Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • April 25, 2018

    Retail Group, Symantec To Offer Workshops On Cyberthreats

    The retail industry's cyberthreat information-sharing alliance and Symantec Corp. are teaming up to host a series of regional workshops to provide information on how to best use cyberthreat intelligence to protect against attacks such as the ones that have hit major industry players such as Target Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. in recent years. 

  • April 25, 2018

    EU Invests Funds, Working On Standards To Spur AI Growth

    The European Commission on Wednesday stepped up its efforts to be a global leader in artificial intelligence, announcing the investment of €1.5 billion ($1.83 billion) to boost research in the transportation, health care and other key sectors and revealing plans to develop ethical guidelines and product liability standards before the end of next year.

  • April 25, 2018

    Facebook Investor Sues Over Cambridge Analytica Cover-Up

    Fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal continued Wednesday when a Facebook investor hit the social media giant’s leadership with a stockholder derivative suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court, seeking “extraordinary equitable relief” on claims that founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company’s top brass breached their fiduciary duty by hiding the scandal.

  • April 25, 2018

    WhatsApp Raises EU Age Requirement Ahead Of Data Rule

    Online messaging service WhatsApp said it is raising its minimum age requirement from 13 to 16 years old in the European Union, the latest policy change by a tech giant attempting to comply with the 28-nation bloc's new data protection rule.

  • April 25, 2018

    SEC's $35M Yahoo Fine Lacks Bite Without Targeting Execs

    A $35 million SEC fine levied against Altaba Inc., the company formerly known as Yahoo, for failing to disclose a massive 2014 data breach is a wake-up call for other companies to put disclosure procedures in place and use them, but the message would have been louder and clearer had individual company executives been held liable, legal experts said Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Anthem Breach Attys' $38M Fee Ask Too High, Report Says

    A special master on Tuesday recommended knocking 25 percent off the $37.95 million in fees requested by 53 law firms in the Anthem Inc. data breach litigation, saying the contract attorney rates were too high and there was duplicated work between the firms.

  • April 25, 2018

    New Slate Of FTC Members Ready For Senate Approval

    The currently two-member Federal Trade Commission now has a full set of new commissioners in the pipeline, after a Senate committee on Wednesday advanced Democratic final nominee Rebecca Slaughter for a spot on the commission.

  • April 25, 2018

    Bill Would Let Feds Quickly Ban Software From Gov't Use

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill that would give the federal government authority to ban the use of private companies' software across government without notice, in a measure she said would help shield federal computer systems from foreign attacks.

  • April 25, 2018

    DHS Must Improve Cybersecurity Protections, GAO Says

    The Department of Homeland Security has made significant strides in thwarting cyberattackers in recent years but still needs to make improvements to ensure that the country's critical infrastructure is safe, a government watchdog report concluded Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Madonna's Breakup Letter From Tupac Up For Grabs

    Madonna lost her fight to stop a collectibles dealer from selling personal memorabilia that include a now-public letter from ex-boyfriend Tupac Shakur when a New York state judge said in a ruling filed Monday that her claims were time-barred because the alleged theft happened more than a decade ago.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cybersecurity Warning May Bring Gov't, Industry Together

    The U.S. and U.K. governments’ recent joint warning about hacking threats from Russia offers assurance to businesses that government officials are open to working with them to combat such cyberattacks, while potentially emboldening them to push for stronger deterrence measures, attorneys say.

  • April 24, 2018

    Tempur Sealy, Web Host Fight Bid To Revive Data Breach Suit

    Tempur Sealy International Inc. and its former website host Aptos Inc. asked a Georgia federal judge Monday to reject a bid to revive a proposed class action accusing the companies of lax security practices that opened the door to a 2016 data breach, arguing the latest complaint raises no plausible new claims.

  • April 24, 2018

    New Senate Bill Calls For Social Media Data Transparency

    Two U.S. senators, one Republican and one Democrat, introduced legislation Tuesday that would require social media companies to post clear and concise terms of service and tell users more about what sorts of "individually identifiable" data they collect.

