Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 1, 2018

    German Watchdog To Probe Google, Facebook Online Ads

    Germany's competition regulator on Thursday became the latest enforcer to open a probe into whether Facebook, Google and other major digital platform providers are using their market power to harm competition and block access to valuable consumer data in the online advertising marketplace. 

  • February 1, 2018

    Sex Toy Maker Secretly Collects Use Data, Suit Claims

    A Hong Kong-based “sextech” company selling a wireless wearable vibrator uses a mobile application that secretly stores data about the user, including the times when the device is activated and the vibration settings selected, according to a putative class action filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    House Dems Want Answers From Strava On Privacy Issues

    A group of congressional Democrats sent a letter Wednesday to Strava Inc., the embattled fitness tracking app developer whose usage map may have revealed secret information about military and intelligence bases, asking the company to explain its privacy practices.

  • February 1, 2018

    FOIA Atty Loses DC Circ. Bid For More Info On FBI Probe

    The D.C. Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to revive an attorney’s Freedom of Information Act suit against the FBI, upholding a lower court ruling that the bureau had complied with his request for information about its investigation into classified intelligence he received in two underlying suits.

  • February 1, 2018

    Mintz Levin Adds Wireless Tech Expert In DC

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has added a former Fletcher Heald & Hildreth partner to its communications practice, where she will focus on regulatory issues related to the internet of things and other emerging technologies, the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Amazon Fights Cert. Bid In Background Check Suit

    Amazon.com urged a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to deny certification to a proposed class of job applicants who claim the e-commerce giant performed consumer background checks on them without following strict legal requirements.

  • February 1, 2018

    Barnes & Noble Gets User Privacy Row Sent To Arbitration

    A New York federal judge ruled Wednesday that a woman leading a proposed class action against Barnes & Noble must arbitrate her claims that the bookseller improperly shared her information with Facebook Inc., saying there was clearly an arbitration agreement in place.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fresenius To Pay $3.5M After Quintet Of HIPAA Breaches

    Fresenius Medical Care will pay $3.5 million to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s privacy rules stemming from five separate incidents where electronics containing sensitive health information were stolen or disappeared, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Privacy Group Of The Year: ZwillGen

    ZwillGen PLLC had a 2017 that included wins at the appellate level for CNN and Time Inc. in high-profile cases involving alleged violations of privacy statutes, landing the firm its place as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 1, 2018

    Ahdoot & Wolfson Atty Asks To Lead Equifax Breach MDL

    The Ahdoot & Wolfson PC attorney who is lead counsel for consumers suing Experian over a data breach has asked a Georgia federal court to let her represent the class in the separate, centralized Equifax data breach litigation, saying she’s fought — and won — favorable results for consumers in a number of high-profile cases.

  • January 31, 2018

    FTC’s New Antitrust Tilt To Narrow Its Privacy Focus

    The Federal Trade Commission is likely to continue to dominate as the nation's top privacy and data security enforcer even after a new slate of commissioners with primarily antitrust backgrounds is confirmed, but the new leaders may be more selective in the types of consumer harms they choose to pursue, attorneys say.

  • January 31, 2018

    Immigration-Restriction Group's FOIA Suit Seeks Yates' Emails

    The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that advocates for reduced immigration, filed a lawsuit Wednesday over access to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ emails, specifically ones referencing President Donald Trump, his travel ban or emails she may have exchanged with the American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center.

  • January 31, 2018

    Richard Simmons Slams 'Billing Fiesta' In Defamation Suit

    The parent company of the National Enquirer urged a California judge Wednesday to grant it nearly $222,000 in attorneys’ fees incurred while defeating a defamation lawsuit from Richard Simmons over articles he says falsely reported he was undergoing sex-reassignment surgery, while Simmons’ lawyer blasted the request as a “billing fiesta.”

  • January 31, 2018

    Ally Financial Must Face TCPA Suit Over Car Loan

    Ally Financial Inc. will face a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over allegations it improperly called a debtor more than 1,200 times trying to collect on an auto loan, a Florida federal judge said Wednesday, finding no reason to grant a quick win to either side.

  • January 31, 2018

    Class Counsel Can't Pause Atty's Suit Over $25M TCPA Deal

    Class counsel who secured a $25 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case cannot stop a state court suit from an attorney seeking to be paid for his work on the case, with a California federal judge ruling Tuesday that the suit had no bearing on the awarding of attorneys' fees. 

  • January 31, 2018

    Ex-Fox News Anchor Says Book Editor Defamed, Extorted Her

    A former Fox News anchor sued another network personality in New York state court Tuesday alleging the personality violated a confidentiality agreement he signed while editing her book by “conspiring” with the news giant to discredit her after she complained about being sexually harassed by network bigwigs.

  • January 31, 2018

    Mass. Cybercrime Prosecutor Joins Holland & Knight

    An assistant U.S. attorney and the chief of the Cybercrime Unit for the District of Massachusetts has joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in the firm’s Boston office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    FTC Asks FCC To Hold Off On Robocall Error-Fixing Rules

    The Federal Trade Commission is asking its fellow regulators at the Federal Communications Commission to refrain from imposing additional requirements on telephone service providers in connection with the FCC’s recent robocall blocking rules, saying it’s not yet necessary to formalize a challenge process for erroneously blocked calls.

  • January 31, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: CBS, Liberty Mutual, Avast Software

    The CBS Corp. board is reportedly discussing a potential merger with Viacom Inc. on Thursday, Liberty Mutual is shopping around its private equity and real estate stakes, and Avast Software has tapped banks for its London initial public offering.

  • January 31, 2018

    EU Says Data-Protection Rights Not Negotiable In Trade Talks

    The European Commission has approved measures that would keep the European Union’s personal data-protection rights from being subject to EU trade agreement negotiations, the EC announced on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • International ICOs May Not Be Safe From The SEC

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    Simply originating an initial coin offering in a foreign jurisdiction may not be sufficient to avoid the long and global reach of the U.S. securities laws — and the current ICO dragnet of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s new cyber unit, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • A GDPR Primer For US-Based Cos. Handling EU Data: Part 1

    Caroline Krass

    While many U.S. companies have already begun work on complying with the General Data Protection Regulation, it has such a long reach that it may encompass many organizations that would not ordinarily expect to be subject to European data privacy laws, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • The Most Noteworthy Class Action Developments Of 2017

    Neal Marder

    This year has seen significant developments in the field of class action litigation. The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision continued to work its way through the courts, the appeals courts have made strides on issues like ascertainability and standing to pursue injunctive relief, and Congress is considering legislation that would alter the class action landscape, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Is Your Company Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

    Erin Bosman

    Evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence will change countless aspects of how companies do business. Consumer product companies ceding control to technology should weigh efficiencies against the risks posed by such novel movements, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Wrestling With Location Data Privacy At The High Court

    Vanessa Arslanian

    Last week during arguments in Carpenter v. United States, both conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to limit warrantless government access to historical cell-site location data, but they voiced different ways to do so, says Vanessa Arslanian at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • SEC Enforcement: Past, Present And Future

    Brian Rubin

    In Dan Brown’s latest best-seller "Origin," he explores where we come from and how we will evolve. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fiscal 2017 enforcement report is no "Origin," "The Da Vinci Code" or even "Inferno," but the SEC has raised "Origin"-like questions, say Brian Rubin and Gregory Amoroso of Eversheds Sutherland.