In a decision that should send a chill down the spines of Human Resource professionals everywhere, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently found that a company’s Director of Human Resources could be individually liable for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The decision, Cathleen Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America et al., was decided by the Second Circuit on March 17, 2016 and is available here. (view as PDF)
New Suit by Delta Reminds Everyone About the Importance of Data Security Protection in the Context of Third-Party Service Provider Relationships
“When consumers sign up for Internet service, they shouldn’t have to sign away their right to privacy,” was the clear pronouncement from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in its fact sheet describing proposed privacy rules directed at Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”).
With the thicket of 47 often conflicting state data breach notification laws and the the Federal Trade Commission’s independent efforts to regulate cyber security (which is a hot topic, but one that is outside the scope of this post), businesses of all sizes and in all industries are looking for a cyber security standard that can be adopted as a best practice.
On February 6, HSE Privacy and Data Security Practice Group Head F. Paul Greene presented on Greater Rochester Enterprise’s “Eyes on the Future” program. Paul, joined by Brian Hedges of Mengel Metzger Barr and Mike McCartney of Digits LLC, discussed why it is crucial for all companies, regardless of size, to take steps to protect their data. Paul also stressed pre-breach planning as key to mitigating risk when systems are compromised.
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a report, entitled, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues (the “Report”), which is intended to guide companies involved in the commercial use of big data consisting of consumer information.