Health insurer Premera Blue Cross has signed a $10 million HIPAA settlement with the attorneys general of 30 states in the wake of a 2014 data breach that exposed personal information on more than 10.4 million individuals nationwide.
When it goes into effect in 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act will give citizens of that state greater control over their personal data. Ginger Armbruster, the chief privacy officer for the city of Seattle, believes this trend toward greater personal privacy will spread across the U.S.
Increasingly, regulators are looking to hold individual executives accountable for data breaches. This is where attorney Aravind Swaminathan steps in to represent security leaders in legal actions. What are the potential liabilities?
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the debate over whether the government should require technology firms to use weak encryption for messaging applications. Plus, D-Link's proposed settlement with the FTC and a CISO's update on medical device security.
D-Link has reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which alleged the IoT device developer left consumers vulnerable to hackers through inadequate security practices. The terms of the settlement may serve as a warning to IoT makers to get their security checks in order.
Italy's data protection regulator has slapped a $1 million fine on Facebook for mismanaging user data and precipitating the Cambridge Analytica debacle. But that pales by comparison to the the fine that's reportedly still being weighed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
A British judge has determined that an extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won't be held until next February. The U.S. is asking for the extradition so Assange can face espionage charges.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a deep dive into an analysis of the cybersecurity risks that publicly traded companies face. Plus: Was the band Radiohead hacked? And what's unusual about the proposed Premera Blue Cross breach lawsuit settlement?
What stands out most about a proposed $74 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Premera Blue Cross in the wake of a 2014 data breach? Technology attorney Steven Teppler offers insights in this interview.
The White House budget chief is seeking to delay a ban on the U.S. government using products manufactured by Huawei. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Russell T. Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, says organizations need more time to switch suppliers.
One year after Europe's tough new GDPR privacy law went into full effect, authorities in Britain have seen the number of annual data breach notifications more than quadruple. Meanwhile, the number of data protection complaints filed by Europeans has doubled.
A federal grand jury has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 18 counts under the U.S. Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified material, the Justice Department announced Thursday. He's currently serving a prison sentence in the U.K. and fighting extradition to the U.S.
A House panel has approved a measure designed to make sure Congress is informed when U.S. companies sell offensive cyber technologies to other nations' governments. The measure was introduced after a U.S. firm sold technologies to the United Arab Emirates that were used to target activists and journalists.
European privacy authorities have received nearly 65,000 data breach notifications since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018. Privacy regulators have also imposed at least $63 million in GDPR fines.