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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • October 7, 2011

    FTC Suit Prompts Frostwire To Change File-Sharing Apps

    The software-maker Frostwire LLC agreed Friday to fix flaws in its file-sharing applications that the Federal Trade Commission said were likely to cause consumers to publicly share loads of personal files without knowing it.

  • October 7, 2011

    Greenpeace Again Accuses Dow, Sasol Of Spying

    Greenpeace Inc. on Friday accused The Dow Chemical Co. and Sasol North America Inc. of invading its privacy and misappropriating trade secrets by stealing confidential records on environmental campaigns, following a federal judge's decision to dismiss a similar action under U.S. racketeering law.

  • October 7, 2011

    More Than 100 Charged In Massive ID Theft Crackdown

    More than 100 members of five identity theft and credit card forgery rings were indicted in early October in New York as part of the biggest identity theft takedown in U.S. history, state prosecutors said Friday.

  • October 7, 2011

    Date Check App Defamation Class Action Rejected

    A California judge on Friday threw out a putative class action alleging Intelius Inc., maker of the Date Check smartphone application, defamed people across the country and violated a state consumer protection law by returning false reports of criminal histories.

  • October 7, 2011

    Puerto Rican Power Co. Takes Flak On Rates, Fuel Fee

    A proposed class of electrical customers in Puerto Rico on Thursday lodged an antitrust suit against the island’s dominant electric utility, Autoridad de Energia Electrica, alleging a fuel adjustment charge violates the Robinson-Patman Act as well as the U.S. Constitution.

  • October 7, 2011

    Obama Cybersecurity Rules Aim To Plug Leaks

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday designed to tighten cybersecurity and prevent damaging leaks of classified information, such as the thousands of pages of war documents and diplomatic cables that were published last year by WikiLeaks.

  • October 7, 2011

    News Corp., UK Designer Strike Deal Over Phone Hacking

    News Corp. on Friday reportedly agreed to pay ₤60,000 ($93,300) to settle claims by interior designer Kelly Hoppen that the company's now-shuttered News of the World unit hacked into her cellphone messages in an effort to glean confidential information for news scoops.

  • October 7, 2011

    JPML Combines Citi Home Loan Program Suits

    A federal judicial panel on Thursday consolidated into the Central District of California eight putative class actions that allege CitiMortgage Inc. broke loan modification agreements with homeowners, despite disagreement among the parties.

  • October 7, 2011

    Facebook Can't Fuse Ad Privacy Disputes Into MDL

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation panel refused Thursday to consolidate three suits over Facebook Inc.'s use of consumers' images in advertising, noting two actions focus on different aspects of Facebook's ads while a third broadly attacks ads that use minors' images.

  • October 7, 2011

    Q&A With Jackson Lewis' Joe Lazzarotti

    There is currently no national standard for safeguarding personal information. If a company experiences a breach affecting persons in all 50 states, it will need to consider the breach notification requirements under 46 different states laws, regulations in a number of cities, and possibly HIPAA. The law needs to catch up, says Joseph Lazzarotti, coordinator of Jackson Lewis LLP's privacy, social media and information management practice.

  • October 6, 2011

    Debit Card Provider Recorded Calls Without Consent: Suit

    A California man on Monday launched a proposed class action accusing debit card provider Global Cash Card Inc. of secretly recording confidential phone conversations with its customers.

  • October 6, 2011

    Firm Will Pony Up $2M Over Misleading Mortgage Filings

    New York law firm Steven J. Baum PC agreed Thursday to pay $2 million and overhaul its handling of mortgage foreclosure actions to resolve a federal probe into allegations that it knowingly made misleading filings on behalf of its clients.

  • October 6, 2011

    Cloud's Benefits Worth Risks, Experts Tell House Panel

    Cybersecurity experts told a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday that while the federal government's embrace of cloud computing carried some level of risk, agencies should adopt the cloud now or risk falling behind the technological curve.

  • October 6, 2011

    Privacy Breaches Leave State Agencies Open To Liability

    State and local government agencies are facing more data security breaches that could serve as a gateway for hackers to go after more lucrative targets and leave them open to liability, experts say.

  • October 6, 2011

    Q&A With Robinson & Cole's Kathleen Porter

    Many clients have exciting, even novel ideas for selling products, but they are subject to long-standing and often “pre-Internet and social media age” laws or regulations that do not contemplate changing technology, says Kathleen Porter, a partner with Robinson & Cole LLP specializing in intellectual property, trade regulation and Internet law.

  • October 6, 2011

    CFPB Head Nomination Moves To Full Senate

    The contentious nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a step toward approval Thursday, barely passing the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in a party-line vote.

  • October 5, 2011

    Attys To Sue 15 Law Schools Over Bogus Jobs Data

    Two attorneys said Wednesday that they would file class action complaints challenging the accuracy of the postgraduate employment rates reported by 15 law schools, including Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School and Pace University School of Law.

  • October 5, 2011

    Timeshare Marketers To Pay $24M Over FTC Scam Claims

    A Florida company purporting to resell timeshares agreed Wednesday to pay $23.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle the agency's claims it tricked timeshare owners into forking over fees by telling them it had property buyers lined up.

  • October 5, 2011

    Welch, National Union Debate Policy Wording In 1st Circ.

    National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh urged the First Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a ruling that the insurer must not indemnify Welch Foods Inc. for two deceptive marketing lawsuits over its juice labels, saying Welch's policy excludes coverage for the suits under an antitrust exclusion.

  • October 5, 2011

    B&N Opt-Out Notice Borders On Opaque: Privacy Official

    A New York bankruptcy judge ordered a hearing Wednesday after the privacy ombudsman in the Borders Group Inc. bankruptcy blasted Barnes & Noble Inc. for withholding from Borders customers the extent of the information it was acquiring under an intellectual property purchase.