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Global Ransomware Attacks Raise Key Legal Considerations

On May 12, 2017, a massive ransomware attack, known as “WannaCry,” began affecting tens of thousands of computer systems in over 100 countries. These types of incidents can have significant legal implications for affected entities and industries for whom data access and continuity is critical. As affected entities work to understand and respond to the threat of ransomware, we address some of the key legal considerations.… Continue Reading

Chinese Hackers Fined for Hack of New York Law Firms

On May 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment in favor of the SEC against three Chinese defendants accused of hacking into the nonpublic networks of two New York-headquartered law firms and stealing confidential information regarding several publicly traded companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions.… Continue Reading

Wireless Provider Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with OCR

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a resolution agreement with CardioNet, Inc., stemming from gaps in policies and procedures uncovered after CardioNet reported breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information.… Continue Reading

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law, leaving Alabama and South Dakota as the two remaining states without such requirements. The Data Breach Notification Act (H.B. 15) goes into effect on July 1, 2017. … Continue Reading

Working Party Adopts Opinion on Proposed ePrivacy Regulation

On April 4, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party adopted an Opinion on the Proposed Regulation of the European Commission for the ePrivacy Regulation. The Proposed ePrivacy Regulation is intended to replace the ePrivacy Directive and to increase harmonization of ePrivacy rules in the EU. … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement Over Alleged Consent Order Violation

On March 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Upromise, Inc., agreed to pay 500,000 dollars to settle allegations that it violated the terms of a 2012 consent order that required Upromise to provide notice to consumers regarding its data collection and use practices, and obtain third-party audits.… Continue Reading

ICO Publishes Guidance on Consent under the EU GDPR

Recently, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published draft guidance regarding the consent requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation that sets forth how the ICO interprets the GDPR’s consent requirements, and its recommended approach to compliance and good practice. … Continue Reading

FCC Stays Implementation of Data Security Rules

On March 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission, under the new leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 to issue a temporary stay of the data security obligations of the FCC’s Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, which were to go into effect March 2, 2017. The temporary stay will remain in place until the FCC is able to act on pending petitions for reconsideration. … Continue Reading

OCR Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Audit Controls

On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Memorial Healthcare System that emphasized the importance of audit controls in preventing breaches of protected health information. The 5.5 million dollar settlement with Memorial is the fourth enforcement action taken by OCR in 2017, and matches the largest civil monetary ever imposed against a single covered entity.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement Regarding Collecting Consumer TV Viewing Data

On February 6, 2017, the FTC announced that it has agreed to settle charges that VIZIO, Inc., installed software on about 11 million consumer televisions to collect viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The stipulated federal court order requires VIZIO to pay 2.2 million dollars to the FTC and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. … Continue Reading

OCR Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Implementing Safeguards to Protect PHI

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico relating to a breach of protected health information contained on a portable storage device. This is the second enforcement action taken by OCR in 2017, following the action taken against Presence Health earlier this month for failing to make timely breach notifications.… Continue Reading

OCR Settles First Enforcement Action for Untimely Reporting of a Breach

On January 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Presence Health stemming from the entity’s failure to notify affected individuals, the media and OCR within 60 days of discovering a breach. This marks the first OCR settlement of 2017 and the first enforcement action relating to untimely breach reporting by a HIPAA covered entity.… Continue Reading

Chile Expected to Consider New Data Protection Legislation

On January 3, 2017, as reported in Bloomberg Law: Privacy and Data Security, Chilean legislators are soon expected to consider a new data protection law which would impose new privacy compliance standards and certain enforcement provisions on companies doing business in Chile. … Continue Reading

European Commission Plans to Upgrade e-Privacy Directive to a Regulation

On December 12, 2016, Politico reported that the European Commission intends to replace the e-Privacy Directive with a Regulation. The planned shift from a Directive to a Regulation means that the Regulation will create a harmonized set of requirements at the EU level that are directly applicable in the Member States. … Continue Reading
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