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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.

University Pays $400,000 for Unsecured Electronic Protected Health Information

A recent resolution agreement between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS) and Idaho State University (ISU) requires payment of $400,000 and implementation of a corrective action program to address the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) of approximately 17,500 patients. According to public information published by HHS (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), ISU notified federal regulators of a breach and cooperated with an investigation headed by OCR (HHS Office for Civil Rights). "Risk analysis, ongoing risk management, and routine information system reviews are the cornerstones of an effective HIPAA security compliance program," said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez. "Proper security measures and policies help mitigate potential risk to patient information." HHS Press Release

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).

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

spank-thumb-175x220-16627-thumb-160x201-16628.jpgToday the FTC announced a $800,000 settlement with Path, a social media network to settle allegations that it violated its own privacy policy and also illegally collected information on children under 13 in violation of COPPA(Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).
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.

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.

How to Report a Data Breach in Connecticut

personal data.jpgAll business owners in Connecticut need to learn how to report a data breach. A new Connecticut law requires business owners to notify the Office of the Attorney General in the event of a breach of security involving unauthorized access to or acquisition of electronic files, media, databases or computerized data containing personal information. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 36a-701b

Disclosure of Cybersecurity Risks and Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage

A data breach occurs and personal information about your customers is compromised. It can happen to any size business, big or small, and the costs to your business can be significant. Every company stores private information including credit card numbers and social security numbers that are vulnerable to a deliberate cyber incident such as unauthorized access to digital systems for the purpose of misappropriating assets or sensitive computer information, corrupting data or causing operational disruption.

Disclosure of Cybersecurity Risks and Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage

A data breach occurs and personal information about your customers is compromised. It can happen to any size business, big or small, and the costs to your business can be significant. Every company stores private information including credit card numbers and social security numbers that are vulnerable to a deliberate cyber incident such as unauthorized access to digital systems for the purpose of misappropriating assets or sensitive computer information, corrupting data or causing operational disruption.

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