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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • April 26, 2012

    NY Times Sues DOJ Over Cordray, NLRB Appointment Docs

    The New York Times Co. on Tuesday alleged the U.S. Department of Justice improperly withheld documents about President Barack Obama’s January recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the National Labor Relations Board.

  • April 25, 2012

    Calif. Panel OKs Bill Requiring Warrant For GPS Search

    A California Senate committee on Tuesday passed a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before seeking a suspect’s location from devices such as cellphones amid protests from wireless providers who argued the measure would saddle them with additional reporting requirements.

  • April 25, 2012

    False Ad Claims Survive In Suit Over Buggy IPhone Upgrade

    A California federal judge on Wednesday let false advertising claims stand in a putative class action alleging Apple Inc. distributed software updates that impaired older iPhones, but dismissed claims that Apple broke implied warranties and interfered with AT&T Mobility LLC contracts.

  • April 25, 2012

    Calif. Advances Bill Guarding Workers' Social Media Logins

    California on Wednesday moved a step closer to banning employers from demanding access to workers' and job applicants' Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts after a bill breezed through another state Senate panel.

  • April 25, 2012

    EU Sends Hungary To Court Over Data Agency Independence

    The European Commission referred Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday over concerns about its new judiciary rules and its data protection agency's independence, specifically citing Hungary's recent, premature termination of its data protection commissioner.

  • April 25, 2012

    Millennium Says Ameritox Libeled It In Press Release

    Medical testing company Millennium Laboratories Inc. accused rival Ameritox Ltd. of false advertising and libel in California federal court Monday, ratcheting up their already heated legal war over alleged kickbacks to doctors and false marketing campaigns.

  • April 25, 2012

    White House Threatens To Veto House Cybersecurity Bill

    The White House on Wednesday announced strong opposition to a cybersecurity bill the House is expected to pass by the end of the week, claiming the legislation in its current form does not provide enough safeguards for privacy and civil liberties.

  • April 25, 2012

    Calif. Bill To Protect DNA Privacy Moves Forward

    The California Senate's judiciary committee on Tuesday narrowly passed a measure that would make it illegal to collect, analyze, share or store a person's genetic material without written consent.

  • April 25, 2012

    Class Cert. Granted In Junk Fax Suit Against Insurer

    Recipients of more than 7,800 fax advertisements for insurance services have won class certification in an Ohio lawsuit claiming Combined Insurance Group Ltd. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending the advertisements without permission, an order posted Tuesday said.

  • April 25, 2012

    RBS Citizens Pays $137.5M To Settle Overdraft Fee Suit

    RBS Citizens NA on Wednesday agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle its role in a class action alleging it manipulated customers' debit card and ATM transactions to generate excess overdraft fee revenues.

  • April 24, 2012

    Calif. Panel OKs Bill To Limit Use Of License Plate Data

    A bill seeking to limit how long California entities can hold onto data captured by license plate-scanning technology picked up enough votes to pass a Democrat-controlled state Senate panel Tuesday after the bill’s author excluded law enforcement agencies from the measure to focus exclusively on private companies.

  • April 24, 2012

    ISPs Can Share User Data With Copyright Holders: EU Court

    The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that national data retention laws do not bar Internet service providers from sharing customer information that copyright holders can use to identify individuals that they believe have engaged in illegal file-sharing.

  • April 24, 2012

    Cyber Threats Escalating At Federal Agencies, GAO Says

    An information security director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office told House representatives that federal agencies were struggling to address a skyrocketing number of cyber threats, while others at a Tuesday hearing underscored the need for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.

  • April 24, 2012

    Outdated Telecom Law Shortchanges Consumers, Senators Hear

    Amazon.com Inc. and IAC/InterActiveCorp executives urged senators on Tuesday to rewrite current telecommunications law to take into account the rapid emergence of online video services, which is transforming how consumers view programs and choose content.

  • April 24, 2012

    CFPB To Study Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday announced a study into arbitration clauses that block customers from taking complaints into court, the first step in what many observers say is a new set of rules for those clauses.

  • April 24, 2012

    Global IP Treaty May Threaten Privacy, EU Watchdog Says

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial global anti-piracy treaty, poses potential privacy threats because it lacks safeguards against widespread monitoring of Internet users’ activity, the European Union’s data privacy watchdog said in an opinion released Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2012

    Power Plant Operator Sues EPA To Shield Business Data

    PPL Montana LLC sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to stop it from handing two environmental groups data about upgrades at a Montana coal-fired plant, arguing the move would reveal confidential business information to competitors.

  • April 24, 2012

    Ex-Gangster Says A&E Used His Image Without Consent

    A&E Television Networks has endangered the life of a former high-ranking gangster by using his name and likeness in an episode of the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary series without his permission, a lawsuit filed Monday in California state court alleges.

  • April 24, 2012

    Full Speed Ahead For Ford Engine Deception Class Action

    A Kentucky federal judge on Monday kept alive a putative class action accusing Ford Motor Co. of installing older engines known for defects in vehicles, ruling that consumers don't need to show reliance to advance a Kentucky Consumer Protection Act claim.

  • April 24, 2012

    NY Lawmakers Target Gas Stations Gouging Credit Customers

    New York gas station owners charging drivers up to $2 per gallon extra to fill up with credit cards instead of cash could face fines under legislation proposed by state lawmakers from both parties who said Tuesday that they are tired of the bait-and-switch.