Switzerland’s data privacy czar has reached an agreement with Microsoft on improvements to Windows 10 privacy features, it said Wednesday, warning other companies that the solution represented a “minimum standard” for them to follow.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday alerted consumers to callers who falsely offer lower credit card payments and other purported attempts to help with refinancing opportunities, noting that such scams are more prevalent during and after the holiday season.
The producers behind A&E’s hit cable reality show “Duck Dynasty” slapped the majority stakeholder in their company with a $100 million suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, saying the entity schemed to smear their reputation to wrangle a discounted price for their minority interest.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has gained the former top official of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division as chair of its global risk and crisis management practice in New York, the firm announced Tuesday.
The European Commission floated a draft regulation Tuesday that will expose tech companies outside the traditional telecom space — including Facebook, Google and Apple — to stricter privacy rules on electronic communications, but the proposed regime's cross-border uniformity and eased customer-consent requirements could make the changes easier to swallow.
The limited-government organization Cause of Action Institute said Tuesday that it will represent electronics maker D-Link Systems Inc. in a privacy lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the company's devices aren't secure and put thousands of customers' data at risk, saying the allegations are “unwarranted and baseless.”
The United Kingdom’s data protection regulator has slapped general insurance company Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance PLC with a £150,000 ($182,578) fine following the theft of a hard drive device containing the personal information of nearly 60,000 customers, the watchdog said Tuesday.
Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc.'s smart pacemakers and defibrillators may be vulnerable to cybersecurity hacking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday, giving weight to late summer reports of the issues, which St. Jude vehemently contested at the time.
A putative class of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield policyholders on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to revive their suit over a 2014 data breach targeting the health insurer's database, contending that the alleged injuries suffered by the plaintiffs established standing to sue.
The District of Columbia on Monday warned the D.C. Circuit of hamstringing law enforcement by leaving intact a divided panel decision upending immunity for two officers accused of unconstitutionally searching a U.S. Army veteran's home for a bomb, based on his military experience.
An Illinois-based hospital network settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights over claims it failed to properly notify more than 800 of its patients when their personal information was stolen, the department announced Monday.
The National Security Agency can’t escape a proposed class action brought by the former mayor of Salt Lake City and six residents alleging the NSA spied on attendees of the 2002 Winter Olympics, after a Utah federal judge Tuesday said the class’ claims are believable.
Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has opened a new office in San Francisco led by a former Reed Smith LLP partner as it moves to expand its national labor and employment law practice in California, the firm announced Tuesday.
The European Union is beefing up its privacy rules for electronic communications to include web players such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail, the union’s executive branch announced on Tuesday.
Prison phone users Monday stood by their class allegations that Securus Technologies Inc. recorded their calls without permission, arguing that the reasserted fraud and misrepresentation claims are detailed enough and that the telephone service provider is treading on already-decided ground.
A consumer suing Spokeo over its alleged reporting of inaccurate information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a case that prompted a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, urged the Ninth Circuit Saturday to disregard two recent appellate court decisions that Spokeo argues support its bid to nix the dispute.
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The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a Florida couple's cases against local governments and their workers over allegedly improper access of their personal information through state driver and motor vehicle records, ruling that their claims are time-barred.
A North Carolina federal judge on Monday dismissed Scottsdale Insurance Co.'s coverage dispute with a gym regarding two lawsuits over its former employee's alleged videotaping of female patrons undressing in a tanning bed after the parties informed the court of a settlement in the underlying actions last week.
A pair of D.C. lawmakers on Monday reintroduced federal legislation aimed at barring the government from accessing stored electronic communications held by service providers without a warrant, a proposal which received wide bipartisan support last year but ultimately stalled in the U.S. Senate.
The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.
Security threats simply used to be considered technical matters for the information technology department or, more recently, the chief information officer. This approach does not work in today’s threat environment. Cybersecurity generally, and internet-of-things security specifically, is an enterprise-wide concern, say Sonja Carlson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Alan Brill of Kroll.
Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.
What should companies expect when involved in the arbitration of aerospace, aviation, defense, cyber, security and technology-related disputes? Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partners Bill Wagner and Michael Diamant share 10 tips for presenting complex cases in arbitration.
President-elect Donald Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the U.S. Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Employers might view this election as a win, given the influence it could have on the ruling in McLane v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, say attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
Last week, media outlets flooded the airwaves with dark tales of online Russian operatives who prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming U.S. president. However, the conclusory allegation of a Russian-orchestrated and targeted cyberstrike seems more akin to propaganda than truth, and is not only disquieting, but also irresponsible, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC and former chief of the U.S. Securiti... (continued)
The offshore banking industry attracted global attention earlier this year with the publication of 11.5 million leaked documents detailing decades of information about over 200,000 bank accounts and shell companies. Jeremy Maltby and Grant Damon-Feng of O'Melveny & Myers LLP examine government responses to the Panama Papers and offer tips for companies to minimize their risk of exposure to unlawful shell company activity and its consequences.
Given that the Republican Party will soon hold three of five commissioner seats at the Federal Communications Commission, its agenda will likely hold sway for at least the next four years. The FCC may shift its attitude toward issues such as spectrum management and major mergers, says Stephanie Roy of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.
In the penultimate article in his five-part series, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP continues to bring you the most interesting beer and wine trademark dispute cases of 2016.