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Security breaches, unauthorized transfers, and corporate account takeovers, oh my!

  • What are a financial institution's obligations under federal and North Carolina law when there has been a security breach involving customer information?
  • When does an incident involving customer information become a "security breach" for which the law requires specific responses?
  • Who must bear the loss when there is an unauthorized transfer of funds in a consumer's account?
  • If a company's bank account is compromised (e.g., by a hacker) in a "corporate account takeover" and funds are transferred from the account without authorization, is the bank required to refund the company's money?

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Some of the hottest topics in financial services law these days involve security breaches, unauthorized transactions, and corporate account takeovers.  I addressed the legal aspects of each of these today in a presentation at the North Carolina Bankers Association's Security Summit.  The Security Summit attracts a great group of committed banking professionals, and I received numerous questions and comments on the topics covered in my presentation.  It was a genuine pleasure to participate in this well-planned, well-executed conference along with other interesting, knowledgeable speakers and competent, diligent bankers. 

I am posting the slides from my presentation here so those who were not able to attend the Security Summit will be able to see the highlights of the talk.*  I hope both bankers and commercial bank customers will find this information helpful and will be prompted to take steps to protect themselves from avoidable losses.

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[*As with all of the information I post here on the blog, this is shared for general educational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.  I will not be updating this information as the law develops, and I reserve the right to change my position on any issue addressed in these materials in the future.]

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