Privacy Risk Report



Barbie (Still) Can’t Keep a Secret: Toy Makers Enter Settlement Related to “Smart Toys”

In March 2015, there was growing concern over privacy issues related to collecting data via “smart toys.” At that time, Mattel had just released its newest Barbie, “Hello Barbie,” which contained an embedded microphone in the doll’s belt to record… Continue Reading →

Cyber Insurance Can Develop Without Centralized Cyber Law

For years there has been a discussion over whether data breaches and cyber security can eventually be regulated by centralized laws rather than various state and federal laws and regulations. Even in October 2014, President Obama called upon Congress to… Continue Reading →

Data Security Gets “Thumbs Down” in New Study Involving Lost Thumb Drives

Researchers from the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and Google published “Users Really Do Plug In USB Drives They Find.” The report covers the controlled experiment where researchers placed nearly 300 USB thumb drives around the University of… Continue Reading →

Still A Lot to Learn From Numerous Healthcare Breaches

Even though there seems to be a breach in the healthcare industry every week, there is still a lot to learn from these patient information breaches. For example, a recent breach at 21st Century Oncology demonstrates important issues concerning the… Continue Reading →

Phish and Chips: Retailers Face New Liability For Fraud Committed With New Chip Credit Cards

Many consumers are finding new EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa) credit cards in their mailboxes to replace their old credit cards with a magnetic strip on the back. EMV cards are commonly referred to as “chip cards” and are intended to cut down on… Continue Reading →

The First Cable Operator to Be Targeted by the FCC for Data Breach Settles for $595,000

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently fined Cox Communications, Inc. (Cox) $595,000 for failing to properly protect its customers’ personal information related to a 2014 data breach. In the November 5, 2015, FCC order, the FCC stressed the importance of… Continue Reading →

3rd Circuit’s Wyndham Decision Indicates FTC Should Take Lead in Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions

The number and scale of cyber attacks on U.S. corporations has outpaced the development of regulations and methods to enforce such regulations. To date, it has been relatively unclear whether cybersecurity would be governed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act,… Continue Reading →

Shareholder Derivative Suit Against Wyndham For Data Breaches Dismissed

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a derivative suit brought by shareholders on behalf of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation following a series of data breaches within the Company. After Wyndham’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to refuse… Continue Reading →

President Obama Signs Executive Order Addressing Data Security

On October 17, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order addressing the growing concerns over data security in the United States. One of the most notable aspects of the Order is its requirement that all federally-issued credit and debit cards include… Continue Reading →

Third Circuit Addresses FTC Authority Related To Data Security

In late June, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey certified two major data security issues for interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit. FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., No. 2:13-cv-01887 (D.N.J. June 23, 2014). The Third Circuit… Continue Reading →

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