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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 12, 2018

    Financial Services Get Common Lexicon To Fight Cyberattacks

    A forum of central bankers announced on Monday that it has published a common vocabulary of cyber terms to help the global financial services sector boost cross-border cooperation on security by cracking down on the growing threat of online crime.

  • November 9, 2018

    Equifax, Oracle Accused Of Flouting GDPR Data Use Rules

    A British advocacy group is urging European privacy regulators to investigate Equifax, Oracle, Acxiom and several other data brokers and ad-tech companies for allegedly exploiting millions of people's personal data in violation of the bloc's stringent General Data Protection Regulation. 

  • November 9, 2018

    Fla. Court Says Doctor Must Face Patient Privacy Suit

    A Florida appeals court on Friday revived a suit brought by a former prison guard accusing a doctor of releasing his medical records to state prison officials in an employment matter without his consent, saying it should be up to a jury to decide a factual dispute.

  • November 9, 2018

    Feds Get Privacy Law Input From Industry, Consumer Groups

    Comments poured in Friday at the Trump administration's deadline for weighing in on the Commerce Department's privacy regime, with trade groups calling for uniform standards and consumer advocates pushing for a baseline federal privacy law.

  • November 9, 2018

    Trader Who Stole $3M In Cryptocurrency Gets 15 Mos.

    A 24-year-old Chicago trader who admitted to stealing more than $3 million in bitcoin and litecoin from his firm and a group of investors was sentenced in Illinois federal court Friday to a little over a year in prison.

  • November 9, 2018

    Prof Wants To Put Ex-Colleague On Secret Email Probation

    A request by former Columbia University professor Enrichetta Ravina to have an ex-colleague's emails secretly scanned for disparaging remarks about her has the university scrambling for more time to brief a Manhattan federal judge, according to court filings.

  • November 9, 2018

    SEC Boosts Bid To Block Crypto Co.'s $100M ICO

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has bolstered its bid to block the initial coin offering — estimated to raise $100 million — of a company accused of faking regulatory approval to fool investors, telling a California federal judge that the company's founder has already admitted to much of the scheme.

  • November 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thoma Bravo inks a $950 million deal with Broadcom Inc. for Veracode, Newell Brands sells off its fishing business and memorabilia manufacturer for $2.5 billion, Western Gas Partners nabs Anadarko Petroleum Corp. midstream energy assets for $4 billion, and Edenred SA buys Corporate Spending Innovations for $600 million.

  • November 9, 2018

    Looming GDPR Fines To Spark Insurance Coverage Fights

    Cyber policies are increasingly incorporating coverage for the hefty fines and liabilities that are likely to arise from the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, but legal and regulatory pronouncements in vital jurisdictions may stymie these efforts and open the door for unprecedented coverage battles, experts say. 

  • November 8, 2018

    PopSugar Can't Nix IP Suit, Instagram Influencer Says

    A law degree-holding Instagram influencer urged a California federal judge Tuesday not to toss her putative copyright infringement class action alleging lifestyle website PopSugar ripped off her Instagram posts, arguing she doesn't have to prove she registered copyrights in the posts to pursue her claims.

  • November 8, 2018

    Atty Left MoneyGram Files In Stolen Hummer, Co.'s Suit Says

    A lawyer whom MoneyGram International Inc. hired to collect third-party debts breached his duty to protect client data by leaving sensitive documents unattended in a “tricked-out Hummer” that was stolen from a hotel parking lot, according to a suit filed in New Mexico federal court Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Intel's Draft Of Privacy Law Would Shield Cos. From Fines

    Intel Corp. has released its version of a draft for national privacy legislation that would protect companies from civil penalties so long as they certify annually with the Federal Trade Commission that they have taken steps to protect consumer data.

  • November 8, 2018

    SEC Puts Crypto Exchanges On Notice With First Settlement

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settled its first-ever enforcement action against an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange Thursday as the agency continues to target a variety of market participants beyond the token issuers themselves.

