The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said Tuesday that it has selected the commercial use of facial recognition technology as the next topic for industry groups, privacy advocates and others to tackle as part of a White House-led effort to craft voluntary privacy codes of conduct.
The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it will soon hold a series of seminars to probe the privacy implications of issues ranging from mobile device tracking to the security of consumer health data, a move attorneys say advances the commission's hotly contested bid to establish itself as the leading authority on privacy matters.
Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Tuesday defended the FTC's decision to approve the massive $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. but told Congress the antitrust agency would monitor further consolidation of the pharmacy benefits management market.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against an energy supply firm, ruling that a U.S. Supreme Court decision from January 2012 allows such suits to be brought in New York federal court.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP said Tuesday it has beefed up its privacy and data security, investigations and trade and cross-border disputes practice areas with the addition of the last U.S. ambassador to Australia, who returned to the firm after four years abroad.
New York regulators have expanded their investigation into illegal payday loans by issuing subpoenas to 16 Internet-based companies they say may be ensnaring consumers in fraud schemes by marketing illegal financing agreements and subjecting them to privacy breaches, the Cuomo administration said Tuesday.
The Federal Trade Commission on Monday unveiled a spring 2014 agenda aimed at tackling emerging consumer privacy issues, revealing an increased agency focus on mobile device tracking, predictive behavioral modeling practices and the security of consumer health information.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Monday continued his privacy crusade against the expanding domain of drones, this time taking aim at Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeffrey Bezos' controversial announcement Sunday that the online retail giant may use drones to deliver packages.
Google Inc. has violated Dutch data protection law by failing to give consumers adequate notice or to obtain proper consent before combining their personal data from various Google services to create detailed data profiles, the country’s privacy regulator said Thursday.
The European Commission last week pushed for the tightening of transparency and oversight mechanisms in the safe harbor agreement that governs the transfer of data between the U.S. and European Union, a move attorneys say will prompt U.S. regulators to step up their scrutiny of the way multinational companies handle users' data.
Ecuador urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to overturn a decision allowing Chevron Corp. to subpoena the identities of 39 anonymous nonparties in the oil giant's New York racketeering suit over a $19 billion pollution judgment, saying Chevron seeks to trample the privacy rights of Ecuadorean citizens.
A data breach at the University of Washington Medical Center and its affiliated Harborview Medical Center exposed some 90,000 patients' sensitive identification and financial information, including Social Security numbers, but not the details of patients' medical conditions or treatment, a spokeswoman said Monday.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, lashed out at the Department of Homeland Security on Monday following a report revealing gaps in the department’s cybersecurity program.
Symantec Corp. on Monday once again succeeded in persuading a California judge to toss a proposed class action accusing it of hiding a software vulnerability that left its customers open to cyberattacks, though the plaintiff will have one final chance to correct her complaint.
A Canadian telemarketer has been ordered to pay $5.1 million to reimburse victims of a car-buying scam, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.
A Los Angeles Lakers Inc. ticket holder leading a putative class action against the team on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to reject the team’s arguments that the language of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act is ambiguous, saying the Lakers never presented that argument in district court and that the law is clear.
The Internal Revenue Service has improved its information security, but the agency needs to do more to combat an ongoing barrage of cyberattacks, according to a watchdog agency report made public Monday.
The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act does not preempt state robocall bans, paving the way for the enforcement of more restrictive state statutes that experts say will lead to a spike in class actions over unwanted telemarketing solicitations.
A group of U.S. lawmakers, seeking to restore trust with the European Union after recent revelations concerning U.S. surveillance programs threatened talks on a groundbreaking trade pact, said they expect laws covering government surveillance programs to change in response to the controversy, the European Parliament said Wednesday.
The Federal Trade Commission fired back Wednesday at LabMD Inc.'s contention that federal health privacy law trumps the agency's data security claims, arguing that it has a broad mandate to protect personal information that complements health regulators' similar authority.
In upholding a general liability policy involving medical data breach, a California federal court in Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Corcino & Associates underscored that there may be valuable data breach coverage under so-called “traditional” or “legacy” policies that should not be overlooked, says Roberta Anderson of K&L Gates LLP.
When researching an expert, look for whether the expert’s opinion and methodology in the case is consistent with the expert’s approach outside of litigation. Inconsistency in an expert’s opinion not only is great fodder for cross-examination, but might also point to a more serious methodological problem that can form the basis for a Daubert challenge, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
From dog sniffs and DNA to the Voting Rights Act and DOMA, the U.S. Supreme Court had its hands full in the last term. And 2013 brings an equally lively docket, with decisions expected on campaign spending, recess appointments and affirmative action, to name a few. There will also be more cases on Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, and no fewer than eight cases involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says Jason Steed of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
Adoption of the EU's new data protection regulation may still be some time away, but companies should already be considering what changes will likely be required in their data protection policies, what resources will need to be allocated to data protection compliance, and how to prioritize areas where the impact of the regulation could be the most significant, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that warrants to search premises must expressly authorize the police to search computers found therein. The decision has important implications for criminal and quasi-criminal prosecutions, and best business practices, say Jack Coop and Graham Reynolds of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers are adapting to courts’ historic skepticism toward data privacy suits by developing creative new legal theories. Their biggest challenge is overcoming the constitutional requirement that, to obtain standing in federal court, plaintiffs must show “an injury-in-fact” that is “concrete and particularized,” say Lisa Rickard of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Robert McKenna, co-head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's public policy group and the former attorney general of Washington state.
Unfortunately, while growing companies will certainly benefit from the expanded opportunity to locate and secure new investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new general solicitation rules may bring higher costs for fundraising, exposure to significant liabilities under privacy laws and loss of important protections for intellectual property portfolios, says Jeremy Glaser of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
The Florida Senate is considering joining a multitude of states that have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Indeed, using social media sites to vet a candidate generally provides employers with access to personal information that can expose the employer to a potential lawsuit, says Lillian Chaves Moon of Jackson Lewis LLP.
Relying on advances in technology that increase efficiency allowed firms during the past few years to reduce the ratio of lawyers to legal assistants from as low as 1-1 to as much as a 4-1. Now is not the time to stress about negative publicity that often results from staff layoffs. Your attention to your bottom line easily translates into an appropriate concern for your clients’ bottom lines, says Allan Colman of The Closers Group.
When is it safe to rely on the research of a junior associate? You may have seen this coming, but it is almost never entirely safe. The law is simply too riddled with dangerous twists and turns that are hard to spot. And these are not traps that can be avoided with common sense. Indeed, attorneys who follow what is normally considered the sensible path of trusting in their judgment of what is reasonable are apt to be betrayed by the law, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.