Privacy

  • July 22, 2016

    Apple, Google Account Hacker Gets 6 Months

    A California federal judge has sentenced an Oregon man to six months in prison for hacking into more than 300 Apple and Google email accounts and lifting explicit photos belonging to female celebrities and others residing in the Los Angeles area, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • July 22, 2016

    Consumer Seeks Sanctions Against Kohl's Attys In TCPA Case

    A Kohl's Department Stores customer who sued the company for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by means of harassing debt collection calls asked a Florida federal judge Friday to sanction the company and its attorneys for misleading actions regarding depositions.

  • July 22, 2016

    Auto Industry Group Floats Cybersecurity Best Practices

    The automotive industry’s cyberthreat information sharing group on Thursday released a set of privacy best practices aimed at guarding against cybersecurity risks that may arise as cars become increasingly connected to the internet and to one another.

  • July 22, 2016

    Trans Union Seeks Decert. Of Suit Over 'Criminal' Tag

    Trans Union LLC cited the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision in pushing a California federal judge to decertify a class accusing the credit information company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not allowing consumers to contest criminal and terrorist alerts on reports sent to landlords.

  • July 22, 2016

    9th Circ. Won't Put Off Ex-Reuters Editor's Hacking Sentence

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday shot down former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys’ bid to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction and two-year sentence on charges that he helped the hacker group Anonymous break into the Los Angeles Times’ website and alter content.

  • July 22, 2016

    CVS' MinuteClinic Can't Duck Autodialing Suit, Consumer Says

    CVS Pharmacy Inc.’s in-store MinuteClinic LLC can’t escape a proposed class action over alleged unsolicited autodialing, a consumer argued Thursday, saying he simply made a mistake by giving a deposition suggesting he wasn’t in Illinois when the clinic called him, which the companies said deprives the court of jurisdiction.

  • July 22, 2016

    FCC Chairman Pushes Carriers To Help Block Robocalls

    The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday called on major wireless and landline phone companies to offer free call-blocking services to customers in an effort to combat robocalls, the “number one source of complaints” at the FCC, the commissioner said.

  • July 22, 2016

    Privacy Cases To Watch In 2016: Midyear Report

    The privacy legal landscape shows no signs of cooling off this year, with the continued fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Spokeo ruling, disputes over the Federal Trade Commission's data security authority and the validity of the new trans-Atlantic data transfer Privacy Shield likely to dominate the headlines. Here, attorneys flag some of the top privacy cases and disputes they'll be keeping their eye on in the second half of 2016.

  • July 21, 2016

    Tiversa CEO Requests Suit Stay After FBI Raid On His HQ

    The former CEO of cybersecurity firm Tiversa asked a Pennsylvania state court Thursday to freeze his defamation action against LabMD in a long-running dispute over alleged extortion as the FBI probes his company.

  • July 21, 2016

    NY Court Denies Moody’s Bid To Access Tax Docs

    A New York appellate court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s order that agreed with the state’s taxation and finance department's decision to withhold certain documents that Moody’s Corp. requested, ruling that they are exempt under laws covering taxpayer and government agency privacy.

  • July 21, 2016

    Mich. Justices' Ruling Ends Pandora Row, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision tossing a proposed class action against Pandora Media Inc. for revealing users’ listening habits after the Michigan Supreme Court held earlier this month that a man didn’t rent or borrow songs from the streaming service.

  • July 21, 2016

    US Made 135K Asks For Mobile Data Since January: Verizon

    Verizon Communications inc. received 135,000 demands for customer information from U.S. law enforcement during the first half of 2016, according to a report on transparency that the phone provider put out on Wednesday.

  • July 21, 2016

    'Hurt Locker' Writer Says Gov't Can't Have Bergdahl Tapes

    The screenwriter behind “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” sued the federal government Wednesday, urging a California federal court to keep his interviews with U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, featured in the popular podcast “Serial,” out of the accused deserter’s court-martial.

  • July 21, 2016

    Covington Launches Cyber Response Team With Mandiant Pro

    Covington & Burling LLP has launched a new cybersecurity incident response team composed of both lawyers and advisers, including a former top executive at information security company Mandiant, to meet the demands of clients facing multiple, concurrent incidents on a global scale, according to a statement by the firm.

  • July 21, 2016

    Google Says Spokeo Shuts Down Student Email Privacy Suit

    The more than 700 university students, faculty and staff accusing Google Inc. of scanning their emails for targeted advertising have no case because claims of mere privacy violations without a consequential harm is not enough to sue under the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision, the tech giant told a California federal judge Wednesday.

