Tag Archives: Liability

Hunton Discusses Critical Cyber Coverage Selection Issues

Recently, Syed Ahmad, a partner with Hunton & Williams LLP’s insurance practice, and Eileen Garczynski, partner at insurance brokerage Ames & Gough, co-authored an article, Protecting Company Assets with Cyber Liability Insurance, in Mealey’s Data Privacy Law Report. This blog post contains a link to the full article. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guide for Businesses on Handling Data Breaches

On October 25, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission released a guide for businesses on how to handle and respond to data breaches. The 16-page guide details steps businesses should take once they become aware of a potential breach. The guide also underscores the need for cyber-specific insurance to help offset potentially significant response costs.… Continue Reading

AIG Launches Cyber-BI and PD Policy

Insurance-giant American International Group announced that it will be the first insurer to offer standalone primary coverage for property damage, bodily injury, business interruption and product liability that results from cyber attacks and other cyber-related risks.… Continue Reading

OCR Enters into First Enforcement Action Against Business Associate

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights announced that it had settled potential HIPAA Security Rule violations with Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This is the first enforcement action OCR has taken against a business associate since the HIPAA Omnibus Rule was enacted in 2013.… Continue Reading

The New Wave of Consumer Class Actions Targeting Retailers: What is the TCCWNA?

TCCWNA. The very acronym evokes head scratches and sighs of angst and frustration among many in the retail industry. The New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act was passed in 1981 to protect consumers from allegedly deceptive practices in consumer contracts, warranties, notices and signs. Continue reading for an in-depth view of the TCCWNA and what retailers can do to minimize risk. … Continue Reading

In an Irish First, the ODPC Holds Company Directors Personally Liable for Breach of the Irish Data Protection Acts

On October 6, 2014, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (“ODPC”) announced its success in bringing prosecution proceedings against M.C.K Rentals Limited (“MCK”), a firm of private investigators, and its two directors, for breaches of the Irish Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003. Specifically MCK and its directors were found to have (1) … Continue Reading

Cyber Insurance: Not Just for Data Protection

In a recent article for Law360, Hunton and Williams Insurance Litigation partner Lon Berk discusses the increase in marketing of cyber insurance products since the February 2013 release of President Obama's Executive Order on Cybersecurity. This blog post provides a link to a PDF download of the full article.… Continue Reading

New Chinese Legislation Includes Provisions Protecting Personal Information

In the past two months, Chinese authorities have moved to strengthen laws concerning the protection of personal information. A national law has been amended to protect the confidentiality of personal information contained on national identity cards, and Jiangsu Province has become the first province to implement a personal information regulation applicable across all industry sectors.… Continue Reading

Senior Google Executives Sentenced for Violation of Italian Privacy Laws

In February 24, 2010, an Italian court in Milan found three Google executives guilty of violating applicable Italian privacy laws.  The executives were accused of violating Italian law by having allowed a video showing an autistic teenager being bullied to be posted online.  The Google executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, … Continue Reading

New Chinese Tort Liability Law Contains Provisions Affecting Personal Data

On December 26, 2009, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed a landmark new law that contains provisions affecting personal data. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2010. The P.R.C. Tort Liability Law is a wide-ranging law that imposes tort liability for matters ranging from environmental damage to product … Continue Reading

Liability for Data Security Auditors

A lawsuit that will soon commence in Arizona has the potential to alter the data breach liability landscape by making data security auditors liable for data breaches experienced by the companies they audit.  The case, Merrick Bank Corp. v. Savvis Inc., has its origins in events that began in 2003, when Merrick Bank (“Merrick”) offered … Continue Reading
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