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  • Mississippi Poised to Enact Pay Equity Law

    Mississippi is the only state in the country without an equal pay law. That may change soon. On March 30, 2022, the Mississippi House and Senate both passed HB 770. The bill (1) requires employers to pay employees without regard to sex and (2) encourages equal pay for equal work. The bill sits with the... Continue Reading
    April 12, 2022
  • Health Apps: Convenience vs. Security Risks

    The pace of innovation in healthcare today has produced an amazing increase in the number of available mobile apps for health-related information. More than 300,000 healthcare apps are available online. Our colleagues in the Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security practice group discusses whether healthcare providers can tap into the available technology of “connectivity” and...… Continue Reading
    May 10, 2018
  • Health Apps: Convenience vs. Security Risks

    The pace of innovation in healthcare today has produced an amazing increase in the number of available mobile apps for health-related information. More than 300,000 healthcare apps are available online. These apps are developed and designed to fit within the “connected health model” which attempts to provide flexible and efficient healthcare services by using connected...… Continue Reading
    May 9, 2018
  • The Dark Web and its Impact on Small Business

    Most business owners are all too familiar with identity theft. What they might not be sufficiently aware of is the “Dark Web” where identity theft thieves buy and sell stolen personal information. The Dark Web Defined The Dark Web describes places on the internet not identified by traditional search engines. Although not all sites on...… Continue Reading
    February 21, 2018
  • Artificial Intelligence Enabled Cybersecurity Systems

    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) enabled cybersecurity systems is increasing dramatically. By 2018, sixty-two percent of all companies are projected to use AI technologies. The use of AI cybersecurity systems provides greater efficiency through automation, the ability to evaluate larger data sets and, in many cases, a faster way to identify the “cyberattack needle...… Continue Reading
    August 11, 2017
  • EU Top Court Rules IP Addresses Maybe Protected Personal Data

    In a decision that could have significant impact for online companies that have European operations, the European Union’s (EU) top court ruled that Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses) could, under certain circumstances, constitute protected data under EU data protection law (Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, E.C.J., No. C-582/14, 10/19/16).  As most of us know, the IP … Continue Reading
    October 24, 2016
  • Nebraska Amends Data Breach Notification Law

    On April 13, 2016, Nebraska’s breach notification statute was amended when Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB835 into law.  The Amendment included a variety of changes, including a regulator notification requirement and broadens the definition of “personal information” in the state data breach notification statute, Neb. Rev. Stat. §87-802 – 87-804. These amendments become effective on … Continue Reading
    May 4, 2016
  • Nebraska Amends Data Breach Notification Law

    On April 13, 2016, Nebraska’s breach notification statute was amended when Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB835 into law. The Amendment included a variety of changes, including a regulator notification requirement and broadens the definition of “personal information” in the state data breach notification statute, Neb. Rev. Stat. §87-802 – 87-804. These amendments become effective on … Continue Reading
    May 4, 2016
  • Should We Train Our Employees About Good Data Privacy and Security Practices?

    Yes! It is the law in more places and circumstances than you suspect. Check out our report to learn more, including suggestions for setting up a training program. Late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported on a survey by the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) that found “employee error” is the most common reason for a … Continue Reading
    March 20, 2016
  • Dwolla Fined $100,000 by CFPB in First Data Security Enforcement Action

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) gave the fintech online payment sector a “wake up call” with an enforcement action against a Des Moines start up digital payment provider, Dwolla, Inc. (“Dwolla”). The CFPB alleged that Dwolla misrepresented how it was protecting consumers’ data. Dwolla entered into a Consent Order to settle the CFPB charges … Continue Reading
    March 8, 2016

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