Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute filed suit in New York federal court Wednesday against various federal agencies seeking documents relating to the “extreme vetting” of non-citizens, saying the government’s failure to produce the records violates the Freedom of Information Act.
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday demanding answers as to why the agency awarded a no-bid contract for taxpayer and personal identity verification services to Equifax, the credit-reporting agency that suffered a massive security breach exposing the personal information of nearly half of all Americans.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told an audience of tech executives gathered in Boston on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is poised to help them root out abuse and criminal activity, despite its concerns about their increasing use of encryption.
The Boston Bar Association on Wednesday made six criminal justice recommendations for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, including repealing mandatory minimums, changing the cash bail system so people don’t have to wait in jail, and reforming the criminal records law that holds people back from getting jobs.
The First Circuit on Tuesday declined to revive a lawsuit in which the ex-wife of an FBI agent accused the federal government of negligently supervising his use of the bureau's surveillance equipment, which she said he used to keep track of her during their marriage.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and the families of two U.S. Marine Corps pilots who died in a 2000 tiltrotor crash sued the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., federal court Tuesday, seeking access to documents on the crash they say have been wrongly withheld.
The personal data of more than 1,100 professional football players and agents has been exposed as the result of a misconfigured online database operated by the National Football League Players Association, a cybersecurity company recently revealed.
A top Republican lawmaker pressed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton on Wednesday to postpone the planned November launch of a massive database known as the Consolidated Audit Trail, citing the recent disclosure of a hack into the agency's data system on public companies.
Bird & Bird LLP will open a San Francisco office, its first in the U.S., in mid-2018 as part of its drive to offer clients more face-to-face advisement on grappling with European Union privacy and data laws, the firm announced Monday.
As important as sharing information between industry and government is to combat cyberthreats, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security continues to encounter corporate general counsels more eager to receive threat data from the government than they are to share their own, a senior DHS cyber official said Wednesday.
Former Equifax Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard Smith on Wednesday faced hostile questioning over the devastating breach that led to personal information for over 145.5 million Americans getting exposed, as well as concerns about the future and purpose of the consumer credit reporting industry.
A North Carolina federal judge refused to set aside or reduce a $61 million judgment against Dish Network LLC for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that Dish had waived its right to assert the suit was precluded by another, similar case, and the court got it right when it tripled the damages.
Federal prosecutors intervened Tuesday in a suit against Time Warner Cable Inc. in New York federal court over allegedly unsolicited phone calls, arguing that the communications giant hasn’t met the high standard to challenge the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's constitutionality at the Second Circuit.
The acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had a stark warning for industry Wednesday as she pushed for legislation to elevate DHS’ cybersecurity division into a full-blown agency, as well as for more information sharing on cyberthreats and for greater efforts plugging cybersecurity job vacancies.
The European Court of Justice will soon decide whether multinational companies such as Facebook can continue to use model contracts to transfer data between the EU and U.S., after Ireland's high court on Tuesday found that the national data protection regulator had "well-founded concerns" about whether the mechanism violates EU law.
The Internal Revenue Service has hired Equifax to verify taxpayers' identities in a $7.25 million contract in which the government didn't consider other bidders, despite the company's involvement in a data breach that impacted 145 million people, the IRS confirmed Tuesday.
Yahoo Inc. announced Tuesday that a 2013 data breach it previously thought impacted more than 1 billion user accounts actually affected every single account, approximately 3 billion at that time.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday granted Waymo’s request to delay the trial in its trade secret suit against Uber until December due to Uber’s slow document production, but not before lashing out at counsel on both sides, saying he "cannot trust what they say.”
A Ninth Circuit judge appeared open Tuesday to reviving a putative class action alleging ESPN wrongfully disclosed app users' personal information to Adobe, saying during a hearing she’s “creeped out” by companies that share viewer data to target internet advertising and suggesting it may be a privacy invasion Congress intended to prevent.
Federal contractors who use classified information systems must stop using products made by AO Kaspersky Lab, the Defense Security Service announced Monday, following a similar directive issued to federal agencies that cited potential security risks from links between Kaspersky officials and the Russian government.
When it comes to the issue of Article III standing in data breach cases, the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision in Attias v. CareFirst demonstrates the analysis many appellate courts now seem to be applying, say attorneys with Sedgwick LLP.
Consider the D.C. judge's evaluation of the DreamHost warrant's proper digital scope, and then compare it to how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go further — yes, further — to protect parties from far less injurious e-discovery requests, says Jeff Hamburg of the Digital Privacy Alliance.
This month, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers were not entitled to coverage for a fan's class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This decision should not be seen to foreclose future TCPA defendants from obtaining D&O coverage, but it sends a staunch reminder to policyholders that they should carefully analyze the language of their policies, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.
With the recent adoption of cybersecurity regulations governing broker-dealers and investment advisers registered in Colorado and Vermont, the landscape of cybersecurity regulation continues to evolve. For businesses not yet covered by cyber regulations, these latest moves indicate that the day of reckoning may be coming, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.
Even though the incriminating evidence at stake in Griffith was a firearm, the D.C. Circuit's majority and dissenting opinions provide insight into several issues related to execution of a search warrant seeking a cellphone, say Thomas Zeno and Caleb Barker of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
The Federal Trade Commission’s recent action against Uber reflects its untested but expansive interpretation of “consumer” under the FTC Act to include not only the users in the shared economy, but also some service providers. It also highlights the agency's tightened expectations of what is required to “reasonably” secure data from internal users, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Royal found that a seller was not vicariously liable for calls made by a telemarketer in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sellers should review their contracts and make sure that their telemarketers are independent contractors in order to minimize their liability, says Patrick McLaughlin of Spencer Fane LLP.
It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Based on their recent discussions with more than 100 government contractors, Gregory Garrett and Karen Schuler of BDO LLP outline six pain points related to the implementation of cybersecurity information governance, risk management and compliance.