With different and sometimes conflicting state data breach notification statutes, it was nearly inevitable that 2016 would see changes to the notification rules. Below is a quick summary of some of the bigger changes those who deal with Personally Identifiable Information:
New Suit by Delta Reminds Everyone About the Importance of Data Security Protection in the Context of Third-Party Service Provider Relationships
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.
As part of the Women’s Equality Act, New York State recently expanded and strengthened several laws related to women’s rights in connection with employment, housing, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. These new laws took effect this week, on January 19, 2016.
The NYS Division of Human Rights (Division) has adopted regulations at 9 NYCRR § 466.13 banning discrimination against transgender individuals, which Governor Cuomo initially introduced in October 2015 after the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was passed by the Assembly and failed in the Senate eight times. Despite the likelihood that there will be legal challenges to the regulations--at minimum challenging their genesis through executive as opposed to legislative action--they are effective and require compliance as of January 20, 2016.