Electronic Data Security

Citing a “significant increase in cybercrime” during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued guidance to all New York State regulated entities identifying areas of heightened cybersecurity risks. DFS advised regulated entities they should assess and address these areas as per cybersecurity regulation 23 NYCRR Part 500.

Heightened Risk #1:

The New York Attorney General issued a warning to health care providers, hospitals, and other organizations within the health supply chain that cyber criminals are using targeted COVID-19 phishing emails and texts to gain access to sensitive information.  Multiple reports indicate that scammers are sending emails and texts to get a recipient to click on

“Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions.

Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s Security

Shortly after the recent video surveillance guidance from the EDPB, the Information Commissioner of the Isle of Man published an updated CCTV data protection guidance.

Key takeaways for controllers:

General Considerations and Governance:
  • CCTV images identify living individuals and are, therefore, personal data. This means that the use of CCTV will be covered

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling charges that a background screening company falsely claimed to be in compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks.

SecurTest, Inc. agreed in June to settle FTC charges that its website falsely claimed that it participated in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

The $5 billion fine levied against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission is certainly headline news, but it also contains detailed requirements for privacy and information security governance and accountability that all companies can learn from and implement.

Big Picture Takeaways:

  • Facebook faces many detailed requirements for internal and external governance and oversight with

In most of the world, anonymous data are not considered personal data — the information can be shared and sold without violating privacy laws. Market researchers are willing to pay brokers for a huge array of data, from dating preferences to political leanings, household purchases to streaming favorites.

But this anonymous information may not be

A proposed New York City bill would make it illegal for cellphone companies and mobile app developers to share location data gathered while a customer’s mobile device is within the five boroughs.

The bill would restrict cellphone companies and mobile apps from sharing location data to situations where they were “providing a service explicitly requested”

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a settlement agreement with a company that claims on its website that it is EU U.S. Privacy Shield certified, when in fact, it had only started the process and stopped midway.

The FTC also sent warning letters to:

  • 13 companies that falsely claimed they participate in