Cybersecurity 2019 — The Year in Preview: Cryptocurrency and SEC Enforcement

Editors’ Note:  This is the fifth in our third annual series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the new year.  Our previous entries were on emerging threatsstate law trends, comparing the GDPR with COPPA, and energy and security.  Up next:  political advertising.

In our 2018 SEC year in preview post,… More

Cybersecurity 2019 — The Year in Preview: AI, Security, and Emerging Threats

Editors’ Note:  This is the fourth in our third annual series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the new year.  Our previous entries were on state law trends, comparing the GDPR with COPPA, and energy and security.  Up next:  cryptocurrency.

Predicting the future is always a bit of a mug’s game, given that today’s bold claims about what is coming next often end up being served as tomorrow’s “claim chowder,” to use John Gruber’s memorable phrase.… More

A New Year’s Resolution: Wrap Your Car Fob in Foil!

Happy New Year!  While you are making (and soon breaking) your resolutions, here’s another lifestyle change to consider for 2019:  putting your car fob in foil at night before you go to sleep.  Why?  Because the fob’s signal can be hacked; thieves can hijack the signal to enter your car and steal it and/or its contents.

According to an article in the Detroit Free Press,… More

Cybersecurity 2019 — The Year in Preview: New Attorneys General and Trends in State Data Privacy Laws

Editors’ Note:  This is the third in our third annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Our previous entries were on comparing the GDPR with COPPA and on energy and security.  Up next:  emerging threats.

Whether it was a Blue Wave or a “Big Victory,” the midterm elections unequivocally transformed state regulatory and enforcement landscapes by sweeping in four new Democratic Attorneys General and earning Democrats a majority of those key policymaking positions. … More

Cybersecurity 2019 — The Year in Preview: COPPA, the GDPR, and Protecting Children’s Data

Editors’ Note:  This is the second in our third annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Our previous entry was on energy and security.  Up next:  trends in state data privacy enforcement.

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018, one of the most common questions for practitioners is what the GDPR means for children. … More

Cybersecurity 2019 — The Year in Preview: Security Threats to the Energy Grid

Editors’ Note:  This is the first in our third annual end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year.  Up next:  comparing data protection regulations aimed at children under both COPPA and the GDPR.

While 2018 has been a year of unprecedented and escalating cyber-related threats generally, such has certainly been the case with respect to attacks on the nation’s domestic energy facilities.… More

“You Are Known By The Company You Keep” — Including Vendors Without Business Associate Agreements

The concept that one is known by the company one keeps dates back to ancient times (the particular phrase is attributed to both Aesop and the Book of Proverbs).  But this simple aphorism continues to be true.  A recent example is the $500,000 that Advanced Care Hospitalists (ACH) had to pay to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.… More

The Cost of a Free Press: Allergy Practice Pays $125,000 to Settle Physician’s Disclosure of Patient Information on TV

Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C. (“Allergy Associates”), has agreed to pay $125,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR“) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and to adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  Allergy Associates is a health care practice that specializes in treating individuals with allergies, and is comprised of three doctors at four locations across Connecticut.… More

Partner Colin Zick Discusses the Obamacare Enrollment Data Breach with Bloomberg Law

Article by James Swann

A recent hack of Obamacare enrollment records might result in a full-blown privacy investigation of the government agency that is responsible for the federal health-care exchange and serve as a wake-up call to the government.

The aftermath of the breach may be even more troubling than the breach itself, Colin Zick, with Foley Hoag in Boston, told Bloomberg Law.… More