puts out a call for the creation and implementation of a national strategy to invest, innovate and accelerate development and deployment of the Internet of Things (“IoT”). … Continue Reading

VOTE 2017 – We’re back thanks to you!

We are proud to once again announce that the Workplace Privacy Report has been nominated for The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Competition. From a field of thousands of nominees, the Workplace Privacy Report has received enough nominations to join one of the largest competitions for legal blog writing online today.  If you enjoy the Workplace … Continue Reading

And Now, in Recent New York Cybersecurity Action…

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) have been busy on the cybersecurity front. In a press release on September 18, 2017, building upon the state’s pride in its “first-in-the-nation” cybersecurity regulations that were passed earlier this year, (which we previously discussed on our blog and … Continue Reading

Lenovo-FTC Consent Order Calls For 20-Year Monitoring Period

Laptop-maker Lenovo (United States), Inc. agreed to a no-fault settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and 32 states over allegations that it installed ad software that compromised customers’ web security and invaded users’ privacy. As part of the Consent Order, Lenovo agreed that it would: Not misrepresent any feature of installed software related to consumer … Continue Reading

Data Breach Preparedness: A critical risk management priority for small and mid-sized businesses

After hearing a lot lately about big companies suffering data breaches, it is important to remember that, according to inc.com, half of all cyberattacks target small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Based on a 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report, CNBC reported that in the prior 12 months half of all SMBs in the U.S. had been hacked. … Continue Reading

Timeline for Compliance with New DFS Cybersecurity Regulations

The deadline to comply with the first set of requirements under the new DFS Cybersecurity Regulations (“the Regulations”) is here! By today, August 28, 2017, businesses subject to the Regulations must ensure that they: Designate a Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) Establish a Cybersecurity Program Develop a Written Cybersecurity Policy. We have prepared an article … Continue Reading

Washington Joins Growing List of States with Laws Protecting Biometric Information

Not to be outdone by the recent attention to biometric information in Illinois, and the Prairie State’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), Washington enacted a biometric data protection statute of its own, HB 1493, which became effective July 23, 2017. What it notable about Washington’s new biometric information law? It prohibits “persons” from “enrolling” “biometric … Continue Reading

An Ounce of Data Breach Prevention…Address Attorney-Client Privilege in Your Breach Planning

Data breach “horror” stories have become a new staple in today’s business environment. The frequency of attacks which threaten (or compromise) the security of business networks and information systems continually increases — in the health care space alone (which holds the dubious honor of Most Likely To Be Attacked), a FBI and HHS’ Office for … Continue Reading

Strengthening Data Security Through Human Resources and Information Technology Teamwork

Human Resources (“HR”) and information technology (“IT”) departments play unique and important roles within an organization. With instances of data breaches on the rise, however, companies should be mindful of the importance of regular communication and collaboration between employees in these departments with respect to issues of data security. Addressing such issues should not be … Continue Reading

Global Cyberattack Exploits Known Vulnerabilities

As you likely know by now, international cybercriminals launched a worldwide ransomware attack last Friday with the European law enforcement agency Europol reporting over 100,000 affected organizations in 150 countries, including the U.S. Reports indicate that health care providers, universities, and other large companies were all targeted. The Department of Health and Human Services also … Continue Reading

Law Firms: Updated Cybersecurity Primer and Other Resources

Several years ago, we published a short primer for law firms intending to provide a brief discussion of key cybersecurity issues, including some helpful steps for safeguarding the client personal and confidential information they maintain. Since then, attacks against firms have increased, ethical rules are tightening, and clients are growing concerned.  In at least one … Continue Reading

President Trump’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity…

On May 11, 2017 – after weeks of anticipation – the White House released an Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.  There could not be better timing with a global cyberattack unleashing ransomware against governments and companies in nearly 100 countries around the globe. This newly released Executive Order … Continue Reading
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