  • November 8, 2018

    Kemp Quits As Ga. Election Head, Claims Gubernatorial Win

    Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp stepped down as the state’s top election official Thursday morning, declaring himself victorious in a closely watched gubernatorial battle with Democrat Stacey Abrams despite the results remaining unclear and his opponent refusing to concede.

  • November 8, 2018

    No Planned Crypto Voluntary Disclosure Program, IRS Says

    Tax practitioners should not expect an Internal Revenue Service virtual currency voluntary disclosure program similar to that offered for undisclosed offshore bank accounts, an agency official said Thursday.

  • November 7, 2018

    Lyft's $4M Text Deal Follows Suit's Wash. High Court Detour

    A proposed consumer class urged a Washington federal court on Tuesday to preliminarily approve Lyft Inc.’s $3.99 million deal over commercial text messages, reached after the Washington Supreme Court found such unwanted solicitations violate the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

  • November 7, 2018

    House Flip To Boost Privacy Policy Push, Interference Probes

    Efforts to enact federal privacy legislation and to clamp down on foreign cyberattacks and influence campaigns are likely to receive even greater attention after Tuesday's midterm elections, which put Democrats with significant appetites for digging deeper into these issues in charge of key oversight committees in the U.S. House, experts say.

  • November 7, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Must Comply With Subpoena, Al Jazeera Says

    Al Jazeera America on Wednesday asked a D.C. federal judge to compel law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to comply with subpoenas in a defamation suit by two Major League Baseball players over a doping documentary, saying the information it's seeking is key to its defense.

  • November 7, 2018

    Justices To Scrutinize Google Users' Standing In Privacy Row

    Less than a week after hearing oral arguments, the U.S. Supreme Court wants to take a closer look at whether the 129 million Google users behind a disputed privacy class action deal have standing to have brought the case in the first place.

  • November 7, 2018

    Alibaba Beats Cryptocurrency Co.’s Bid To Dismiss TM Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by a cryptocurrency company called the Alibabacoin Foundation to dismiss a trademark suit by the Chinese digital commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., saying he has already made clear that the case has legs.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Has The 11th Circ. Become Consumer-Friendly?

    Austin Whitten

    Based on the Eleventh Circuit's recent interpretation of Spokeo in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Austin Whitten of Pittman Dutton & Hellums PC examines whether the venue may be the most favorable for plaintiffs with consumer protection claims where no “actual” damages are alleged.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • What To Remember About Calif.’s Right To Be Forgotten

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act allows residents to request that a business delete from its systems the consumer’s personal information. Grant Davis-Denny and Nefi Acosta of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP explore the contours and ambiguities of this new "right to be forgotten," and the challenges that it may raise for the regulated community.

  • Crypto Exchanges Need Cybersecurity Regulation

    Richard Malish

    With more and more retail consumers relying on cryptocurrency investments, legislators and regulators should be spending more time contemplating cybersecurity regulation for virtual asset exchanges, says Richard Malish of NICE Actimize.

  • Justices Seem Open To Class Cy Pres Awards, Occasionally

    Irving Scher

    It appeared from the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Frank v. Gaos that the majority of the court would approve 100 percent cy pres settlements, but under extremely limited circumstances, says Irving Scher of Hausfeld.

  • 2 Recent Decisions May Affect Your Cyber Policy

    Erin Illman

    Social engineering claims have often faced coverage denials under cyber or computer fraud insurance policies, but two circuit courts have reversed the trend in recent months. Combined with the legislative focus on cybersecurity and privacy at the federal level, these cases could mean big changes for cyber insurance, say Erin Illman and Alex Purvis of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • FDA Steps Up Its Focus On Medical Device Cybersecurity

    Michael Buchanan

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced three new medical device cybersecurity initiatives, including an incident response playbook, a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a draft guidance on premarket submissions. The agency is clearly taking device vulnerabilities more seriously than ever, say Michael Buchanan and Joshua Furman of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.