Privacy RSS

  • April 18, 2014

    Perkins Coie Nabs Bingham Privacy, IP Group Head In Calif.

    Perkins Coie LLP has bolstered its Internet privacy and class action capabilities by adding to its Palo Alto, Calif., office the former co-chair of Bingham McCutchen LLP's privacy and intellectual property groups, the firm said Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2014

    White House Unveils Online User Data Collection Policy

    The Obama administration revamped its privacy policy Friday, laying out the ground rules for how the government will track the public's information through the WhiteHouse.gov website, email subscriptions, mobile apps and even social media.

  • April 18, 2014

    UPMC's Estimate Of Data Breach Victims Skyrockets To 27K

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said on Thursday that up to 27,000 of its employees could have been affected by a security breach that has already resulted in hundreds of false tax returns being filed under workers' names.

  • April 18, 2014

    ACLU Seeks To Open Up Gov't Bid To Muzzle Twitter, Yahoo

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday made a push to join a dispute over the government's ability to prohibit Twitter Inc. and Yahoo Inc. from disclosing grand jury investigations to users, urging a D.C. federal court to unseal the proceedings and allow the companies to participate.

  • April 18, 2014

    Wyndham Wants Quick Appeal In FTC Data Security Suit

    Wyndham Worldwide Corp. on Thursday pushed a New Jersey federal judge to let it immediately appeal a ruling refusing to shut down the Federal Trade Commission's data security suit against it, arguing the case presented “hotly contested and critically important” issues regarding the scope of the agency's statutory authority.

  • April 18, 2014

    General Mills Says Its New Policies Don't Block Litigation

    General Mills Inc. hit back against media criticism Thursday in explaining that its website’s privacy policy, updated earlier this month, does not preclude consumers from filing suit against the company after they’ve simply purchased its products or “liked” a General Mills brand Facebook page.

  • April 18, 2014

    Energy Lawmakers Press FERC On Classified Docs Policy

    Leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday demanded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reveal how it manages sensitive security information, after a watchdog said the commission erroneously leaked documents related to an assault on a California transmission substation that should have been classified.

  • April 18, 2014

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Data Security Pro From Wilson Elser

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has strengthened its privacy and data security group and its intellectual property and technology practice in Chicago with the addition of a shareholder from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, the firm said Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2014

    W.Va. High Court Allows Recording Of Lawyer Cocaine Deal

    West Virginia’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a recording of a conversation in which an attorney sold cocaine to an informant in his law offices was admissible in the criminal case against him, overturning a circuit court decision.

  • April 17, 2014

    Scalia Laments High Court Role In NSA Surveillance Case

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday again lamented the court’s likely role as final arbiter for the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs, saying it was the “least qualified” government arm to decide the issue, given related national security concerns to which it was not privy.

  • April 17, 2014

    How To Avoid SEC’s Coming Cybersecurity Crackdown

    In a recently released blueprint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlined steps it expects banks and other financial firms to take to safeguard their online data, leaving Wall Street scrambling to avoid an expected crackdown. Here, attorneys offer steps companies can take to escape the regulator’s wrath.

  • April 17, 2014

    Michaels, Aaron Brothers Confirm Payment Card Breach

    Michaels Stores Inc. confirmed Thursday that computer systems containing millions of customer payment cards used at Michaels and Aaron Brothers craft stores were breached by hackers using malware, but said the malware has been contained and no longer poses a threat.

  • April 17, 2014

    Facebook Unveils Location-Sharing Feature

    Facebook Inc. rolled out an optional feature Thursday in its flagship smartphone application that allows users to broadcast their physical proximity to friends, stressing that users will control who sees such information and that precise locations can't be shared without an extra affirmative step.

  • April 17, 2014

    General Mills Looks To Send Facebook Friends To Arbitration

    General Mills Inc. sought this week to bind a huge group of consumers to its arbitration agreement if they so much as join its Facebook page, an unprecedented move that stretches the boundaries of consent and will struggle to survive judicial scrutiny, even post-Concepcion, attorneys say.

  • April 17, 2014

    GAO Says SEC Open To Cyberattack, Contractor Unmonitored

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s information technology has been vulnerable to attack partly because the agency failed to oversee the work of a contractor hired to move a key financial system to a new location, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report said Thursday.

  • April 17, 2014

    Va. High Court Lets School Shield Climatologist's Emails

    The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday blocked an environmental policy think tank from gaining access to email records from a former University of Virginia climate scientist, ruling that the academic's personal correspondence relating to his research isn't a matter of public record.

