New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request last month for information about Airbnb Inc. hosts in the state is overbroad and may violate hosts' privacy rights, think tank Future of Privacy Forum warned Friday.
Google Inc. has agreed to pay $17 million to more than 30 state attorneys general to resolve claims that the company bypassed Apple Inc.'s Safari browser privacy settings in order to secretly track consumers' Internet activity, the regulators announced Monday.
Even though the Internal Revenue Service has minimum security controls to prevent hacking, security configurations on its host servers don't comply with agency policy and could put taxpayer data at risk, according to a report released Monday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
New York's Department of Financial Services is set to launch what is believed to be a unique meetup for banks to compare notes about their often-secretive efforts to combat cyberattacks amid “a growing black market for breached data" and other threats, a top state official told lawmakers Monday.
The European Union’s justice commissioner on Monday argued that an agreement on transatlantic data sharing for criminal investigations should open the U.S. government to legal action from EU citizens alleging wrongful e-snooping, saying the concession would “restore trust” frayed by the government spying scandal.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied the Electronic Privacy Information Center's challenge to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's ruling instructing Verizon Communications Inc. to hand over metadata on Americans’ phone calls to the National Security Agency.
When it comes to responding to government demands for user and client data, companies are often torn between their obligation to aid the investigation and their desire to protect consumer information. Here, attorneys offer four tips to help make the juggling act a little easier.
Facebook Inc. finalized on Friday changes to the way it collects, uses and shares user data, leaving its updated policies largely unchanged from the draft versions despite significant backlash from users, privacy advocates and lawmakers.
Yahoo Inc. was hit with a putative class action brought Friday in California federal court by a nonuser of Yahoo’s email service who says the company unlawfully intercepts the contents of his emails and those of other nonusers who communicate with users of the service.
Google Inc. convinced a New York federal judge to toss a proposed class action on Friday over the company's $8.5 million privacy violation settlement, saying the Internet giant can enforce the forum selection clause in its user agreement to conduct such disputes in California.
A New York federal judge's decision Friday to hand Jeremy Hammond a 10-year prison term for his cyberassault on Strategic Forecasting Inc. showed she took a dim view of his political activism, lawyers said Friday, giving hope to companies grappling with protecting workers and information that the sentence will make a future attacker think twice.
A government watchdog on Friday released a report calling on Congress to reconsider the patchwork of privacy laws currently governing the private sector collection and sale of personal information to account for advances in technology and the need for more robust consumer protections.
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.
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.
Overcoming the Stored Communications Act is merely the initial hurdle in addressing discovery of information located in online social media. Once that hurdle is overcome, or if it is not in play, attorneys should understand the nuts and bolts of obtaining discovery from at least the major social media players, says Eric Mandel of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
New Jersey’s new social media privacy law appears to provide a safe harbor for employers who receive complaints or other information about employee wrongdoing on social media and wish to investigate the allegations. But employers should be mindful that investigatory conduct that may be permissible under the new state law may violate federal law if done improperly, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.