Deborah George

Deborah George

Deborah George is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Business Litigation Group as well as its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Ms. George advises clients on and focuses her practice on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. She also has experience providing counsel in civil litigation and employment law matters. She has significant experience offering advice and counsel on legal issues related to human services agencies, including Medicaid, as well as drafting and reviewing contracts, business associate agreements, and data use agreements. Read her full rc.com bio here.

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AI Executive Order – What’s Next?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a complex, fascinating and even mind-boggling technology that has already changed the world. Web searches, email sorting, and algorithms using AI are all examples of how AI is already a part of our technological lives. When you type a response to an email and text is suggested for you, that is … Continue Reading

CCPA Part 2 – What Does Your Business Need to Know? Consumer Requests and Notice to Consumers of Personal Information Collected

This week we continue our series of articles on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). We’ve been discussing the broad nature of this privacy law and answering some general questions, such as what is it? Who does it apply to? What protections are included for consumers? How does it affect businesses? What rights … Continue Reading

Recent FINRA Consent Agreement – Sanctions Against Former Securities Employee Regarding Wire Transfers

The regulatory sword of the financial industry came down on a former securities employee for violations involving wire transfers out of a client’s account. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) provides oversight of the financial industry. According to their website, in 2017, they brought 1,369 disciplinary actions against registered individuals and firms, levied fines totaling … Continue Reading

Two More Cyber-Attacks Reported – Ransomware Suspected at Several Major News Organizations and Hackers Threaten to Release 9/11 Insurance and Litigation Files

Late last week, several major news organizations were hit with a ransomware attack believed to involve Ryuk ransomware that affected several Tribune newspapers around the country and two newspapers formerly owned by Tribune. Ransomware cyber-attacks typically attempt to disable systems and infrastructure and block access until ransom is paid as opposed to attempting to steal … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Employees’ Retirement System Seeks to Be Lead Plaintiff in Google + Securities Lawsuit

The State of Rhode Island, Office of the Rhode Island General Treasurer, acting on behalf of the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, recently filed a motion for consolidation of the two lawsuits and appointment as lead plaintiff in a securities lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against Alphabet, Inc., the parent of … Continue Reading

Multiple Lawsuits filed Against Marriott After Data Breach – “One of the Largest Digital Infestations in History”

Calling the Marriott data breach “one of the largest digital infestations in history,” a putative class action was filed in Oregon this week seeking up to $12.5 billion dollars in relief. It should come as no surprise that soon after Marriott announced its massive data breach affecting potentially 500 million customers in the Starwood reservations … Continue Reading

Multiple Lawsuits filed Against Marriott After Data Breach – “One of the Largest Digital Infestations in History”

Calling the Marriott data breach “one of the largest digital infestations in history,” a putative class action was filed in Oregon this week seeking up to $12.5 billion dollars in relief. It should come as no surprise that soon after Marriott announced its massive data breach affecting potentially 500 million customers in the Starwood reservations … Continue Reading

Marriott Announces Massive Data Breach—Illustrates the Importance of Cybersecurity in M&A Due Diligence

Marriott today announced a major data breach, perhaps one of the largest in history. This breach illustrates the often made point that breaches and intrusions happen and go unnoticed for months or years. Marriott’s breach involved an unauthorized party that copied and encrypted information in the Starwood reservations database back in 2014. When Marriott acquired … Continue Reading

OCR Announces $125,000 Settlement for Disclosure of Patient Information to Reporter

The United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement this week with Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C. whereby Allergy Associates agreed to pay $125,000 to resolve a HIPAA violation complaint that alleged the covered entity impermissibly disclosed the complainant’s Protected Health Information (PHI) to an unauthorized third … Continue Reading

Data Breach Announced by CMS – Approximately 75,000 Individuals’ Files Affected

Cyber-attacks on healthcare data are becoming increasingly common and costly and last week even CMS announced that it had suffered a data breach. The breach was detected in the Direct Enrollment pathway that allows agents and brokers to assist consumers with applications in the federal facilitated ACA exchange. The breach affected approximately 75,000 individuals’ files. … Continue Reading

New Ethics Guidance for Lawyers from the American Bar Association (ABA) Regarding Data Breach and Cyber-attack

We all know data breaches can impact all of us, regardless of whether we are a Fortune 500 company or a small business. Lawyers, of course, are not immune from data attacks and recent guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility illustrates how critical it is for lawyers and … Continue Reading

Protecting the Privacy of Children Online – More Updates on COPPA

Last week, two Senators, Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding apps designed for children and whether they are in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), See 15 U.S.C. 6501 and regulations at 16 C.F.R. Part 312 … Continue Reading

Proposed New Rules Submitted to OMB on Information Blocking

On September 17, 2018, the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) submitted proposed new rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), entitled, “21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program.” https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201804&RIN=0955-AA01 [View related post]. The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law … Continue Reading
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