I RECEIVED A BREACH NOTIFICATION LETTER – WHAT NEXT?

Consumers receive breach notification letters (and e-mails) all the time, but do you know what you should do if you receive a breach notification? Chances are, if you live in one of the 46 states with a breach notification law, you have received a notice that your personal identifying information may have been lost or [...]

DATA BREACH PUTS SEC EMPLOYEES AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT

A recent data breach at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put its employees at risk of identity theft.  The SEC has sent breach notifications to around 4,000 SEC employees.  The personal identifying information (PII) exposed includes Social Security numbers and other payroll information.   The PII was included in an unencrypted e-mail, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of [...]

CONSUMER FILES CLASS ACTION AGAINST MICHAELS FOR DATA BREACH

Brandi F. Ramundo has filed a nationwide class action against Michaels after a massive data breach.  Ms. Ramundo claims Michaels should've protected her personal identifying information (PII) from hackers.  Ms. Ramundo's checking account was raided by hackers who stole $1,300 from her.  Ms. Ramundo is seeking statutory, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including an order directing Michaels to pay for credit monitoring [...]

WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES NEW CYBER SECURITY LAWS

The White House recently provided Congress with its proposal for a new cyber security law. The proposed cyber security law  is designed to make companies protect consumers' personal identifying information (PII) from digital cyber attacks.  The cyber security proposal encourages Congress to enact the law before the end of the year.   Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), [...]