Showing Posts In "Data Protection and Privacy" Category

Getting Rid of Consumer Report Information with the Disposal Rule

Businesses commonly use consumer reports when deciding whether to make a job offer or extend a line of credit. In the wrong hands, consumer reports may also be used to commit fraud and identity theft. This is why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enacted the Disposal Rule. As required by the Fair and Accurate Credit […]

Workplace Privacy 2014: What’s New and What Employers May Expect

New laws that went into effect on January 1, 2014, are a harbinger of what employers may expect to see in the coming year regarding workplace privacy: more restrictions on access to applicants’ and employees’ criminal history, credit information, and personal social media content. Employers will now be required to grapple with next-generation issues raised […]

FTC Reaches Settlement With Accretive Health on Inadequate Data Security

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Accretive Health, Inc. (“Accretive”) has agreed to settle charges that the company’s inadequate data security measures unfairly exposed sensitive consumer information to the risk of theft or misuse. Accretive experienced a breach in July 2011 that involved the protected health information of more than 23,000 […]

2014 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide

Breach Report Highlights: 89% of breaches and data loss incidents could have been prevented 740 million records disclosed 31% of insiders were due to insider threats or mistakes 21% of the incidents were the result of physical loss (PC, drive, notebooks, paper documents..) 40% of the top breaches recorded to-date occurred in 2013 76% of […]

Privacy Industry Index (PII): Data Breach Vendors

Protecting data has value and you have to invest to make sure that data is properly protected. Businesses must work with a large collection of vendors from a variety of disciplines to reach their privacy goals. From the legal advisors to the insurance companies to the IT services and software, the IAPP has sought to […]

Top Five Information Security Threats to Data

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Prepare for the Coming of the Privacy Police

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is employing its authority to regulate deceptive and unfair practices to go after companies that impinge on consumer privacy. The agency is also finding new ways to apply old laws to current practices. As the amount of online data about consumers multiplies, so does the number and sophistication of attackers […]

International Biometrics Privacy Charter

The Biometrics Institute launched its Biometrics Privacy Charter on November 30, 2011, during its 7th Biometrics Institute Technology Showcase and Exhibition in Canberra, Australia. The Charter is now available to all members. “This Biometrics Privacy Charter has been designed by the Biometrics Institute to provide a universal guide for suppliers, end users, managers and purchasers […]

Rockefeller Seeks Detailed Information from Data Brokers

The chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee has sent letters to Reed-Elsevier (Lexis-Nexis), Spokeo, Experian and a half dozen other data brokers seeking detailed info on how they compile and sell consumer information. “Collecting, storing and selling information about Americans raises all types of questions that require careful scrutiny,” said Rockefeller. “While these practices […]

Maintaining Employee Privacy Across Jurisdictions

Companies need to be aware of their obligations under the profusion of data protection laws and regulations that govern the collection, use and transfer of their employees’ personal information. This is especially crucial for companies that have operations subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions, as requirements vary widely from country to country and even […]

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