Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 26, 2018

    High Court Skips Yahoo Case Over Email Privacy After Death

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on a ruling from Massachusetts' top court that allowed a pair of siblings to request unfettered access to their deceased brother’s emails from Yahoo Inc.

  • March 26, 2018

    Ill. County Sues Facebook Over 50M-User Data Collection

    Cook County, Illinois' top prosecutor slapped Facebook and London-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica with a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court late Friday over a purported privacy breach in which the firm allegedly obtained 50 million users' private data and allegedly used it to influence the November 2016 presidential election.

  • March 26, 2018

    FTC's Acting GC Leaves To Head Redgrave's Privacy Group

    The Federal Trade Commission’s acting general counsel is retiring from government to lead the data and privacy practice at Redgrave LLP, the firm said Monday.

  • March 26, 2018

    FTC Officially Probing Facebook's Data Privacy Practices

    The Federal Trade Commission confirmed Monday that it is investigating Facebook’s data privacy practices, as authorities around the globe kept the heat on the social network for allowing Trump-campaign-linked research firm Cambridge Analytica to misuse harvested data on up to 50 million Americans.

  • March 26, 2018

    Pai Wants To Narrow Use Of $8.5B Fund Amid Spying Fears

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a rule Monday that would bar the use of an $8.5 billion agency fund to buy products or services from companies that pose a threat to U.S. security, a move that comes over fears of Chinese espionage conducted through that country’s tech companies.

  • March 26, 2018

    Consumer Slams Uber Bid To Arbitrate Data Breach Hush Suit

    A consumer told an Illinois federal court Friday that Uber’s arbitration agreement isn’t enforceable so his proposed class action alleging the ride-hailing giant failed to safeguard app users’ private information and tried to hide a 2016 data breach with a $100,000 payment to hackers belongs in court.

  • March 26, 2018

    Nigerian Man Slapped With 6-Year Sentence For $3M Fraud

    A Nigerian citizen who copped to orchestrating a nearly $3 million fraud scheme by stealing personally identifiable information through the U.S. mail and opening bank accounts to receive the illicit funds was sentenced on Friday to more than six years in prison and will likely face deportation, Texas federal prosecutors said.

  • March 26, 2018

    Spain Arrests Leader Of Global €1B Bank Cyber Heist

    The suspected mastermind behind a multinational gang of cybercriminals that stole more than €1 billion ($1.25 billion) by hacking into banks to manipulate their ATM networks has been arrested in Spain, the European Union’s police agency said on Monday.

  • March 23, 2018

    ABM Hit With Class Action Over Employee Data Breach

    Facility management company ABM Industries Inc. was hit with a putative class action in Illinois state court Friday over an alleged 2017 data breach that exposed employee biometric information to a hacker through what's known as a "phishing" attack.

  • March 23, 2018

    Atlanta Cyberattack Highlights Ransomware's Broad Reach

    The city of Atlanta this week became the latest to be hit by a disruptive ransomware attack that may have compromised municipal customers' and employees' data, an incident that attorneys say highlights the growing ubiquity of such attacks and the need for the public sector to tackle these threats with the same urgency that many private companies have already adopted.

  • March 23, 2018

    Saudi Arabia, Booz Allen Pen Deal To Boost Cyber Workforce

    Saudi Arabia's top cybersecurity body on Thursday inked an agreement with Booz Allen Hamilton and several others to help boost the development of the skills needed to expand the country's cybersecurity workforce.

  • March 23, 2018

    Feds Say Phone Ban Necessary To Stop Serial Robo-Caller

    The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that an alleged repeat robo-caller who has expanded to unauthorized credit inquiries since his last sanction will only desist if a Massachusetts judge bans the businessman and his company from telemarketing altogether.

  • March 23, 2018

    Yelp Says Taping Sales Reps Doesn’t Hurt Customer Privacy

    Yelp asked a San Francisco judge Friday to throw out a class action alleging it illegally recorded sales calls to potential advertisers, saying none of the named plaintiff’s phone conversations were recorded and that when Yelp does monitor sales calls without warning the customer, it only records the representative’s side of the conversation.

