Privacy Tip: Cover Your Computer Camera and Microphone

Someone may be using your laptop or your desktop web camera to watch and listen to you without your knowledge. It happens, and yes, it’s downright creepy.  And to think that someone may be spying on your kids that way … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Electronic devices, FBI, Privacy

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The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were unreasonable, lacked “even basic … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, FTC, Government Regulations

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HIPAA News: HHS Getting Tough On ePHI Data Breaches

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a record-setting settlement with Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) for multiple potential violations of HIPAA from three ePHI breach events in 2013.  … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, Government Regulations, HHS, HIPAA

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Ransomware Attacks on ePHI May Be a Data Breach Under HIPAA

On July 11, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) at the Department of Health and Human Services issued new HIPAA guidance regarding the growing epidemic of malicious computer software known as “ransomware”. Perhaps the most significant conclusion in the … Continue reading

Posted in Data Breach, Government Regulations, HHS, HIPAA, Ransomware

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James P. Melendres Joins Our Data Privacy and Cyber Security Practice

We’re pleased to announce that James P. Melendres has joined Snell & Wilmer as a partner.  James joins the firm after a distinguished career at the Department of Justice and will be contributing his considerable skills and experience to our cyber security and … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona, Cyber Security, Data Protection, Privacy, Uncategorized

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Beware of Emerging Cyber Scams – Part 1: Business Email Compromise

This is the first in a series of articles about increasingly sophisticated cyber scams, and follows several alerts issued by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).  These scams include:  (1) Business Email Compromise; (2) Ransomware; (3) Wireless Keystroke Loggers Disguised as USB … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber scams, Cyber Security, FBI

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Utah’s Personal Information Protection and Data Breach Laws

Utah, like most U.S. states, has enacted laws concerning data security and steps to take when a data breach occurs.  Here is what Utah law provides as codified in Utah Code Ann §§ 13–44–101 et seq.  The law has been in effect … Continue reading

Posted in Data Breach, Data Protection, Government Regulations, State Privacy Laws, Utah

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Identity Theft Protection Services — Federal Income Tax Treatment

For those unfortunate folks dealing with identity theft, here’s a ray of good news.  Snell & Wilmer’s tax and data privacy lawyers recently published a  Legal Alert  that explains recent announcements by the Internal Revenue Service on the subject of … Continue reading

Posted in Data Breach, Government Regulations, Identity Theft, IRS

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DHS/DOJ Issue Guidance on Cyber Threat Info Sharing

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued “guidance” to assist federal agencies and non-federal entities in implementing the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.  The Act was signed into law on December 18, 2015. … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Government Regulations, Privacy

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FBI v Apple: Using a 1789 Law in a 21st Century Privacy Fight

Earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to Apple customers that the company would oppose a federal court order (the “Order”) issued on February 16, 2016 because the company believes the Order “threatens the security of our customers.”  In response to … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, Digital evidence, Electronic devices, FBI, Government Regulations, Privacy

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