Beazley Insurance Co. filed a suit in New York federal court Wednesday claiming it is not responsible to pay a claim Schnuck Markets made seeking millions of dollars in response to a cyberattack that compromised the credit and debit card information of about 2.4 million Schnuck customers last year.
Austria and Luxembourg announced Friday that they would block the European Union's attempt to pass new savings income rules intended to curb tax avoidance and increase transparency in international banking until Switzerland and other alleged tax havens also agreed to new reforms.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the province of Alberta's privacy law is unconstitutional because it unfairly restricts unions' ability to collect and use personal information on individuals during a lawful labor strike, and gave lawmakers a year to overhaul the legislation.
California state Sen. Ron Calderon claims in a suit filed Wednesday that federal authorities asked him to wear a wire to record conversations with other state lawmakers, then leaked an affidavit alleging he had accepted $88,000 in bribes when he refused to participate in the operation.
An Anonymous-affiliated hacker who stole data from intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting Inc. and others was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, after a judge rejected his argument that his so-called hacktivism was Martin Luther King Jr.-styled civil disobedience.
Cancer diagnosis firm LabMD Inc. fired back Thursday against the Federal Trade Commission’s “intrusive” probe of its alleged security breach, advancing a bold theory that the government had funded the breach and that the agency’s enforcement push is merely retaliation for the CEO’s outspoken criticism of the agency in recent years.
The U.S. Department of Justice shot back at a secure email provider's attempt to block the government from obtaining a private encryption key to access data believed to belong to Edward Snowden, telling the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday that companies have the obligation to “unlock the front door.”
A European Union official recently urged companies and other entities to capitalize on the growing "big data" business already underway in the U.S. and other countries, but experts warn that the proposal faces a potentially insurmountable hurdle in the bloc's plan to tighten its data protection and security rules.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday rebutted an effort by Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack to suppress wiretap evidence in his corruption case, calling the motions "meritless" and assuring the court that all wiretap evidence was legally and properly gathered.
A former FBI agent who copped to leaking classified information to the Associated Press about a failed al-Qaida bomb plot was sentenced to more than 3 1/2 years in prison on Thursday, in a case that led to the U.S. Department of Justice's controversial decision to subpoena AP employees' phone records.
A former U.S. State Department analyst charged with leaking classified information to a Fox News reporter lost a bid Wednesday to compel discovery of certain materials from the U.S. Justice Department, this after a federal judge affirmed her refusal to adopt the Fourth Circuit's definition of "national defense information."
A California federal judge approved a $600,000 settlement Thursday in a class action accusing OfficeMax North America Inc. of illegally recording customers' ZIP codes, four months after initially rejecting the deal because the proposed attorneys’ fees didn’t account for the payout coming in coupons rather than cash.
A bill introduced in Congress on Thursday would update sections of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act relating to the collection, use and disclosure of children’s personal information and establish new protections for personal information of children and teens.
Autonomic Resources, the first company to have its cybersecurity practices approved under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, won U.S. Department of Defense approval of its cloud computing platform Tuesday, expanding its opportunities to sell cloud computing services within the military.
Finding creative solutions to legal dilemmas faced by clients like Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. requires a special talent for navigating the uncharted waters of tech law, something Cooley LLP partner Michael Rhodes has in spades and that has earned him his third consecutive spot on Law360's list of Privacy MVPs.
Google Inc. revealed on Thursday that the rate of government data requests continues to soar as it unveiled its first transparency report since revelations about government surveillance by former security contractor Edward Snowden sparked the company’s campaign for greater disclosure rights.
Liechtenstein will soon join the ranks of 61 other nations that have signed an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development information-sharing agreement that aims to thwart tax evasion by creating a worldwide, automatic exchange, the country said Thursday.
Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and three others pushed the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to force the government to be more forthcoming on its reasons for blocking them from disclosing government requests for user data, saying Tuesday the secrecy is neither justified nor constitutional.
A dozen New York City parents launched a suit Wednesday in state court seeking to block the state Education Department from launching a data aggregation project they allege would give inBloom Inc. and other third parties unlawful access to students’ personal data.
The benefits for future claimants seeking compensation from asbestos bankruptcy trusts provided under a bill the U.S. House of Representatives greenlighted Wednesday would outweigh the potential privacy issues opponents say come with it, attorneys say.
Although it may take some time for the Insurance Services Office's new data breach exclusionary endorsements to make their way into general liability policies, they provide another reason for companies to carefully consider specialty cyber insurance. Even where insurance policies do not contain the newer limitations or exclusions, insurers may argue that cyber risks are not covered under traditional policies, says Robert Anderson of K&L Gates LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Lone Star National Bank NA v. Heartland Payment Systems Inc., and the First Circuit’s July 2012 decision in Patco Construction Co. v. People’s United Bank, may help define the standard of care that businesses owe other businesses in connection with cybersecurity, say Edward McNicholas and Catherine Valerio Barrad of Sidley Austin LLP.
Lawyers who aren’t actively engaged in online reputation management not only miss out on valuable opportunities but also run the risk of actually harming their marketing efforts, say Cristina Vivenzio Brennan of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC and Lisa Ramsey Woodford of Paris Social Media Marketing.
With the specter of another anniversary of Sept. 11 just passing, a patient and vigilant look at integrating unmanned air vehicles into the U.S. airspace is wise. The time is right to be sure a cybersecurity framework is established before a swarm of drones unduly susceptible to hacking are roaming the country, says Matthew Kalas of Locke Lord LLP.
The California Legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act that will come as a disappointment for the online advertising industry, but less so than a mandate to honor “do not track” signals would be, says Alan Friel of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
The risks of interconnected networks have become increasingly public, resulting in an upsurge in the demand for cyberinsurance. However, as shown in the recent case of the cyberattack on the New York Times' homepage, the contours of appropriate cyberinsurance have not been definitively fixed, and different carriers are writing the coverage on different forms, adding to the confusion regarding what is covered, says Lon Berk of Hunton & Williams LLP.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois' recent decision in In re Barnes & Noble PIN Pad, in which the court dismissed a class action complaint about a credit card "skimming" attack, highlights the ongoing challenges faced by plaintiffs in data breach litigation to articulate injury both for purposes of Article III standing and in order to state a claim for relief, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Once a data breach occurs, a financial institution should immediately be prepared to brief regulators on the incident. And from the moment the breach is reported, the institution’s processes and procedures in mitigating the incident could be reviewed by a regulator, says David Katz of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Every law firm knows the importance of a conflicts check before beginning a representation, but what happens when it serves discovery requests or a subpoena on a third party, only to discover that the third party is a current or former client? As firms get larger, and litigations become more complex, this issue is bound to come up, say Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
The Affordable Care Act's highly controversial health insurance exchanges will begin operations on Oct. 1, and in order to minimize cybersecurity threats, entities should thoroughly assess their cybersecurity readiness. This review should not be limited to a self-assessment but should be independent and objective, led by outside legal counsel and conducted by outside consultants under the protection of the attorney-client privilege, say attorneys with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.