Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 29, 2018

    Fitness App Data Might Compromise Military Security: DOD

    The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Monday it's looking into whether heat maps released by fitness-tracking company Strava Inc. accidentally reveal secret information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world.

  • January 29, 2018

    75-Year-Old Class Ruling Still 'Good Law,' Calif. Justices Say

    The California Supreme Court ruled Monday against a Restoration Hardware Inc. shopper seeking to challenge part of a $36 million consumer privacy judgment, saying a 75-year-old decision that holds a class member must intervene at the trial stage to have appellate standing “remains good law.”

  • January 29, 2018

    Locke Lord Engineer Faces Fair Jail Time, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing of a former Locke Lord LLP information technology engineer, who was found guilty of felony computer intrusion for attacks on the firm’s network in 2011 and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution and serve 9½ years in jail.

  • January 29, 2018

    Agencies Can Better Prevent Fake Comments: FCC Commish

    Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called on the federal government Monday to address widespread public comment fraud and abuse, saying agencies should conduct their own internal investigations and implement simple security measures while probes into the veracity of online public comments are ongoing.

  • January 29, 2018

    Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Tools As New EU Law Looms

    Facebook Inc. on Monday published online for the first time a list of privacy principles and launched a set of data management tutorial videos as the company prepares for a stringent European Union data protection law coming into effect in May.

  • January 29, 2018

    The 2 Biggest Worries Keeping GCs Up At Night

    Data security and regulatory shifts are the two biggest concerns of corporate counsel, according to a new survey of chief legal officers. Here, we look at what that means for in-house lawyers in 2018.

  • January 29, 2018

    FBI's No. 2 Steps Down Amid Sustained Trump Attacks

    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his position as second-in-command at the law enforcement agency after two years in the role, according to media reports Monday citing his tension with President Donald Trump.

  • January 29, 2018

    ‘Critical’ UK Cos. Face $24M Fines For Bad Cyber Protection

    Companies operating in the “most critical” British industries including infrastructure and health could be fined up to £17million ($24 million) if they’re found lacking “effective cyber security measures,” according to an announcement Sunday from the U.K. government.

  • January 29, 2018

    Ex-Disney Chair Ovitz Settles Privacy Suit Over Celeb PI

    Entertainment journalist Anita Busch has settled her suit claiming that former Walt Disney Chairman Michael Ovitz hired celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano to investigate and threaten her, Busch’s attorney told Law360 on Monday.

  • January 29, 2018

    BBC, Guardian Can't Move Suit Over Paradise Papers Leak

    A United Kingdom court on Friday rejected efforts by the British Broadcasting Corp. and The Guardian newspaper to relocate a suit against the media companies over publication of the "Paradise Papers," a trove of documents from offshore law firm Appleby Global Group LLC detailing how the rich and powerful used offshore havens to minimize or avoid taxes.

  • January 29, 2018

    Privacy Group of the Year: Cooley

    When the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Niantic and the Golden State Warriors faced privacy suits in 2017, they relied on attorneys at Cooley LLP to solve complex issues posed by the handling of sensitive information, resulting in innovative legal solutions and the firm being named among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 29, 2018

    RELX Pays £580M For Digital Risk Identification Biz

    Information and analytics firm RELX Group said Monday it inked a cash deal to buy all the issued shares of security technology company ThreatMetrix for £580 million ($816 million), marking the firm's largest deal in a decade and its first after a buying and selling spree last year.

  • January 29, 2018

    Site Owner Data Won't Go Dark Despite EU Rule, Official Says

    The head of the U.S. executive branch agency that manages spectrum resources outlined plans Monday to keep web domain ownership information from going offline despite an impending European Union data protection regime and to set an aggressive agenda for cracking down on botnet attacks.

  • January 29, 2018

    6 Concerns For Insurance Lawyers As GDPR Approaches

    With only four months to go, legal experts worry that many insurers remain unprepared for the arrival of the European Union’s formidable data protection regime, risking a new array of fines for noncompliance. Here, Law360 looks at six key concerns insurance lawyers should keep in mind while advising clients.

  • January 26, 2018

    FTC Finally Poised For A Shake-Up

    A year into office, President Donald Trump has now nominated a nearly full slate of commissioners for the Federal Trade Commission, and though that means the FTC may finally regain some stability, there are political obstacles that could drag out an already harmful delay in putting new leadership in place. Here, Law360 breaks it all down.

  • January 26, 2018

    Imperva Seeks To Nix Worker Background Check Class Action

    Data security company Imperva Inc. on Friday sought to end a putative class action over its employee background checks, arguing the proposed class failed to allege not only that workers were harmed in a concrete way but also that any background checks were even performed.

  • January 26, 2018

    Unpublished Opinion Can't Help Fiat Chrysler, Drivers Argue

    Jeep owners accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of overcharging them for vehicles that are vulnerable to hacking urged an Illinois federal court Friday to uphold its decision to keep the proposed class action alive, saying FCA cited an unpublished opinion in its bid to toss the suit.

  • January 26, 2018

    EU Eyes New Rules To Boost Collective Consumer Actions

    The European Commission expressed dissatisfaction on Friday at the progress that member states have made during the past several years in implementing consistent collective redress mechanisms that would allow consumers to band together to sue over privacy, environmental, antitrust and a range of other violations, and promised to propose a new framework by the spring.

  • January 26, 2018

    Nigerian Accused Of Business Email Scam Extradited To NYC

    A Nigerian national suspected in a large-scale business email billing scam faced charges of wire fraud and conspiracy on Friday after being extradited to New York from South Africa, six weeks after one of his countrymen was sentenced for similar crimes.

  • January 26, 2018

    Uber Drivers Back $7.5M FCRA Deal Despite Objections

    A class of Uber drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting background checks without their knowledge told a California federal judge Thursday that a proposed $7.5 million settlement is “overwhelmingly favorable” despite an objection filed in December on behalf of hundreds of drivers.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 5 MDL Lessons

    Alan Rothman

    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has assigned many MDL cases to judges who have not previously presided over MDL proceedings. The panel still assigns cases to experienced MDL judges as well, but prior experience is clearly not a prerequisite for being an MDL transferee judge, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Mueller’s Options, Short Of Indictment

    Ronald Levine

    Suppose special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation unearths evidence that falls short of the legal standard to indict but would likely be of great interest to the public and/or relevant to congressional committees. If appropriate, Mueller has several potential paths to the disclosure of the grand jury’s evidence, says Ronald Levine, head of Post & Schell PC's white collar defense group.

  • 4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

    Benjamin Byer

    Although the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data, the case highlights the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says Benjamin Byer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Privacy Suits Bring Insurance Questions

    Jonathan Schwartz

    In the past two years, we witnessed a wave of putative class actions filed under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, with the rate of filings increasing exponentially in recent months. Insurers should take note of their potential coverage obligations under various policies, say Jonathan Schwartz and Colin Willmott of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.