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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 14, 2018

    Aaron's Hit With Suit As FCC Looks To Redefine Autodialer

    Rent-to-own retailer Aaron's Inc. has been accused of phoning consumers using an automatic dialer without consent, in a federal lawsuit that comes as the FCC is expected to give what some attorneys say could be a more modern interpretation of the law governing the practice.

  • June 14, 2018

    Telecom Agency Head Grilled On US Internet Oversight

    The head of the government agency charged with setting internet policy told lawmakers Wednesday that he hopes the public will weigh in on whether the Trump administration can or should reverse an Obama-era decision relinquishing government control of the internet to international groups.

  • June 14, 2018

    Comey 'Insubordinate' In Clinton Email Probe, Watchdog Says

    A U.S. Department of Justice watchdog scolded former FBI head James Comey on Thursday for "insubordination" in his handling of the Hillary Clinton probe during the 2016 presidential election, but found no evidence that the decision not to prosecute the former secretary of state was tainted by political bias.

  • June 14, 2018

    Kaspersky Banned From Gov. Agencies By Federal Council

    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council on Thursday introduced an interim rule that will ban federal agencies from using products made by embattled Russian-owned cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Inc., saying the council was trying to give agencies and contractors time to adjust to the ban.

  • June 14, 2018

    Fla. Justices Urged To Stay Out Of Public Records Dispute

    Florida urged the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday not to take up an appeal by two law firms that say an appellate court erred in upholding a public records exemption protecting certain personal information held by the state’s financial services agency for participants in two real estate insurance programs.

  • June 14, 2018

    BOE Says City Must Step Up Cyberattack Response

    Financial services firms must set standards for responding to IT failures and implement a common framework to guide them through “severe but plausible” cyberattacks, the Bank of England said in the wake of the data meltdown at TSB PLC.

  • June 13, 2018

    FCC Urged To Create Reassigned Phone Number Database

    A retail industry association, Comcast Corp. and several others are continuing to throw their support behind a Federal Communications Commission proposal to create a database of reassigned phone numbers that would come with a liability shield for those who use it, saying the move would reduce both unwanted calls and “abusive” litigation.

  • June 13, 2018

    Apple To Close IPhone Backdoor Used By Law Enforcement

    Apple Inc. is disabling an iPhone feature which has been used by law enforcement officials in pursuit of evidence to circumvent a phone’s security settings, the tech giant told Law360 in an email Wednesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ex-Morgan Stanley VP Made Hack-Based Trades, Plotter Says

    A onetime Georgia stock trader told a Brooklyn federal jury Wednesday that former Morgan Stanley Vice President Vitaly Korchevsky and ex-broker Vladislav Khalupsky traded on nonpublic information gleaned from hacked press releases as part of what prosecutors say was a $30 million fraud.

  • June 13, 2018

    Charter Can't Duck Suit Over Calls To Debtor's Employee

    Charter Communications Inc. lost its bid for a win in Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation Wednesday when an Indiana federal judge held that a nanny's claims that she received scores of unauthorized robocalls about her former employer's unpaid bills are enough to survive.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ill. Steel Maker Sued Over Biometric Employee Tracking

    A former employee at steel maker A. Finkl & Sons Co. hit the company with a proposed class action on Wednesday over its employee timekeeping system that uses handprints to track when workers begin and end their days.

  • June 13, 2018

    GSA Updates Database Verification To Help Address Backlog

    The U.S. General Services Administration said it has eased its procedures for verifying registrants for a federal contractors’ database, which were recently introduced following a potential compromise to the database, in an effort to help alleviate a backlog that has arisen.

  • June 13, 2018

    4th Circ. Revives Optometrists' Data Breach Suit

    A panel of the Fourth Circuit vacated a district court’s dismissal of proposed class actions by optometrists over the impact of a suspected data breach at the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Inc. that leaked their personal information, finding the optometrists had standing to sue the organization.

  • June 13, 2018

    VA Eyes Blockchain To Simplify Contract Closeouts

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering using blockchain technology to streamline its contract closing process, according to a recently filed request for industry input on the issue.

  • June 13, 2018

    UK Regulators Probe Data Breach Aimed At 5.9M Bank Cards

    The Financial Conduct Authority and other watchdogs are investigating a report by phone and electronics retailer Dixons Carphone that hackers have tried to compromise 5.9 million bank cards by breaching its payments system, U.K. authorities said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2018

    Privacy Group Urges 2nd Circ. To Protect Users, Not Grindr

    A privacy public interest group on Monday urged the Second Circuit to revive a lawsuit accusing Grindr of doing nothing to stop a user from harassing his ex through the app, saying a safe harbor provision for internet platforms in federal communications law doesn't give the company a free pass to ignore reports of abuse.

  • June 12, 2018

    EU Lawmakers Call For End To 'Privacy Shield' Pact By Sept.

    A top European parliamentary committee called on officials to suspend the trans-Atlantic Privacy Shield data transfer pact unless the U.S. is able to fully meet its data protection obligations by September, saying that recent revelations about Facebook's privacy practices exacerbated prior concerns with the deal. 

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-Morgan Stanley VP Traded On Hacked Co. Info, Jury Told

    A Brooklyn federal jury on Tuesday heard of how a former Morgan Stanley vice president and an ex-broker were allegedly part of a $30 million insider trading scheme that utilized hacked corporate press releases to trade ahead of earnings announcements and other company news, as an expected month-long trial kicked off.

  • June 12, 2018

    Google's AI Rules Show DOD's Commercial Tech Difficulties

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai's recent announcement that the company won't work on weapons programs reinforces the cultural and practical obstacles that remain in the way of the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to attract commercial technology firms as contractors, despite its efforts at outreach.

  • June 12, 2018

    No Bail For Atty Accused Of Lengthy Cyberstalking Campaign

    A lawyer charged with a multiyear campaign of making threats against a woman he briefly dated was denied bail Tuesday by a Manhattan federal judge, who saw a mix of circumstances that created a "serious risk" that the suspect might harm or threaten the woman if released.

Expert Analysis

  • Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Under Trump So Far

    Barak Cohen

    Although the U.S. Department of Justice kept pace with the Obama administration’s annual Economic Espionage Act prosecution rates during the first 12 months of the Trump administration, there is reason to suspect that the foreseeable future may reflect a less vigorous approach, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Twitter As Public Forum: The Limits Of The Trump Ruling

    Lyrissa Lidsky

    Until recently there has been little guidance on how U.S. Supreme Court precedent on public forums applies to an increasingly digital world. A New York federal court's decision last week regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is significant because it recognizes the way we talk now, says Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Changes Are Coming For Providers Of 800 Numbers

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is slated to consider potential new rules concerning the use of 800 numbers on June 7. The rules will most directly affect network providers, but may also result in reduced costs for companies providing 800-number calling to their customers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Calif. Consumer Privacy Act: 6 Considerations For Banks

    Nathan Taylor

    Financial institutions in the United States are no strangers to privacy regulations, particularly given the obligations imposed by the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the California Financial Information Privacy Act. But the California Consumer Privacy Act — an initiative likely to appear on the November ballot — could complicate existing privacy processes, say Nathan Taylor and Purvi Patel of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Crypto Market Surveillance Has Arrived

    Sharon Brown-Hruska

    The recent wave of spoofing and manipulation enforcement actions washing over cryptocurrency markets, aided by increasing market surveillance, may cause concern in some quarters. However, precedents in established futures and spot markets suggest that, in the long run, the market will likely see benefits from increased surveillance, say members of NERA Economic Consulting.