A bi-partisan privacy and data security bill, which will significantly impact companies with North Carolina employees, is in the works. North Carolina State Representative Jason Saine (R), Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology, has joined with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein (D) to strengthen protections against identity theft in North Carolina. The unique pair are co-authoring a bill titled, “The Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections” (the “Bill”). Through the Bill, the authors desire to provide stronger protections, while at the same time avoid hampering innovation in the private sector.
Much to the dismay of companies, on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit made it easier for plaintiffs, and their attorneys, to bring class action data breach cases. In Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., Case No. 16-7108, the Court concluded that the plaintiffs’ heightened risk of future identity theft was sufficient to show standing at the pleading stage. With CareFirst, the D.C. Circuit becomes the second U.S. Court of Appeals to reach this conclusion. The Seventh Circuit, in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Grp., 794 F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2015), was the first.