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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 19, 2018

    Mass. Doc Dodges Prison After Giving Patient Info To Drug Co.

    A Massachusetts gynecologist will not spend time behind bars for disclosing her patients’ private medical information to a sales representative at Warner Chilcott, then lying about it to federal agents, a federal judge decided Wednesday after prosecutors recommended she spend nearly two years behind bars.

  • September 19, 2018

    Hackers Probed But Didn't Breach Conn. Utilities, Report Says

    Hackers launched hundreds of millions of failed attempts to breach Connecticut's public water, energy and grid systems over the past year and despite the state's successful defense, a data breach poses a substantial risk, according to a new report.

  • September 19, 2018

    Reps. Press Google On YouTube's Use Of Kids' Data

    A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers are pressing Google to detail how YouTube handles personal information belonging to children who use the popular video-sharing service, saying that a recent complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission raised serious questions over whether the site is in step with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

  • September 19, 2018

    Glassdoor Fights Order To Hand Over Reviewers' Identities

    Counsel for Glassdoor Inc. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that a state free speech law should defeat a trial court's order that the company hand over the identities of two individuals who posted anonymous negative reviews of an online lingerie retailer.

  • September 19, 2018

    UK Data Watchdog Fines Equifax For Cybersecurity Breach

    Britain's data watchdog fined credit reference agency Equifax Ltd. £500,000 ($656,000) on Thursday for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million U.K. citizens during a cyberattack in 2017.

  • September 19, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Validity Of Cybersecurity Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that a malware detection patent asserted against Palo Alto Networks Inc. is not obvious.

  • September 19, 2018

    DOD Goes On Offense In New Cyber Strategy

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday issued a new cyber strategy that allows for the increased use of offensive cyberattacks, as its focus turns towards cyber competition with China and Russia.

  • September 19, 2018

    Cyber Lab Claims Symantec, Others Froze Out Its Services

    A software lab accused Symantec Corp. and other cybersecurity firms of conspiring with an independent group to deny business to the lab because their products couldn’t stand up to testing scrutiny, slapping the firms with an antitrust suit in California federal court on Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-NYPD Cop Gets 4 Years For ID Theft, Credit Card Fraud

    A 27-year-old former New York City police officer assigned to the transit system's anti-terrorism unit was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for a campaign of identity theft and credit card fraud by a Manhattan federal judge who challenged his assertion that he stole out of dire financial need.

  • September 19, 2018

    MPs Call For Regulation To Tame 'Wild West' Crypto Market

    British lawmakers called on the government and City watchdogs on Wednesday to regulate the “wild west” market in crypto-assets to protect consumers while also positioning the U.K. as a global center for virtual currencies.

  • September 19, 2018

    Are GDPR Fines Insurable? UK Watchdog Won't Say

    Britain’s data regulator has refused to be drawn on whether businesses can insure themselves against the huge fines that can be levied under Europe’s new information protection regime, as it urges companies to invest in compliance rather than worrying about penalties.

  • September 18, 2018

    Artificial Intelligence To Revolutionize Tax Planning

    Artificial intelligence is expected to bring a decisive shift in the tax world within the next decade as more and more businesses and revenue agencies launch pilot projects to deploy the technology.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ga. Can Use Electronic Ballots In 2018, But Fight Not Over

    Georgia won't have to switch from an electronic voting system to paper ballots for the midterm elections, but a federal judge on Monday had words of encouragement for challengers who say the system isn't secure — as well as criticism for officials who have their "heads in the sand."

  • September 18, 2018

    Facebook Must Answer For Privacy Practices, Investors Say

    Investors urged a California federal judge on Monday to deny Facebook Inc.'s attempts to toss the suit filed against the social network's board of directors after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, arguing that the “barrage” of motions ignore and twist their allegations.

  • September 18, 2018

    Allscripts Wants Suit Over Ransomware Attack Tossed

    Electronic health record software giant Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action over a ransomware attack that allegedly put its health care clients and their patients at risk, saying the lawsuit lobs faulty claims at the wrong entity in the wrong forum.

  • September 18, 2018

    Bar BuzzFeed From Public Figure Defense, Russian Exec Says

    Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev asked a Florida federal court Monday to block BuzzFeed from using the public figure defense to fend off his defamation suit over the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • September 18, 2018

    Credit Report Schemers Won't Win $5.2M Ruling Appeal: FTC

    The Federal Trade Commission blasted a request that an Illinois federal court hold off on enforcing a permanent injunction against a business and its owner while they appeal a $5.2 million judgment over claims that they tricked consumers into enrolling in costly credit monitoring, arguing that their challenge likely won’t succeed.

  • September 18, 2018

    GDPR Fines May Be Uninsurable, Broker Warns

    A leading international insurance broker on Tuesday cast doubt over whether the industry stands to reap new business from offering insurance against fines that firms must pay under Europe’s sweeping data protection regime.

  • September 17, 2018

    CIA Can't Shake Suit Seeking Twitter Usage Docs

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday shot down the Central Intelligence Agency's bid to ax a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking documents about the agency's Twitter usage, finding that the limited scope of portions of the CIA's search and its decision to withhold information about certain individuals' identities were improper.

  • September 17, 2018

    Judge Boots $1.6M Neiman Marcus Breach Deal And Class

    An Illinois federal judge Monday decertified a consumer class and declined final approval of its $1.6 million deal with Neiman Marcus Group LLC that would have ended an action over credit card data that was exposed in a 2013 breach, finding conflicts between class members.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    FTC's Public Hearings Will Be Valuable

    David Balto

    On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century. These events are an important first step in guiding enforcement priorities, says David Balto, a former policy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Opinion

    Court Doubles Down On Incorrect Right Of Publicity Ruling

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal court's refusal last week to reconsider Davis v. Electronic Arts magnifies the manifest errors in its recent decision by ignoring the blatantly obvious identifiability of the former NFL players, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • How The Beijing Convention Is Changing Aviation Security

    James Jordan

    The recently enacted Beijing Convention has created a new international legal framework around emerging threats to the safety of civil aviation, including illegal transport of biological, chemical and nuclear material. But it may also expose carriers and their employees to criminal liability if legitimate activities are not carefully managed, says James Jordan of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.

  • Preparing For Data Manipulation Attacks

    Video

    The next generation of cyberthreats — data manipulation — is here. In this video, Michael Bahar and Vicente Arias Máiz of Eversheds Sutherland LLP discuss what data manipulation attacks are, the importance of proactive planning, and how low-tech and high-tech solutions can help.

  • When Electronic Records Disappear But Legal Issues Linger

    Donna Fisher

    The legal implications of communication tools that automatically delete messages are surfacing in various types of litigation and investigations. As these tools become more popular, a company must constantly evaluate how to reconcile their use with its duty to preserve evidence, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.