Cyber and privacy

Amazon Echo’s Role in Murder Investigation Shows Vulnerability of Connected World

Security threats to your personal information or corporate systems are everywhere – even from your smart speaker, fitness tracking bracelet or video game console. Any tech device connected to the internet or an external system could be an entryway for hackers. Many of these devices can also record private conversations that could be revealed in…

Cannabis: A Growing Risk

Between the national legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada effective October 17 and the ongoing state ballot proposals related to public consumption in the U.S., cannabis remains one of the most debated topics for consumers and business owners today. Many Canadian businesses have already begun to make edible cannabis products even before those types…

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Uber Driver Who Recorded Passengers Pushes Privacy Boundaries

An Uber and Lyft driver who live-streamed passengers in his vehicle to a channel on the video streaming website Twitch is part of a growing number of practices that challenge privacy rights in today’s surveillance society. Since March, hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers have been streamed online without their knowledge by their driver, Jason Gargac….

As GDPR Takes Effect, Businesses Could be at Risk for Privacy Liability

Data protection rules are getting an overhaul in Europe, which likely will create a ripple effect that impacts U.S.-based organizations, regardless of whether they have European operations. Starting Friday, May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to update personal data rules, changing the requirements for organizations collecting and managing…

Facebook Data Mining Triggers Need to Review Cyber and Privacy Liability Insurance

After learning through recent news reports that more than 50 million Facebook users unknowingly had personal data from online profiles shared with a data mining firm, consumers are scrambling to review personal information shared on their own social media accounts. This developing scandal will likely prompt organizations of all sizes to reinvestigate their privacy policies…

The Rise in Mobile Apps & Need for Tech E&O Insurance

Technology firms are beginning to silently carry the small business sector as 62 percent of small businesses already have, or are in the process of building, a mobile application to support their business. Of those businesses, 30 percent have revenue generating mobile applications or apps.1  With approximately two-thirds of the country’s small businesses depending on…

Cyber and Privacy: 10 Tips to Better Prepare Your Clients

145.5 million U.S. consumers were affected – nearly half of the population – after a data breach at Equifax in September.1 With the sudden, dramatic rise of data breaches across the globe, cybersecurity is at the forefront of insurance industry discussions. Nearly all companies today operate with an online component and even the greatest levels of…

Defensive Measures

As cyber espionage and data breach threats escalate, new coverage strategies emerge to protect professionals from cyber vulnerabilities When Yahoo announced a data breach in which at least 500 million accounts were compromised, it was big news, but hardly an isolated incident. That same week, hackers went public first with a picture allegedly of First…