Wyndham Hit With Shareholder Derivative Lawsuit Because of Data Breaches

Wyndham Worldwide is learning the hard way that the consequences of allegedly not taking adequate steps to prevent data breaches aren’t limited to customer complaints and government penalties.  In the wake of its well-publicized data breaches, and the recent temporary setback in its litigation with the Federal Trade Commission, Wyndham and a number of its […]

Wyndham Moves for Quick Appeal in FTC Data Security Case

On April 17th, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. filed a motion in a New Jersey federal court arguing that the court’s April 7th rejection of the hotelier’s motion to dismiss in the data security case against it by the FTC warranted immediate appellate review. The court’s order denying Wyndham’s motion to dismiss is not appealable ‘‘as of […]

Federal Trade Commission attorney confirms importance of PCI compliance training.

Speaking to a packed room of data privacy and corporate in-house attorneys at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Annual Conference last week, Laura Berger, an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, confirmed that “failing to provide appropriate employee training and oversight” on data breach prevention, […]

Congress Is Paying Closer Attention to Businesses’ Efforts to Protect Consumers’ Financial Information

The protection of consumers’ financial information is a hot topic on the Hill these days.  Earlier this month, Congress held a hearing on, “Data Security: Examining Efforts to Protect Americans’ Financial Information.”   The hearing was held in response to “significant data breaches” experienced by American companies and universities over the last six months, and that […]

Wyndham Pulls Congress into its Fight with the FTC over Data Breach Liability

According to Wyndham Worldwide Corp., the hotelier and Congress see things eye-to-eye when it comes to the FTC’s lawsuit against the Wyndham for past data breaches.  On February 6th,Wyndham wrote a letter to a U.S. District Court, citing recently proposed legislation on the Hill to bolster its argument that the agency has no authority to […]

Hotels Continue to Be Pummeled by Data Breaches

Continuing what is starting to feel like the grand tradition of recent, highly publicized, and devastating online attacks on American businesses, White Lodging, a manager of hotel franchises for nationwide hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood, is investigating a reported data breach involving hotel customers’ payment information.  The alleged breach may have exposed […]

Target Data Breach Aftermath: Congress Seeks to Hold Merchants Accountable for Data Breaches

In the aftermath of last month’s data breach at retail giant Target, the United States Congress is considering more aggressive actions against merchants who find themselves at risk of exposing customer data to hackers. The facts surrounding the Target breach—during which the payment card data of over 40 million customers and other customer information of […]