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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 26, 2012

    Sens. Want Feds To Probe Employer Facebook Info Demands

    Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Monday called for federal agencies to investigate whether employers who demand access to job applicants' Facebook accounts before making a hiring decision violate privacy, fraud or anti-discrimination laws. 

  • March 26, 2012

    UK Fines Coutts $14M For Shirking Client Criminal Probes

    The U.K.’s top financial regulator on Monday fined Coutts & Co., the Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s private wealth management unit, £8.75 million ($13.9 million) for running afoul of anti-money laundering laws by failing to investigate clients’ possible criminal activity.

  • March 23, 2012

    Calif. High Court To Hear Post-Concepcion Arbitration Case

    The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to weigh in on a case that struck down an arbitration clause with a class action ban used in a car dealer's sales contract as unconscionable, and attorneys will be closely tracking the action to see how the court interprets the U.S. Supreme Court's Concepcion decision.

  • March 23, 2012

    Calif. High Court Declines Review Of Visa Damages Ruling

    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to weigh in on an appeal by Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London over coverage for a $18 million settlement in a privacy class action against Visa Inc., letting stand a ruling that said the settlement award constituted damages covered under the policy.

  • March 23, 2012

    LexisNexis Can't Escape Claims It Misreported Workers' Info

    LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. failed Friday to dismiss a proposed class action in Pennsylvania claiming it illegally distributed damaging information about retail workers to current and potential employers, though it did extinguish the plaintiffs' ability to recover punitive damages on one claim.

  • March 23, 2012

    Judge Cools Off Conspiracy Claims In Hot Fuel MDL

    A Kansas federal judge on Thursday nixed from a multidistrict litigation class action claims that energy companies, gas stations and their trade associations conspired to keep technology that accounts for temperature expansion in motor fuels from being adopted in the U.S.

  • March 23, 2012

    Facebook Wants Employers Out Of Workers' Profiles

    Facebook Inc. on Friday vowed to end some employers’ practice of asking current and prospective employees for access to their social media accounts, joining a growing outcry that the practice is an invasion of personal privacy and a gateway to legal liability.

  • March 23, 2012

    Data Breach Fears To Keep Lawyers Busy, GCs Say

    A spate of recent corporate breaches and hacking incidents has left companies of all stripes scrambling to make sure they won't be next, giving opportunistic law firms a chance to cash in, according to a new survey of in-house counsel.

  • March 23, 2012

    UK Pushes For More Protections In Structured Products

    The U.K.'s top financial services watchdog on Friday said that firms should properly market structured investment products to retail investors so they know the potential risks, and stress test those products to make sure that they are appropriate for the targeted investors.

  • March 23, 2012

    Neutrogena Faces Action Over Quick Wrinkle Reduction Claims

    Two consumers targeted Neutrogena Corp. with a putative class action in California state court Thursday alleging that the skin care company has raked in profits by falsely advertising that two of its anti-wrinkle moisturizers visibly reduce wrinkles within one week.

  • March 23, 2012

    Yoplait Greek Yogurt Neither Greek Nor Yogurt, Suit Posits

    General Mills Inc. has attempted to latch on to the Greek yogurt craze by marketing and selling a product that does not meet the federal and state regulatory definitions of "yogurt," according to a class action filed Thursday in California.

  • March 22, 2012

    Lawmakers Target IPhone App Makers In Privacy Inquiry

    Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., on Thursday asked 34 makers of popular apps for Apple Inc. smartphones to describe their information collection practices following reports that a social networking app plucked users' contacts without permission.

  • March 22, 2012

    NY High Court Says EPA Docs Sent To State Are Public

    New York's highest court on Thursday ruled that federal agencies' communications to state agencies are public under the state's open records laws in a case brought by a town seeking records concerning hazardous contaminants in its drinking water.

  • March 22, 2012

    Sweden Adopts Controversial Data Storage Directive

    Sweden on Wednesday become the final European Union member state to implement a directive requiring telecommunications companies to store users' personal data for at least six months for law enforcement purposes, despite concerns that this measure compromises personal privacy.

  • March 22, 2012

    Heartland Wins Approval For $1M Hacking Settlement

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday approved Heartland Payment Systems Inc.'s $1 million settlement to resolve its dispute with a class of credit and debit cardholders accusing the payment processing company of negligence in failing to stop hackers from obtaining card information for 130 million accounts.

  • March 22, 2012

    German Watchdog Blasts Facebook's New Policy Changes

    A German regulatory agency ripped changes implemented Thursday to Facebook Inc.'s user agreements, saying the social media giant's revised policies will further restrict users and continue to violate Germany's data protection laws.

  • March 22, 2012

    Sen. Eyes Ban On Employers' Facebook Access Requests

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation barring employers from asking job applicants for access to their private social media accounts, joining a chorus of state legislatures, advocacy groups and legal experts who believe the practice violates individuals' privacy rights.

  • March 22, 2012

    Yahoo Faces Action For Disclosing Names Of Email Senders

    A Yahoo Inc. email account holder lodged a putative class action against the company in California federal court Tuesday, saying the Internet giant violated terms of its service contract by disclosing the full names of its email users to message recipients.

  • March 22, 2012

    JPMorgan Settles Action Over Forced Insurance Policies

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. settled a putative class action Wednesday in California federal court that accused the banking giant of fraudulently selling insurance policies to its customers without their permission and deducting the policies’ costs from their bank accounts.

  • March 21, 2012

    Calif. Bill Seeks To Limit Use Of License Plate Data

    A California Senate panel is set to consider a bill Tuesday that would limit how long state and local law enforcement agencies can hold on to data captured by license plate scanning technology, but the legislation faces opposition from sheriffs and police departments that say keeping the information is important for solving crimes.