The Federal Trade Commission Has Issued Important Guidance Regarding How To Respond To A Data Breach.

Nov
03

data-breachOn October 25, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a guide and instructional video regarding how to respond to a data breach. Both the guide and video are available at this link, which also contains a summary by the FTC.

The FTC’s guidance is not binding, but it is important because it is likely to be used as a benchmark by other government agencies and by plaintiff’s lawyers who are trying to prove that a company acted negligently in responding to a data breach.

Among other things, the FTC’s guidance discusses:

  • Securing a company’s operations in response to a data breach while not destroying forensic evidence;
  • Fixing vulnerabilities; and
  • Notifying appropriate parties.
  • The FTC’s guidance helps show why companies should work proactively with attorneys to develop a game plan before a data breach occurs.
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