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Key EU Privacy & Cybersecurity Highlights, November 30 – December 6, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
EU Data Protection Law Reform: Most of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) text agreed in principle; Schrems’ second hit – Austrian citizen files three new complaints with EU Data Protection authorities to suspend data transfers outside the EU by Facebook; EU Privacy Regulators to Evaluate VTech Breach. EU Data Protection Law Reform: Most of… Continue Reading

Privacy-Cybersecurity Weekly News Update November 29- December 4, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Target Settles Data Breach Claims with Banks and Insurers On Thursday, Target agreed to settle claims with a group of financial institutions arising from its 2013 data breach involving customers’ credit card information.  Target reportedly will pay $39 million to settle the class-action suit in federal court in Minnesota.  This settlement follows a $67 million… Continue Reading

Key EU Privacy & Cybersecurity Highlights, November 16 – November 22, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Record Fine: Belgium’s Court orders Facebook to stop Data Protection law violation under forfeiture of a penalty of € 250,000 per day; Big Data: Opinion of The European Data Protection Supervisor; Safe Harbor Topic 1: Hamburg DPA actively preparing enforcement actions; Data Protection vs. Terrorism: Belgium to push for Passenger Records Law following Paris attacks;… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Highlights, November 2 – November 8, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
FCC’s expands data security enforcement; Sprint settles FCRA claims; $12.5M fine for background screening agencies; Congress considers auto cybersecurity study; No FCC “do not track” rules; Safe harbor alternatives; No SCA liability for inadvertent disclosure FCC takes first enforcement action related to cable operator’s data security The Federal Communications Commission fined Cox Communications $595,000 for… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Highlights, October 26, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
“Safe Harbor 2.0” Agreement in Principle; Senate Passes Cybersecurity Bill; Target Breach Investigation Documents Privileged; Text Message Alert May Fall Within TCPA U.S.-EU reach agreement in principle on data sharing rules Last week, the U.S. and the European Union announced they reached an agreement in principle concerning transatlantic data transfers .  This new deal, to… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Highlights for October 19 – October 25, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Safe Harbor Fallout; Germany Rejects Safe Harbor Alternatives; Judicial Redress Act Passes House; Device IDs Not Personally Identifiable; Sony Settles Data Breach Suit Safe Harbor repercussions in Switzerland, Israel In light of the recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) Safe Harbor decision [link:  ], the Swiss Data Protection and Information Commissioner has declared its safe… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments for October 12, 2015 – October 18, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Deadline for New Data Sharing Framework; Congress Considers Automobile Cybersecurity; No VPPA Violation for Free Apps; TCPA Standing Expands January 2016 Deadline for New Approach to Transatlantic Data Transfers European data protection agencies (DPAs) and members of the European Commission, operating collectively as “the Article 29 Working Party,” set a January 31, 2016 deadline for… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: September 28, 2015 – October 4, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
15M T-Mobile Customers Exposed in Hack; Trump Hotels Hit With Data Breach; Privilege Covering Target Docs Challenged; HHS: OCR Should Strengthen HIPAA Oversight; 17.6M U.S. Victims of Identity Theft in 2014 15M T-Mobile Customers Exposed in Experian Breach Experian has reportedly suffered a major data breach, potentially exposing anyone who applied for a regular T-Mobile… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: September 21, 2015 – September 27, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
5.6 Million Fingerprints Stolen in OPM Hack; US and China Agree to Economic Cyber Pact; SEC Charges Firm for Failing to Protect Against Hack; EU Court Advisor Says Safe Harbor Agreement Invalid; SEC Commissioner:  Smaller Companies More Targeted for Hacks; NIST Awards 3 Cybersecurity Grants OPM Cyberattack Update:  5.6 Million Fingerprints Stolen The Office of… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: September 14 – 20, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
SEC Announces 2nd Round of Cyber Exams; Judge Certifies Target Class Action; DHS Cybersecurity Improvements Needed; DoD Official Calls for Culture Change; Obama to Raise Cyber Concerns with Chinese President SEC Announces 2nd Round of Cybersecurity Exams The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Risk Alert indicating that it would begin a second round… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: September 7, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
DOE Hit by Cyber Attacks; DHS Reports Efforts to Hack Critical Infrastructure; US and EU Data Deal Reached; DHS Awards $11M Info Sharing Grant; Cal State Hack Exposes 80k Students; 9th Cir. Rules for Sony on Data Retention; Fiat Chrysler Recalls 8000 More Department of Energy Hit by Cyber Attacks A review of federal records… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: August 31, 2015 – September 6, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. I.D. Experts Awarded $300+ Million Contract for ID Theft Services for OPM Breach I.D. Experts received an initial award of $133 million to provide identity theft… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: August 23, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. 3rd Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority to Regulate Companies’ Data Security On Monday, the Third Circuit issued its much-awaited decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide et al.… Continue Reading

