Data Breach Cases: An Analysis of Standing and Best Causes of Action

Edward T. Kang writes: Despite the rules and security measures that many organizations put in place to protect the personal information of their clients or customers, sensitive information may still fall prey to hackers and other kinds of breaches. Those affected may seek counsel to aid in bringing suit to hold an entity liable...

Danish news agency Ritzau rejects ransom demand after hacker attack

And yet another news agency gets hit with ransomware — this time, though, it’s a Danish one. Associated Press reports that Ritzau “rejected” the ransom demand, but it’s more than that — they wouldn’t even read it, it seems, taking the advice of their advisors. Ritzau CEO Lars Vesterloekke couldn’t say how big the...

Disabled children’s names revealed in Bristol City Council email

BBC reports: The identities of hundreds of families with disabled children have been shared with other parents without their consent by a council, in a “fundamental breach of trust and data”. Bristol City Council sent an email asking for views on a new support service to hundreds of people. The names of all the...

Ransomware attack hits Baltimore County Public Schools

Ethan McLeod reports: Baltimore County schools are out one day early during the holiday week after the system’s networks were struck by ransomware. The school system had initially characterized the disruption as “issues with our network” Wednesday morning, but said in a follow-up post on social media that it was attributable to a ransomware...

Bad Medicine: Hospital Hit With Multiple Data Breach Class Actions for Unauthorized Access of Patient Records

Kristin L. Bryan of Squire Patton Boggs writes: Healthcare data breaches are on the rise-recent estimates peg the number of patient records breached in 2019 as exceeding 41 million individuals.  Additionally, approximately 60% of all healthcare data breaches are caused by internal actors—a statistic underscored by consecutive data breach class actions filed against the...

Post-Breach, Peatix Data Reportedly Found on Instagram, Telegram

Lindsey O’Donnell reports: Event-discovery application Peatix has disclosed a data breach, after ads for stolen user-account information were reportedly being circulated on Instagram and Telegram. In a data breach notice to affected users, Peatix said it learned on Nov. 9 that user account data had been improperly accessed. Read more on ThreatPost.

Illinois Valley Community College sends letter warning of data breach

Michael Urbanec reports: Illinois Valley Community College has sent out more than 160,000 letters to current and former students, faculty and applicants warning them that their data may have been compromised in connection with a data breach back in April. This attack was originally noted on this site in April, but this site had...

Amazon’s Pharmacy Venture Opens New Privacy, Security Law Risks

Jacquie Lee and Jake Holland report: Amazon’s push into delivering prescription drugs puts it in the crosshairs of everyone from state attorneys general to data thieves—who will all be scrutinizing how the e-commerce giant protects sensitive patient information. Amazon’s new online pharmacy business will sell brand and generic prescription medications that consumers can buy through their...