On the Border: Lawmakers Seek to End Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices by Border Authorities

The controversial practice of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents randomly demanding that Americans turn over passwords to their mobile devices so they can be searched at the border and at ports of entry may be coming to an … Continue reading

Posted in Customs and Border Protection, Digital Devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy

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Cybersecurity Remains a Hot Topic for Boards in 2017

Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it appears that … Continue reading

Posted in Board of Directors, Cyber Security

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Arizona Authorizes Smart Contracts on a Blockchain

Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2417 that amends Arizona law to provide that signatures secured through blockchain are valid electronic signatures and that smart contracts are legal, enforceable contracts under Arizona law.  Arizona’s House and Senate approved … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, Blockchain, Government Regulations

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New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification Law

On March 16, 2017, the New Mexico legislature passed the Data Breach Notification Act (HB 15), which is now on the desk of Governor Susana Martinez awaiting signature. Governor Martinez has until April 7, 2017 to sign HB 15 into … Continue reading

Posted in Data Breach, New Mexico, Notification, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws

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New Cybersecurity Requirements for New York Financial Companies

The New York Department of Financial Services has new cybersecurity regulations “designed to promote the protection of customer information as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities .” These are the first state-enacted financial institution regulations of their … Continue reading

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Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws.  This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security violations, and miscellaneous data privacy and security-centered laws.  Part One addressed additions … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Government Regulations, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Student Privacy

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FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.”  This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women.  While these women are typically computer literate and educated, they may also be … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber scams, FBI, Social Media

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Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part One

States aren’t static when it comes to data privacy and security laws.  This is Part One of a two-part series about several new state privacy and data security laws that took effect within the last year.  In this article, we’ll focus on the following items: … Continue reading

Posted in California, Data Breach, Government Regulations, Nevada, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws

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California’s Data Breach Laws

Almost all U.S states have laws about data security and what to do when there’s a data breach. California’s was the landmark law, first taking effect in 2003. Here is what California requires. Who The Laws Apply To. The laws apply … Continue reading

Posted in California, Data Breach, Government Regulations, State Privacy Laws

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Yahoo! Data Breach Results in Another Lawsuit Against Corporate Directors and Officers

A number of claims have been made against companies’ directors and officers alleging a breach of fiduciary duty for failing to adequately oversee data security programs.  To date, the defendants’ oversight of the programs and the documentation of that oversight have … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, Data Protection

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