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The Equifax Breach Exposes America’s Identity Crisis

Social Security numbers, which have been around since the 1930s, have only one intended purpose: to track US citizens’ earnings and contributions to the Social Security program. However, universality of SSN ownership has in turn led to the SSN’s adoption by private industry as a unique identifier. Unfortunately, this universality has led to abuse.

Source: The Equifax Breach Exposes America’s Identity Crisis | WIRED

The Equifax breach, response, and fallout

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced late Thursday hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately 143 million consumers. The data that was accessed included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. The incident may have also compromised credit card numbers for 209,000 U.S. consumers, as well as other “dispute documents” that contained identifying information for 182,000 consumers.

Source: The Equifax breach, response, and fallout

Lack of Injury Dooms Scottrade Data Breach Class Suit Appeal

US federal appeals court rejected class action over a 2013 data breach at that affected more than 4.6 million securities discount brokerage’s Scottrade Inc. customers on grounds that plaintiffs didn’t demonstrate they had suffered actual damages.

Source: Lack of Injury Dooms Scottrade Data Breach Class Suit Appeal | Bloomberg BNA

Do I need to report this breach?

How does a data controller know, in the case of a personal data breach, whether it must report the breach to the supervisory authorities? How can we prevent “notification fatigue” or meaningless notifications to authorities? This article will explore such questions. In the majority of jurisdictions, personal data protection regulations impose a mandatory requirement to notify individuals and/or supervisory authorities when a personal data breach has occurred, even where personal data is not affected.

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New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security

Data security and privacy will be bolstered by the introduction of new data breach reporting requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said.

Source: New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security, says UK watchdog

Surprising stats on third-party vendor risk and breach likelihood

The statistics on third-party breaches vary widely, and it’s clear that organizations have trust issues when it comes to third parties reliably notifying them when an incident or a breach occurs.

Source: Surprising stats on third-party vendor risk and breach likelihood

Podcast: Crisis Management After a Data Breach

In the latest edition of our Legal Talk Network Digital Detectives podcast , John and I were lucky to snag guest Brian Wommack, who leads the strategic communications practice of Cameron LLP, often advising on high-profile and high-stakes matters including cyber intrusion and data breach contingency planning and response.

Source: Podcast: Crisis Management After a Data Breach

Latest TalkTalk fine a warning to firms to keep IT systems up to date

The latest fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) against TalkTalk should be seen as a warning to businesses of all sizes to keep their IT systems up to date, an expert has said.

Source: Latest TalkTalk fine a warning to firms to keep IT systems up to date, expert says

Preventing Data Loss When Employees Leave

According to Osterman Research’s “Best Practices for Protecting Your Data When Employees Leave Your Company”, 69 percent of organizations have experienced data loss from employee movements (departure, changing roles, re-location), and 50 percent of employees who left their jobs in the last 12 months kept confidential corporate data.

Source: Preventing Data Loss When Employees Leave

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