Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • April 19, 2018

    VTech Toy Data Breach Suit Found Lacking Again

    An Illinois federal judge again tossed a consolidated proposed class action against digital learning toys maker VTech Electronics over a breach that compromised the data of 11 million adults and children, holding Wednesday that some claims were beyond repair while leaving room for others to be revamped.

  • April 19, 2018

    UK Privacy Watchdog Seeks Greater Powers As GDPR Looms

    The U.K.'s privacy regulator has warned that the recent controversy over the use of Facebook data shows that tough European rules taking effect in May will not give investigators sufficient powers to check how personal data is stored and shared.

  • April 18, 2018

    Hacker Who Conspired With Russian Agents Faces 8 Years

    A 23-year-old Canadian “international hacker for hire” who broke into thousands of email accounts, including dozens at the bidding of the Russian government agents behind a massive cyberattack on Yahoo, should be sentenced to eight years' imprisonment, federal prosecutors told a California federal court Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Facebook Offers Preview Of GDPR-Inspired Privacy Policies

    Facebook Inc. said that it is rolling out new privacy measures for users worldwide in moves designed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, a slate of European Union privacy laws coming into effect next month.

  • April 18, 2018

    Ex-NJ Bank Worker, 2 Others Stole Client Info, Funds: Feds

    The former employee of a New Jersey bank and two others have been charged with attempting to steal $700,000 from the bank’s clients using an identity theft scheme, federal prosecutors in New York said Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    7th Circ. Opens Up Path For Cos. To Ditch Data Breach Suits

    The Seventh Circuit built on its reputation for welcoming data breach plaintiffs in the courthouse door by recently reviving claims against Barnes & Noble, but signaled that this invitation isn't indefinite by suggesting for the first time that companies are likely to have the upper hand as these disputes move forward, attorneys say.

  • April 18, 2018

    Retired NFLers Hit Back At Magistrate's Sanctions In EA Suit

    A proposed class of former NFL players suing video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. for allegedly using their identities in Madden NFL has fired back at a California magistrate judge’s sanctions order over alleged evasive answers to discovery requests, telling a federal court Tuesday that the decision was wrong and overly harsh.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Ask FCC For New Robocall Rules, Introduce Bills

    A group of senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to enact consumer safeguards to stem an “onslaught” of unwanted automated calls and texts, the same day robocall legislation was introduced and a Senate committee grilled a robocaller dragged to the hearing by subpoena.

  • April 18, 2018

    Texas Sets Pace In State Cryptocurrency Crackdowns

    Texas is at the forefront of using its state securities laws to go after allegedly fraudulent cryptocurrency investment schemes, and as digital currency offerings grow more popular, more states are expected to follow suit, experts say.

  • April 18, 2018

    Man Gets 3 Years For $3.7M Series Of Online Frauds

    A Washington state man will spend three years in prison for conducting a series of online frauds that aimed to take approximately $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, a U.S. financial institution and the government's pension benefit agency, a New York federal judge said on Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Seek Info On Mystery Cell Surveillance In DC

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publicize information about potential cellphone surveillance in the Washington, D.C., area, saying in a letter the public should know more about the mysterious devices at the heart of the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Intel Units Allowed Easy Entry For Hackers, Suit Says

    Intel was slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday claiming the tech giant took shortcuts when creating its central processing units, leading to a flaw that gives hackers and other cyber criminals the ability to access sensitive information on almost every computer that uses an Intel processor.

  • April 18, 2018

    Murphy & McGonigle Nabs CFTC Atty For Securities Team

    A chief trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who helped litigate market manipulation claims against Arcadia Petroleum and nabbed nearly $4 million in disgorgement from a Ponzi schemer in Hawaii has left to join the securities team at Murphy & McGonigle PC, the firm announced this week.

  • April 18, 2018

    Privacy Group Starts 2nd Lawsuit Seeking Trump's Tax Info

    A Washington, D.C.-based privacy organization on Tuesday sued the Internal Revenue Service in D.C. federal court for a second time over what it called the agency’s failure to turn over information related to President Donald Trump’s tax records.

  • April 18, 2018

    Indicted Binary Options Co. Founder Faces CFTC Fraud Suit

    A New Yorker under criminal indictment was hit with a court-ordered asset freeze after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a related suit in Brooklyn federal court against him, his co-conspirator and his binary options company claiming they conned investors out of more than $600,000 with illegal off-exchange options.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-FBI Agent Admits Leaking Defense Info To Reporter

    A former FBI agent on Tuesday pled guilty in Minnesota federal court to charges related to taking secret government defense information and disclosing it to a news organization, making him at least the second person to be prosecuted in President Donald Trump’s so-called war on leaks.

  • April 17, 2018

    Justices Drop Microsoft Warrant Row, But Fight Far From Over

    Recently enacted federal legislation permitting prosecutors to reach user data stored abroad may have dealt the knockout blow to a U.S. Supreme Court dispute involving Microsoft, but the ability for service providers to continue to challenge international data grabs under the new regime means more fights aren’t far off, attorneys say.

  • April 17, 2018

    House Passes Child Social Security Verification Bill

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to establish a new database meant to prevent a type of identity theft frequently used against children and recent immigrants to the country by allowing financial institutions to verify a person’s name and Social Security number.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tech Firms Vow Not To Aid Governments In Cyberattacks

    More than 30 technology companies and cybersecurity firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, pledged Tuesday not to help any government launch cyberattacks on "innocent citizens" around the world, as part of a new agreement over conduct in cyberspace.

  • April 17, 2018

    Facebook Wants Privacy Suit Stay Pending JPML Decision

    Days after removing to Illinois federal court a suit over a massive disclosure of user data that helped influence the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc. asked the court Tuesday to pause proceedings until the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether to consolidate 21 similar cases.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 3

    Eric Weiss

    In the final article of their series on the American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways from some of the sessions on consumer protection.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • What's New In NIST’s Updated Cybersecurity Framework

    Alan Raul

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Standards and Technology released a revised version of its standard-setting Cybersecurity Framework, once again producing a useful, flexible document that can be applied or adapted by a wide range of companies, says Alan Raul, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's cybersecurity practice.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Equifax Cybersecurity Ruling Heightens Risk For Companies

    Heather Egan Sussman

    The Superior Court of Massachusetts' recent Equifax decision — the first-ever court ruling on allegations made by a state attorney general in cybersecurity litigation — is notable for siding with Attorney General Maura Healey on several key issues of concern to all companies that collect personal information, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • GDPR And HR: 8 Steps To Compliance For US Companies

    Sam Rayner

    American organizations with a European workforce, or presence, should not assume that they can ignore the General Data Protection Regulation in favor of a self-regulatory approach to employee privacy, as is often favored across the U.S., say Sam Rayner and Tom Mintern of Bird & Bird LLP.

  • Regulators' Jurisdictional Overreach In Crypto Enforcement

    Jason Gottlieb

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission both claim jurisdictional authority over cryptocurrency, yet no new legislation has been passed and very few court decisions have addressed the issue of who, if anyone, has regulatory authority, say attorneys with Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.