Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 4, 2011

    NH High Court Tells Retirement System To Release Records

    The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the state's retirement system must comply with newspaper publisher Union Leader Corp.'s request for retiree benefits records because the public's right to know about its tax dollars outweighs the retirees' privacy concerns.

  • November 4, 2011

    Federal Reserve Hacker Gets 10 Years

    A Malaysian man who copped to hacking into the Federal Reserve’s computer server was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison by a New York federal court.

  • November 4, 2011

    Reps. Knock Opt-Out Facet Of Verizon’s Targeted Ad Plans

    Two U.S. congressmen said Friday they were concerned that Verizon Communications Inc. and Verizon Wireless were requiring customers to opt out of rather than affirmatively opt in to programs that share information about them to aid advertising efforts.

  • November 4, 2011

    Q&A With Hunton & Williams' Lisa Sotto

    The existing cacophony of state and federal privacy laws needs to be replaced with a comprehensive regime that regulates data the same way, regardless of the state in which the data or the data subject resides, says Lisa Sotto, head of Hunton & Williams LLP's privacy and information management practice group.

  • November 4, 2011

    Investors Sue Viatical Broker Over Poor Predictions

    A group of investors on Thursday hit Life Partners Inc. with a suit in Nevada alleging the viatical settlement broker underestimates life insurance policyholders' life expectancies and exaggerates the rate of return on investment.

  • November 4, 2011

    Union Bank Checks Out Of Overdraft Fee MDL For $35M

    Union Bank NA will shell out $35 million to withdraw from a multidistrict litigation in Florida accusing several banks of breaching contracts by unfairly charging customers exorbitant overdraft fees, the parties said Wednesday.

  • November 4, 2011

    Ex-Gov. Ventura's Challenge To New TSA Screening Tossed

    A federal judge on Thursday nixed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's suit challenging the constitutionality of the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced security screening processes, ruling that only federal appellate courts can review TSA actions.

  • November 4, 2011

    Gap Accuses TheGap.Com Of Cybersquatting

    The Gap Inc. on Thursday accused a concealed Indian entity of registering thegap.com as a domain name in order to deceive visitors into believing the website is affiliated with the clothing company.

  • November 4, 2011

    Cellphone Law Would Encourage Junk Calls: House Panel

    A consumer group and a state attorney general told a House subcommittee on Friday that proposed revisions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act would fail to provide adequate protection against unwanted cellphone calls, a contention staunchly opposed by business groups.

  • November 4, 2011

    High Court To Mull Warrantless GPS Tracking

    An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case over warrantless GPS tracking could establish a more concrete data collection privacy standard that would resolve divergent lower court opinions over the constitutionality of police tracking suspects electronically without a warrant, attorneys say.

  • November 3, 2011

    EFF Presses For Answer On Patriot Act FOIA Bid

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday tweaked its suit in California over the federal government's allegedly inadequate response to a Freedom of Information Act request for records pertaining to the U.S.' "secret" interpretation of a Patriot Act search provision.

  • November 3, 2011

    Prepaid Calling Card Cos. Cheated Customers: Ill. AG

    The Illinois attorney general on Thursday sued two companies that provide international calling cards mostly to immigrant communities, claiming they hid scores of fees and surcharges from customers and delivered far fewer minutes than advertised.

  • November 3, 2011

    Hollister Defeats Class Cert. Bid In Gift Card Suit

    A California judge refused Thursday to certify a class of up to 37,000 Hollister Co. customers who claim the clothing retailer violated a state consumer protection law by handing out limited-life promotional gift cards without including an expiration date.

  • November 3, 2011

    Zurich Owes Federal $1.5M In Coverage Suit Fees: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Thursday told Zurich American Insurance Co. to pay about $1.49 million to Federal Insurance Co. for attorneys' fees and other costs that Federal incurred while fighting Hartford Financial Services Inc. over coverage of a Fair Credit Reporting Act class action.

  • November 3, 2011

    UK Clears Consumer Protection Code For Renewable Energy

    The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has approved a code of practice for the renewable energy sector aimed at safeguarding and promoting consumers' interests in the purchase of small-scale energy generating systems, the watchdog announced Thursday.

  • November 3, 2011

    DOJ Pulls Controversial FOIA Revision

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday withdrew a controversial revision to its Freedom of Information Act rules, which privacy and civil liberties groups had said would allow the agency to lie about the existence of records to protect national security interests or criminal prosecutions.

  • November 3, 2011

    Costco's Joint Health Supplement Claims Bogus: Suit

    A California resident launched a putative class action Wednesday in federal court accusing Costco Wholesale Inc. of falsely advertising the joint-strengthening power of its store brand glucosamine line of joint health dietary supplements.

  • November 3, 2011

    Reed Smith Health Privacy Atty Jumps To King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP has snagged a prominent health care attorney specializing in regulatory and privacy issues for medical device and pharmaceutical industry clients from Reed Smith LLP, expanding its Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 2, 2011

    EA Revamps Game Terms After Spying Concerns Flare Up

    Electronic Arts Inc. on Monday clarified the terms of the end-user license agreement for its Origin application amid claims that the digital distribution service violates German privacy law by spying on users' computer activity.

  • November 2, 2011

    Ocean Spray Can Call Pom Juice 'Snake Oil' In Trial

    A California federal judge on Wednesday gave Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. the go-ahead to tell jurors that rival Pom Wonderful LLC's beverages are "snake oil," as Ocean Spray prepares to fight allegations it deceptively marketed a pomegranate drink in order to cut into Pom's share of the market.