Interim Rule Could Expand Already Onerous DFARS Cyber Requirements

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Government Contracting, Government Regulations & FISMA, Information Management, Privacy, Public Sectors, Rules
Yesterday, the DoD published an Interim Rule that, if finalized as drafted, would expand the already onerous requirements of the DFARS Safeguarding Clause to a broader array of potentially 10,000 defense contractors.  Citing “recent high-profile breaches of federal information,” the DoD’s Interim Rule emphasizes the need for clear, effective, and consistent cybersecurity protections in its… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: August 15, 2015 – August 23, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. FTC Settles 13 Safe Harbor Violations The FTC charged 13 companies with deceiving consumers about their certification status as part of the Safe Harbor framework, a… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: August 9, 2015 – August 15, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. Plaintiffs Ask the Court to Order CareFirst to Implement Particular Data Security Protocols The relief sought by Plaintiffs in a recent data breach class action against… Continue Reading

Partner David Bodenheimer Recognized as Co-Chair of ABA PCL “Committee of the Year”

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Government Contracting, Privacy, Public Sectors
Crowell & Moring is proud to announce that the ABA Public Contract Law Section has recognized Partner David Bodenheimer, along with Maureen Kelly of Northrop Grumman and Annejanette Pickens of General Dynamics, for their exceptional efforts as co-chairs of the Section’s Committee on Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection.  The Section recently presented the Committee with… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: August 1, 2015 – August 8, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. Class Action Filed Against Fiat-Chrysler and Harman over Hacking Vulnerabilities On Tuesday, August 8 plaintiffs in the Southern District of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: July 26-August 1, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. Indiana Attorney General Urges Everyone in State to Freeze Their Credit Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller urged every single citizen of Indiana to freeze their credit… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: July 19-25, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity. 7th Circuit Lowers “Harm” Barrier in Data Breach Cases In a move that many predict will open the class action floodgates, the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: July 13-17, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity this week. EPIC asks FTC and Attorney General to Deal with Always-On Devices The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a D.C.-based privacy group, sent a letter to… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: July 6-10, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity this week. Largest Cyberattack of U.S. Government; OPM Director Resigns In what appears to be the largest hack of U.S. government systems, the personal information of… Continue Reading

Economic Espionage: A Real Risk for Universities

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Government Contracting, Government Regulations & FISMA, Information Management, Privacy, Public Sectors
The recent arrests of Chinese nationals for alleged economic espionage are raising eyebrows across American industries, who are rightfully asking how they can protect themselves from becoming the next foreign target. U.S. universities have been key figures in these headlines. The risk of economic espionage is a serious one for higher education because universities are… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: June 29- July 3, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy, Public Sectors
Litigation and regulation surrounding privacy and cybersecurity is continuously developing, both within the government and the private sector.  This digest summarizes the most notable events in privacy and cybersecurity this week.   Connecticut Data Breach Law Updated Connecticut enacted an updated data breach law, which will go into effect October 1, 2015. Among other things,… Continue Reading