FTC Announces Settlement with Lenovo Regarding Preinstalled Laptop Software

On September 5, 2017, the FTC announced that Lenovo, Inc. (“Lenovo”) agreed to settle charges that its preloaded software on some laptop computers compromised online security protections in order to deliver advertisements to consumers. The settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) is between Lenovo, the FTC and 32 State Attorneys General.  Continue Reading

China Releases Four Draft Guidelines in Relation to Cybersecurity Law

On August 31, 2017, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published four draft voluntary guidelines (“Draft Guidelines”) in relation to the Cybersecurity Law of China. The Draft Guidelines are open for comment from the general public until October 13, 2017. Continue Reading

FTC Posts Seventh Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On September 1, 2017, the FTC published the seventh blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. As we previously reported, the FTC will publish an entry every Friday for the next few months focusing on each of the 10 principles outlined in its Start with Security Guide for Businesses. This week’s post, entitled Stick with Security: Secure remote access to your network, outlines important security measures businesses should take to ensure that outside entryways to their systems are sensibly defended. Continue Reading

China Releases Draft Guidelines on De-Identification of Personal Information

Recently, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published a draft document entitled Information Security Technology – Guidelines for De-Identifying Personal Information (the “Draft Guidelines”). The Draft Guidelines are open for comment from the general public until October 9, 2017. Continue Reading

Record Breach Settlement in Anthem Class Action Receives Judge Approval

On August 25, 2017, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh signed an order granting preliminary approval of the record class action settlement agreed to by Anthem Inc. this past June. The settlement arose out of a 2015 data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 78 million individuals, including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and health care ID numbers. The terms of the settlement include, among other things, the creation of a pool of funds to provide credit monitoring and reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for customers, as well as up to $38 million in attorneys’ fees. Anthem will also be required to make certain changes to its data security systems and cybersecurity practices for at least three years. Continue Reading

New Data Processing Notice Requirements Take Effect in Russia

As reported in BNA Privacy Law Watch, on August 22, 2017, the Russian privacy regulator, Roskomnadzor, announced that it had issued an order (the “Order”), effective immediately, revising notice protocols for companies that process personal data in Russia. Roskomnadzor stated that an earlier version of certain requirements for companies to notify the regulator of personal data processing was invalidated by the Russian Telecom Ministry in July. Continue Reading

FTC Posts Sixth Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On August 25, 2017, the FTC published the sixth blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. As we previously reported, the FTC will publish an entry every Friday for the next few months focusing on each of the 10 principles outlined in its Start with Security Guide for Businesses. This week’s post, entitled Stick with Security: Segment your network and monitor who’s trying to get in and out, illustrates the benefits of segmenting networks and monitoring the size and frequency of data transfers. Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Finds Article III Standing Yet Affirms Dismissal of Scottrade Breach Case

On August 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action arising from the Scottrade data breach. Notably, however, the Eighth Circuit did not agree with the trial court’s ruling that the plaintiff lacked Article III standing, instead dismissing the case with prejudice for failure to state a claim.  Continue Reading

NIAC Issues Recommendations to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

On August 22, 2017, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a report entitled Securing Cyber Assets: Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure (“NIAC Report”). NIAC was first created in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks and advises the President on information security systems in banking, finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing and emergency government services. The NIAC Report notes that sophisticated and readily available malicious cyber tools and exploits have lowered the barrier to cost and increased the potential for successful cyber attacks. According to the NIAC Report, “[t]here is a narrow and fleeting window of opportunity before a watershed, 9/11-level cyber attack to organize effectively and take bold action.” Continue Reading

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