Unintentional Privacy Breaches Can Incur Damages

Law360, New York (December 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, upholding a jury award of punitive damages for unintentional privacy breaches, should serve as a warning flag for all companies – especially those in the health care sector – that failure to implement and maintain appropriate policies for the handling of personal data may result in liability.

The case, Randi A.J. v. Long Is. Surgi-Center, No. 2005-04976 (N.Y. App. Div. Sep. 25, 2007), emphasizes the importance of proper data security safeguards and suggests...
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