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Lesson in the history of the Gramm-Leach Bliley privacy protections: Victoria’s Secret started it all

Did you know that a Victoria’s Secret catalog is one of the top reasons that Congress included privacy protections in the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLB Act)? The GLB Act protects consumers’ financial information and requires financial institutions to explain their information-sharing practices to consumers. These privacy protections were introduced by Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts … Continue Reading

Shutterfly biometrics case proceeds in Illinois

In what is being described as the first case in the U.S. regarding a state biometric privacy statute, a proposed class was successful in thwarting a motion to dismiss by Shutterfly last week over its alleged practice of collecting and storing face geometry from photos without individuals’ authorization. The plaintiff alleges that Shutterfly is using … Continue Reading

Mental health center hacked

Not-for-profit mental health center Emergence Health Network, located in El Paso, Texas, has announced that its computer servers were compromised “through an unauthorized internet connection” from as far back as 2012. The center discovered the compromise in August when it “became aware of strange activity on one of our computers.” A forensic analysis revealed that … Continue Reading

IRS admits 334,000 victims of fraudulent tax refunds due to security flaws on website

Not only did the IRS lose a flash drive with 12,000 school workers’ Social Security numbers on it in Texas (view related post), it admitted on August 17th that its initial estimate that 110,000 taxpayers’ personal information was used to file false tax returns this year is… well…actually 334,000 data breaches and upwards of 390,000 … Continue Reading

Former hospital employee convicted and sentenced for HIPAA violations

The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas recently announced that a former employee of an East Texas hospital has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for criminal HIPAA violations. Although we frequently report on any civil penalties imposed by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and … Continue Reading
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