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On October 5, a software provider serving nonprofit fundraising entities agreed to pay almost $50 million to settle claims with 49 states and the District of Columbia alleging that the provider maintained insufficient data security measures and inadequately responded to a 2020 data breach. Specifically, the settlement resolved claims that the software provider violated state consumer protection laws, breach-notification laws, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
According to the allegations, the data breach exposed donor information, including Social Security numbers and financial records, of over 13,000 nonprofit groups and organizations and the provider waited two months before informing these clients of the breach.
The settlement requires the provider to improve its cybersecurity protections and breach notification procedures.
Earlier this year, the software provider also settled claims with the SEC for $3 million to address allegations of misleading disclosures relating to the same 2020 data breach.
On June 16, the Nevada governor signed SB 370 (the “Act”) to enact provisions imposing broad restrictions on the use of consumer health data. The Act is intended to cover health data and persons or entities not covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Act defines a regulated entity as a person who conducts business in the state of Nevada or produces or provides products or services that are targeted to consumers in the state that “determines the purpose and means of processing, sharing or selling consumer health data.” Exempt from the Act’s requirements are government agencies, financial institutions and data that is collected, maintained or sold subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and certain other federal laws, law enforcement agencies, and third parties that obtain consumer health data from a regulated entity through a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy or other transaction, among others.
Furthermore, a violation of the Act constitutes a deceptive trade practice. While the Act does not create a private right of action, under existing law a court has authority “to impose a civil penalty of not more than $12,500 for each violation upon a person whom the court finds has engaged in a deceptive trade practice directed toward an elderly person or a person with a disability. Additionally, under existing law if a person violates a court order or injunction brought by the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, the Director of the Department of Business and Industry, the district attorney of any county in the state or the attorney general, “the person is required to pay a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation.” Willful violations may incur an additional penalty of not more than $5,000, as well as injunctive relief.
The Act is effective March 31, 2024.