PaPUC Stresses Sales & Marketing Regulations for Competitive Suppliers; Reaffirms Commitment to Disclosure, Integrity of PA’s Retail Energy Markets

Today, April 3, 2019, reaffirming its commitment to full disclosure and integrity in the state’s retail energy markets, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) again is highlighting state regulations governing Marketing and Sales Practices for the Retail Residential Energy Market. In a Secretarial Letter to competitive electric generation and natural gas suppliers (suppliers), consumer and small business advocates, … Continue reading PaPUC Stresses Sales & Marketing Regulations for Competitive Suppliers; Reaffirms Commitment to Disclosure, Integrity of PA’s Retail Energy Markets

PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today, March 28, 2019, releases its first-ever report of Uber’s driver background check process in Pennsylvania.  Also, the PUC is releasing Uber’s implementation plan and directing the Company to proceed with several recommendations which will further strengthen Uber’s background check process in the future. The Commission voted 5-0 to release the PUC report … Continue reading PUC Approves First-Ever Review on Uber’s Driver Background Check Process in Pennsylvania; Recommends Future Improvements

Pipeline Safety Investigation Underway Involving Sunoco Pipeline Located in Berks County

In response to reports of a possible pipeline leak in Berks County, Pennsylvania a safety investigation is underway involving the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E) – the independent investigation and enforcement bureau of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). On Sunday, March 17, 2019, investigators from I&E’s Pipeline Safety Division responded to reports of … Continue reading Pipeline Safety Investigation Underway Involving Sunoco Pipeline Located in Berks County

Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?

{Also posted at cyber.pabar.org} Cyber insurance policies are now standard procedure for companies seeking to shift some risk in case of malware attacks and cyber hacks. In a test of the developing cyber insurance industry, Zurich America Insurance Company is reportedly refusing to pay out a $100 million claim from consumer packaged good company Mondelez, which … Continue reading Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?

Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Phone with Finger or Face, Judge Rules

{Also posted at cyber.pabar.org} On January 10, 2019, a federal magistrate judge limited law enforcement’s requests to utilize biometric features, e.g., finger, facial or iris recognition, to unlock smartphones or computers that may be found at a residence during a search. The ruling came In the Matter of the Search of a Residence in Oakland, California, … Continue reading Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Phone with Finger or Face, Judge Rules

This account has been hacked! Change your password right now! – Or has it?

Recently I received an email that many of my clients have also received recently claiming that "This account has been hacked! Change your password right now!" So it is true? No, probably not.  This spam is trying to trick you into giving them your money.  Don't do it. The Spam The email looks like it … Continue reading This account has been hacked! Change your password right now! – Or has it?

Be Wary of Scammers. Who is calling you to fix your computer?

This month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending checks to people who paid Troth Solutions for computer repairs and other services they didn't need. Remember to be wary of scammers - Microsoft and other companies will not call you unsolicited to fix your computer. According to an FTC complaint, Troth Solutions pretended to be associated with major … Continue reading Be Wary of Scammers. Who is calling you to fix your computer?

Governor Wolf on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today, February 8, 2019, released the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) suspension of review of all clean water permit applications and other pending approvals associated with the Energy Transfer, L.P. (ET) and subsidiaries until further notice due to non-compliance: “The Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading Governor Wolf on DEP Pipeline Permit Bar

Cybersecurity for small business: Email authentication 101

As a business person, you may know about phishing. At first glance, the email looks like it comes from a recognized company, complete with a familiar logo, slogan, and URL. But it’s really from a cyber crook trying to con you out of account numbers, passwords, or cash. In addition to the serious injury these … Continue reading Cybersecurity for small business: Email authentication 101

PUC Investigation of Mariner East 1 Pipeline Incident in Chester County

On January 25, 2019, the safety investigation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC’s) independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) – which includes the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division – regarding Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline, operated by Sunoco Pipeline LP, a/k/a Energy Transfer Partners (SPLP), has now shifted to detailed geological surveys around a “sinkhole” … Continue reading PUC Investigation of Mariner East 1 Pipeline Incident in Chester County