Report Finds Two Out of Three Companies Experienced Insider Theft or Corruption of Data in Prior Year

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report entitled “The State of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust 2016” has revealed that more than two out of three companies surveyed – 69 percent – experienced an attempted or successful insider theft or corruption of data during the prior 12 months, and that concerns from …

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Formally Adopted by European Commission

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Commission has formally adopted the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework to create stronger protection for transatlantic data flows between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), protect the fundamental rights of people in the EU with personal data being transferred to the …

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Data Breach Caused by Alleged Phishing Scam Leads to Class Action Lawsuit against Supermarket

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A proposed nationwide class action lawsuit claims that Phoenix, Arizona-based supermarket chain Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. allegedly fell victim to a data breach caused an email “phishing” scam that led the company’s payroll department to voluntarily release the W-2 Wage and Tax Forms of up to …

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Article 29 Working Party Has Strong Concerns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn European Union (EU) data protection watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has released a statement about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that “welcomes the significant improvements brought by the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbor decision” but also expresses “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects …

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees …

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IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. For more …

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EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Text Now Available on Department of Commerce Website

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The full text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework issued by the European Commission to govern data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) while providing a set of robust and enforceable protections for the personal data of EU individuals is now …

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Home Depot to Pay $19.5 Million for Massive Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million – $13 million to settle class action lawsuits and $6.5 million for identity protection services – to compensate approximately 40 to 50 million consumers affected by a massive data breach in 2014, according to a report from Reuters.

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EU and US Agree to Replace Safe Harbor Data Transfer Agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The European Union (EU) Commission and the United States (US) have agreed on a new framework for data transfers called the EU-US Privacy Shield to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor pact, according to a European Commission press release (PDF). The deal creating a replacement for the 16-year-old …

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Privacy Concerns Will Loom Large Between EU and US in Terms of International Background Checks in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As a result of an October 6, 2015 ruling by the European Court of Justice invalidating the “Safe Harbor” pact that allowed the transfer of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.), privacy concerns will loom large between the EU and U.S. …

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