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  • New Amendments to the Vermont Breach Notification Law

    by Stephen Wu on September 10, 2012

    Vermont recently amended its security breach notification law with a number of changes. Included in the amendment are changes to the definition of "security breach," guidance on determining whether a breach has occurred, a 45-day deadline for notification, and a requirement of notifying the attorney general of a breach. The legislation, H.254, became Act 109 following the governor's signature. For…

  • Smart Cars and eDiscovery

    by Stephen Wu on August 16, 2012

    I heard an interesting radio show on NPR the other day. Auto manufacturers are rolling out the next generation of cars that try to implement the lessons the phone manufacturers learned from Apple, Google, and others. Let's put screens on cars, and give them apps, they say. Let's do for the car what iOS and Android did for phones and tablets. Cars dashboards should have apps, just like any other…

  • Navigating Social Media Legal Risks: Safeguarding Your Business

    by Ben Rothke on August 14, 2012

    In the documentary Scared Straight! a group of inmates terrify young offenders in an attempt to “scare them straight”" (hence the film's title) so that those teenagers will avoid prison life. A 2002 meta-analysis of the results of a number of scared straight and similar intervention programs found that they actively increased crime rates, leading to higher re-offense rates than in control groups…

  • Connecticut Adds AG Reporting to its Breach Notification Law

    by Stephen Wu on July 1, 2012

    On June 15, 2012, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed House Bill 6001, legislation to implement provisions of the state budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Included in the legislation was a series of amendments to Connecticut’s breach notification law. The most significant set of amendments to the breach notification law added a requirement to report breaches to the Connecticut Attorney…

  • First Criminal Case in BP Oil Spill Based on Spoliation

    by Stephen Wu on April 25, 2012

    Yesterday, the first criminal charges in the BP oil spill disaster were unveiled, as the government arrested and charged BP engineer Kurt Mix with obstruction of justice. What was the crime charged? The government charged Mix with obstruction of justice based on Mix allegedly deleting text messages from his iPhone. In other words, the first criminal case in the BP disaster had to do with…

  • New Legislation Would Bar Employers From Asking for Social Media Passwords

    by Stephen Wu on March 24, 2012

    We have all seen stories about how social media accounts are treasure troves of information. In past years, legal experts have discussed the issue of whether employers should view social media information of prospective employees. Some employers are tempted by the amount of information available on these services to vet employees and obtain a much more candid view of what makes job applicants…

  • Senate Bill Promises to Bolster Critical Infrastructure Protection

    by Stephen Wu on February 20, 2012

    Yes, yes, we’ve heard a lot about critical infrastructure protection, its importance to the nation’s security, and preventing a “Digital Pearl Harbor.” We need more information sharing between the public sector and the private sector, the analysts say. We also need more information sharing among private companies, hopefully without creating various kinds of liability—all for the sake of…

  • Federal Breach Notification Legislative Update

    by Stephen Wu on February 11, 2012

    Over the years, Congress and the Senate have considered legislation of various kinds and scope that would have contained data security provisions, including breach notification requirements for businesses holding certain kinds of sensitive personal information. This year is no exception. There are numerous security-related bills. S.1408 is an example of a bill focused on breach notification. …

  • A “Zero Day” Security Breach Lawsuit

    by Stephen Wu on January 13, 2012

    Last May, I wrote a post about a class action lawsuit against Sony in the wake of its April 2011 security breach. I noted the timing of the suit. Lawyers filed the suit only nine or ten days after the breach. Recently, I read about a security breach lawsuit involving a break-in at Sutter Health. Someone broke into administrative offices and stole a computer containing sensitive medical records…

  • The Legal Profession – Still Catching Up with the New Reality

    by Stephen Wu on December 8, 2011

    eDiscovery rules, the law of spoliation, and evidence law now address electronically stored information (ESI). Courts and some commentators are now talking about the effect of the Internet, social networking, and cloud computing on eDiscovery and evidence law. Thus, the law is starting to catch up with the new reality of computers and the Internet. But is the legal profession catching up with this…

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