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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Imposes First Ever Data Security Fine

On February 27, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached a settlement with Dwolla, Inc., an online payment system company, to resolve claims that the company made false representations regarding its data security practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act. Among other things, the consent order imposes a 100,000 dollar fine on Dwolla. This marks the first data security-related fine imposed by the CFPB. … Continue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Issues Procedures Regarding Sharing Cybersecurity Information

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other federal agencies, released a series of documents outlining procedures for both federal and non-federal entities to share and disseminate cybersecurity information. These documents were released as directed by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, signed into law on December 18, 2015.… Continue Reading

U.S. Congress Releases Compromise Bill on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released an omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year. … Continue Reading

HIPAA Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Risk Analyses

On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced that it had settled potential HIPAA Security Rule violations with the University of Washington on behalf of the university’s medical center, medical school and affiliated labs and clinics. … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S.754 - Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by a vote of 74 to 21. This bill is intended to facilitate and encourage the sharing of Internet traffic information between and among companies and the federal government to prevent cyber attacks.… Continue Reading

FCC Cites Lyft Inc. and First National Bank Corp. for TCPA Violations

On September 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that Lyft Inc. (“Lyft”) and First National Bank Corporation (“FNB”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by forcing their users to consent to receive automated text messages as a condition of using their services. The FCC warned that these violations could result in fines … Continue Reading
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