A laptop computer including some Sterne Agee Group Inc. clients’ account numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal information has been missing since the end of May and the firm has offered some customers free identity theft protection services as a result, a letter to clients indicates.
In the letter dated June 27 the Birmingham-based investment banking firm indicates that an employee’s laptop went missing on May 29 or May 30, and that it included unencrypted identifying information about Private Client Group customers whose accounts were open as of May 29. It also may have included information about Sterne Agee & Leach clients whose accounts were open between July 1, 1992 and June 30, 2013, the letter states.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority accepted a settlement Friday requiring Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. to pay a fine and review its security protocols after a technician left in a restroom an unencrypted laptop containing sensitive information about 352,551 clients.
Sterne Agee will pay a $225,000 fine over the allegations. The regulatory agency said the firm had been aware of the need to protect information stored on laptops for years but that measures to do so were delayed twice pending budgetary approval.
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Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a criminal investigation.
A court in Mechelen near Brussels wanted “data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype”, a regulatory requirement that a Belgian telecoms operator would be required to comply with.
The Microsoft-owned firm declined, Reuters reports.
How long before police nationwide will go into bars and force people to blow into breathalyzers and check for possible public inebriation or use ‘Drug Breathalyzers’ on innocent people?
California’s ‘Drug Breathalyzer’ bill is set to do just that:
A California lawmaker introduced a bill that would allow law enforcement to use new ‘Drug Breathalyzers’ on people suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.
Like breathalyzers used to test drivers for alcohol consumption, Assembly Bill 1356 would allow police to use oral fluid devices to check drivers for drug impairment.
In an attempt to sell advertising space in a user’s new tab page within the Firefox browser, Mozilla is launching a new platform called “Suggested Tiles” specifically for advertisers. Similar to Google using your Web search history to load related advertisements within Google Adsense placements, Mozilla will look through your visited sites within Firefox to suggest an advertiser site to visit and display it on the new tab page.