Amendments to Massachusetts’ Data Breach Notification Law

May 21, 2019 - from Massachusetts Legislature

Revisions to the Massachusetts’ data breach law, Chapter 93H, took effect on April 11, 2019. The amendment details two additional mandates which require that breached entities (1) provide additional information as part of the core notification requirement, including the type of personal information compromised and whether the entity maintains a written information security program (WISP), and (2) offer free credit monitoring services to individuals whose Social Security numbers were compromised.

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Yahoo Agrees to $117.5 Million Data Breach Settlement

May 16, 2019 - from Ars Technica

On April 9, 2019, Yahoo reached a $117.5 million settlement in the class action data breach lawsuit that affected over 3 billion user accounts worldwide. The lawsuit began in February 2017, and covers data breaches that occurred in 2013, 2014, and 2016.

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LTech Scam Costs Office Depot and Software Company $35M

May 14, 2019 - from Federal Trade Commission

On March 27, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Office Depot and tech support software provider have agreed to pay a total of $35 million to settle allegations that the companies tricked consumers into purchasing technical and computer repair services by falsely claiming their software uncovered malware symptoms. According to the FTC, the companies configured’s PC Health Check software “to report that the scan found malware symptoms or infections whenever consumers answered yes to at least one of the four questions.”

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