blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at info@sequeltechlaw.com with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on September 14, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Allied, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Co., common vulnerabilities or exposures, CVEs, data breach, data protection, Data Security, Federal Trade Commission, General Data Protection Regulation, Nationwide, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Personal Information, SMEs, third party vendor software

State Attorneys General $5.5 Million Fine Signals the Critical Importance of Data Security

On August 9, 2017, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) settled with attorneys general from 32 states for $5.5 million, in a case involving a 2012 data breach that exposed the personal information of over 1.2 million individuals. The settlement was the result of a multistate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the breach, and involved Nationwide’s failure […]

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Posted by Sequel on September 6, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Achieved Compliance, APEC, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Privacy Framework, data protection, Department of Commerce, European Commission, European Union, General Data Protection Regulation, legal transfer of data, personal data, privacy impact assessments, privacy shield, recourse mechanisms, Safe Harbor, Sequel, Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, Switzerland, transparency, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Sequel Affiliate is Approved for Privacy Shield: an Essential Step for Doing Business in the EU

Achieved Compliance is pleased to announce that it has been approved to participate in the EU-U.S. “Privacy Shield” program. The Privacy Shield provides companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States. The Privacy Shield updates […]

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Posted by Sequel on September 1, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: CNIL, data controller, data holdings, data processor, data protection, data protection authority, GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, Hertz Corporation, personal data, Privacy

You Can’t Outsource Liability for Failure To Protect Data – Fine Issued for Negligence in Overseeing a Vendor’s Performance

If a recent decision of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) is any indication, companies can expect that data protection authorities will hold them responsible for ensuring that the vendors they contract with can secure and protect the company’s personal data. On July 27, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) fined the Hertz Corporation €40,000 […]

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Posted by Sequel on August 23, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Boomerang Video, customer information, cyberattacks, data protection, Data Security, England, GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, ICO, personal data, Personal Information, Privacy, SMEs, UK Information Commissioner's Office

UK Authority Warns Small Companies: “Data Protection Laws Apply to You” Fining an SME £60,000 for Failing To Take Basic Steps

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office sent a clear signal last month that it is paying close attention to the data protection measures taken by small and medium sized companies. In a statement published June 27, 2017 titled “Warning to SMEs as firm hit by cyber attack fined £60,000” (i.e. about $80,000 U.S.), the ICO announced […]

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Posted by Sequel on July 19, 2017
Topic: blogs
Tags: Achieved Compliance, data governance, data management program, data practices, data protection, GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, Paula Bruening, PrivacyMinder, Sequel Technology & IP Law

Sequel Announces PrivacyMinder™ Platform

I am pleased to announce the launch of PrivacyMinder™, a new tool Sequel Technology & IP Law is offering to help you comply with data protection laws. PrivacyMinder brings together our deep experience in client counseling with the benefits of easy-to-use technology, a suite of educational videos, and a robust template database. PrivacyMinder is specially […]

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