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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Privacy Perils: Holiday Cybersecurity Warning

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December 4, 2015

In a November 30, 2015, press release, updated on December 3, 2015, in an online posting of Frequently Asked Questions VTech, a maker of digital, internet-connected toys, announced an unauthorized party accessed its Learning Lodge app store database. VTech disclosed that more than 5 million of its customer (parent) accounts, and 6 million related kid profiles were affected. Of that number, more than 2 million parent accounts, and approximately 2.9 million kid profiles, are associated with its United States customers.

VTech said none of its customers' credit card data was stored or accessed. However, VTech advised that its compromised customer database included parent names, email addresses, passwords, and secret question answers, and children's names, gender and birthdates. VTech confirmed that the breach extended to its Kid Connect service, which allows parents using a smartphone app to chat with their kids using a VTech tablet. However, because its investigation is ongoing, VTech cannot confirm at this stage whether photos and chats of children and their parents have been taken.

According to one data security professional, by linking the compromised data the hacker(s) may be able to identify the name, age and address of thousands of children.

The VTech data breach is a reminder that any information you provide online is at risk. As you make holiday purchases, especially toys for your children or children of others, be especially mindful of the personal information you disclose when setting up an account, registering a product, etc.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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