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California Bill to Expand Customer Ability to Sue over Handling of Data Fails

California’s senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have expanded the ability of consumers to sue companies over their handling of personal data, a win for tech industry groups concerned about wide-ranging privacy lawsuits. Under California’s data privacy law, …

Massachusetts Can Sue Equifax Over Data Breach, Judge Rules

Massachusetts can move forward with a lawsuit accusing credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. of failing to safeguard its databases or provide prompt notice of a breach that exposed the personal data of 147 million people, a state court judge has …

Texas A&M: Student/Faculty Personal Data Mistakenly Published

Texas A&M may have accidentally compromised personal data belonging to about 5,000 graduate students and university faculty members. An email sent out by the university earlier said Social Security numbers, along with their names of faculty members and graduate assistants …

Rhode Island Hospital to Pay $150K for Losing Personal Data

A Rhode Island hospital has agreed to pay $150,000 in Massachusetts after losing backup tapes that contained the personal information of more than 12,000 Massachusetts residents. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the agreement with Women and Infants Hospital in …