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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • October 24, 2018

    DOD Issues $34M Expansion Of 'Hack The Pentagon' Program

    The U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday that it has expanded its “bug bounty” program, originally intended to find cyber vulnerabilities in its networks and websites, to also include hardware, while awarding $34 million in deals to three companies to aid with the effort.

  • October 24, 2018

    ACLU Presses Gov’t On Amazon Face-Recognition Plans

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sought records on the federal government’s efforts to obtain Amazon-developed facial recognition technology so agents can use it in immigration enforcement activities, arguing that Congress should first determine the limits of the technology’s use.

  • October 24, 2018

    Watchdogs Aim To Revive Suit Over Trump Record-Keeping

    The National Security Archive and a watchdog group told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive their suit that the Trump administration’s use of messaging apps that can delete conversations is “anathema” to the Presidential Records Act, which requires that all presidential records be preserved.

  • October 23, 2018

    Yahoo Email Users Seek OK For $50M Data Breach Deal

    Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million to settle proposed consumer class claims in California federal and state courts over three data breaches that affected billions of U.S. and Israeli accounts, a deal that the consumers said would provide "by far, the largest available cash fund for data breach class members in history."

  • October 23, 2018

    Coinbase Escapes Suit Over Bitcoin Cash Release, For Now

    A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a proposed investor class action against Coinbase Inc. claiming the cryptocurrency exchange artificially inflated bitcoin cash prices by abruptly opening the market to trades and then closing minutes later, saying the claims lacked support but a revised suit could be filed.

  • October 23, 2018

    Customer Defends Spam Suit Against Car Cos., Broadcaster

    A customer suing a sports cable network and two automakers over unsolicited automated text ads has asked a Florida federal judge to deny their motion to delay the case indefinitely because the Federal Communications Commission is reconsidering certain technological terms that could affect its outcome. 

  • October 23, 2018

    Google Says IPhone, Android Users Agreed To Tracking

    Google has fought back against a pair of proposed class suits alleging that the tech giant secretly kept tabs on smartphone users' locations, telling a California federal court that the iPhone and Android users agreed to the tracking when they accepted Google’s privacy policy.

  • October 23, 2018

    Rental Car Co. Exposes Credit Card Info, Consumer Claims

    Sixt Rent A Car LLC failed to properly conceal consumers’ credit and debit card information from its receipts, which exposed them to a greater risk of identity theft, according to a proposed class action filed Monday in Florida federal court.

  • October 23, 2018

    Scammers May Be Trying To Game TM System, USPTO Says

    Trademark applications and registrations may have been tampered with by scammers seeking to register marks listed on third-party “brand registries,” the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has warned.

  • October 23, 2018

    DirecTV, CenturyLink Settle Suit Over Consumer Data Breach

    A group of consumers has agreed to settle its class action suit against DirecTV and CenturyLink accusing them in Washington federal court of publicly exposing consumer billing data online.

  • October 23, 2018

    HBUS Nabs First Female African-American GC In Crypto

    HBUS Inc., the U.S. strategic partner of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has hired an attorney with in-house experience at Intuit, Google and Yahoo as its general counsel, making her the first African-American woman to serve in that role for a digital currency marketplace, the company announced Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2018

    Facebook, Google Hit With Suits Over Location Tracking

    Facebook and Google surreptitiously track, log and store users' private location information, even in circumstances where consumers explicitly limit or turn off this data collection capability, according to separate putative class actions lodged in California federal court.

  • October 22, 2018

    Housekeeping Co. Hit With Privacy Suit Over Fingerprinting

    A Pennsylvania-based hospital housekeeping company has been slapped with a proposed class action alleging that its fingerprint scanning method for employee timekeeping violates an Illinois state privacy law because it unlawfully collects, records and stores biometric data.

  • October 22, 2018

    SEC Halts Trading In Co. Over False Cryptocurrency Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it had temporarily suspended trading in securities of a Las Vegas-based company that is alleged to have falsely claimed it was working with a commission-approved custodian for cryptocurrency trading and its stock offering.

