Tag Archives: California

Cottage Health Pays $2M to CA AG for Data Breach

Cottage Health, a three hospital health care system located in California has agreed to pay the California Attorney General’s Office $2 million to settle allegations that it failed to implement data security safeguards to protect patients’ health information that was accessible online and indexed by search engines. In December 2013, it was discovered that one … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #106 – Online Romance Scams

I haven’t been in the dating scene for decades but I know it sure has changed. Millions of people participate in online dating, and I even know several couples who have found their significant other using online dating platforms. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Internet is used for bad intentions, … Continue Reading

DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas of large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that there have been many attempts over the past five … Continue Reading

Virtual Private Network (VPN) Providers: How Private Are They?

By Executive Order, the Trump Administration recently reversed an Obama Administration order aimed at protecting consumer’s personal information from use by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPrior to the Trump’s EO, ISPs were required to get customer’s consent before using or selling their browsing habits, online shopping habits, financial information, etc. The reversal of Obama’s … Continue Reading

Sense-and-Avoid Software Tests Successfully in Recent Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northrop Grumman, and Aviation & Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) recently announced a series of successful drone flights testing sense-and-avoid systems. One of the key issues with flying a drone beyond-visual-line-of-sight is that the sense-and-avoid technology is slow to come to market. While it is certainly out there and being … Continue Reading

IRS Files Petition to Enforce Summons Issued to Virtual Currency Company

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) obtained authorization from a California federal court last November to serve a John Doe summons on the virtual currency firm Coinbase in order to obtain customer information to determine whether customers were using virtual currency to avoid paying income taxes. Although the summons was issued in December, Coinbase has not … Continue Reading

TCPA Violations Claimed Against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Rady) was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court this week for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed debt-collection calls to consumers’ cell phones. The complaint, filed by two plaintiffs, Taneesha Crooks and Anthony Brown, states that “[Rady], either directly or through their … Continue Reading

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, explained in a press release that the drones will be used in situations like search and rescue, explosive ordnance detection, hazardous … Continue Reading

Cyber-attack on LA County Compromises 756,000 individuals’ information

A Nigerian national has been charged with a cyber-attack on Los Angeles County employees that compromised the personal information of over 756,000 people. The attack took place on May 13, 2016, when the attacker sent a phishing email to over 1,000 LA County employees from several departments. 108 of the employees provided the hacker with … Continue Reading

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as it applies to educational … Continue Reading

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile app even after consumers opted out of such tracking. Director of the FTC’s … Continue Reading

Facebook calls Illinois Biometric Law Unconstitutional

In the ongoing saga of Facebook’s challenge of the Illinois Biometric Law, it declared last week that the Illinois law violates the United States Constitution. According to Facebook’s Answer in a suit filed against it in California, the law is unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause, which limits states from enacting legislation that would … Continue Reading

IMDb Challenges Recent California Law Shielding Actors’ Ages

IMDb.com Inc., the creator of the popular online database of movies and industry professionals, has filed suit in federal court challenging the recently enacted California Assembly Bill 1687 that requires the deletion of an individual’s age from its online profile upon request of that person. IMDb contends that the requirement violates free speech and unfairly … Continue Reading

16 Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against 21st Century Oncology Consolidated

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology suffered a data breach in October 2015 involving an intrusion into its systems which compromised around 2 million patients’ records, including their names, Social Security numbers, physicians’ names, insurance information, treatment information and diagnoses [view related posts here and here]. As a result of the data breach, sixteen … Continue Reading

California Passes Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On September 24, 2016, the Governor of California approved the California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which “would authorize a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage digital assets and electronic communications.” It allows a person to “use an online tool to give directions to the custodian of his or … Continue Reading

Judge Approves LifeLock’s $68M Proposed Settlement with Class and $10.2M with Lawyers

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, a federal judge in California granted approval of the $68 million settlement between LifeLock and a class of plaintiffs that alleged it made false statements about the services it provides to consumers that it will alert them of possible identity theft as soon as possible. The judge also approved a … Continue Reading

Yuba Sutter Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Yuba Sutter Medical Center in California (Yuba Sutter) has notified its patients that it has suffered a recent ransomware attack that caused parts of its network to be incapacitated. As a result, patient files were unable to be accessed, and patient treatment was delayed. The attack occurred on August 3, 2016, and clinical data and … Continue Reading

SCAN Health Plan Notifies Patients of Data Breach Affecting 87,000 Individuals

SCAN Health Plan of California, SCAN Health Plan Arizona, and VillageHealth are in the process of notifying certain plan members and non-plan members of a breach of protected health information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and in some cases, health notes, medications, doctor information and Social Security numbers. The unauthorized access to … Continue Reading
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