All Items: Theft of Data

  • IRS Outlines Form W-2 Scam Data-Loss Reporting Procedures

    Date:
    April 3, 2017

    The IRS has outlined the steps employers should take to help protect employees from tax-related identity theft caused by Form W-2 scams.

  • Failure to Notify Individuals and Media About HIPAA Breach Within 60 Days Proves Costly

    Date:
    January 19, 2017

    Illinois-based health care network Presence Health has agreed to pay the federal government $475,000 to settle claims that it failed to provide notification about a breach of protected health information (PHI) within 60 days of discovering the breach, as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires.

  • Employee Password Sharing Can Be Criminal Activity, 9th Circuit Finds

    Date:
    July 22, 2016

    A divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the criminal conviction of a man who accessed his former employer's database to gain proprietary information by using a former co-worker's username and password.

  • Illinois Broadens Data Breach Protections

    Date:
    June 3, 2016

    Amendments to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) broaden existing categories of protected information and also expand notice requirements in the event of a security breach.

  • New Anti-Trade Secret Theft Law Awaits President's Signature

    Date:
    April 28, 2016

    Yesterday the US House of Representatives voted unanimously (410-2) to pass a bill - the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 - that would standardize and strengthen businesses' current legal remedies and protections against trade secret theft. The DTSA was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate earlier this month. President Barack Obama is in favor of the measure and is expected to sign it into law.

  • Form W-2 Cybercriminals Target HR and Payroll

    Date:
    March 1, 2016

    HR and payroll professionals are falling prey to a current phishing scheme that lures them to respond to emails purportedly sent by company executives requesting private employee information, the IRS warned today. The scam tricks those in HR and payroll into emailing private employee data, such as Forms W-2 containing employees' Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals.

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News: HR guidance on safeguarding employer sensitive data against theft.