  • October 22, 2018

    Alibaba Gets Injunction In Cryptocurrency Trademark Fight

    A New York federal judge on Monday granted Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s renewed attempt to block the promoters of a cryptocurrency called AlibabaCoin from using the Chinese e-commerce giant's trademarked names and symbols, ruling that newly produced evidence that at least one New Yorker had used the cryptocurrency was enough to allow the court to entertain the dispute. 

  • October 22, 2018

    Native, Animal Groups Launch Privacy-Based Climate Suit

    A Native American women’s green group and an animal rights organization sued the federal government Monday, alleging its actions on a host of environmental issues have exacerbated climate change and violated U.S. citizens’ right to privacy under the Constitution.

  • October 22, 2018

    Investor Drops Suit Over Cryptocurrency Hacking

    A New York federal judge on Monday tossed an investor’s proposed class action accusing a bitcoin alternative creator of allegedly steering him to trade on an Italian exchange that lost hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of digital currency to hackers, after the investor dropped the case.

  • October 22, 2018

    Beto For Texas Campaign Sued Over Election Robotexts

    Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the organization sent prospective voters unwanted, automated text messages, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • October 22, 2018

    VW Pushes For Decertification Of Subclass In TCPA Row

    Volkswagen has asked a California federal judge to decertify a subclass of customers in a class action claiming they received allegedly unauthorized service robocalls, saying their individual circumstances are too varied.

  • October 19, 2018

    IDT Can't Use High Court Ruling To Duck TCPA Claims

    A Georgia federal judge has rejected IDT Telecom's bid to ax a putative class action accusing it of blasting consumers with unsolicited telemarketing calls, finding a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision didn't prevent the court from entertaining claims brought on behalf of individuals living outside the plaintiff's home state.

Expert Analysis

  • The Trump Admin. Approach To Data Privacy, And Next Steps

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration released an ambitious proposal to modernize consumer privacy policy. But there are questions as to how it plans to achieve these laudable goals, say Alan Raul and Christopher Fonzone of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Manafort Plea Reminds Us Of Whitewater

    Lawrence Laurenzi

    It is clear from Paul Manafort's plea agreement that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is using the same prosecutorial strategy that Ken Starr used in Whitewater. Mueller’s team, however, also faces the same headwinds that Starr faced, say Lawrence Laurenzi and Joe Whitley of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • What Corporate Attys Should Know About Calif. Privacy Act

    Grant Davis-Denny

    There are several aspects of the California Consumer Privacy Act that will affect the work of transactional attorneys, particularly those involved in mergers and acquisitions and in drafting contracts with vendors and business partners, say attorneys with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • An Update On Missouri's Medical Records Access Law

    Dennis Harms

    The Missouri Legislature recently changed the law regarding production of medical records by health care providers. It appears to mean that providers can meet requirements to administer a patient's records with a written statement that no such records exist, says Dennis Harms of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: An MDL Breakup

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a decision separating and remanding an individual plaintiff's claims from an ongoing data breach MDL. Practitioners should note this example of the panel's power to break up an MDL and sever claims that, in its view, do not belong in such a proceeding, says Alan Rothman of Arnold Porter.

  • Election Interference Sanctions Expand Compliance Risks

    Nicole Erb

    President Donald Trump issued an executive order this month authorizing new sanctions against parties determined to have interfered in U.S. elections. In the event more sanctions are imposed, the number of sanctions targets could increase significantly, placing additional importance on screening of transaction parties and their ownership structures, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Medidata And American Tooling Courts Misunderstood Tech

    Joshua Mooney

    While some believe that two recent circuit court decisions — Medidata Solutions and American Tooling — represent a shift toward broadening insurance coverage for phishing attacks, the courts' imprecise interpretation of "integrity" and "instructions to" a computer system casts doubt on whether the decisions will stand, says Joshua Mooney of White and Williams LLP.