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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 29, 2012

    Judge Trims Search Data Suit Against Google

    A California federal judge on Thursday kept alive a putative privacy class action against Google Inc. over search terms in URL links that are visible to third parties, allowing a single claim to move forward but tossing six others because the plaintiff failed to specify an injury.

  • March 29, 2012

    Class Cert. Denied In Seniors' Annuity Suit Against Bankers

    A senior claiming Bankers Life and Casualty Co. duped her into buying unsuitable deferred annuities can't represent a nationwide class in her lawsuit against the insurer, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the plaintiff's evidence on Bankers' nationwide practices was too weak.

  • March 29, 2012

    FTC Seeks $53M Sanctions Over Billing Co.'s Breached Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking $52.6 million in sanctions against Billing Services Group Ltd. in Texas federal court for allegedly breaching a 1999 settlement deal that had resolved claims of unauthorized charges tied to deceptive marketing, the telecommunications billing clearinghouse revealed Thursday.

  • March 29, 2012

    Yahoo To Debut Do-Not-Track Tool By Summer

    Yahoo Inc. said Thursday that it would make a do-not-track mechanism available across its global network by early summer to allow customers to opt out of receiving specially tailored ads.

  • March 29, 2012

    FTC Head Downplays Fears Over Privacy Report's Bite

    The head of the Federal Trade Commission stressed to lawmakers on Thursday that the agency would not base the decision to bring an enforcement action on companies' failure to follow the recommendations in its new online privacy report.

  • March 29, 2012

    Cordray Says CFPB Won't Overstep Dodd-Frank's Scope

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Thursday fended off Republican concerns that the agency would use its enforcement powers too broadly, assuring a House committee that the CFPB would operate under the constraints of the Wall Street Reform law that created it.

  • March 29, 2012

    Quaker Can't Fully Escape False Labeling Suit Over Trans Fats

    A California federal judge on Wednesday partially dismissed a putative class action accusing Quaker Oats Co. of falsely marketing its products as healthful despite their small amounts of trans fats, tossing claims over nutrition labeling and heart-healthy images but keeping others.

  • March 29, 2012

    Feds Back Clear Rule For Certain Mobile Payments

    Regulators from the Federal Reserve on Thursday told a congressional panel that while consumer protections for credit and debit card transactions made with mobile devices are already in place, clear rules are needed for transactions processed through phone bills or prepaid cards.

  • March 28, 2012

    Telecom Groups Praise House Passage Of FCC Reform Bill

    Telecommunications industry groups have been reacting positively to Tuesday's passage of a Republican-backed U.S. House of Representatives bill limiting the Federal Communications Commission's ability to win concessions from merging companies.

  • March 28, 2012

    Reps. Eye Ban On Firms Pinning Jobs To Facebook Access

    Two lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are drawing up legislation that would ban companies from demanding access to Facebook and other social media accounts as a condition of employment.

  • March 28, 2012

    Apple To Refund Australian IPad Buyers Over 4G Claims

    Apple Inc. will offer refunds to Australian consumers who purchased the new version of the iPad, an Australian regulator said Wednesday, the day after it accused the company of deceiving customers about the device's high-speed capability.

  • March 28, 2012

    E-Trade Inactivity Fee Class Action Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Tuesday ended individual plaintiffs' claims in a proposed class action accusing broker-dealer E-Trade Securities LLC of charging improper account inactivity fees without contractual authority, significantly narrowing the suit.

  • March 28, 2012

    Geithner Seeks Policy Sway Over Independent FHFA

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday joined other Democratic officials calling on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator to allow the two mortgage giants to reduce the amount of money underwater homeowners owe, adding he "would welcome" the authority to force a policy change.

  • March 28, 2012

    Borrowers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive JPMorgan Loan Fraud Suit

    Mortgage borrowers of JPMorgan Chase NA asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to overturn a decision dismissing a class action over ballooning monthly payments, arguing the bank broke state law by enforcing fraudulent loan agreements even though it did not commit the original fraud.

  • March 28, 2012

    High Court Narrows Scope Of Privacy Act Damages

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Privacy Act does not provide for mental and emotional distress damages a former pilot allegedly suffered after the U.S. Social Security Administration revealed his HIV-positive status to the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • March 27, 2012

    HIPAA Privacy Updates Head To White House For Final Review

    A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unit sent highly anticipated privacy and data breach changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to the White House on Saturday, bringing the rules closer to fruition.

  • March 27, 2012

    EU-US Airline Passenger Data Pact Heads To Parliament

    A European Union parliamentary committee approved an agreement Tuesday allowing the U.S. to store the personal data of European passengers of intercontinental flights, though one lawmaker claimed the measure passed only because the U.S. threatened to require visas for travel to the country if it failed.

  • March 27, 2012

    New Zealand Will Revamp Privacy Law To Mirror Tech Shifts

    New Zealand will overhaul its nearly 20-year-old privacy statute following a review by the country's law commission that found the act needs an update to respond to shifts in technology, business practices and public expectations about information security, the country announced Tuesday.

  • March 27, 2012

    Bioethics Panel Seeks Input On Genome Privacy Issues

    A commission created by President Barack Obama to study bioethical issues asked the public for comments on ethical and privacy issues involving personal genome sequencing, saying Tuesday that it intends to report to the president on the matter later this year.

  • March 27, 2012

    RockYou Tightens Data, Child Privacy Protections In FTC Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday reached a settlement in California with RockYou Inc. over the social gaming company’s allegedly insufficient data security and unlawful collection of information from children, putting into practice guidelines released in a report a day earlier.