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Cartoon: Data Breach Notification

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This cartoon is about data breach notification.  All 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico now have data breach notification laws, and breach notification laws are spreading around the globe.  And, as is often said in data security, it’s not whether a breach will happen, but when . . . […]

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The Mail Machine Ate My Thumb Drive

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In the annals of what must be one of the most ridiculous data security incidents, a law firm employee sent a client file on an unencrypted thumb drive in the mail.  The file contained Social Security information and other financial data. Seriously? The envelope arrived without the USB drive. The firm contacted the post office. […]

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Breach Notification Laws Now in All 50 States

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Recently, South Dakota and Alabama passed data breach notification laws.  These were the last two states to pass such laws, and now all 50 states have breach notification laws.  There’s also a federal breach notification requirement under HIPAA (passed with the HITECH Act of 2009). In 2003, California passed the first data breach notification law.  […]

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GDPR Training, Writings, and Resources: Roundup from the Past Year

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the world’s strictest data privacy laws and requires privacy professionals around the globe to design and implement comprehensive compliance programs.  In the past year, I developed a series of resources and training courses to assist privacy professionals with this complex task.   GDPR Whiteboard 200+ pages of […]

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Is a Ransomware Attack a HIPAA Data Breach?

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As ransomware escalates and poses serious security risks for healthcare institutions, many privacy experts and legislators have called for more specific guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A few weeks ago, HHS responded to these calls with a detailed fact sheet to explain ransomware and provide advice.  Although most of […]

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10 Implications of the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Last week, the EU issued the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a long-awaited comprehensive privacy regulation that will govern all 28 EU member countries.  Clocking in at more than 200 pages, this is quite a document to digest.  According to the European Commission press release: “The regulation will establish one single set of rules which […]

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Lessons from the Latest HIPAA Enforcement Action

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by Daniel J. Solove Recently, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publicized its resolution agreement in its HIPAA enforcement action against St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC).  SEMC agreed to pay $218,000. The case began with a complaint filed with OCR back in 2012 that employees […]

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The OPM Data Breach: Harm Without End?

By Daniel J. Solove The recent breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) network involved personal data on millions of federal employees, including data related to background checks. OPM is now offering 18 months of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance to victims. But as experts note in a recent Washington Post article, […]

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Law Firm Cyber Security and Privacy Risks

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By Daniel J. Solove Law firms are facing grave privacy and security risks. Although a number of firms are taking steps to address these risks, the industry as a whole needs to grasp the severity of the risk. For firms, privacy and security risks can be significantly higher than for other organizations. Incidents can be […]

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Why the C-Suite Should Have Coffee with the Privacy and Security Officers Every Week

  by Daniel J. Solove As I discussed in a previous post, the two key things that organizations can do to prevent data incidents can be summed up in a simple rhyme: The C-Suite must care The workforce must be aware In this post, I want to focus on the “C-Suite” – a term used […]

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