No Harm, No Foul: Court Dismisses Biometric Data Privacy Class Action Against NBA 2K Games

Protection background. Technology security, encode and decrypt, techno scheme, vector illustration Biometric data — from, e.g., retina, face and fingerprint scans — plays a big role in the current wave of new technology services. For example, biometrics provide security features for financial and healthcare products. And biometrics are behind some cool new in-game offerings in the interactive entertainment and social media space. View Full Post
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NIST Issues Practice Guide for Electric Utilities

On February 16, 2017, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence released its draft practice guide for electric utilities, entitled “Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities.” The guide was developed to provide an example solution that can be used by electric utilities to alert staff to the potential for or an actual cyber-attack directed at the electric grid. View Full Post
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New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations Go into Effect On March 1

We have previously reported about the upcoming New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations [view related posts here and here]. On February 16, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that “the first-in the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect New York’s financial services industry and consumers from the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks will take effect on March 1, 2017.” The regulation is being touted by New York officials as being a “risk based” regulation, which requires financial services companies regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to comply by implementing a cybersecurity program that will prevent and avoid cyber breaches. View Full Post
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$5.5 Million Shelled Out to OCR for Alleged HIPAA Violations

Florida Memorial Healthcare Systems has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $5.5 million to settle alleged HIPAA violations relating to an incident that occurred in April 2012 that two employees accessed patient information of 106,000 patients in an unauthorized manner and with criminal intent, including their names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. View Full Post
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FTC and Ten States Settle with Caribbean Cruise Lines for Robocall Accusations

FTC and Ten States Settle with Caribbean Cruise Lines for Robocall Accusations This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ten states settled charges against the Florida-based cruise line, Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. (CCL), for an illegal telemarking campaign that inundated consumers with billions of unwanted robocalls. In settling these charges, CCL’s owner, Fred Accuardi, and all of his companies are barred from robocalling and illegal telemarketing. View Full Post
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W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an email received from another employee was legitimate, and sent the W2s of its employees from 2016 to a hacker. View Full Post
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DJI Drone Manufacturer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Firmware Update

DJI Drone Manufacturer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Firmware Update Last week, a class action law suit was filed against leader in the drone industry, DJI Technology, Inc. (DJI), for an allegedly harmful firmware update that occurred in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in its Phantom 2 line of drones unable to record video or take photographs. View Full Post
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