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As reported in the December 9, 2015 Wall Street Journal Law Blog, a recent report by the Association of Corporate Counsel ("ACC") revealed that the most common reason for a data breach at companies is "employee error." According to the report, which contained survey responses from over 1,000 in-house attorneys in 30 countries, 30% of the breaches this year resulted from employee error. Of course, this is not new news, but rather the most recent ...

On October 1, 2015, Experian, the world’s largest consumer credit monitoring firm, announced that an unauthorized party (i.e., hacker) had gained access to the personal data of approximately 15 million customers and prospective customers of its client, T-Mobile, which data was housed on an Experian network server. The exposed records included information such as the consumer’s name, address, Social Security number, date of birth ...

On August 24, in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. et al, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the FTC could enforce its own reasonable interpretation of what cybersecurity standards are necessary to avoid prosecution from the FTC for unfair methods of competition. Reading between the lines, the decision allows the FTC to heighten its enforcement standards without any change in regulations. The ruling is not surprising, given that the court ...

According to a recent report entitled Digital Trust in the IoT Era published by Accenture, 77% of consumers are interested in adopting alternatives to logging in by username and password. While companies using mobile technologies (the “Internet of Things” or “IoT”) are introducing alternatives to traditional username/password combos such as fingerprint or retina recognition, username/password combinations continue to act as the ...

Introducing: the Fisher Phillips Privacy and Data Security Blog! Near and dear to us privacy practitioners, we seek to bring readers the latest and greatest privacy and data breach news as it affects the workplace and consumers worldwide. Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to comment! Our first article follows:

This Week in Data Breach:

To begin our reporting we take the opportunity to highlight a growing issue for employers and ...

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