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Woman arrested in Rapids Theatre disturbance

NIAGARA FALLS – A Saskatchewan woman was arrested after causing a disturbance Friday night at the Rapids Theater on Main Street, Niagara Falls police said.

Lara D. Bomberry, 36, of Regina, was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident in the nightclub about 10:30 p.m. Police said Bomberry was intoxicated and twice punched a security guard, who was trying to keep her from attacking other patrons.

Police said the suspect was taken to Niagara Falls Falls Memorial Medical Center for a physical examination and mental evaluation.

New Mexico Set to Be 48th State with Breach Notification Law

Breach Notification , Data Breach , Legislation[1][2][3]

Gov. Susana Martinez Expected to Sign Measure Soon Eric Chabrow (GovInfoSecurity) March 21, 2017 [4][5] New Mexico Set To Be 48th State With Breach Notification Law Floor of the New Mexico Senate. (Photo: Arianna Sena/Creative Commons)

New Mexico is on the cusp of becoming the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law, which would leave Alabama and South Dakota as the only states without such a statute.

See Also: Three and a Half Crimeware Trends to Watch in 2017[6]

The New Mexico Senate on March 15 passed the Data Breach Notification Act[7], or HB 15, by a 40-0 vote and sent the bill to Gov. Susana Martinez for her signature. The House approved the bill by a 68-0 margin on Feb. 15. A gubernatorial spokesman says Martinez is reviewing the legislation and has 20 days from passage to decide whether to approve it. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Rehm, says he believes his fellow Republican will sign the measure. What took New Mexico so long to enact a data breach notification[8] law? Resistance from some businesses was a key factor, says Mark Medley, who runs ID Theft Resolutions, a not-for-profit organization that supports New Mexicans victimized by identity theft[9]. “Lobbyists who didn’t want it [the bill’s passage] are very strong and influential in Santa Fe,” Medley says.

To win passage this year, Rehm says he worked closely with business representatives, seeking compromises on specific provisions. For instance, earlier data breach notification bills that failed to win passage included a provision that breached organization had only 30 days to notify victims. The law passed this year gives organizations 45 days to issue notification.

Protecting PII

New Mexico’s law, if enacted, would require businesses operating in the state to take reasonable security procedures to safeguard personally identifiable information. Unlike Massachusetts’ law, the New Mexico measure is not prescriptive, giving much latitude to businesses to decide how best to protect PII. The measure also would require organizations to notify the state attorney general if more than 1,000 New Mexicans fell victim to a breach. Breached organizations must notify individuals “in the most expedient time possible, but not later than 45 days following discovery of the security breach,” according to an analysis of bill by the law firm Baker Hostetler[10]. Organizations would be exempt from notification if, after an investigation, it’s determined the breach didn’t pose a significant risk of identity theft or fraud.

Like notification laws in many other states, organizations would be exempt from complying with the New Mexico statute if they must comply with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that governs financial institutions handling private information or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that regulates patient information. The New Mexico measure would require organizations to provide breach victims with advice on how to access personal account statements and credit reports to detect errors resulting from the security breach and also inform them of their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting and Identity Security Act.

Complicated Landscape

Besides 47 states, the District of Columbia and three territories also have data breach notification laws on the books.

“No two state data breach notification laws are alike, and this can create a complicated landscape for privacy teams working to assess privacy incidents and remain compliant across multiple jurisdictions,” says Alan Wall, senior counsel and global privacy officer at Radar, a company that provides online incident response management service. “The nuances of state penalties for noncompliance with data breach laws can have very real impacts on a privacy team already spread thin dealing with a data breach.”

Such concerns have been behind calls for Congress to enact a federal statute to establish a single data breach notification standard that supersedes state laws. But efforts since 2008 to enact such a law have faltered (see Single US Breach Notification Law: Stalled[11]). A national data breach notification law would simplify reporting breaches to law enforcement, citizens and consumers because organizations would only have to follow one set of rules, rather than a patchwork of state requirements.

