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  • Is New York Next? A Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Bill Reintroduced

    On May 13th, New York State Senator Kevin Thomas, Chair of NY’s Consumer Protection Committee, reintroduced the New York Privacy Act (“NYPA”), a comprehensive consumer privacy law similar in kind to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”), and Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”).  The NYPA had been introduced in a previous...… Continue Reading
    May 26, 2021
  • Biden Administration Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order Following Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

    On May 12, 2021, the Biden Administration issued an Executive Order on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity” (EO). The EO was in the works prior to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, reportedly a ransomware incident that snarled the flow of gas on the east coast for days. Ransomware attacks are nothing new, but they are increasing in...… Continue Reading
    May 17, 2021
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Programs: Privacy and Security Considerations

    As access to COVID-19 vaccines becomes more prevalent, and we begin to conceptualize what a post-pandemic world might look like, many governments are assessing the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport framework.  In late March, the European Commission announced its plan for a COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate framework (“the framework”) to facilitate “safe free movement... Continue Reading…
    May 11, 2021
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Programs: Privacy and Security Considerations

    As access to COVID-19 vaccines becomes more prevalent, and we begin to conceptualize what a post-pandemic world might look like, many governments are assessing the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport framework.  In late March, the European Commission announced its plan for a COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate framework (“the framework”) to facilitate “safe free movement...… Continue Reading
    May 11, 2021
  • DOH Employee Error Causes Breach of COVID-19 and Other Health Data Affecting Nearly 165,000 Individuals

    In a recent post, we highlighted the need for a privacy and cybersecurity training program, one not solely focused on spotting phishing attempts (although that is quite important as well). A primary reason, quite simply, is that employees continue to be a leading cause of data breaches. This fact was reaffirmed for the Wyoming Department... Continue Reading…
    April 28, 2021
  • DOH Employee Error Causes Breach of COVID-19 and Other Health Data Affecting Nearly 165,000 Individuals

    In a recent post, we highlighted the need for a privacy and cybersecurity training program, one not solely focused on spotting phishing attempts (although that is quite important as well). A primary reason, quite simply, is that employees continue to be a leading cause of data breaches. This fact was reaffirmed for the Wyoming Department...… Continue Reading
    April 28, 2021
  • Florida Moves Forward a Revised Consumer Privacy Bill

    Will Florida be the next state to enact a comprehensive consumer privacy law? It sure is starting to look like a viable possibility.  With the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) in full effect, and the recent enactment of Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”), there has been a flurry of state privacy legislative proposals since...… Continue Reading
    April 27, 2021
  • Developing a Privacy and Cybersecurity Training Program for Employees

    Increased remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated privacy and cybersecurity concerns, and likely has not changed the finding in Experian’s 2015 Second Annual Data Breach Industry Forecast: Employees and negligence are the leading cause of security incidents but remain the least reported issue. A more recent state of the industry report...… Continue Reading
    April 20, 2021
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs

    The Biden administration has called for all people at least 18 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, 2021. Most states have already done so. A BenefitsPro article cites a 2017 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that found almost 60 percent of employers offer on-site flu vaccinations. Naturally, with expanding availability of COVID-19... Continue Reading…
    April 14, 2021
  • DOL Issues Cybersecurity Best Practices for ERISA Covered Retirement Plans

    Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued much anticipated cybersecurity guidance for employee retirement plans. This comes more than four and a half years after the ERISA Advisory Council, a 15-member body appointed by the Secretary of Labor to provide guidance on employee benefit plans, shared with the federal Department of...… Continue Reading
    April 14, 2021

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