Big Data - Big Problem?

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.

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New Year - New Data Breach Notification Rules

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: 

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CFPB Issues Its First Cyber Fine

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) fined Dwolla, Inc. $100,000 for falsely representing to customers the quality of its data security practices.  This is the CFPB’s first action on data security. 

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Billions Spent on Data Security

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.

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New York’s New Laws Increase Protections for Women in the Workplace and Beyond

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.

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