Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee sought assurances Monday from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that it is dealing with information technology security and protecting whistleblowers, after a report revealed systemic weaknesses and retaliation.
Smart TV maker Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million and to overhaul its data collection and sharing practices to resolve allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey attorney general that it secretly gathered users’ viewing data and shared it with third parties, the regulators said Monday.
The House passed a measure to require a warrant to access stored electronic communications like emails Monday, building on years of efforts to change the decades-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Facebook on Friday brushed off a consumer’s contention that a California judge’s recent decision not to nix a suit over unsolicited and autodialed text message reminders about friends’ birthdays helps his own case alleging he was bombarded with unauthorized warning messages despite not having an account.
The Ninth Circuit declined to revive a False Claims Act suit brought by a former federal prosecutor-turned-whistleblower accusing AT&T, Sprint and other telecoms of overcharging the government for wiretapping services, finding on Monday that the whistleblower hasn't shown he was the original source of the fraud allegations.
JPMorgan Chase has urged the Eleventh Circuit to rethink its revival of a Florida man’s suit accusing the banking giant of helping a fraudster siphon $1.3 million of his money out of a Chase account, saying it has no connection to the alleged fraud at issue.
The Second Circuit on Friday revived a putative class action accusing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending out faxes about a free dinner meeting on sexual disorders, finding that the plaintiff had adequately alleged that the transmissions could be considered unsolicited advertisements.
Fiat Chrysler on Monday asked an Illinois federal court to dismiss a couple's claim that their car was defectively vulnerable to computer hacking, arguing the alleged danger was an "unquantified remote possibility."
A Pittsburgh college student was sentenced in Pennsylvania federal court to three years' probation for selling malware on the massive computer hacking forum known as Darkode.
Polsinelli PC has announced the addition of an intellectual property attorney previously with Borenius Attorneys LLP who will focus on cybersecurity matters as a shareholder in the New York office.
Fast-casual restaurant operator Pollo Operations Inc. has agreed to pay $975,000 to settle proposed class action claims it violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by texting promotional messages to consumers without their consent, according to a filing in Florida federal court on Friday.
A gentlemen's club in a case removed Friday to New York federal court says its insurer must cover the club as it defends itself in a suit brought by models accusing the club of publishing sexually explicit photos of them to advertise the business without their permission.
A California man is hauling Charter Communications into federal court, claiming it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by calling both his mobile and home telephone numbers repeatedly despite the fact that he was not a customer and had asked that the calls be stopped.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday ordered Google to comply with search warrants in two criminal investigations demanding the company turn over data stored on overseas servers, breaking with a recent decision in the Second Circuit over data Microsoft stored outside of the U.S.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has reached a settlement with ESPN and its NFL beat reporter Adam Schefter in the athlete's lawsuit claiming the network violated his privacy rights by disclosing his medical records, the parties informed a Florida federal court on Friday.
An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that a plaintiff's Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims against a medical services provider and debt collector met the Spokeo standing bar, but that she would have to proceed on her own because her assertion that she had revoked her consent to be called couldn't be proven on a classwide basis.
Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and dozens of other tech giants and privacy groups are pushing House lawmakers to quickly advance long-stalled legislation that would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to create a blanket warrant requirement for law enforcement to access the contents of all digital data.
Nestle Waters North America and a debt collection company must face allegations they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing unauthorized and autodialed calls after a California federal judge concluded Thursday it was premature to dismiss the proposed class action.
Bowing to litigation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday promised to stop concealing information about outside advisers who provide the agency with influential recommendations and often have professional ties to drug and device makers.
A New York attorney is facing a $1 million lawsuit after allegedly sending an email blast to the business partners of a corporate legal adversary that included the details of a debt dispute between that company and his client.
A host of different government agencies enforce laws that impose obligations for companies that manufacture and sell medical devices to the public. Attorneys at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC explore the many different ramifications of a medical device hack and provide some suggestions on planning for and responding to such a breach.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.
As companies ring in 2017, the challenges of navigating the new rules on transatlantic data transfers under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are now starting to emerge, says Kim Roberts of King & Spalding LLP.
State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.
It is the unstructured data stores — emails, file shares and SharePoint sites — that are ripe for reaping havoc when it comes to meeting the EU General Data Protection Regulation or implementing an information governance initiative, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies.
According to a new report from Billington Cybersecurity, the automotive industry needs to adopt tougher cybersecurity standards for autonomous vehicles. However, at a time when we cannot wait to create a defense, legislation aimed at establishing federal standards to secure automobiles and protect drivers’ privacy is failing to pass, says Jonathan Michaels of MLG Automotive Law APLC.
The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.