New York recently announced amendments to the State Department of Financial Services’ cybersecurity regulations. The changes further solidify the state’s already comprehensive cybersecurity regulatory regime. The amendments were both announced by Gov. Hochul and became effective on November 1, 2023. They apply to DFS regulated entities and aim to strengthen provisions around cyber governance, risk mitigation, incident notification, and training.Continue Reading NY Enhances Financial Cybersecurity Regulations
New York’s Local Law 144 of 2021 will finally go into effect on July 5, 2023, after several delays. As we previously discussed, the law requires employers to provide candidates for employment and promotion with notice about the use of an AI system, offer them an opt out, and audit any such systems for bias. The law is intended to benefit job applicants and may provide useful guidance for employers who wish to use AI to help eliminate workplace bias.Continue Reading NY AI Laws Going Live Next Month
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently published a guide to help companies in preparing their data security programs and responding to data security incidents. The security program recommendations are paired with highlights from recent investigations by the Attorney General that provide valuable insights into what the Attorney General views as data security pitfalls that should be remedied.Continue Reading New York AG Releases Guide for Business Data Security
The New York and Pennsylvania AGs settlement with Herff Jones from late last year provides guidance to businesses about expected security measures as we enter into 2023. The case arose after Herff Jones, producer and seller of graduation goods, suffered a breach resulting in the theft and sale of customer payment card information.Continue Reading Graduation Goods Settlement: A Good Reminder of AGs’ Data Security Priorities
New York’s Attorney General Letitia James recently secured a $1.9 million settlement from online retailer Zoetop Business Company, Ltd. to settle allegations that Zoetop had improperly handled a 2018 data breach and subsequent consumer notification. The scrutiny given to Zoetop provides insights into the NYAG’s expectations around breach investigations and response.Continue Reading Lessons From New York AG Scrutiny of Breach Investigation and Response
In a recent settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, EyeMed Vision Care LLC agreed to pay a $4.5 million penalty and undertake remedial measures to increase its cybersecurity. This includes undertaking an action plan based on a comprehensive risk assessment, subject to the review and approval of NYFSD.Continue Reading NYDFS’s $4.5 Million EyeMed Cyber Settlement Reminder To Industry
Beginning January 1, 2023, New York City will restrict employers from using artificial intelligence to make employment decisions unless they follow certain guidelines. The local law applies to employment decisions made “within the city” regarding job applicants and promotion decisions.Continue Reading New York City Set To Regulate Employment Decisions Made By AI
The New York Attorney General recently announced a data security-related settlement with Wegmans Food Markets. The issue arose in April 2021 regarding a cloud-based incident. At that time a security researcher notified Wegmans that the company had an Azure cloud storage container that was unsecured. Upon investigation, the company determined that the container had been misconfigured and that three million customer records had been publicly accessible since 2018. The records included email addresses and account passwords.Continue Reading Wegmans Settles With NYAG for $400,000 Over Data Incident
The New York State Attorney General’s finding that EyeMed Vision Care LLC had failed to protect customer data in violation of the NY SHIELD Act provides insights for companies on how to protect information. New York’s SHIELD Act applies, as we have written previously, to any organization owning or licensing the information of a NYS resident, not just organizations located in New York. It requires companies to take reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect collected personal information.
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In light of Russia’s recent military actions in Ukraine, the New York Department of Financial Services issued guidance on its cybersecurity and virtual currency regulations. The Department is specifically concerned about heightened risk for Russia’s cyberattacks against Ukraine, which could in turn lead to retaliatory attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure due to U.S. sanctions against Russia.
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The State Attorneys General in New York and New Jersey recently settled with four companies over alleged HIPAA noncompliance following phishing attacks. The New Jersey settlements were brought against three NJ-based cancer care providers after a phishing attack on several employees’ email accounts. That attack resulted in the unauthorized access of the PHI of 105,200 patients. Although the providers had implemented safeguards, the NJAG concluded that those measures were insufficient to protect against reasonably anticipated threats. In particular, the NJAG was concerned that an accurate and thorough risk assessment had not been conducted, nor was there sufficient employee training. As part of the settlement, the providers agreed to pay $425,000.
Continue Reading States Catch Health Care Entities Taking the Bait in Phishing Attacks