Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 29, 2012

    Calif. Legislators Unveil Homeowner Protection Bills

    California lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a set of proposed state laws they said would protect homeowners from unfair mortgage and foreclosure practices, a month after President Barack Obama proposed a homeowners bill of rights in his annual State of the Union address.

  • February 29, 2012

    AT&T's Data Mining Suit Against Line Lessees Survives

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss AT&T Inc.'s suit accusing several small companies of unlawfully mining customer data from its subsidiaries, ruling the court has jurisdiction and AT&T has adequately stated a claim for relief so far.

  • February 29, 2012

    Lawmakers Ask Online Marketers To Own Up To Safari Tracking

    U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., demanded Tuesday that three online advertising companies disclose whether they exploited a loophole in Apple Inc.'s Internet browser Safari to track users who intended to block tracking.

  • February 29, 2012

    Verizon Offers Refunds, Up To $7.5M Fees In Cramming Deal

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday won preliminary court approval of a settlement that provides refunds and up to $7.5 million in attorneys' fees to customers bringing a class action in California over unauthorized third-party charges on landline phone bills.

  • February 29, 2012

    Murdoch Scion Resigns Amid Phone Hacking Fallout

    News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch stepped down Wednesday as executive chairman of the company's News International publishing arm, days after British police announced they had widened a probe into allegations of bribery at the media conglomerate.

  • February 29, 2012

    Cosmetic Giants Hit With $100M Animal Testing Suit

    Estee Lauder Inc., Avon Products Inc. and Mary Kay Inc. were targeted Tuesday in a $100 million class action accusing the cosmetics companies of falsely claiming that their products were not tested on animals.

  • February 28, 2012

    SEC, CFTC Float Identity Theft Rules For Financial Cos.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange and Commodity Futures Trading commissions on Tuesday proposed rules that would help protect investors from identity theft by mandating that certain government-regulated entities such as mutual funds create programs designed to detect potential security threats.

  • February 28, 2012

    Wells Fargo Reveals Litigation Risks Of $25B Mortgage Deal

    A Tuesday regulatory filing by Wells Fargo & Co. laid out the remaining federal enforcement litigation risks faced by the banks that signed on to a $25 billion mortgage settlement announced earlier this month even before final details of the deal are filed in court.

  • February 28, 2012

    FTC OKs New Compliance Program For Online Kid Protection

    The Federal Trade Commission said Friday it would allow an Aristotle International Inc. program to establish children's online privacy guidelines and oversee compliance with those guidelines, making Aristotle just the fifth organization to win safe harbor under an agency rule.

  • February 28, 2012

    Judge's Recusal Revives Microsoft Online Privacy Suit

    A federal judge gave new life Tuesday to a putative class action claiming Microsoft Corp. illegally obtained personal information from consumers who downloaded its software, vacating her order dismissing the case because of a conflict of interest.

  • February 28, 2012

    Identity Theft Tops FTC Consumer Complaints For 2011

    Identity theft was No. 1 on the Federal Trade Commission’s list of top consumer complaints for the 12th year in a row, the FTC said Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2012

    Google Privacy Policy May Be Illegal, French Agency Warns

    France's data privacy watchdog said Tuesday that Google Inc.'s new privacy policy appeared to violate European data protection law, as privacy authorities around the world rushed to express their reservations about the policy ahead of its Thursday rollout date.

  • February 28, 2012

    US Will Finalize $25B Mortgage Deal Soon, HUD Chief Says

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday that final documents related to a $25 billion settlement with the nation's top mortgage servicers would come later this week, even as Republicans criticized the deal.

  • February 28, 2012

    Emergen-C Maker Fights Off Class Cert. In False Ad Action

    A California federal judge on Monday denied class certification to a group of plaintiffs who claimed Alacer Corp., the maker of Emergen-C drink mix, had falsely advertised that the concoction would boost people’s immune systems, ruling the proposed class was too diverse.

  • February 27, 2012

    Foreclosures Can Survive Flawed Notice: NJ High Court

    New Jersey's top court handed U.S. Bank NA a win Monday in a major ruling for the mortgage industry, saying state trial courts are not required to dismiss foreclosure cases if there are defects in paperwork, despite a lower court's contrary decision in a separate case.

  • February 27, 2012

    US Needs New Acquisition Tactics For IT Contracts: Report

    Federal agencies need to develop new acquisition strategies as they look to move toward greater reliance on cloud-based information technology contracts, with a close eye on issues like cybersecurity, privacy risks and e-discovery obligations, a Friday report said.

  • February 27, 2012

    PHH Hit With Hazard Insurance RESPA Class Action

    A homeowner slapped mortgage services company PHH Corp. with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Friday, alleging the company, already under regulatory scrutiny, has engaged in abusive and unfair practices including kickbacks in its force-placed hazard insurance business.

  • February 27, 2012

    AOL Still On Hook In Consumer Data Release Action

    A Virginia federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a putative class action against AOL Inc. over alleged privacy and consumer protection violations stemming from 2006, rejecting arguments that the statutes of limitations have run out.

  • February 27, 2012

    European Mobile Giants Agree To App Privacy Standards

    Europe's largest mobile operators and a U.K.-based industry group unveiled voluntary app privacy guidelines Monday, days after the largest U.S.-based app platform providers agreed to legally enforceable privacy standards.

  • February 27, 2012

    BMW Reaches $5M Deal In Call Recording Action

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a class action settlement worth nearly $5 million to resolve claims that BMW of North America LLC unlawfully recorded calls placed through its BMW Assist service.