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(Apr 28, 2015) On Monday, the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) “agreed to hear a case that could potentially make it easier for plaintiffs to bring class-action lawsuits against Internet companies for allegedly violating consumer data and privacy laws,” The Wall Street Journal reports. In Spokeo v. Robins, the plaintiff alleges Spokeo misrepresented his personal details, hurting his chances for employment. If SCOTUS favors Robins, it could provide consumers “a more elastic right to sue” and “Congress more po... Read More

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New Guidance for the Insurance Industry

(Apr 28, 2015) Earlier this month, the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's (NAIC) Cybersecurity Task Force “announced 12 ‘Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Insurance Regulatory Guidance,’ intended to advise industry regulators concerning the privacy and security practices of insurance agents, companies and others that fall under their jurisdiction,” writes Alexander White, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, for Privacy Tracker. “Since the insurance industry in the U.S. is regulated at the... Read More

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FCC’s LeBlanc: The New Sheriff in Town

(Apr 28, 2015) NationalJournal reports on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Travis LeBlanc, who, in his first year as the bureau’s enforcement chief, has issued some of the largest fines in the agencies’ history. The FCC and its partner agencies have collected more than $365 million in fines, settlements and refunds for consumers since LeBlanc started last March. He’s a new kind of enforcement chief, the report states. Where his role in the past has been filled by career FCC lawyers, “LeBlanc is a prosecutor, who has little interest in playing nice.” He recently made news for treading on what has traditionally been the Federal Trade Commission’s domain and regulating on privacy. Read More

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Pharmacy Fined Following Breach; A Look at What Happens to Stolen Records

(Apr 28, 2015) Gov Info Security reports on a pharmacy that has been fined $125,000 following a 2012 breach. The small Colorado-based company’s breach involved “improper disposal of paper patient records” and is the second such Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “enforcement action within a year by federal regulators tied to an incident involving records dumping by a covered entity,” the report states. Meanwhile, Krebs on Security looks at what happens to a stolen patient record, and G... Read More

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Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Released; Richards Talks Safeguards at the NSA

(Apr 28, 2015) The Department of Homeland Security has published its privacy and civil liberties assessment report, which follows President Barack Obama’s Executive Order in February 2013 to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity and requires senior officials for privacy and civil liberties to incorporate privacy and civil liberties protection into all activities performed under the executive order. The report looks at various governmental departments, including the Department of Justice, Department of ... Read More

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Companies, Chamber: Pass Law To Extend Privacy Protections

(Apr 28, 2015) Tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Congress are urging legislators “to extend American privacy protections to foreigners in Europe,” The Hill reports. In a letter to Congressional leaders, U.S. tech companies wrote that passing the Judicial Redress Act of 2015 “will help foster a robust relationship between the U.S. and the EU and rebuild trust in U.S.-EU data flows ... Transnational data flows serve as a key component of the digital trade that increasingly drives U.S. economic growth.” Mean... Read More

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Amnesty International Offering Unreadable Font for Privacy

(Apr 28, 2015) Fast Company reports on a new project by Amnesty International designed to help protect individuals from bulk government surveillance. Mutant Font is a website that generates a given message into code that can be embedded into a blog. The text is only readable to human eyes and not machines or bots, the report states, suggesting, “Think of it like a CAPTCHA program on steroids.” The project is in conjunction with a Brazil-based agency called Africa. According to Amnesty International, spying on online communications is a violation of human rights, and a common tool for such spying is online bots. Read More

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Selinger: Predictive Algorithms Stripping us of Privacy by Obscurity

(Apr 28, 2015) In a piece for The Christian Science Monitor, Evan Selinger discusses the newly released Crystal app, which aims to give users real-time insight into the recipients of their emails, determining the recipient’s online data trail and turning it into a detailed personality profile to help inform users how to better communicate with the recipient. That kind of predictive algorithm worries Selinger, who writes that “the little and seemingly harmless digital breadcrumbs that we’ve left here and there ... Read More

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Educator: Protect Student Data, But Don’t Limit Access to Tech Tools

(Apr 28, 2015) Federal policy-makers are turning their attention to the use of technology in classrooms, and new laws are being proposed. One bill “would add new regulations to the collection and use of student data” while yet another would update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Kerry Gallagher writes for The Hill. She writes that protecting student privacy is important, but notes, “any changes to federal law and any new regulations that follow must ensure that teachers can still access the tool... Read More

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Phishing Attacks Hit Email Service, Healthcare System

(Apr 28, 2015) Email delivery and management service Sendgrid, whose clients include Pinterest, Airbnb and Uber, says it’s been breached, Help Net Security reports. “On April 8, the SendGrid account of a Bitcoin-related customer was compromised and used to send phishing emails,” said the company’s CEO. While the company hasn’t found customer lists or contact information was stolen, it is implementing a system-wide password reset. Meanwhile, hackers have accessed the personal information of about 25,000 custome... Read More

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