@AltheimLaw’s Privacy and Data Protection Week in Review

Big Data




Children Online Privacy



·      Watch All ‪#30c3 talks, without data retention or Google spyware ‪https://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2013/ …



Data Breaches

·      WA: Sumner fires temporary court clerk for sending herself city data on 3,600 people ‪http://ow.ly/2Cu5Vo 


The Briar Group discloses security breach affecting eight Boston bars and restaurants (updated) ‪http://ow.ly/2Cugb7 

·      South Carolina Health Insurance Pool reports breach after laptop stolen from independent auditor’s car ‪http://ow.ly/2CuDkc 

·      Social Security Customer Service Employee Indicted For Stealing Information And Money From Agency ‪http://ow.ly/2CuIyi 

·      Data breach cost $3.7m, claims report ‪http://ow.ly/2Cwxx9 


Following hack, RegistratioNation discovers some customer data was inadvertently being stored on its server ‪http://ow.ly/2Cxs3e 


T-Mobile USA customers to be notified of security breach at supplier’s ‪http://ow.ly/2CxyGw 

·      Actelis Networks reports theft of safes with Human Resources files ‪http://ow.ly/2Cycy8 

·      PA: Waiter skimmed customers’ cards ‪http://ow.ly/2CCyVK 

·      Office backup drive stored at home,stolen‪http://ow.ly/2CxbZO 

·      Senators Call for Hearing on Data Security in Wake of Target Data Breach ‪http://ow.ly/2CyN3S 

·      House Republicans Signal Push for Data Breach Legislation ‪http://ow.ly/2CBT6U 

·      Hackers Leaked 4.6 Million Snapchat Usernames and Phone Numbers http://ow.ly/sfL3K

·      Alleged Snapchat hackers explain how and why they leaked data on 4.6 million accounts ‪http://ow.ly/2CALVk 


Omniquad Surf Wall Remote injects string into the browser user agent that identifies users – claim ‪http://ow.ly/2CymAG 

  • Sandwich chain ‘wichcraft had two-months worth of its customers’ card information hacked http://ow.ly/sfKS7





·      Facebook Sued For Scanning ‘Private’ Messages http://ow.ly/sfLE0


EU Data Protection



Cookie harmonisation? Forget  it ‪http://www.mondaq.com/x/283672/Data+Protection+Privacy/How+The+Cookie+Crumbles …

·      French DPA Issues Guidance on Cookie Consent Allowing Flexibility ‪http://ow.ly/2CCPIh 

·      Privacy group reveals more than 1m pupils are fingerprinted – thousands without their parent’s consent ‪http://news.techworld.com/security/3495388/privacy-group-reveals-more-than-one-million-pupils-are-fingerprinted/ …


EU Data Protection Reform


·      The decisions on ‪#EUDataP will be made by Spring 2014. Get active now! says ‪@JanAlbrecht‪#30c3


VIDEO Jan Phillip Albrecht at ‪#30C3 ‪#EUDataP: State of the Union ‪http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2013/30C3_-_5601_-_en_-_saal_2_-_201312281400_-_eudatap_state_of_the_union_-_jan_philipp_albrecht.html …



Fourth Amendment 






FTC, Section 5


·      Accretive Health Settles FTC Charges That It Failed to Adequately Protect Consumers’ Personal Information ‪http://ow.ly/2Cz5c4 

FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)




·      Clinic Hit With $150,000 ‪#HIPAA Penalty ‪http://ow.ly/s9rk5 

·      ‪@MedPractices stories of 2013 ‪http://ow.ly/s9Isw 

·      HHS Announces First HIPAA Settlement Based on Lack of Breach Notification Policies and Procedures ‪http://ow.ly/2CxvOy 


4-year long HIPAA breach uncovered ‪http://goo.gl/a6MQEM 


IoT (Internet of Things)


·      The Internet of Sharks sends tweets to alert swimmers of approaching sharks: ‪http://buzz.mw/b51ij_f 




·      MetaPhone: The NSA’s Got Your Number ‪http://ow.ly/2CuiKi 

·      Minnesota librarians push to curb NSA snooping ‪http://ow.ly/2CveC1 


Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit, TAO ‪http://ow.ly/2CvlhG 

·      Snowden: “A child born today will grow up with no conception of ‪#privacy at all.” VIDEO ‪http://www.channel4.com/programmes/alternative-christmas-message/4od#3631700 …


ACLU Appeals Decision Upholding NSA’s Mass Surveillance ‪http://ow.ly/2CCuqh 

·      NSA building quantum computer to crack all forms of encryption  ‪http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-seeks-to-build-quantum-computer-that-could-crack-most-types-of-encryption/2014/01/02/8fff297e-7195-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.html …



Social Media


·      3 Social Media Trends You Should Know About ‪http://ow.ly/2CAckY 


Technology and Lifestyles, New Developments in


·      Bitcoin’s Incredible Year ‪http://ow.ly/2CyNTJ 

·      Amazon.com  Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights ‪http://ow.ly/2CzuqE 

·      Bob Greenberg on advertising in 2014: Prepare to be disrupted. ‪http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/features/brand-equity/2014-advertising-industry-to-see-massive-disruptions/articleshow/28193622.cms …

·      9 technologies that can be game changers in 2014‪http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/slideshow/tech2014/9-technologies-that-can-be-game-changers-in-2014/itslideshow/28242184.cms …

·      Not sure what to expect at ‪#CES2014? Here’s a handy preview from ‪@verge: ‪http://ow.ly/sfq5B 


Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)


·      Video Privacy Protection Act Plaintiffs Can Proceed Against Hulu Absent Showing of Actual Injury ‪http://ow.ly/2CzGVK 



Year in Review


·      The Year in Privacy 2013 and the Year to Come ‪http://lnkd.in/dS7H6Br 




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