On July 22, 2019, the FTC announced that Equifax agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement agreement with the FTC, the CFPB, and 50 U.S. states and territories to resolve investigations into the colossal data breach the company suffered in 2017. This is the largest data breach settlement in U.S. history.
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On May 24, 2019, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 684, which extends Oregon’s data breach notification requirements to include third-party vendors. This blog entry provides an overview of the bill.
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On September 26, 2018, the SEC announced a settlement with Voya Financial Advisers, Inc., a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer, for violating Regulation S-ID, as well as Regulation S-P. Together, Regulations S-ID and S-P are designed to require covered entities to help protect customers from the risk of identity theft and to safeguard confidential customer information. The settlement represents the first SEC enforcement action brought under Regulation S-ID.
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On April 11, 2018, Arizona amended its data breach notification law, which will require persons, companies and government agencies doing business in the state to notify affected individuals within 45 days of determining that a breach has resulted in or is reasonably likely to result in substantial economic loss to affected individuals.
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On December 12, 2017, the FTC hosted a workshop on informational injury in Washington, D.C. where industry experts, policymakers, researchers and legal professionals considered how to best characterize and measure potential injuries and resulting harms to consumers when information about them is misused or inappropriately protected.
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On May 2, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming dismissal of a putative consumer class action against Michaels Stores, Inc. for lack of Article III standing.
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