Tag Archives: Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts PATCH Act, Requires Additional Protection for Certain Confidential Health Care Information

Earlier this year, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (the PATCH Act), which prevents information regarding “sensitive health care services” from being shared with anyone other than the patient in the form of Explanation of Benefits (EOB) and Summary of Payment (SOP) forms. When more than one … Continue Reading

Recent Supreme Judicial Court Decisions Highlight How Courts Must Embrace Technological Change

Courts are often faced with the dilemma of applying centuries, or even decades, old law to constantly evolving technological advancements.  See, e.g., Transcript of Oral Argument, United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2018) (attempting to ascertain the relationship between the Stored Communications Act, a 1986 law, and modern cloud computing and storage … Continue Reading

JHUISI Creates New Way to Protect Drones from Cyber-attacks

OnBoard Security, a Wilmington, Massachusetts-based security provider, announced last week that graduate students from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (JHUISI) have successfully implemented a secured type of sense-and-avoid (SAA) technology for drones to prevent mid-air collisions that is not as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as other prior SAA technologies. The JHUISI team knew that they … Continue Reading

MA AG Launching Online Data Breach Reporting Portal

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently announced that her office will be launching a new online data breach reporting portal for companies to use to report data breaches to her office pursuant to the Massachusetts data breach notification statute. The use of the portal is voluntary and does not relieve companies of their statutory obligations, … Continue Reading

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash

Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Yesterday, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from investing in bitcoin, as he considers it a financial bubble that is a gamble for investors. Galvin stated: “It’s simply a creation of a vehicle which doesn’t exist backed by … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #107 – Medical Marijuana Privacy

As more and more state laws allow the use of marijuana for medical conditions, and dispensaries are opening to provide users with access to marijuana for medical purposes (and recreational use), patients are questioning and becoming concerned about the protection of their privacy when purchasing marijuana in dispensaries. The concern is that federal law still … Continue Reading

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality because it is pre-empted by federal law. In December of 2016, the city passed an ordinance that required drone operators to … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Data Breach Notification History Now Available Online

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) has published an online list of data breach notifications issued each year to Massachusetts residents since 2007, the inception of the Commonwealth’s data breach notification law. The list identifies the entity that was breached; the number of Massachusetts residents affected; whether the breach was of … Continue Reading

Connecticut State Police Lead the Way in Training Electronic Storage Device Dogs

The Connecticut State Police have taken the lead in training police dogs skilled in the art of detecting hidden data. As more and more crimes involve electronic evidence, criminal enforcement agencies throughout the country are recognizing the need to find that evidence quickly. Data detecting dogs help do this by sniffing out chemicals associated with … Continue Reading

Illinois data breach law amended and includes new twists

Governor Bruce Rauner signed several new provisions into law amending Illinois’ Personal Information Privacy Act, including health insurance and medical information into the definition of personal information that triggers notification in the event of a breach. Health insurance information under the law includes an individual’s health insurance policy number or subscriber identification number as well … Continue Reading

McElroy Films secures FAA Section 333 exemption

Boston video production company, McElroy Films, LLC (McElroy Films), recently secured its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 33 exemption, adding its name (and services) to the list of  22 other commercial drone operators in the state of Massachusetts. Owner of McElroy Films, Ben McElroy, said, “We have been able to capture incredible footage through drone … Continue Reading

Quincy Credit Union ATM machines compromised in skimming scheme

Hundreds of Quincy Credit Union (Massachusetts) customers reported that unauthorized ATM withdrawals were made from their accounts over the holiday weekend. Officials now believe that skimmers were placed on ATM machines in early December. As is typical, the thieves waited until a weekend (and a holiday one at that) to make withdrawals because they knew … Continue Reading

Businesses rejoice but poster beware: Yelp ordered to identify anonymous reviewer

Many business have suffered the misery and frustration of a harshly negative, anonymous online review. That anonymity, critics argue, frees the reviewer from worries about the need for accuracy and, worse yet, encourages the spiteful posting of false accusations designed to drive away customers. In competitive markets, the targeted business has no choice but to … Continue Reading

MAC zip code privacy suit settled

MAC Cosmetics, Inc. (MAC) has settled a proposed class action suit filed in Massachusetts federal court, which alleged that it illegally obtained customers’ zip codes at the point of sale. MAC has agreed to set up a fund totaling $365,000 to issue gift cards to approximately 86,000 former MAC customers who purchased MAC products starting … Continue Reading
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