On October 24, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) threw its hat into the data security regulation ring when it announced it intends to fine two telecommunications companies $10 million for allegedly failing to safeguard the personal information of their customers. Both TerraCom, Inc. (TerraCom) and YourTel America, Inc. (YourTel) allegedly collected customers’ personal information, including… Continue Reading
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 46 (S.B. 46) (PDF) into law on Friday, September 27, 2013. The new law expands the current breach notification requirement to include a known breach of a security system, not just a confirmed loss of Social Security, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, or medical and health insurance information.… Continue Reading
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (“UWM”) announced on Wednesday that a malware-infected, university server was discovered on May 25th that allowed hackers, apparently seeking research data, to access several types of scanned documents. Included in the potentially accessed documents were student applications from past and present students, which applications contained Social Security numbers.
Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger “terminated” the proposed update to California´s landmark privacy protection law proposed by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). The Governor’s office encouraged Rep. Simitian to reintroduce the amendment. This Bill was approved by the California Senate last Thursday.