  • April 17, 2014

    SEC Unveils Layout For Cybersecurity Examinations

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has outlined a plan to conduct a series of examinations of Wall Street firms in order to assess their readiness to prevent and respond to attacks on cybersecurity, according to documents released Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2014

    NFL's Bills Win OK For $2.5M Deal Over Excessive Texts

    The Buffalo Bills professional football franchise won preliminary approval in Florida federal court on Tuesday of a $3 million deal settling class claims that a mobile alert program for news on the team sent out more text messages than fans had agreed to receive.

  • April 17, 2014

    Coca-Cola Stuck In Text-Spam Suit After Dodging Discovery

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to nix a class action accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of text-spamming consumers, saying the company can’t bring a dispositive motion until it stops ducking calls to identify its marketing contractors.

  • April 16, 2014

    Secret US Watch Lists Upheld In 'Kafkaesque' No-Fly Suit

    A California federal judge upheld the U.S. government's right to maintain secret watch lists of suspected terrorists, following the “Kafkaesque” case of a Stanford-educated Malaysian architect whose career was harmed after federal agents put her name on a “no fly” list by mistake, according to an order unsealed Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Evolving New Normal For Data Breach Responses

    Mark Salah Morgan

    The Target Corp. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey data breaches differed in manner, size and scope, but both reveal the vulnerabilities all companies are facing. A nuanced, more responsive, and more uniform legal and regulatory framework is required. That environment is being shaped by private actions, legislative and administrative responses, and various corporate initiatives, say Mark Salah Morgan and Andres Acebo of Day Pitney LLP.

  • With McSweeny Confirmed, What To Expect From FTC

    Steven Sunshine

    The recent confirmation of Terrell McSweeny to the Federal Trade Commission creates a Democratic majority, sparking anticipation of more aggressive enforcement by the FTC. Indeed, having participated in a number of high-profile antitrust matters, Commissioner McSweeny is unlikely to shy away from enforcement where warranted. But it is not clear whether the voting blocks materially lessened the commission’s overall enforcement zeal, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Mobile Enforcement Continues To Be APPealing To FTC

    Crystal N. Skelton

    Since the Federal Trade Commission announced its first enforcement action involving a mobile app back in 2011, the commission has actively brought privacy cases against app developers under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Oftentimes, the FTC's actions came from a disconnect between the privacy policies and actions a mobile app or device took, which may have resulted from an update without alerting consumers, say Alysa Hutnik and Crystal Skelton of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • Connected Cars Collide With Consumer Privacy

    Nancy Libin

    Some predict "connected cars" will generate revenue of more than $25 billion in 2014 and more than $130 billion in 2019. But before automakers, mobile app developers and others in the connected car ecosystem can cash in, legislators and regulators have difficult data privacy issues to address, says Nancy Libin, a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and former chief privacy and civil liberties officer of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Antitrust Guidance On Cybersecurity Reaffirms Old Approach

    Jamillia Ferris

    Though the antitrust agencies’ recent policy statement on cybersecurity information-sharing is consistent with prior guidance, it is significant. It is not likely that cybersecurity legislation will become law anytime soon, and this statement responds to industry’s concerns by clearly establishing that properly designed and executed cyberthreat information-sharing does not raise antitrust concerns, say Jamillia Padua Ferris and Paul Tiao of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Know Your Red Flags For The Identity Theft Red Flag Rule

    John S. Servidio

    With data privacy and identity theft being a top issue for the national media and federal regulators, even organizations not subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s Red Flags Rule should consider implementing an identity theft prevention program to manage business and legal risk due to data breaches, say John Servidio and Amy Worley of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Medicare Data Release May Spur Health Care Investigations

    Eric D. Fader

    Some industry observers have speculated that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' recent release of data on Medicare reimbursement payments to health care providers will result in an increase in whistleblower claims under the False Claims Act. While that remains to be seen, "outlier" providers identified in the data may be wise to prepare for some unwanted attention, say Eric Fader and Elizabeth Kim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • Home Entertainment Market Offers Opportunity And Peril

    F. Paul Pittman

    The emergence of “smart” technology is opening new avenues for advertisers and media and entertainment companies to reach consumers at home and provide them with content and services in a new interactive, direct and personalized manner. But companies must be aware of the potential dangers in this space and take certain steps to ensure transparency in their data collection efforts, says F. Paul Pittman of Sedgwick LLP.