On February 8, 2021, Pinellas County, Florida officials announced that a hacker had remotely gained access to the City of Oldsmar’s water treatment system on two separate occasions and was able to change the setting for sodium hydroxide in the water supply. The incident highlights the danger to local government information systems and the dangers of remote access vulnerabilities.
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On January 18, 2021, the European Data Protection Board released draft Guidelines 01/2021 on Examples regarding Data Breach Notification. The Guidelines aim to assist data controllers in deciding how to handle data breaches, including by identifying the factors that they must take into account when conducting risk assessments to determine whether a breach must be reported to relevant supervisory authorities and/or the affected data subjects.
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On January 12, 2021, in Wengui v. Clark Hill, PLC, et al., the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a law firm defendant’s assertions of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine for forensic reporting and other related information associated with its outside counsel’s data breach investigation.
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On November 24, 2020, a multistate coalition of Attorneys General announced that The Home Depot, Inc. agreed to pay $17.5 million and implement a series of data security practices in response to a data breach the company experienced in 2014.
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On September 30, 2020, Anthem, Inc., entered into an assurance of voluntary compliance with the attorneys general of 42 states and the District of Columbia to resolve claims under state and federal law relating to Anthem’s 2015 data breach of personal information and protected health information, the largest breach of PHI in history.
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