We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 22, 2019

    Google's EU Privacy Fine Sets High Bar For Educating Users

    France's privacy authority broke new ground Monday by hitting Google with a nearly $57 million fine for allegedly failing to clearly explain how consumers' personal information is being used, sending a stern warning that businesses will need to either get better at communicating with users or risk being the next target of emboldened European Union regulators. 

  • January 22, 2019

    FINRA Targets Online Distribution, Compliance As 2019 Focus

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will put a spotlight on online securities distribution platforms and compliance with new rules and disclosure obligations as it looks for the first time toward risk monitoring, the brokerage watchdog said Tuesday in its annual examination letter.

  • January 22, 2019

    Skadden Deal Unfair, Russian Co. Says In Troll Farm Case

    A Russian company criminally charged with thwarting enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act asked a judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors explain why Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP "was permitted to purchase a declination" in its own FARA case.

  • January 22, 2019

    Supreme Court To Consider Reviewing Mystery Mueller Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reviewing a foreign government-owned entity's legal fight with what is reportedly Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, allowing it to file a petition arguing that U.S. courts have no power to enforce criminal laws against foreign sovereigns.

  • January 22, 2019

    Judge Won't Trim Ad Fax Suit Against Enclarity, Citing Delay

    An Illinois federal judge said Tuesday that Enclarity Inc. was too slow to raise jurisdictional issues in its attempt to block claims by putative class members from outside the state in a case over unsolicited faxes, deciding a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on jurisdiction did not excuse the delay.

  • January 22, 2019

    FBI Agents Say Shutdown Hurts Key Security Operations

    The FBI agents union on Tuesday urged elected leaders to end the federal spending impasse, arguing that crucial investigations in such areas as terrorism, cybercrime and child trafficking languish as agents go without pay or money to spend on field operations.

  • January 22, 2019

    Hong Kong Fintech Co. Picks LSE Tech For Crypto Platform

    The London Stock Exchange is looking to make a splash in the cryptocurrency market, saying Tuesday that its proprietary trading technology will be used in connection with the digital asset exchange of Hong Kong-based financial technology firm Atom Group.

  • January 22, 2019

    NJ Justices To Weigh In On Restroom-Camera Privacy Dispute

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether 30 women who filed a lawsuit after discovering a hidden recording device in a restroom in their office building needed to prove their images were actually captured to support their invasion-of-privacy claims.

  • January 22, 2019

    Insurers Ask OECD For Clarity On Covering GDPR Fines

    International insurers sought answers on Tuesday as to whether they can cover policyholders' huge fines following a cyberattack, as they look to reap new business in the wake of Europe’s sweeping data protection regime.

  • January 22, 2019

    Cybersecurity & Privacy Group Of The Year: Edelson

    Edelson PC pursued headline-grabbing privacy suits in 2018 — suing Uber over a data breach, assisting a state regulator in a case against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica and winning class certification in a case claiming Facebook violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act — landing it among Law360’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2019

    Mueller Disputes BuzzFeed Report Trump Told Cohen To Lie

    In a rare public statement on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office challenged a BuzzFeed News report suggesting President Donald Trump had directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Russia-related matters.

  • January 18, 2019

    Officials Flout Constitution By Blocking Twitter Critics: Court

    One Wisconsin Now notched a win Friday in its litigation that targeted three Republican state assemblymen for blocking the liberal-leaning advocacy group on Twitter, with a Wisconsin federal judge adding to the growing case law declaring it unconstitutional for officials to shut out critics on social media.

  • January 18, 2019

    Leaker Cleared As UK Appeals Court Clarifies Data Law

    A U.K. appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a London man who leaked a confidential report investigating sexual harassment at his company, ruling that while the country's data protection laws require defendants to submit evidence suggesting they believe the disclosure was somehow warranted, they don't have to prove it. 

  • January 18, 2019

    Bitcoin Boss Deserves 2 1/2 Years For SEC Lies, Gov't Says

    Alternative currency purveyor Jon E. Montroll should serve about 2 1/2 years in prison for lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and defrauding customers after hackers stole 6,000 bitcoins from his businesses, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge.

  • January 18, 2019

    Privacy Hawk Hits Tech Firms With Fresh GDPR Complaints

    Austrian privacy lawyer Max Schrems on Friday hit eight companies — including Apple, Amazon and Netflix — with complaints claiming they have breached the EU's General Data Protection Regulation by failing to give users adequate access to data.

  • January 18, 2019

    Justices Won't Hear Arguments In Citizenship Question Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear oral arguments over evidentiary disputes in a case related to the Trump administration's inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, according to a Friday docket entry.

  • January 18, 2019

    Apple CEO Draws Data Brokers Into Federal Privacy Law Fight

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" that would enable consumers to monitor and demand the deletion of data held by companies that operate under the radar, marking the latest entry in the simmering debate over the best way to regulate tech giants' handling of consumer data. 

  • January 18, 2019

    Bill Would Ban Tech Sales To Some Chinese Telecom Cos.

    Several congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would impose penalties and restrict sales to Chinese telecom companies that have violated export control or sanctions laws, after the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was detained last month in Canada.

  • January 18, 2019

    Retailers Slam DC Circ. Appeal In Centerplate Receipt Row

    Groups representing retailers and the franchise industry have urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a consumer's appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed her proposed Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act class action against sports concessionaire Centerplate Inc., arguing that such suits unnecessarily threaten businesses.

  • January 18, 2019

    Mondelez's $100M Fight With Zurich May Curb Hack Coverage

    Mondelez International Inc. is battling Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for $100 million in losses the snack food giant suffered in a 2017 cyberattack that the U.S. and its allies blamed on Russia, and experts say a ruling permitting the insurer to invoke a war exclusion to deny the claim could leave companies uninsured for similar hacks.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

    Melody Drummond Hansen

    As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • 5 Fraud Insurance Decisions Sure To Shape 2019

    Patricia Carreiro

    Last year, the circuit split on computer fraud insurance coverage continued, with courts slightly favoring coverage for phishing scams, but oversimplifying those decisions into a simple coverage versus no-coverage distinction would be a mistake, says Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • TSA Pipeline Cybersecurity Road Map: Key Points

    Norma Krayem

    Pipelines are a crucial aspect of the nation's economic and national security. But no one agency has officially been in charge of pipeline cybersecurity — until last month, when the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's cybersecurity road map made clear that the TSA will take the lead role in this area, says Norma Krayem of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • A 2019 Field Guide To Calif. Class Actions

    William Stern

    For those navigating the California class action landscape in 2019, it pays to know what happened in 2018. William Stern of Covington & Burling LLP looks back at the most important developments and discusses what to expect going forward.

  • Expect More SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement This Year

    Doug Davison

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission turned its attention to cybersecurity last year, and those efforts will intensify throughout 2019. There are at least four likely areas of enforcement activity, say attorneys with Linklaters LLP.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 4

    Hagen Ganem

    In the final installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP focus on corporate governance best practices such as disclosures related to board evaluations and virtual shareholder meetings; the status of Dodd-Frank and other U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule-making matters; and considerations in assessing social media policies.

  • 2019 Annual Meeting And Reporting Considerations: Part 3

    Caroline Kim

    In the third installment of their four-part series, attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP consider corporate governance best practices including environmental, social and governance reporting, updates to director and officer questionnaires, board diversity and related disclosures, and shareholder proposals.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.