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Cyber Liability Archives

Switching to Biometrics May Increase Data Exposure

Passwords and PINs require ever more complexity and become difficult to recall.  As a result, many people take actions that could give rise to a data security concern:  they write them down on a paper near their computer.  Thus, there has been a call from many to switch to biometric data, e.g., fingerprints.  Apple iPhones, for example, have the capacity to let one log in without entering a PIN, by using a fingerprint, and then that fingerprint can also authenticate apps.  [There is a caveat that the PIN must be entered the first time after the phone is restarted.]

New Data Breach Class Action has Two Million Plaintiffs

Cyber breaches resulting in the release of personal identifiable information (PII) are increasingly common and now we are starting to see class action lawsuits filed as a result. In what will likely be the beginning of a wave of lawsuits filed as a result of cyber breaches, Schnucks Markets, operator of 100 supermarkets across the Midwest, recently removed a class action lawsuit filed against it to federal court stemming from a data breach that occurred in March in which 2.4 million credit card numbers were stolen.

Bruce Raymond Interviewed on Camera

Raymond Law Group (RLG) principal, Bruce Raymond was interviewed on camera today by Todd Piro, reporter for NBC WVIT Connecticut on legal issues surrounding data security and cyber liability. RLG is a litigation and technology firm with offices in Glastonbury and Boston which represents businesses, consumers and governmental entities on data security and privacy law issues. For information and articles see www.raymondlawgroup.com

Bruce Raymond Interviewed on Camera

Raymond Law Group (RLG) principal, Bruce Raymond was interviewed on camera today by Todd Piro, reporter for NBC WVIT Connecticut on legal issues surrounding data security and cyber liability. RLG is a litigation and technology firm with offices in Glastonbury and Boston which represents businesses, consumers and governmental entities on data security and privacy law issues. For information and articles see www.raymondlawgroup.com

Court Finds Crime Insurance Covers Data Losses

data thief-thumb-200x136-17101.jpgA data breach resulting in the theft and use of customer credit card numbers results in significant expenses and penalties for the victim company. Many companies still do not have specific cyber liability coverage and thus can be on the hook for all expenses related to such a breach. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that such losses resulting from the cyber theft of customer data were recoverable under a commercial crime policy. Retail Ventures, Inc. v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co., 691 F. 3d 821 (6th Cir. 2012).

Trade Secret Misappropriation: When An Insider Takes Your Trade Secrets With Them

While companies are often focused on outsider risks such as breach of their systems through a stolen laptop or hacking, often the biggest risk is from insiders themselves. Such problems of access management with existing employees, independent contractors and other persons are as much a threat to proprietary information as threats from outside sources.

FTC Spanks Social Network Path 800k for Privacy Violations - Issues Staff Report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures

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According to the complaint Path represented that personal information from the user's mobile device contacts would be collected only if the user clicked on "Add Friends" and then chose the "Find friends from your contacts" option. But despite that promise, Path automatically collected and stored personal data the first time the user launched the app and, if they signed out, each time they signed back in again. That, says the FTC, made Path's statement false.

Small Business Especially Susceptible to Cyber Attacks

www-thumb-150x112-15521-thumb-150x112-15522-thumb-150x112-15523.jpgWhile fraud protection has become a common expectation from consumers in regards to their bank accounts and credit accounts, treatment of commercial clients including small businesses in the face of a cyber attack or fraud is more opaque.

Small Business Especially Susceptible to Cyber Attacks

Thumbnail image for www.jpgWhile fraud protection has become a common expectation from consumers in regards to their bank accounts and credit accounts, treatment of commercial clients including small businesses in the face of a cyber attack or fraud is more opaque.

Protecting the Individual from Data Breach

binary code2-thumb-212x300-15221-thumb-212x300-15201.jpgMajor databreaches make the news. TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble, and Sony all had high profile breaches. In such large scale breaches, there is a flaw that is easily exploited on a grand scale. The individual hack is rarely reported and easily overlooked.

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