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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

Data Breaches in Schools Should Not Be Dismissed

Posted in Cyber Breach, Education, Schools, Uncategorized

There is an increasing number of reported breaches in our school systems.  Just this past July: •Ferris State University in Michigan reported that PII for 39,000 students and employees was briefly available after an unauthorized entry into its system. Ferris State Breach •high school in North Carolina’s Guildford County inadvertently disclosed the PII of 456 students… Continue Reading

Cyber Risk and Professional Firms

Posted in Business Practices, Coverage, Cyber Breach, Cyber Costs, Damages, Data Breach, Insurance

Earlier today Kari Timm moderated a panel on cyber risk and insurance for law firms and other professional firms during the 2013 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium.  To see a short video discussion on cyber risks for professional services firms from the 2013 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium please visit the PLUS Blog (http://plusblog.org/2013/04/10/cyber-risk-and-professional-firms/).

Behind the Curtain: Just whose risks are being insured?

Posted in Business Practices, Coverage, Cyber Breach, Data Breach, Insurance, Reinsurance

In today’s challenging economy, it is hard to turn away new business, whether from a client who provides a law firm with steady work, or a broker who contracts for investment services or a health care organization that contracts with a nursing registry.  But what happens when the new client demands that as part of… Continue Reading

Cyber Data: If You Use It, Don’t Lose It: An Introduction to Cyber and Privacy Breaches and Their Insurance Impact

Posted in Webinar

If you were unable to make our first webinar: “Cyber Data: If You Use It, Don’t Lose It: An Introduction to Cyber and Privacy Breaches and Their Insurance Impact,” please feel free to contact us for the slides and a link to the recorded webinar. Our Webinar Series on Cyber and Privacy Breaches and Their… Continue Reading

California Beefs Up Security Breach Notification Requirements

Posted in Breach Notification Laws, Cyber Breach, Data Breach, Privacy Legislation

On August 31, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 24 (“SB 24”) into law.  The bill amends the state’s security breach notification statute requirements for breach notifications sent to California residents.  SB 24 also mandates electronic notification to the state Attorney General when a breach affects mores than 500 California residents. SB 24… Continue Reading

Hartford Denies Coverage for Song-Beverly Claims

Posted in Class Action, Coverage, Credit Card Transaction, Insurance, Privacy Legislation, Retail

The Hartford Fire Insurance Company has filed at least two suits against insureds seeking a declaration that CGL policies it issued do not provide coverage for Song-Beverly claims filed in the wake of the Pineda decision. Hartford filed suits in Illinois federal court against Euromarket Designs, Inc. (a/k/a Crate & Barrel) and in New Jersey federal… Continue Reading

Mobile Apps Developer and its President Fined $50,000 for Violating Children’s Privacy Rights

Posted in FTC, Insurance, Privacy Legislation

Mobile app developer W3 Innovations, LLC and its President Justin Maples have agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a complaint by the FTC for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  COPPA dictates a website operator’s responsibilities for protecting the privacy and online saftey of children.  Among other things, it requires that… Continue Reading

Michaels Moves to Dismiss Massachusetts Pineda-Like Suit

Posted in Credit Card Transaction, Privacy Legislation, Retail

As we previously reported, a Michaels customer filed a Pineda-like suit in Massachusetts federal court alleging that the collection of zip codes by the arts and crafts retailer violated the Massachusetts Unfair Trade Practices Act.  Late last month, Michaels moved to dismiss the complaint. Although plaintiff’s allegations are based on Pineda and specifically refer to… 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

Retailers (and their Insurers) Dealt Another Blow in California

Posted in Class Action, Credit Card Transaction, Privacy Legislation, Retail

Retailers were dealt a blow in February when the California Supreme Court ruled in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. that a zip code constitutes “personal identifciation information” under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, thus prohibiting retailers from requesting such information.  Although the California legislature responded quickly by proposing legislation that would limit the effects of the… Continue Reading