On November 15, 2022, the FTC announced that it was extending by six months the deadline for companies to comply with some portions of the updated Safeguards Rule. The extension comes as a welcome relief to companies racing to meet the rapidly nearing effective date.

The FTC approved changes to the longstanding Safeguards Rule in

In a recent enforcement action against online alcohol delivery service Drizly and its CEO, James Rellas, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made clear its focus on data minimization and limitations on the secondary uses of data.  Although the action arose out of a common security failure—the sort that has been the subject of numerous prior

Our discussion examines the FTC’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to what it describes as “commercial surveillance” and the CFPB’s circular confirming that covered persons and service providers may violate the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition against unfair acts or practices when they fail to adequately safeguard consumer information.  We consider the ANPR’s scope

On August 11, the CFPB published a circular confirming that covered persons and service providers under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) may violate the CFPA’s prohibition against unfair acts or practices when they fail to adequately safeguard consumer information. However, the lack of clear substantive standards creates uncertainty as to what the CFPB would

Breaking in

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a blog post stating that a failure to disclose a data breach may be a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.  The May 20 blog post, titled Security Beyond Prevention: The Importance of Effective Breach Disclosures, explained that in some instances, the FTC Act

The FTC’s recently updated rule implementing GLB standards for safeguarding customer information replaces the flexibility previously given to financial institutions in developing an information security program with new prescriptive requirements.  Our discussion topics include what these new requirements mean for specific aspects of such programs, assigning employee responsibility, conducting risk assessments, installing access controls, using

We discuss the new notification requirements that the final rule places on both U.S. banking organizations and bank service providers relating to ransomware and similar computer security incidents, including the mandated timing for providing notice, and how the final rule differs from the agencies’ proposal.  We also look at the compliance challenges presented by the

As anticipated, the OCC, Federal Reserve Board, and FDIC recently approved and released the Final Rule Requiring Computer-Security Incident Notification (“Final Rule”).  The Final Rule is designed to promote early awareness and stop computer security incidents before they become systemic.  It places new reporting requirements on both U.S. banking organizations, as well as bank service

The FTC’s final rule released last week amending its Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) will require significant changes in data security policies and procedures to be made by non-bank financial institutions covered by the Safeguards Rule.  Such institutions include finance companies, mortgage companies and brokers, motor vehicle dealers,

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued new guidance on authentication and access titled, “Authentication and Access to Financial Institution Services and Systems” (Guidance.)  The Guidance is intended to provide financial institutions with examples of effective risk management principles and practices for access and authentication.

The Guidance contains risk management principles