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VIDEO: How does the EU Privacy Shield impact privacy for non-PII data or PCI?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Companies that transfer their accounting records between countries should know whether the new EU Privacy Shield applies to data whether it contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or PCI credit card information.  To learn more, please watch my recent video entitled “Data Transfer Agreements: What You Need to Know.” The video interview by SmartPros is part… Continue Reading

Can the G7 really protect the financial world from cybercrime?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Reuters reported that the Group of Seven (G7) industrial powers (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US) “agreed on guidelines for protecting the global financial sector from cyber attacks following a series of cross-border bank thefts by hackers.”  The October 11, 2016 report entitled “G7 sets common cyber-security guidelines for financial sector” included… Continue Reading

“Top Secret” Electronic Records Stolen by NSA Cybersecurity Contractor!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported that a cybersecurity contractor for the NSA (National Security Agency) was arrested based on allegations that “he stole and disclosed highly classified computer code developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments.”  The October 6, 2016 article entitled “N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of  Secrets” reported that… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Can the FTC control the privacy of the IoT (Internet of Things)?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
My Guest Blogger Eric Levy is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Trial Practice Group who focuses on cyber security, PCI compliance, PII, eCommerce, and related complex litigation. Apparently IoT is leading the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the government watchdog of privacy, one step closer to broadening the scope of what it believes falls within the definition of “personally… Continue Reading

Antitrust challenge of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn!

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that Salesforce “has raised concerns with Europe’s antitrust authorities about the potential takeover” as to “…whether Microsoft’s proposed deal would hinder access by people and companies to the vast collection of data held by LinkedIn.” The September 29, 2016 article entitled “Salesforce Is Said to Question Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal in Europe”… Continue Reading

500 million Yahoo users compromised by cyberintrusion, but Yahoo doesn’t plan to provide credit monitoring!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Reuters reported that Yahoo would likely not need to “provide them with credit monitoring services” even though Bob Lord (Yahoo’s CISO) posted “An Important Message About Yahoo User Security”: The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted… Continue Reading

Yelp “not guilty”for 1 star review which led to a loss of 95% of locksmith’s business

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, eCommerce
The 9th Circuit ruled that Yelp was immune from content under the 1996 Communications Decency Act (DCA) which “immunizes providers of interactive computer services against liability arising from content created by third parties.” On September 12, 2016 in the case of Kimzey v. Yelp the court ruled that: Yelp fell under the Communications Decency Act’s grant… Continue Reading

Cyber criminals recognize security weakness at LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading recently reported that LinkedIn confessed that “We don’t have a reliable system for identifying and counting duplicate or fraudulent accounts” and that “cyber criminals now weaponize social media sites and their data, leading to some of the biggest data breaches over the last few years.” The September 6, 2016 article entitled “Why Social Media… Continue Reading

Amazon, Google, and LinkedIn support Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US challenging the SCA

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Many major Internet players endorsed Microsoft’s April, 2016 lawsuit against the US that the SCA (Stored Communications Act) (part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)) violates the First and Fourth Amendments since the Constitution should “afford people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their… Continue Reading

“Free Speech” prevails as court dismissed $1 million defamation lawsuit over 1 star Yelp review!

Posted in eCommerce
The Dallas News reported that a lawsuit was “dismissed based on the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, meant to allow judges to dismiss frivolous suits filed against people who speak out about a matter of public concern.”  The August 30, 2016 article entitled “$1M lawsuit dismissed against Plano couple who gave 1-star Yelp review to pet-sitting company”… Continue Reading

Sure there are a kazillion eMails, but eMails are not automatically admitted as evidence!

Posted in E-Discovery, eCommerce
A recent case made it clear that under Federal Rule of Evidence 803(6) there was no “absolute right to admission of emails under the business records exception.” In Roberts Technology Group, Inc. v. Curwood, Inc., No. 14-5677, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64538 (E.D. Pa. May 17, 2016) the court found that: …the plaintiff had failed… Continue Reading

Duh! Do you think Facebook is influencing politics?

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
According to Pew “44 percent of Americans read or watch news on Facebook” so you might be interested to see the August 24, 2016 New York Times article entitled “Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine” which highlights Facebook political activities.  The article included these comments about Facebook news: The news feed is… Continue Reading

How does FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) help businesses learn about cyber threat intelligence?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
No surprises in a recent report that “cybercriminals utilize all forms of intelligence to exploit the weakest link as an attack vector…” and as result “almost every business is a target for malicious cyber attacks and the need for cyber security is an important part of protecting an organization’s reputation and financial vitality.”  InfoArmor’s June… Continue Reading

Russia fines Google $6.8 million for Android antritrust violation!

Posted in eCommerce
Even though “…Yandex retains more than 50 percent of the market for internet search, according to industry statistics”, Russia fined Google because “Google’s rivals had not been able to include their own offerings, like digital maps or search.”  Little surprise that the New York Times reported that Google’s denied of any wrongdoing …saying that it competes… Continue Reading

Delta Airlines – Cyberattack or power failure – seems a lot like Southwest’ alleged router failure?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported “at least 858 cancellations and 7,359 delays across the global industry on Monday morning” in less than 5 hours based on a power outage at 2:30am EDT. But Delta’s story does not pass the smell test following Southwest Airlines’ recent claim of a single point of failure of a router.  In response… Continue Reading

The 10 Commandment of Internet Ethics

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
When reading Wikipedia’s 1992 Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics you can easily substitute “Internet” for “computer” and it’s amazing what you see…., for example the 1st Commandment “You shall not use the Internet to harm other people.”  Here are all Ten Commandments of Internet Ethics (with my minor edits): You shall not use the Internet… Continue Reading

Cybercriminal data breaches in Healthcare may exceed a whopping $6.2 billion!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
Ponemon reported that “over the past two years the average cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations is estimated to be more than $2.2 million. No healthcare organization, regardless of size, is immune from data breach.”  The “Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data” study included this alarming information about… Continue Reading

Unencrypted PHI (Protected Health Information) on iPhone leads to $650,000 HIPAA penalty!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
The HIPAA violation in violation of a Business Associate Agreement (BAA)  resulted from extensive PHI on an iPhone which “included social security numbers, information regarding diagnosis and treatment, medical procedures, names of family members and legal guardians, and medication information” according to a recent report from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Microsoft contempt ruling overturned for failing to produce emails in Ireland!

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, E-Discovery, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Jurisdiction, Internet Privacy
In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but the SCA is the main law that Internet companies rely to protect users’ content and in 1986 in passing the SCA “Congress focused on providing basic safeguards for the privacy of domestic users.” Nonetheless… Continue Reading

Cyber risk for HIPAA data increasing as criminals are now focused at healthcare technology!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
There is little surprise to learn that cybercriminals are now focused at “healthcare IT infrastructure,…also connected medical devices, mobile computing devices used by medal staff and, most profitably, electronic health records (EHR) systems.”  The July 12, 2016 DarkReading report entitled “Healthcare Hacks Face Critical Condition” referenced InfoArmor’s report “Healthcare under attack – CyberCriminals Target Medical… Continue Reading

Court rules that Travelers must defend cyberintrusion of medical records (HIPAA?) under CGL policy

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
An appellate court agreed that “Travelers is duty bound under the Policies to defend Portal [Portal Healthcare Solutions, L.L.C.] against the class-action complaint”…that “alleges that Portal and others engaged in conduct that resulted in the plaintiffs’ private medical records being on the internet for more than four months.”  In the case of The Travelers Indemnity… Continue Reading