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The Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015

On March 25, 2015, the United States House of Representative, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade approved draft legislation which would replace state data breach notification laws with a national standard.  This draft legislation comes on the heels of the President’s call for a national data breach notification law.  The proposed legislation is … Continue Reading

Ethics Case Alleging Improper Social Media Access May Proceed

As we previously reported, sending a “friend” request to access information on an individual’s Facebook page that is not publicly available may have serious ethical implications.  Specifically, the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) alleges John Robertelli and Gabriel Adamo violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, including those governing communications with represented parties, when they caused a paralegal to … Continue Reading

Top 15 for 2015 – Happy National Data Privacy Day

In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 15 for 2015.”  While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide some hot topics for businesses to consider in 2015. Inside Threats for Healthcare Providers and Business Associates.  While news reports of security risks often focus on hackings and breaches … Continue Reading

FCC Promises Action Against Those Who Fail to Safeguard

On December 19, 2014, the FCC published Chairman Thomas Wheeler‘s response to Senator Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) letter regarding the FCC’s recent proposed $10 million fine against two telecom companies. In the response, Chairman Wheeler reiterated the need for FCC action in this area and explained that consumers regularly entrust their most personal, confidential, and sensitive information … Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing the FCC’s Recent Data Security Action with LXBN TV

Following up on our recent post on the subject, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe, Editorial Manager-LexBlog, on the FCC’s first foray into policing a cybersecurity incident. In the brief video interview, I explain what happened and what it could mean going forward.  Special thanks to Colin, and LXBN TV, for the … Continue Reading

FCC Issues First Data Security Fine

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its intention to fine two telecom companies $10 million for several violations of laws protecting the privacy of phone customers’ personal information.  This marks the FCC’s first data security case and the largest privacy action in the FCC’s history. According to the FCC, TerraCom, Inc. … Continue Reading

Delaware Joins List of States Regulating Data Disposal

On January 1, 2015, Delaware employers who dispose of records which contain the unencrypted personal identifying information of employees must take steps to ensure the privacy of such information.  The bill, H.B. 294, was recently signed by Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell. The new law defines personal identifying information as an employee’s first name or first initial … Continue Reading

*UPDATE* Suit Against School District Regarding Tweet Settles

As previously reported, in a March 2014 filing titled H.W. v. Sterling High School District, a New Jersey high school student filed suit claiming school officials had violated her constitutional rights when they punished her for content she posted on Twitter which criticized Sterling High School’s principal. The settlement, which was approved by the Sterling … Continue Reading

Missouri Constitutional Amendment Protects Electronic Privacy

On August 5, 2014, Missouri voters approved Amendment 9 to the Missouri Constitution making Missouri the first state in the nation to offer explicit constitutional protection to electronic communications and data from unreasonable serches and seizures. The official ballot title asked:  “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their … Continue Reading

NY Department of Financial Services Proposes Virtual Currency Rule

The New York Department of Financial Services recently published proposed regulations which would require virtual currency businesses operating in New York State to safeguard data and protect customer privacy. Notably, the proposed regulations include requirements for virtual currency business to maintain cyber security programs and business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Virtual currencies under the regulations … Continue Reading

Prepare For Increased HIPAA Fines

Since mid-2013, the Department of Health and Human Services has recovered more than $10 million from numerous entities in connection with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).  However, during a recent American Bar Association conference, Jerome B. Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) … Continue Reading

Baltimore, MD Joins “Ban The Box” Movement

Baltimore, MD has joined the growing list of cities and states around the country implementing “ban the box” legislation.  “Ban the box” legislation restricts inquiries regarding an applicant’s criminal history on applications for employment and during job interviews.  The EEOC recommends “banning the box” believing the use of conviction records excludes applicants and can disparately impact … Continue Reading

Florida Social Media Bill Dies In Committee

As we previously reported, the Florida legislature was considering joining numerous other states which have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Senate Bill SB198, which was entitled “An Act Relating to Social Media Privacy,” has died in committee.  As such, Florida will not be joining the … Continue Reading

Fulbright’s Litigation Survey Addresses Privacy in the Age of Social Media and Mobile Devices

Norton Rose Fulbright recently released the results of their 9th annual litigation trends survey.  The Fulbright survey reflects information collected from 392 in-house attorneys; including 82% identifying themselves as general counsel and 14% as head of litigation. Additionally, the companies responding to the survey represent virtually all industries, include entities of all sizes, and are almost evenly split … Continue Reading

Facebook Posts Not Discoverable

The Florida District Court of Appeal, Second District quashed an order requiring the mother of a vehicle accident victim to produce copies of certain postings on her Facebook account.  In Root v. Balfour Beatty Constr., LLC, the plaintiff, Tonia Root (“plaintiff”) filed a negligence suit against the city and its contractors following an accident where her … Continue Reading

Employee Criminally Prosecuted For Taking Employer’s Documents

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently ruled that an employee who removes or copies her employer’s documents for use in her whistleblower or discrimination case may be prosecuted criminally for stealing.  In State v. Saavedra, the employee had taken highly confidential original documents owned by her employer, contending that she did so to support her employment … 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

New Jersey Settles Alleged COPPA Violation

In a recent consent order, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs settled an investigation involving Dokogeo, Inc., a California based mobile application developer. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) websites and online services which collect information from children younger than 13 are subject to certain parental notice and consent requirements. In the Dokogeo … Continue Reading

NY Times Article Highlights State Action on Privacy

The New York Times published an interesting front page article by Somini Sengupta on October 31, 2013 about the growing trend of state legislative action on privacy issues, noting that over two dozen privacy laws have passed this year in more than 10 states. The piece also notes that the “patchwork of rules across the country” is … Continue Reading

Are Lou Gehrig’s Medical Records Still Private?

Former New York Yankee Lou Gehrig died 71 years ago from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now some legislators in Minnesota want to make his medical records, maintained at the Mayo Clinic, public. A story in the Star Tribune raises the question of how long a patient’s personal health … Continue Reading

Monitoring and Accessing Social Networking Content–New Jersey District Court Weighs In Again

The District Court of New Jersey recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a former employee’s causes of action for invasion of privacy following a supervisor’s alleged unauthorized access to the employee’s Facebook account.  In Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., the plaintiff, a registered nurse and paramedic, alleged that the defendants engaged in a pattern … Continue Reading
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