As two consumer data privacy bills wind their way through the statehouse, a law passed three years ago is giving Colorado a sense of what happens when private companies, government entities or nonprofit organizations get hacked and consumer data is exposed. Nearly 200 companies or organizations have reported data breaches and notified 1.6 million Colorado […]
Do you know who’s tracking your online activities and storing your data? You could soon in Colorado — maybe.
After Robert Rodriguez got a COVID-19 test last year, he had to log into the testing company’s site to get his results. But to see them, he needed to verify his identity. “The questions were like, what month was your mother born, which of these four cars did you own when you were younger, what […]
How scammers targeted Colorado’s unemployment system — and what the state is doing about it
Like many victims of unemployment fraud, Duane Thomas only learned that someone had used his identity to file for jobless benefits when a strange 1099-G tax document arrived in his mailbox last month. He reported the mistake in an online form provided by the state Department of Labor and Employment. Within about three weeks, the […]
University of Colorado investigates cyberattack on system
The University of Colorado has reported a cyberattack on its software that likely exposed employee, student, health and research records, officials said. University President Mark Kennedy informed the campus communities Tuesday in an email of the “malicious cyberattack” on software provided by vendor Accellion, calling it “the largest, most complex incident involving data” the system […]
Spreadsheet snafu exposes private data of 30,000 Colorado state employees
The personal data of the state’s 30,000 employees was inadvertently exposed earlier this month when a master spreadsheet was shared with benefits administrators at Colorado higher education institutions. After learning of the information breach on Oct. 7, the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration immediately asked the 38 benefits administrators to delete the email and […]
How California’s data privacy law will change your online experience — no matter where you live
Whether it’s a Social Security number or your mother’s maiden name, it could be easier to find out the personal data companies have about you — and ask them to delete it — starting Jan. 1. That’s when a strict California law goes into effect requiring businesses, including many in Colorado, to make changes like […]
Nearly 3 dozen cybersecurity breaches reported in Colorado since start of consumer data-privacy law
Rarely does a week go by without hearing of another cybersecurity breach that exposed piles of private consumer data to strangers. At least Coloradans can take comfort that should this happen to their own personal data, the attacked company must notify them within 30 days. The state law, which went into effect Sept. 1, has […]
Colorado has one of nation’s strictest consumer data protection laws, as of Sept. 1. Are you ready?
When Colorado’s new consumer data-privacy protection law goes in effect Sept. 1, the rules will be among the strictest in the nation. Any company or public agency storing a Coloradan’s personal details will now need a data-protection policy, a swift notification system and the means to destroy the data when it’s no longer needed. But […]