Hotels too Often Leave People Vulnerable to Identity Theft  HeraldNet By: Christopher Elliott  Large hotel chains will post their data protection policies online, “but they won’t make much sense to the average consumer,” said Richard Alderman, who directs the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center. “I think consumers … Schneck Medical Center Exposes Patient Information By: Patrick Ouellette Schneck Medical Center, a Seymour, Ind. hospital reported an inadvertent recent patient data breach on Monday after a Schneck employee included 3,000 patients’ data in a presentation that was later put on the Schneck website. Patient names were easily … 93% of Employees Knowingly Violate Corporate Data Security Policies Misco  By: Russell Dickinson Research conducted by the CEB over several years has shown that employees are seriously hindering the cyber protection efforts of their companies. According to the findings, 93% of workers breach corporate data policies…       Read More

More Bitcoin Trouble: Meltdown Continues as Exchange Hit by Cyber Attack  Fox Business By: Matt EganAfter voluntarily halting trading for 12 hours due to an alarming meltdown, Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox suffered another powerful cyber attack and the virtual currency suffered another steep tumble on Friday. Bitcoin plummeted as low as $54.25 on Friday, …HIPAA Data Breach Prevention Tips for Health Care IT Leaders TechTarget Speakers at the PHI Protection Network’s recent forum in Cambridge, Mass. offered HIPAA data breach prevention strategies for health care IT leaders and privacy officers in attendance. They stressed that while technology is vital for preventing … VA Medical Center Data Breach Could Affect More Than 7k People  Becker’s Hospital Review By: Anuja Vaidya  The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., has informed 7,405 patients about a recent data breach, according to a Health IT Security report. The breach involves an…       Read More

In Latest War Between the States, Georgia Says Tennessee Is All WetBy: Cameron McWhirter, The Wall Street Journal MARION COUNTY, Tenn.—Brad Carver, a Georgia lobbyist, is thirsting for a small patch of land just north of the line now dividing Georgia from Tennessee. Two centuries ago, surveyors from Georgia and Tennessee marched through the region’s mountains and hollows to mark the official border between the two states. They were supposed to follow the 35th parallel, according to an agreement approved in 1802 by Congress. Instead, they wandered about a mile south, marking a border that puts the Georgia state line here, just a minute’s stroll from the edge of the broad Tennessee River. That has led to years of water wars between Georgia and Tennessee, as the Peach state’s population has exploded, outstripping its water supply—all while the Tennessee River has flowed achingly close. Now Mr. Carver has floated a resolution…       Read More

In a tale of two courts, two federal courts have recently gone in opposite directions on the issue of class certification in data privacy and data breach lawsuits.  In In Re Hannaford Bros. Co. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation[1], the court refused to certify a class to pursue claims arising out of a data breach of Hannaford Grocery Stores.  In 2007 and 2008, a breach at the retail points of sale at Hannaford had resulted in the theft of customer’s debit and credit card data. Four named plaintiffs moved to certify a class of plaintiffs to pursue claims for fees to obtain new cards, fees paid to expedite delivery of new cards, and fees paid for identity theft insurance and credit monitoring.  The U.S. District Court in Maine refused to certify the class on the grounds that the plaintiffs had not shown that the issues common to the class members predominated…       Read More

New Online-Data Bill Sets Up Privacy Fight Wall Street Journal By: Vauhini Vara & Geoffrey A. Fowler  Silicon Valley is fighting privacy advocates over a California bill, the first of its kind in the nation, that would require companies like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. to disclose to users the personal data they have collected and with whom they have … Hospital IT Director: Focus on Securing Patient Data, Not Devices  FierceHealthIT By: Ashley Gold The key to health information security is in data security, and not necessarily the devices in which data is stored, according to Barbara Bartley, executive director of IT operations and information security officer at Montgomery, Ala.-based Baptist … National Security Probe- Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Fighting Data Disclosure USA Stock Report By: Tom Carlson  Northern, WI 04/05/2013 (usastockreport) – The operator of the biggest search-engine in the world, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (Current: $795.07, Down by 1.38%)…       Read More

An American Quilt of Privacy Laws, Incomplete New York Times By: Natasha SingerIt’s also the strategy that Peter Fleischer, the global privacy counsel at Google, recently proposed for the United States to win converts abroad to its legal model of data privacy protection. In a post on his personal blog, titled “We Need a Better … Provocateur Comes Into View After Cyberattack New York Times By: Eric Pfanner & Kevin J. O’Brien Mr. Kamphuis, who is actually Dutch, is at the heart of an international investigation into one of the biggest cyberattacks identified by authorities. He has not been charged with any crime and he denies direct involvement. But because of his outspoken … Quarter of US Firms in China Face Data Theft: Business Lobby Reuters By: Michael Martina A U.S. computer security company, Mandiant, said in February a secretive Chinese military unit was likely behind a series of hacking…       Read More