  • July 21, 2016

    Filipino Man Cops To Running $9M Cybercrime Ring

    A Filipino national on Wednesday pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to a count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for running a $9 million international cybercrime operation that monetized stolen credit and debit card information, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • July 21, 2016

    UK Firm Wallets Feel More Of Cyberfraud's Sting

    Hackers are reeling in money from law firms in email “phishing” expeditions, a U.K. accounting firm said Wednesday, causing a sharp rise in cyberfraud-induced losses in recent months.

  • July 20, 2016

    Internet User Asks To Delete Paxfire's $80M Defamation Suit

    An internet user suing defunct advertising software company Paxfire asked a New York federal judge Wednesday to toss the company’s $80 million countersuit accusing her of defamation, saying she wasn’t responsible for a leaked complaint used in a news article over her proposed class action.

  • July 20, 2016

    Spokeo Saves SuperValu Data Breach MDL, 8th Circ. Told

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to revive multidistrict litigation alleging grocery chain SuperValu Inc. failed to shield shoppers' personal information from data breaches, arguing in an amicus brief that shoppers do have standing under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Spokeo ruling.

  • July 20, 2016

    France Gives Microsoft 90-Day Clock On Privacy Violations

    French privacy officials directed Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday to curtail collections of user data within 90 days, saying features of Windows 10 tracking and data transfers overstep legal bounds.

Expert Analysis

  • Microsoft Search Warrant Case Is A Win For Privacy

    Bradley S. Shear

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling that the U.S. Department of Justice may not utilize a U.S. search warrant to access customer data stored overseas is a victory for not only personal privacy rights but also for the theory that people’s rights in the physical world should be extended to the digital world, says attorney Bradley Shear.

  • Workplace Video Monitoring: What Employers Need To Know

    Barbara E. Hoey

    Given the availability and effectiveness of inexpensive video equipment, many companies use video to monitor their entire operations for safety, security and quality control. But video surveillance can have unintended consequences well beyond its intended purpose, say Mark Konkel and Barbara Hoey at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Ensuring Vendors Aren't The Weak Link In Your Security Chain

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    Get rid of the notions that your vendors will take care of their own security and that you do not need to worry about what they do. The conceptual approach for managing vendors should mirror the conceptual approach for managing information security risk internally, say David Winters and Andrew Foreman of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

  • Catch These 'Pokemon Go' Data Collection Lessons

    Brian H. Lam

    The meteoric rise in popularity of the mobile game "Pokemon Go" provides three key privacy takeaways for would-be application developers and their marketing partners, says Brian Lam of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • The EU-US Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide

    Lisa J. Sotto

    The Privacy Shield — formally adopted last week — is more flexible, more convenient and less costly than other available data transfer mechanisms. Organizations that will derive the most benefit from the Privacy Shield are those that route the majority of their EU-originating personal data from the EU to the U.S., say Lisa Sotto, leader of Hunton & Williams LLP's privacy and cybersecurity practice, and Christopher Hydak.

  • VPN Dilemma: Anonymous Expression Vs. Defamation

    Adam C. Sherman

    The combination of cheap virtual private networks and federal law that protects websites from liability can cause serious problems for victims of online attacks. It will only get worse as VPNs become more popular. This is a situation where technology is outpacing the law, and it needs to be addressed, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • Business Associates Beware: More HHS Enforcement Ahead

    Rebecca L. Williams

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' settlement with Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia indicates we will begin to see settlements with business associates interspersed with covered entity settlements in the coming years and that HHS will continue to scrutinize business associates' Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance, say attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • 7 Cybersecurity Lessons From Clinton Email Case

    John Reed Stark

    With respect to the possibility of a data breach of her basement email server, Hillary Clinton’s statements exacerbated her already troublesome situation, provided critics with additional fodder for further pummeling and even prompted a lengthy federal criminal investigation. C-suite executives should learn from her ordeal, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC and former chief of the U.S. Securities and... (continued)

  • SEC’s Cybersecurity Playbook

    Brian Rubin

    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s cybersecurity playbook is just coming to light, it has clues about how the SEC views cybersecurity issues and, in particular, breaches. With adequate preparation, there should be no need to throw a Hail Mary pass or to deflate the SEC’s tires in the parking lot, say attorneys with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.