Tag Archives: WISP

Updates to Massachusetts Breach Notification Law – Much More Than Mandatory Credit Monitoring

UPDATE: The changes to the Massachusetts data breach notification law described below are now in effect. Thus, if you have discovered a data incident involving the personal information of Massachusetts residents you will want to review these changes carefully – they are significant and the Commonwealth is intent on educating the public about them. Because we have coached … Continue Reading

Damaging Data Breaches Don’t Just Involve SSNs or Medical Information

A few weeks back a company’s watch list containing nearly 2.5 million individuals and entities considered “high-risk” for its clients was mistakenly leaked to the public. A “high-risk” entity in this circumstance was one potentially linked to organized crime or terrorism. The leak resulted from an unsecured and incorrectly configured company database. Typically in the … Continue Reading

Washington State’s GDPR-like Bill Passes Senate

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), passed in 2018 and taking effect January 1, 2020, is considered the most expansive state privacy law in the United States, and sparked a flurry of state privacy law legislative proposals, in particular in Washington state. This January, a group of state senators in Washington introduced the Washington Privacy … Continue Reading

New Jersey on the Forefront of Consumer Privacy and Security Law

Since the start of 2019, New Jersey has shown it is on the forefront of consumer privacy and security law. Last week we reported on Assembly Bill 3245 (AB 3245) that would enhance the state’s data breach notification requirements. In short, if signed, AB 3245, would require businesses to notify consumers of online account security … Continue Reading

FCC Data Security Enforcement Continues

Demonstrating its continued commitment to data security enforcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced Cox Communications Inc., the nation’s third largest cable operator, agreed to pay $595,000 to resolve an investigation into whether the company failed to properly protect its customers’ personal information.  The agreement ends the first data security enforcement action brought by the FCC against … Continue Reading

FCC Settles First Data Security Action

UPDATE:  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reached a settlement with two telecom companies in connection with allegations the telecom companies violated the law regarding the privacy of phone customers’ personal information. As we previously reported and discussed, in October 2014 the FCC initiated its first data security case against TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, … Continue Reading

Checklists Not Enough When Developing a WISP, FTC Director Comments at IAPP Global Privacy Summit

This year’s IAPP Global Privacy Summit was very informative on a number of fronts, including the helpful insight provided by officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on a range of topics. A good summary of some of their comments can be found here, which includes concerns they expressed about the Consumer Privacy Bill of … Continue Reading

Best Practices For Gramm-Leach-Bliley Compliance

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) issued a Staff Advisory on best practices for financial institutions that must comply with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) provisions on data security and customer privacy. GLBA was enacted to ensure that financial institutions respect the privacy of their customers and protect the security and confidentiality of nonpublic personal information.  Specifically, … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Company Fined $15,000 Under State’s Data Security Law

The Massachusetts AG's enforcement of its data security law demonstrates that it does not take lightly the loss of Massachusetts residents' personal information, even if that loss has not caused any known harm to the affected residents, and that it may remain watchful over the subject of an investigation for years to come.… Continue Reading

WISPs Beyond Massachusetts

Over the past few months, many businesses, particularly in the Northeast Region, have been focusing on creating a written information security program (WISP) to comply with Massachusetts identity theft regulations that went into effect March 1, 2010. For many, this has been a significant effort, reaching most, if not all, parts of their organizations. However, … Continue Reading

Addressing Information Risk in 2010

Like individuals, businesses have resolutions/goals for 2010, perhaps even this new decade. As information risk, such as HIPAA or the occurrence of a data breach, continues threaten companies and put individuals’ personal identities, finances and medical information in jeopardy, addressing this issue in the coming years is a worthy resolution for any business. With this … Continue Reading

WISP: Do You Have a Plan for Your Company’s Sensitive Information?

Data privacy and security laws in states such as Massachusetts, Maryland and Nevada require businesses to develop written policies and procedures that provide administrative, physical, and technological safeguards to protect personal information – or a "written information security program" or "WISP." These laws do not require protections for confidential company information and trade secrets, but … Continue Reading
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