Helpful FTC Guidance on Cybersecurity for Small and Midsize Companies

It is important for all companies -- especially small and midsize companies -- to have a basic understanding of what the FTC considers to be reasonable cybersecurity. The FTC is known for being one of the more aggressive regulators that are investigating and enforcing (what it views as) inadequate cybersecurity by companies doing business in the United States. … Continue reading Helpful FTC Guidance on Cybersecurity for Small and Midsize Companies

Uber’s Settlement With FTC Emphasizes Companies’ Need for Cyber Risk Management Programs

The FTC and Uber have settled the enforcement action the FTC brought against the company. This action stems from Uber's data breach of more than 100,000 individuals' PII despite its promises that their data was "securely stored within our databases." The FTC found this promise was misleading when compared with the actions the company was … Continue reading Uber’s Settlement With FTC Emphasizes Companies’ Need for Cyber Risk Management Programs

Ashley Madison & FTC Settle Data Breach Case – Does Your Company Have These Cybersecurity Shortcomings?

Ashley Madison and the FTC announced a settlement of the investigation into the breach data breach of 36 million AshleyMadison.com users that was being pursued by the FTC and several states' attorneys general. The cost to Ashley Madison is substantial: a total judgment of $17.5 million (though only $1.6 million is currently due because of … Continue reading Ashley Madison & FTC Settle Data Breach Case – Does Your Company Have These Cybersecurity Shortcomings?

Cybersecurity Legal Issues: What you really need to know (slides)

Shawn Tuma delivered the presentation Cybersecurity Legal Issues: What you really need to know at a Cybersecurity Summit sponsored by the Tarleton State University School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies' Institute for Homeland Security, Cybercrime and International Criminal Justice. The presentation was on September 13, 2016 at the George Bush Institue. The following are the slides … Continue reading Cybersecurity Legal Issues: What you really need to know (slides)

Cybersecurity Legal Year in Review – #DtSR Podcast

Do not miss this podcast discussing key cybersecurity legal events from 2015. Shawn Tuma joined the DtSR Gang [Rafal Los (@Wh1t3Rabbit), James Jardine (@JardineSoftware), and Michael Santarcangelo (@Catalyst)] on the Down the Security Rabbit Hole podcast. In this episode... Most important cybersecurity-related legal developments of 2015 Tectonic Shift that occurred with “standing” in consumer data … Continue reading Cybersecurity Legal Year in Review – #DtSR Podcast

Wyndham and FTC settle data breach dispute — Wyndham got 20 years

On December 9, 2015, the FTC announced that it and Wyndham Hotels had settled their long-running dispute that led to an opinion from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals confirming the FTC's authority to regulate cybersecurity. The gist of the settlement is that, for the next 20 years, Wyndham must do the following: obtain annual … Continue reading Wyndham and FTC settle data breach dispute — Wyndham got 20 years

FTC v. LabMD: I always give ’em a fair trial before I hang ’em.

The legal findings in FTC v. LabMD. LabMD was vindicated by the November 15, 2015 Initial Decision in FTC v. LabMD (the Decision). In the Decision, the Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ordered the FTC to dismiss its Complaint against LabMD based on the following findings as to LabMD's 2008 "data breach": There was "no evidence that … Continue reading FTC v. LabMD: I always give ’em a fair trial before I hang ’em.

FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Solidifies the FTC’s Role in Regulating Cybersecurity

The FTC has authority to regulate cybersecurity under the unfairness prong of § 45(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act and companies have fair notice that their specific cybersecurity practices could fall short of that provision. F.T.C. v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., 799 F.3d 236 (3rd Cir. Aug. 24, 2015). Here are a few key points … Continue reading FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Solidifies the FTC’s Role in Regulating Cybersecurity

FTC Gives Good Reason to Not (Try to) Hide Data Breaches

Why do I need to report a data breach? This is a common question that business owners ask me all of the time. In response, I rattle off a laundry list of reasons why reporting is not optional -- but mandatory. This includes ethical stewardship and obligations, business and public relationship reasons, and finally legal … Continue reading FTC Gives Good Reason to Not (Try to) Hide Data Breaches

Is Your Business Following the 3 Steps the FTC is Requiring for Using Data Service Providers?

The Federal Trade Commission now requires businesses to take the following 3 steps when contracting with data service providers: Investigate. Obligate. Verify. Is your business following these steps? Investigate. Businesses are required to investigate by exercising due diligence before hiring data service providers. Obligate. Businesses are required to obligate their data service providers to adhere … Continue reading Is Your Business Following the 3 Steps the FTC is Requiring for Using Data Service Providers?