  • April 24, 2018

    Judge Doubts 'Severe' Sentence For Russia-Hired Hacker

    A California federal judge on Tuesday held off on sentencing a Canadian "hacker-for-hire" to nearly eight years in prison for breaking into thousands of email accounts, some at the bidding of Russian agents tied to a Yahoo cyberattack, saying it’s severe and he doesn’t want to create an "unwarranted sentencing disparity" among hackers.

  • April 24, 2018

    In-House Attys Must Become Data Privacy Pros, Experts Say

    In-house counsel must prepare for sweeping new data privacy regimes and gird their organizations against a potential cyberbreach by educating themselves about the technical aspects of cybersecurity and building collaborative relationships with other corporate departments, a panel of experts told corporate counsel at a conference on Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Yahoo Fined $35M For Waiting Nearly 2 Yrs To Reveal Breach

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday said Altaba Inc., the company formerly known as Yahoo, will pay $35 million for misleading investors by waiting nearly two years to acknowledge a massive computer breach, the first such penalty ever levied against a publicly traded company for failing to disclose a cyberattack.

  • April 24, 2018

    SEC Takes Closer Look At 5 NYSE Proposed Bitcoin ETFs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it wants additional time to deliberate on a New York Stock Exchange proposal to list five bitcoin-related exchange traded funds, representing the largest batch of several bitcoin-related filings the SEC has under review.

  • April 24, 2018

    Nortek Hit With TCPA Suit Over Unsolicited Robocalls

    Nortek Security & Control LLC was hit with a proposed class action Monday in Florida federal court accusing the home and business security system company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing robocalls to advertise one of its home security products.

  • April 24, 2018

    FisherBroyles Nabs Cyber Litigator From Insurance Boutique

    FisherBroyles LLP has landed the former cybersecurity practice co-chair from boutique insurance firm Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP to expand its New Jersey presence.

  • April 24, 2018

    Calif. Drivers Seek Cert. In Toll-Fine Due Process Suit

    California motorists asked a federal judge Monday to certify their class action alleging the operators of cashless tolls around Orange County unlawfully used drivers’ personal information to collect unpaid tolls and unconstitutionally hit drivers with overblown fines, saying the operators engaged in uniform violations of the law.

Expert Analysis

  • AI Creates Legal Challenges For The Fashion Industry

    William Forni

    Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in the product development, marketing and sales strategies of fashion designers and retailers. This revolution brings uncertainty in the areas of trade secret protection, traditional intellectual property rights and privacy law, say William Forni of Calvin Klein, and Ben Quarmby and Daniel Michaeli of MoloLamken LLP.

  • Medical Device Cybersecurity: Preparing For The Worst

    Sonali Gunawardhana

    Connected medical technology improves the lives of patients, but serious concerns can arise when hackers exploit security holes in these devices. Attorneys should advise their medical device manufacturer clients to develop and test detailed recall plans, and find better ways to reach consumers when a recall happens, say Sonali Gunawardhana of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Chris Harvey of Stericycle Expert Solutions.

  • New Wash. Employment Laws Focus On Privacy And #MeToo

    Christopher Gegwich

    June will be a busy month for employers in the state of Washington. The impending activity is a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent signing of a series of bills that directly impact the employer-employee relationship and impose a variety of new restrictions and obligations on employers, say Christopher Gegwich and Christopher Moro of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Can A Single FTC Commissioner Constitute A Quorum?

    Stephen Calkins

    With Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny resigning soon, acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen could become the sole commissioner. The FTC seems to think it can act by a 1-0 vote, but this may be unlawful and is certainly unwise, say Stephen Calkins of Wayne State University and John Villafranco of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • What's New In NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Standards and Technology released a revised version of its standard-setting Cybersecurity Framework, once again producing a useful, flexible document that can be applied or adapted by a wide range of companies, says Alan Raul, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's cybersecurity practice.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.