Yearly Archives: 2014

Two New Laws Give DHS Increased Cybersecurity Authority

Two recently enacted laws give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased authority and ability to contain cybersecurity threats and breaches.  Congress passed both the Federal Information Security Modernization Act and the DHS Cybersecurity Authority Act on December 10, 2014. 

Posted in Data Security, Legislation

Data Breach Plaintiff Given Second Chance to Certify Class Action Suit

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in favor of data breach plaintiff Avrum Baum, giving him a second chance to certify a class action suit against Keystone Mercy Health Plan.  Baum brought suit against the insurer and its affiliate, AmeriHealth

Posted in Data Breach

Cybersecurity…At Least There Is One Thing Congress Can Agree On

While most political observers were focused last week on the debates surrounding passage of the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill, less noted was the fact that the U.S. Congress managed to pass a number of cyber-security bills in a rare moment

Posted in Legislation

The FCC Asserts its Role as Regulator of Data Security

The FCC recently signaled its intention to move aggressively into the realm of data security regulation. On October 24, 2014, the agency released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), ordering two telecommunication companies to pay a combined $10

Posted in Data Security, Privacy, Regulations

California Health Care Providers Successfully Ward Off Data Breach Lawsuits

In a pair of recent cases, two California health care providers successfully warded off lawsuits arising from unauthorized data breaches of patient files.  These cases illustrate that improper disclosure of electronically stored personal information is an increasing concern for the

Posted in Data Breach, Privacy

California Enacts New Data Privacy Legislation

California is once again initiating significant changes to protect informational privacy in the digital world. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed several pieces of legislation in an attempt to protect individuals against invasions of privacy connected with personal data collection. California’s

Posted in Data Security, Legislation, Privacy

New Executive Order Seeks to Improve Security of Consumer Financial Transactions

The Obama Administration is taking new steps aimed at improving the security of consumer financial transactions.  Specifically recognizing that identity crimes, including credit card fraud, are a risk to U.S. economic activity, President Barack Obama issued an executive order on

Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Regulations

California Court Raises Anew Questions of Standing in Data Breach Cases

There is no question that data breaches are among the most common and costly threats to consumers and companies alike. What remains the subject of vehement debate is whether plaintiffs in cyber-attack cases must allege stolen data was misused in

Posted in Data Breach

EU Set to Strengthen Data Protection Laws

Businesses that operate in the European Union (EU) may soon face a new set of data protection regulations. High-level discussions about a proposal to consolidate all individual EU-member nations’ data protection regulations into a single EU law are set to

Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Privacy, Regulations

Google Settles With FTC Over In-App Purchases Dispute

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is increasingly focused on the technology sector and is using its monitoring and enforcement powers to crack down on alleged consumer protection violations by big tech firms. Google reached a major settlement with the FTC

Posted in Privacy, Regulations
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