Most employers are well aware that potential liability lurks if unauthorized information is disclosed to third parties. Obvious examples would include unauthorized employee or applicant health or financial information or personal information such as social security numbers and the like.

In an interesting twist, the Minnesota Supreme Court considered whether liability could be created when

The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA"), 18 U.S.C. Section 2721, et seq, was enacted by Congress in 1994 after the highly-publicized murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer by a stalker who obtained her unlisted address from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. ("DMV").  The Act restricts state DMVs from disclosing personal information contained in motor vehicle records except

The Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed a lawsuit against the Davis Typewriter Company on August 27, 2012 alleging that the company failed to take appropriate corrective action to prevent sexual harassment by a supervisor who used office surveillance cameras to zoom in on an employee’s breasts and other

Like any business that handles personal information, debt collection agencies have obligations to maintain reasonable safeguards to protect that information. Recent enforcement activity by the Minnesota Attorney General’s office makes this clear. The banks, health care providers and other businesses that utilize collection services are also driving compliance as they demand these companies have

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a laptop computer containing private information on about 14,000 patients of Fairview Health Services and 2,800 patients of North Memorial Medical Center was stolen from a locked car in the parking lot of a Minneapolis restaurant in July of 2011.  The incident is just one more in a series

Paintball Punks filed a class action suit against U.S. Bank  in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The case was subsequently removed on December 6, 2010, to the Minneapolis District Court. In the complaint, Paintball Punks alleges that between August and December 2009 it received 9 orders totaling approximately $11,000, which were fraudulently billed to U.S. Bank-issued cards. The amount