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Using an Enterprise Risk Management Approach to Limit Ransomware Threats in Healthcare

By Barbara Youngberg Healthcare organizations are becoming increasingly mindful of the risks associated with cyber-attacks caused by ransomware. These attacks,…

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

In a June 2017 ruling, Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., the court held that having a website that is inaccessible to the visually impaired violates Title III of the Americas with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). After a significant push by the Plaintiff’s bar, this decision by the Southern District Court of Florida awarded a visually impaired customer a major victory in his challenge for accommodation – the first ruling of its kind. In light of the recent court ruling, website owners should evaluate the level of accessibility of their websites. Failure to comply with ADA regulation may result in more litigation.

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Beyond GDPR: Data Localization Laws Abroad

Globalization and technology development have enabled the significant expansion of international business opportunities; however, some national governments are attempting to exert control over the increasingly porous technological barriers between countries.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which takes effect on May 25, 2018, will require all companies in the EU involved in the processing of personal data to comply with an expanded scope of data privacy protection. A number of other countries, including China, Russia, India, and Brazil, have also introduced similar regulations. Though perhaps lesser-known than GDPR, these regulations nonetheless require significant compliance.

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is the result of four years of work by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used. This new regulation will apply in all EU member states as of May 25, 2018. GDPR updates the 1995 Data Protection Directive by introducing tougher fines for noncompliance and breaches and by putting control of personal data back into the hands of the individual. It also means that organizations cannot simply gather data without good reason and must prove that they are doing all they can do to protect the data they hold.

Previously, under the directive, each EU member state was free to adopt laws in accordance with the principles laid out in the directive. This meant there were differences in the way each member country implemented and enforced the directive. Because the GDPR is a regulation and not a directive, it uniformly applies in all EU member states.

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Large FERC Cyber Fines Becoming More Common

By Jessica Slater and Chris Keegan The Electric Power industry has faced fines for over 10 years for failing to…

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Beat the Heat: Heat-Related Illnesses Awareness

Heat-related illnesses are common, costly, and dangerous; they can affect anyone at any given time. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat-related illnesses, and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. By taking proper precautions, heat-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented.

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