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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 2, 2012

    EPIC Seeks Public Release Of Google's Privacy Report

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Wednesday asked the Federal Trade Commission to release a privacy report Google Inc. recently submitted to the agency, saying the public should be able to review it before the search giant changes its privacy policies on March 1.

  • February 2, 2012

    EU Lawmakers Block Food Labels With New Health Claims

    The European Parliament on Thursday rejected a proposal to allow nutrition labels to use precise percentages to claim foods contain less sugar, salt or fat than older versions, finding the comparisons could confuse consumers.

  • February 2, 2012

    TheraMax Cold And Flu Can't Treat Either Ailment: Suit

    The maker of TheraMax cold and flu relief products was asked Monday to cough up damages in a California class action alleging the treatments do not alleviate users' symptoms, contrary to the company's marketing claims.

  • February 1, 2012

    12 Charged In $250M Cellphone Cloning Scheme

    Federal authorities have charged 12 people with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for their alleged roles in a $250 million cellphone cloning scheme, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in New York federal court.

  • February 1, 2012

    12 Law Schools Accused Of Pumping Up Postgrad Job Data

    Twelve law schools, including Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School and Pace University School of Law, were hit with class actions Wednesday alleging they fraudulently inflated postgraduate employment and salary statistics in order to recruit students.

  • February 1, 2012

    Microsoft Ads Blast Google's New Privacy Policy

    Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. traded barbs over the latter's new privacy policy on Wednesday, with Microsoft taking out full-page newspaper ads claiming its products prioritize privacy over advertisers and prompting Google to defend its handling of user data.

  • February 1, 2012

    Force Fannie, Freddie To Lower Loan Principals: Lawmaker

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require the government-sponsored housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce the principal on millions of loans they own or that they guarantee.

  • February 1, 2012

    Publix Fails To Kill Fla. ATM Fee Class Action

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a proposed class action accusing Publix Super Markets Inc. of charging customers hidden fees to use ATMs, ruling the claims were detailed enough to allow the suit to move forward.

  • February 1, 2012

    Calif. Senate OKs Restrictions On Debt Collection Suits

    The California Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would require debt buyers to verify the validity of a debt and ensure their collection efforts are directed toward the proper debtor for the right amount before obtaining a default judgment in collection suits.

  • February 1, 2012

    Bank Regulators Say New Ombudsman Would Harm Exams

    Federal banking regulators on Wednesday told lawmakers that a bill that would set up an independent ombudsman for bank examinations would undermine their ability to properly examine banks and add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to the banking regulatory system.

  • February 1, 2012

    King & Spalding Snags 2 Class Action Pros From McKenna

    King & Spalding LLP has expanded its Atlanta office by adding two former McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP partners specializing in consumer class action, securities, intellectual property and technology law, the firm said Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2012

    Oregon Joins $25B Mortgage Settlement With Lenders

    Oregon on Wednesday decided to join a proposed $25 billion settlement under negotiation by multiple states and major banks accused of fraudulent foreclosure practices and other mortgage abuses, breaking with a pair of states that recently rejected the controversial deal. 

  • February 1, 2012

    Lawmakers Blast Obama’s CFPB, NLRB Recess Appointments

    President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the federal labor and consumer protection agencies violate the U.S. Constitution's division of powers and will undermine both economic certainty and the powers of the agencies themselves, a Utah senator said Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2012

    PI Ordered To Reveal News Corp. Hacking Partners

    A London court on Wednesday ordered private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to reveal who at News Corp.'s defunct tabloid News of the World hired him to hack into actor Steve Coogan's phone.

  • January 31, 2012

    Chubb Off Hook In 'Shape Up' Coverage Dispute

    A Texas federal judge ruled Monday that Chubb Custom Insurance Co. is not obligated to cover CSA Nutraceuticals GP LLC in a class action alleging that Shape Up nutritional supplements, endorsed by television show host Dr. Phil, didn't help consumers lose weight as advertised.

  • January 31, 2012

    Google Stands Up For New Privacy Policy

    Google Inc. addressed skepticism about its new privacy policy on Monday, saying in a letter to eight members of Congress that it remained committed to protecting users' privacy and control over their own information.

  • January 31, 2012

    EU Bodies' Data Protection Needs Work, Report Says

    European Union institutions are following data protection regulations more closely than they were a few years ago, but they still need to demonstrate more commitment to compliance, an EU privacy watchdog said Monday.

  • January 31, 2012

    AmEx Cardholders Must Arbitrate Privacy Dispute: Judge

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a proposed class of American Express credit-card holders should arbitrate their dispute with American Express Travel Related Services Inc. over personal financial information allegedly sent to American Express call centers overseas.

  • January 31, 2012

    4th Circ. Nixes Photographer's Suit Over Police Search

    The Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the U.S. did not violate the Privacy Protection Act by searching a photojournalist's home as part of its investigation into criminal activity during a demonstration against the International Monetary Fund.

  • January 31, 2012

    Immigration Firm Sues State Farm For Data Security Coverage

    Los Angeles immigration law firm Reeves & Associates PLC on Monday sued State Farm General Insurance Co., claiming the insurance giant failed to honor a policy covering employee dishonesty after an employee downloaded firm documents containing trade secrets and private client information.