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Federal Cybersecurity Legislation Moving Quickly, But Is It In the Wrong Direction?

By:  Marcus Lee and Omari Sealy Federal cybersecurity legislation seeking to establish a national standard for data protection and breach response is quickly working its way through the legislative process.  The bipartisan bill, formerly known as the Data Security And Breach Notification Act of 2015 (hereafter “cybersecurity bill”), was introduced into the U.S. Senate on April … Continue reading »

Former Uber Driver Files Class Action for Data Security Breach

Uber Technologies Inc., the internet-based taxi service, was recently hit with a putative class action lawsuit over a data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 current and former drivers.  Uber develops, markets and operates a mobile app-based transportation network.  Its app allows consumers to submit a trip request that is then routed to … Continue reading »

MVA Seminar – Limiting Legal Liability for Potential Privacy and Data Security Issues: Practical Approaches to a Complex Problem

LIMITING LEGAL LIABILITY FOR POTENTIAL PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY ISSUES: PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO A COMPLEX PROBLEM (APRIL 29, 2015):  You know that privacy and data security issues pose a huge risk for your company.  Regulatory penalties, litigation costs and recovery, and even just the cost of analyzing a data breach and sending out required notices can … Continue reading »

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President Obama Proposes Legislation to Nationalize Data Breach Notification Standard

by Privacy & Data Security Associate Brandon Gaskins 2014 was the year of the data breach as several large, high profile breaches occurred, including EBay, Target, and Home Depot, that affected the personal data of millions of Americans.  On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced his intention to introduce legislation (by way of Congress) to require … Continue reading »

An Early Christmas Present for Consumers? Court Rules that Retailers Can Be Liable to Banks Arising from Data Breaches.

by Privacy & Data Security Members Karin McGinnis & Robert Sumner Cyber-Monday sales weren’t the only good thing that happened for consumers this week.  Later in the week a federal judge in Minnesota thwarted Target’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by banks and credit unions arising out of the massive data breach last year.  … Continue reading »

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Apple Strengthens Privacy Protections

Apple recently changed its privacy policy which has made headlines – it will no longer unlock iPhones and iPads for law enforcement.  Prior to this change, Apple would assist law enforcement in unlocking Apple devices when presented with a valid subpoena or court order. According to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, the company attempts to avoid … Continue reading »

Social Media Password Protection: Where are we now?

In just two years, social media password protection has gone from a privacy advocate’s dream to an employer’s harsh reality in many states.  Maryland became the first state (in 2012) to enact legislation that prevented employers from requesting the user names or passwords to an employee’s or applicant’s personal social media accounts.  Three states quickly … Continue reading »

MVA Seminar – Data Breach and Cyber-liability: Preparing for Litigation

DATA BREACH AND CYBER-LIABILITY: PREPARING FOR LITIGATION (FEBRUARY 27, 2014, SPEAKER – ROBERT SUMNER):  Data breaches and liability for losses causes by the breach of sensitive information have garnered a great deal of attention over the past few years. With data breaches at the South Carolina Department of Revenue in 2012 affecting millions of taxpayers and the … Continue reading »