  • March 23, 2018

    Objections Mount Over Model For DOD Cloud Contract

    With a short timeline from draft proposal to final contract award and a winner-take-all model, the U.S. Department of Defense’s lucrative upcoming JEDI cloud contract has provoked a significant negative response from industry, an outcry that has led Congress this week to ask the DOD to justify the procurement.

  • March 23, 2018

    State AGs Say Consumers Better Off Without Data Breach Bill

    The attorneys general of 31 states have urged House lawmakers to scrap a federal data breach notification bill meant to streamline nationwide reporting requirements for businesses, arguing that it lets companies avoid disclosing hacks unless consumers are also the victim of a crime.

  • March 23, 2018

    Experian Can't Shake State Claims In Credit Report Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday kept alive the remaining state law claims in a proposed class action accusing Experian Information Solutions of duping consumers into buying credit reports, finding that the Fair Credit Reporting Act did not preempt them.

  • March 23, 2018

    Feds Charge 9 In $3.4B Cyber Heist Of Universities' IP

    The U.S. on Friday indicted nine Iranian nationals accused of leading a global, state-backed hacking campaign against federal agencies, hundreds of universities and dozens of private companies that looted about $3.4 billion worth of U.S. academic data and intellectual property.

  • March 23, 2018

    Tech Groups Ask To Join Net Neutrality Repeal Case

    Two technology advocacy organizations that represent some of the biggest edge providers in the industry have asked to join the official, consolidated lawsuit challenging the Trump Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule repeal.

  • March 23, 2018

    Actual Images Not Needed In Restroom-Camera Privacy Suit

    Thirty women did not have to show their images were actually captured by a hidden recording device in a New Jersey office building's restroom in order to pursue an invasion of privacy lawsuit, a state appeals court said Friday in a published opinion reviving their claims.

  • March 23, 2018

    FTC Official Calls For Broader Authority To Fight Robocalls

    Nixing the common carrier exemption that prevents the Federal Trade Commission from engaging legacy telephone services and other utility-style businesses would give the agency greater purview to pursue fraudulent robocallers, an FTC official said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jason Gordon

    Legal and technological disruptions in the advertising space last year outpaced the development of prior years. Although many topics contributed to this industry upheaval, there are five trends that shaped 2017 and will continue to develop in the coming years, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.

  • NJ’s Evolving Health Care Arena: Trends To Watch In 2018

    John Fanburg

    New Jersey is one of the most competitive and heavily regulated states in terms of health care, making it a good barometer for how the industry is evolving nationally. As physicians and medical groups deal with issues like flat reimbursement from insurance providers and the rapidly rising costs of operating a medical practice, the ways in which doctors deliver health care will continue to change in 2018, says John Fanburg of Brach Eichler LLC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Hotel Malware Attack Raises Unusual Insurance Questions

    Jan Larson

    A Florida district court is poised to decide several interesting questions in St. Paul v. Rosen, offering policyholders guidance on the extent to which traditional insurance policies can protect them from data breaches and on whether policyholders' corporate affiliates can look to their policies for protection, say Jan Larson and Alex Langlinais of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Reg A-Plus Is Perfect For Initial Coin Offerings

    Aaron Kaplan

    As initial coin offerings are a means to effectuate crowdfunded capital formation, issuers will likely try to meet one of the three securities registration exemptions in the Jobs Act. Aaron Kaplan of Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum PLLC explains why the exemption under Regulation A-Plus is the most suitable.

  • Global Perspectives On High Court Microsoft Warrant Case

    Heather Sussman

    Several foreign governments and other international authorities recently weighed in on the Microsoft overseas-data case. The amicus briefs underscore the important implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision for global data transfers and international users’ privacy, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Dialing In: Hot TCPA Issues For 2018

    Lewis Weiner

    2018 will be an important year for Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues, as interested parties are still waiting for a ruling in the appeal of an omnibus declaratory order issued by the Federal Communications Commission in July 2015, and courts will continue to grapple with issues such as the definition of autodialer, standards for consent and revocation, and third-party liability, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • Inside New Regs On Sharing Substance Use Disorder Info

    Patricia Markus

    A rule recently issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration demonstrates the agency's attempt to find a balance between making substance use disorder information available to those who need it for legitimate purposes while safeguarding it from improper uses and disclosures, says Patricia Markus of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.