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Protecting Financial Data No Slam-Dunk for NBA Team That Falls Victim to Phishing Scheme

Posted in credit monitoring, Cyber Breach, Hacking, Privacy

Professional athletes may be used to the public knowing the terms of their multi-million dollar contracts, but Milwaukee Bucks organization received a surprise when the team announced last week that it had fallen victim to a phishing scam. On April 26, a hacker posing as the NBA team’s owner Peter Feigin e-mailed team employees and requested… Continue Reading

It Just Doesn’t Feel Right: Why The Ashley Madison Hack Strikes at the Heart of Privacy

Posted in Ashley Madison, Privacy

Putting aside the salacious details, there is something different about the Ashley Madison hack when compared to other high profile breaches at Anthem or Target. The Ashley Madison breach revealed secrets that are now known forever.   What makes the Ashley Madison attack feel different is that it involved personal and intimate information, disclosed for public… Continue Reading

The Internet of Flying Things: Drones and Privacy

Posted in Drones, Privacy

Before modern aviation, control of airspace followed the maxim that “whoever owns the soil owns the air up to the heavens.”   This concept could not survive modern times, giving way to the FAA’s control over airspace. And now this airspace will be crowded with drones (officially, UAS for “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAV for “unmanned aerial vehicles”).  Who regulates drone usage or the airspace… Continue Reading

A Quiz You Want to Fail: How Many Times Has Your Personal Data Been Hacked?

Posted in Hacking, Privacy

Take the New York Times’ interactive quiz in the July 29, 2015 edition to estimate how many times your personal data may have been exposed to hackers.  (New York Times Quiz) Have you applied to or worked in the federal government since 2000?  Who is your health insurer?  Do you  have an account on certain websites such as  AOL or Twitter? … Continue Reading

Reminder: Webinar Series on Cyber & Privacy Breaches & Their Insurance Impacts Starts October 4

Posted in Breach Notification Laws, Coverage, Insurance, Privacy, Privacy Legislation

Our webinar series on cyber and privacy breaches and their insurance impacts begins on October 4, 2011 at 10:00 C.S.T. with the introductory presentation Cyber Data: If You Use It, Don’t Lose It: An Introduction to Cyber and Privacy Breaches and Their Insurance Impact. You can still register here for this complimentary webinar. See you… Continue Reading

HHS Issues its First Annual Report to Congress on HIPAA Compliance

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, Physician, Privacy, Privacy Legislation

As required by the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) in August issued its first annual report to Congress regarding compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HIPAA Privacy Rule established national standards to protect medical records and personal health information (“PHI”), while limiting the use and disclosure of such… Continue Reading

Connecticut AG Takes on Facebook – Update

Posted in Attorney General Action, Privacy

One day after questioning Citigroup over its recent data breach, the Connecticut Attorney General took on another corporate giant — Facebook.  On June 14, 2011, the Connecticut AG sent a letter to Facebook demanding a meeting to discuss Facebook’s widely criticized facial recognition software. As has been widely reported, Facebook announced its plan to implement… Continue Reading

The Pineda Storm Travels East

Posted in Class Action, Privacy, Retail

Massachusetts is now poised to become the second state to consider whether retailers who request and store zip codes during the course of a credit card transaction violate a consumer privacy statute.  A complaint entitled Tyler v Michaels Stores, Inc.  was filed May 23, 2011 in the federal court for the District of Massachusetts.  Plaintiff, who seeks… Continue Reading

Connecticut AG Demands Answers from Citigroup

Posted in Breach Notification Laws, Cyber Breach, Privacy

In what is likely the first of many state inquires to come, the Connecticut Attorney General sent a letter on June 13, 2011 to Citigroup, Inc. requesting more information about the recent data breach it announced last week. On June 9, 2011, Citigroup announced that unidentified hackers had breached its system and accessed data belonging… Continue Reading

The Pricetag On Privacy

Posted in Class Action, Privacy

Terry Baynes reports in Thompson Reuters News & Insight’s California Legal that sums paid to settle recent high profile privacy breach class actions netted as little as $250 per plaintiff, although the class action plaintiff lawyers received between $500,000 and $6.5 million in attorney fees.    Cashing in On Privacy Breaches by Terry Baynes    The defendant… Continue Reading

Emailed Receipts Exempt from FACTA Requirments

Posted in Credit Card Transaction, FACTA, Privacy, Privacy Legislation, Retail

An electronic receipt transmitted to a customer via email is not subject to the FACTA privacy regulations according to the 9th Circuit.  While retailers are continuing to struggle with the remifications of the California Supreme Court Pineda decision (See our post here), the 9th Circuit decision in Simonff v. Expedia, Inc. represents a small victory. After… Continue Reading