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Penn. High Court Rules Employer Has Duty to Safeguard Employees’ Personal Info

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that an employer has a legal duty to use reasonable care in safeguarding its employees’ sensitive personal information stored on an internet-accessible computer. This vacates earlier Trial Court and Superior Court decisions in the …

A U.S. Privacy Law Could Be Good for Google, but Bad for You

U.S. Congress is taking the first steps toward setting national rules governing how companies use consumers data – although one of its goals might be to prevent states from enacting stronger privacy protections of their own. The approach being pondered …

Phishing Could Affect 6,800 Members of Maryland Insurer

Maryland’s largest health insurer says a phishing attack may have exposed the personal information of nearly 7,000 members. News outlets report CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Friday that an employee’s email account was compromised March 12, and could have allowed access …

Uber Sued in Pennsylvania After Data Stolen by Hackers Covered Up

The ride-hailing company Uber broke Pennsylvania law when it failed to notify potential victims, including thousands of drivers, for a year after it discovered hackers had stolen their personal information, said the state attorney general, who sued the company Monday. …

Massachusetts Launches Online Portal for Data Breach Reports

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has unveiled a new online portal to let businesses and organizations report data breaches. The Democrat said the online portal should make it easier to alert her office to the potential theft of information. Since …

Massachusetts Police Warn of Social Media Scams After Record Powerball Win

Police in Massachusetts are warning of fake social media accounts that have popped up after a woman won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. Chicopee police say fake accounts are being created on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stating that they are …

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Warns of Caller Posing as Department Staff

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade has issued a consumer alert advising consumers to be wary of a phone caller who identified herself as an Insurance Department employee and is asking people for their insurance information. “The Department does not …

Data of Nearly 2,000 Customers Stolen by Florida Vacation Firm Worker

An employee at a Florida company that offers promotional vacations has been charged with stealing reservation documents and then selling the credit card information of more than 1,855 customers to two other people, Orlando police detectives said July 20. Preferred …

Florida Bail Bondsman Pleads Guilty to Selling 500 People’s Personal Info

A former Bartow, Fla., bail bondsman pleaded guilty to federal charges of selling the personal information of 500 people with the intent of stealing their income tax refunds. The Ledger of Lakeland reports 59-year-old Ronald Reed faces a mandatory two-year …

Tennessee Hospital Patient Information Found in Public Recycling Bin

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says its Office of Licensure is investigating after paperwork from a Franklin mental health facility was found in a public recycling bin. The Tennessean reports the paperwork was from an …