Tag Archives: Compliance

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

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

Privacy Compliance Company Agrees to a Settlement with the New York Attorney General

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that privacy compliance company TRUSTe, Inc., agreed to settle allegations that it failed to properly verify that customer websites aimed at children did not run third-party software to track users. According to Attorney General Schneiderman, the enforcement action taken by the NY AG is the first to target a privacy compliance company over children’s privacy.… Continue Reading

CIPL Issues Discussion Paper on GDPR Certifications

On April 12, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a discussion paper on Certifications, Seals and Marks under the GDPR and Their Roles as Accountability Tools and Cross-Border Data Transfer Mechanisms which sets forth recommendations concerning the implementation of the EU GDPR’s provisions on the development and use of certification mechanisms.… Continue Reading

Working Party Adopts Opinion on Proposed ePrivacy Regulation

On April 4, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party adopted an Opinion on the Proposed Regulation of the European Commission for the ePrivacy Regulation. The Proposed ePrivacy Regulation is intended to replace the ePrivacy Directive and to increase harmonization of ePrivacy rules in the EU. … 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

Webinar Recording Available on China’s New Cybersecurity Law

On March 7, 2017, Hunton & Williams LLP hosted a webinar with Beijing partner Bing Maisog on China’s new Cybersecurity Law. China’s new Cybersecurity Law will impose new restrictions on information flows from operators of key information infrastructure, and will become effective in June 2017.… Continue Reading

Webinar Recording Available on the NYDFS Regulations

On March 9, 2017, AllClear ID hosted a webinar with Hunton & Williams partner Lisa J. Sotto on the new cybersecurity regulations from the New York State Department of Financial Services. This blog post provides a link to the recording and presentation materials. … Continue Reading

ICO Publishes Guidance on Consent under the EU GDPR

Recently, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published draft guidance regarding the consent requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation that sets forth how the ICO interprets the GDPR’s consent requirements, and its recommended approach to compliance and good practice. … Continue Reading

FCC Stays Implementation of Data Security Rules

On March 1, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission, under the new leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 2-1 to issue a temporary stay of the data security obligations of the FCC’s Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, which were to go into effect March 2, 2017. The temporary stay will remain in place until the FCC is able to act on pending petitions for reconsideration. … Continue Reading

Webinar on China’s New Cybersecurity Law

Hunton & Williams LLP will host a webinar on China’s New Cybersecurity Law on March 7, 2017. This blog entry provides additional information on the event and a link to register for the complimentary program.… 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

OCR Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Implementing Safeguards to Protect PHI

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico relating to a breach of protected health information contained on a portable storage device. This is the second enforcement action taken by OCR in 2017, following the action taken against Presence Health earlier this month for failing to make timely breach notifications.… Continue Reading

NERC Releases Draft Standard for Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management

On January 19, 2017, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation released a draft Reliability Standard CIP-013-1 – Cyber Security – Supply Chain Risk Management which addresses “supply chain risk management for industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services associated with bulk electric system operations.”… Continue Reading

OCR Settles First Enforcement Action for Untimely Reporting of a Breach

On January 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with Presence Health stemming from the entity’s failure to notify affected individuals, the media and OCR within 60 days of discovering a breach. This marks the first OCR settlement of 2017 and the first enforcement action relating to untimely breach reporting by a HIPAA covered entity.… Continue Reading

Chile Expected to Consider New Data Protection Legislation

On January 3, 2017, as reported in Bloomberg Law: Privacy and Data Security, Chilean legislators are soon expected to consider a new data protection law which would impose new privacy compliance standards and certain enforcement provisions on companies doing business in Chile. … Continue Reading

NIST Releases Privacy Engineering and Risk Management Guidance for Federal Agencies

On January 4, 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced the final release of NISTIR 8062, An Introduction to Privacy Engineering and Risk Management in Federal Systems. NISTIR 8062 describes the concept of applying systems engineering practices to privacy and sets forth a model for conducting privacy risk assessments on federal systems. … Continue Reading
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