A coalition of U.S. and European consumer advocates on Tuesday pushed the Federal Trade Commission and the Irish privacy regulator to block Facebook Inc. from gathering users' web browsing activities to better target advertisements, arguing the planned data collection expansion would violate the site's previous privacy commitments.
An unnamed journalist who claimed in a copyright and privacy suit that Bernabei & Wachtel PLLC publicly shared a video she took of her supervisor's alleged sexual harassment in order to bolster a separate case renewed her claims in D.C. federal court Monday, months after the dismissal of her D.C. Superior Court suit.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a trio of bills designed to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure like power plants and financial markets, variously enabling greater public-private cooperation and directing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to further advance its cybersecurity efforts.
A New York judge on Monday found grand jury proceedings against a former trader for a Flow Traders BV affiliate and an associate of his were legally sound, setting the stage for a trial on charges that they schemed to steal the Dutch trading house’s proprietary software and set up their own shop.
Hooters of America LLC was hit Monday with a proposed class action in California federal court accusing the restaurant chain of peppering consumers with spam text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
A South Carolina-based hospital is notifying nearly 39,000 patients that the recent theft of an unencrypted laptop from one of its facilities might have compromised protected health data including Social Security numbers and payment card information, the hospital said Monday.
A pair of court rulings in California and Massachusetts in recent years has caused an explosion in class actions over retailers' collection of ZIP codes and other personal data during sales transactions, and attorneys say lingering uncertainties about what data-gathering activities are off-limits will continue to fuel the suits.
A pair of federal lawmakers is pushing the White House to include concrete privacy rules in an upcoming executive order expected to tackle the integration of commercial drones into domestic airspace, arguing that voluntary recommendations would fail to curb the most egregious privacy violations.
A mechanical engineer recently fired by Ford Motor Co. is reportedly at the center of a federal investigation for allegedly planting listening devices around the company's headquarters to monitor meetings, raising concerns the devices had been planted to steal trade secrets.
The Eleventh Circuit on Friday lifted a bar on enforcement of a Florida “gun gag” law restricting doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, saying it doesn’t violate the First Amendment and calling the plaintiffs’ fears that doctors could face discipline for “offending a patient’s subjective sensibilities” unfounded.
Europe's data protection authorities on Thursday pressed Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. to detail their responses to a recent ruling requiring search engines to honor users' data-deletion requests, saying the feedback would help the regulators formulate guidance on the issue.
A putative class action filed Wednesday in Florida state court claims that Nexogy Inc. and its parent LD Telecommunications released customers' private information, including financial data, on the Internet, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a Georgia federal court order dismissing LabMD Inc.’s challenge to its authority to police data-security standards, arguing the court correctly held it does not have jurisdiction to “entertain a lawsuit” to enjoin agency proceedings.
The U.K.’s data protection watchdog said Thursday online travel services company Think W3 Ltd. was fined 150,000 pounds ($254,677) for allegedly failing to secure consumers’ financial information, resulting in the theft of more than 1 million credit card and debit card records.
An alleged British hacker has been indicted for allegedly breaking into computers and pilfering data from the FBI, U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies, federal prosecutors in Virginia said Thursday, marking the third set of related charges levied against the man in nine months.
The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled that Latvian Gozi virus ringleader Deniss Čalovskis can't escape being extradited to the U.S. to face charges alleging he stole personal bank account information and infected more than 40,000 computers in the U.S., but said the Latvian courts should not have detained him while the extradition decision was pending.
Citigroup Inc. unit LavaFlow Inc., a leading alternative trading platform, agreed Friday to pay $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges of failing to protect confidential trading data, marking the latest action regulators have taken against off-exchange trading venues.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday issued twin rulings backing police authority to track suspects through their cellphones, in one case absent a warrant, rejecting claims from two convicted murderers that the searches violated their rights under the Fourth Amendment.
Brazil's consumer protection regulator has fined the country's telecom powerhouse Oi SA 3.5 million reais ($1.59 million) for allegedly failing to notify Internet users that their browsing activities would be tracked and sold to third-party advertisers, the Brazilian government said Wednesday.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action alleging Bank of America and an affiliate enrolled and charged bank customers for accidental-death insurance without consent, saying the plaintiffs didn't state a plausible claim for relief or detail their fraud-based claims.
Retailers, when is the last time you spoke with your bank about security? Now may be a good time, according to the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center. A new email scam has been targeting CTOs, CFOs and comptrollers in particular, says Sue Ross of Norton Rose Fulbright.
This week, the Eleventh Circuit will hear appeals in two Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases centered on whether a Rule 68 offer of judgment can completely moot a class action. While the court may follow suit and adopt either the Seventh Circuit or Ninth Circuit rule, the door is open for a decision that changes the class action landscape, say David Carpenter and James Cash of Alston & Bird LLP.
From Rivera v. Albany Medical Center Hospital and Marano v. Mercy Hospital, defendants will likely be unable to obtain summary judgment in medical malpractice cases without disclosing the name of the medical expert submitting an affidavit, says Justin Salkin of Hiscock & Barclay LLP.
In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
While the focus on personal injury coverage has been on whether it protects against hacking events, little concern has been expressed regarding whether that coverage protects against other types of breach of privacy claims that might occur as a result of everyday cyberactivities — Springer v. Erie Insurance Exchange provides an example of just such a claim, say attorneys at Hunton & Williams LLP.
A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.
In calling for greater transparency among data brokers in their collection practices, a recently issued report from the Federal Trade Commission will likely push the agency to scrutinize organizations that use the services of or share information with data brokers in order to accurately and fully disclose such practices, say attorneys at King & Spalding LLP.
For the past two years, a federal court in New Jersey has considered important data security issues in the Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. litigation. Two recent opinions issued by the court now have brought that case back into the news — and made clear that the stakes are as high as ever, say Archis Parasharami and Stephen Lilley of Mayer Brown LLP.
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A Ninth Circuit decision in Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp. provides much-needed guidance and a clear limitation on the vicarious liability concepts introduced by the Federal Communications Commission to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation mix, say Paul Werner and J. Aaron George of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.