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Use of Cellphone Tracking Device in Michigan County Questioned

Oakland County commissioners asked no questions last March before unanimously approving a cellphone tracking device so powerful it was used by the military to fight terrorists. Now, though, some privacy advocates question why one of the safest counties in Michigan …

Idaho House Panel Oks Biometric Protections

Businesses that collect and use hair samples, finger prints and retina scans to identify their customers could face tough sanctions for inappropriately handling such material, under a measure headed to the Idaho House. The State Affairs Committee this week approved …

California Mom Agrees To Settle Suit Over Child Autopsy Photo

A woman who sued San Diego County over the release of an autopsy photo of her 2-year-old son has settled the privacy case for $125,000. A lawyer for Brenda Marsh tells U-T San Diego that she settled the case before …

Researchers Question Privacy of Usage-Based Auto Insurance

A study by a handful of university professors in Colorado claims user-based insurance tracking programs installed in millions of vehicles can collect data that shows where drivers are going, unbeknownst to most users of the technology. Professors from the University …

Hiscox Adds Cyber Crime Protection for Small, Medium-Sized Businesses

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, has added a new cyber crime protection endorsement to its technology privacy cyber portfolio. The cyber crime coverage option provides additional protection against growing exposures related to cyber crime connected to business bank accounts. “Technology …

ProHost USA Launches Data Breach Endorsement for Restaurants

ProHost USA, a Minneapolis-based program administrator, has added a new data breach coverage endorsement to its package programs for fine dining, family dining and fast casual restaurants. The endorsement, written on admitted paper, is available immediately in 28 states with …

Hiscox Adds Crime, Data Breach, Privacy Options to PL Portfolio

Hiscox has launched phase two of their Hiscox Professional Liability Portfolio, adding two additional coverage options to the existing portfolio. Professional services firms can now add crime and data breach and privacy security liability, in addition to general liability coverage …

ThinkRisk Launches Comprehensive Content, Data Security, Privacy Program

Ryan Specialty Group’s Think Risk has launched [in]TELLIGENCE  to address evolving and often overlooked operational exposures coming from technology and its effect on businesses. Recent surveys have reported that more than half of small to mid-size U.S. firms have already …

Wisconsin Woman Loses Privacy Lawsuit Against Google

A federal appeals court has dismissed a Wisconsin woman’s lawsuit against Google Inc. alleging that it was using her name to generate revenue through online advertising. Beverly Stayart, of Elkhorn, alleged that if someone started typing in a Google search …

ACE USA Expands Privacy Protection with Data Breach Fund Sidecar

ACE USA has introduced a new option for ACE privacy protection policyholders through enhancements to its data breach team endorsement. The new data breach fund sidecar endorsement eliminates tiered sub-limits and provides a single data breach fund limit, one that …