But a federal data breach notification requirement – at least in the eyes of some consumer advocates – could potentially weaken security safeguards found in some state laws (see Barriers to a Breach Notification Law[12]). For example, Massachusetts’ and California’s data breach notification laws contain prescriptive security processes that likely would not be included in a federal law.

In testimony before Congress in 2015, Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Sara Cable argued that pre-empting state laws could “represent significant retraction of existing protections for consumers at a time when such protections are imperative.”

No legislation[13] calling for a national data breach notification requirement has been introduced in Congress this year, according to a search of “Now we play the waiting game for either state No. 49 to throw its hat into the notification ring or the federal government to pass a law that would unify notification obligations across all states,” says Erich Falke, a partner at the law firm Baker Hostetler who specializes in data privacy and data protection. “I’m not holding my breath for the latter.”


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Deane back with Argos


After three years starting as an offensive lineman with the Ottawa Redblacks, J Micheal Deane didn t want to hear he was going to be a backup and that his paycheque would reflect that. So, instead, he went home, signing with the Toronto Argonauts earlier this week.

It was weird, said the 30-year-old Deane, who started at left guard, beside SirVincent Rogers for much of 2016 in the Redblacks charge to a Grey Cup. They didn t think I would start, they wanted to pay me as a backup. I d have to earn my way back up. After six years in the league, I didn t want to be a backup, I wanted an opportunity. I thought I should be paid as a starter. I wasn t asking for top dollar. Things fell as they fell. In the end, they couldn t afford to pay the contract I would have been comfortable to accept. There s no bitterness, though. Deane says he loves Ottawa, loves his former teammates. But he s excited about an opportunity to play in the city where he got his football start.

Them looking at me to be a backup was a big wow, but they have some younger guys they want to step up, said Deane. I believe Matthew Albright is ready. I ve been telling this guy since we joined the Redblacks that he would be doing amazing things in this league. I m going to be watching every Redblacks game this year, not just for film study, but also to see how these guys are doing as an offensive line. I m sad to leave. I m still connected to those guys, I still have mad love for them.

I try not to hold grudges. I had a great time in Ottawa. It s just business. It s going to be great to go out and play against guys I consider my friends my family. I m still in contact with SirVincent and Jon Gott, I m going to be back in Ottawa in May and I would love to hang out with the guys one last time before it s back to business.

In Ottawa, we went from the worst team to the second best to winning the Grey Cup … the 2016 was a storybook season. You could write a novel, make a movie about it; that s how great it was. It felt great to touch that many souls and make that many people happy.

I just want to play ball. It would have been great to get a massive paycheque. Toronto put together a contract that I was comfortable in signing. It s not much more than I could have gotten in Ottawa, but there s a bit more security in the way they structured it.

I ve got a bunch of friends in Toronto, they re excited to have me come back. I can t wait to play in the city.

Once he became a free agent on Feb. 14, Deane heard from Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto and Saskatchewan. The process was frustrating at times.

They were interested and they d back off, they were interested and they d back off, said Deane. It was kind of stressful. Things started picking up with Toronto, they were really interested. I know a lot of people in Toronto, being able to play in the city where I started playing football it s going to be great.

I m really excited. I was talking to some of the players. I m happy I m going to be part of it. Maybe I m in for another storybook season, that d be great. So, now, it s back to his roots. Deane had the Grey Cup in his hands late in February and took it to a signing day for the Metro Toronto Wildcats at a Boston Pizza. He also visited Selwyn Elementary School and Newtonbrook Secondary with the Cup. When he gets a chance to interact with kids, Deane has a message: Stay in school, get an education. Any athletes hoping go off to university and get a scholarship, get your grades up Do well on the SAT and send film out. I remember being told, No matter how good you are, no school s going to touch you unless you have good grades. Once you get into school, graduate.

I tell them, Football is a blink in your life, but that (graduation) paper will last forever.

Nicknamed The Gentle Giant in high school, Deane hopes to make a difference: The world is at is it can be a mean, dark place. I don t want to add to that. I want to be a light, lend a helping hand, influence somebody to do better.

But when I get out onto the football field, it s a whole different demeanour, it has to be. I can t be gentle out there when everybody s trying to take your head off.

That s good news for the Argos and their football fans.

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