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New York AG Settles with Wireless Lock Maker Over Security Flaws

On May 22, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the AG’s office has reached a settlement with Safetech Products LLC regarding the company’s sale of insecure Bluetooth-enabled wireless doors and padlocks. This “marks the first time an Attorneys General’s Office has taken legal action against a wireless security company for failing to protect their [customers’] personal and private information.” … Continue Reading

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

Israel Passes Comprehensive Data Security and Breach Notification Regulations

Haim Ravia and Dotan Hammer of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz recently published an article outlining Israel’s new Protection of Privacy Regulations, passed by the Knesset on March 21, 2017. The Regulations will impose mandatory comprehensive data security and breach notification requirements on anyone who owns, manages or maintains a database containing personal data in Israel.… Continue Reading

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Claims

On March 9, 2017, Home Depot reached an agreement that includes the payment of 25 million dollars and the implementation of new data security measures to resolve a putative class action brought by financial institutions impacted by the company’s 2014 data breach.… Continue Reading

CNIL Launches New Public Consultation on the GDPR

On February 23, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority launched an online public consultation on three topics identified by the Article 29 Working Party in its 2017 action plan for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The three topics are consent, profiling and data breach notification. … 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

Australia Enacts New Data Breach Notification Law

On February 13, 2017, the Parliament of Australia passed legislation that amends the Privacy Act of 1988 and requires companies with revenue over 3 million AUD (2.3 million USD) to notify affected Australian residents and the Australian Information Commissioner in the event of an "eligible data breach."… Continue Reading

DPA of Argentina Issues Draft Data Protection Bill

Pablo Palazzi, from Buenos Aires law firm Allende & Brea, reports that earlier this month, the Argentine Data Protection Agency posted the first draft of a new data protection bill on its website. The Draft Bill is heavily based on the EU GDPR and maintains the structure of Argentina’s current data protection bill.… Continue Reading
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