Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • April 6, 2018

    Facebook, Emerson Argue Trade Secrets Public In $365M Trial

    Facebook and Emerson Electric Co.’s attorneys on Friday pressed BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s CEO on whether trade secrets at the heart of its $365 million suit in California federal court were already public, pointing to patent documents, investor pitches and the British builder’s website touting the inventions.

  • April 6, 2018

    Panera Hit With Class Action Over Alleged Data Breach

    Fast-casual chain Panera Bread Co. was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court on Thursday after the company was reported earlier in the week to have been a victim of a customer information data breach through its rewards program.

  • April 6, 2018

    Facebook's Face Scanning Violates Privacy Pact, FTC Told

    A coalition of consumer privacy organizations is urging the Federal Trade Commission to probe Facebook's use of facial recognition technology to scan photos to find potential biometric matches, arguing that the technique threatens users' privacy and runs afoul of a 2011 consent order that requires the site to be up front with users about such practices. 

  • April 6, 2018

    Ill. Marriott Shared Employees' Fingerprint Data, Suit Says

    A Marriott hotel in suburban Chicago got slapped with a putative class action in Illinois state court Thursday claiming it has collected, stored and shared employee information gathered through its finger-scan timekeeping technology in violation of state biometric privacy law.

  • April 6, 2018

    Facebook Backs Political Ad Bill, Will Verify 'Issue' Ads

    Facebook said for the first time on Friday that it supports a proposed law that would require social media companies to disclose the origin of political ads on their platforms. The company also announced new verification rules for buyers of so-called issue ads, which American authorities say helped sow discord in the 2016 U.S. elections.

  • April 6, 2018

    Lord & Taylor Hit With Suit Over Recent Data Breach

    A New York woman Thursday filed a putative class action suit against Lord & Taylor LLC in Delaware federal court over the data breach of payment card information reported by the retailer over the weekend.

  • April 6, 2018

    Singapore Central Bank Warns Of Hackers Using SWIFT System

    Singapore’s central bank on Friday urged the country’s financial institutions to be on the lookout for hackers attempting to fraudulently transfer funds using the global financial messaging system SWIFT following reports of such cyberattacks in other countries.

  • April 6, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of Suit Over Seminole Subpoenas

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a suit by a group seeking to escape subpoenas from the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc.'s court over its connections to a Florida energy company, saying the group didn’t have standing to contest subpoenas to American Express to turn over individuals' credit card and private financial records.

  • April 6, 2018

    Uber Data Breach Actions Land In California

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has centralized in California federal court a number of actions stemming from Uber’s 2016 data breach that impacted the personal information of approximately 57 million drivers and riders.

  • April 6, 2018

    Uber, Fund Spar Over Docs In Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. and a Texas-based retirement fund on Thursday sparred over the scope of discovery in a proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing giant and ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's numerous illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law have cost investors billions.

  • April 6, 2018

    9th Circ. Fells Order To Arbitrate T-Mobile TCPA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has shot down a lower court decision that sent to arbitration a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action saying a joint promotion between T-Mobile and Subway for chicken sandwiches included the delivery of mass unwanted text messages to the telecommunications company's customers, ruling the case’s claims rely on the TCPA and not a wireless agreement.

  • April 6, 2018

    SEC Freezes $27M In Allegedly Illegal Longfin Share Proceeds

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday obtained an order in New York federal court freezing more than $27 million in trading proceeds allegedly gained through the illegal sales of unregistered shares of Longfin Corp., a financial technology firm whose stock soared last year after it announced the acquisition of a purported cryptocurrency business.

  • April 6, 2018

    Sports Camp Operator Hit With TCPA Suit For Unwanted Texts

    A Florida man hit a New Jersey youth sports camp with a putative class action Thursday claiming the camp's Brooklyn, New York-based owner violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited, harassing text messages via an autodialer.

  • April 6, 2018

    White House Sanctions Russian Billionaires, Putin Officials

    President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed new sanctions on dozens of Russian officials and entities, the White House announced Friday, saying the move is a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria and interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • April 5, 2018

    Facebook Stole Data Center Ideas, BladeRoom CEO Testifies

    The founder of a British building design company suing Facebook for trade secret theft told a California federal jury Thursday that after pitching Facebook on an innovative way to erect a data center he was shocked to later see the tech giant claim his ideas.

  • April 5, 2018

    My Big Coin Consents To Injunction As Fraud Case Continues

    My Big Coin Pay Inc. consented on Thursday to a preliminary injunction barring it from violating federal trade laws while the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission sues the cryptocurrency company for fraud, postponing a showdown over the company’s argument that its virtual money, absent futures contracts, is not a commodity.

  • April 5, 2018

    Credit Reporting Agency Shakes FCRA Row Over Shared Data

    A California federal judge Wednesday axed a putative class action accusing Clarity Services Inc. of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, ruling that it didn’t skirt its statutory obligations when it disclosed consumers’ private information to a pair of lenders.

  • April 5, 2018

    Delta, Sears Customer Data Possibly Caught In Breach

    Delta said Thursday it has launched a website to address consumer concerns after disclosing the day before the airline was in the company of businesses like Sears whose customer payment information was potentially impacted by a data security incident targeting online support services provider [24]7.ai.

  • April 5, 2018

    Digital Evidence-Sharing Pacts Could Be ‘Game Changer’

    A law Congress recently passed to clean up how electronic evidence crosses borders could have a big impact on criminal cases — that is, if other countries can stomach the terms of data-sharing agreements with the U.S.

  • April 5, 2018

    NYPD Settles Claims It Illegally Spied On NJ Muslims

    The New York City Police Department reached a settlement Thursday in a New Jersey federal court action brought by a coalition of the state's Muslim residents who accused the NYPD of conducting surveillance that illegally targeted Muslim Americans, with the deal requiring the police department to pay damages and enact reforms.

Expert Analysis

  • Highlights From 'SEC Speaks' 2018

    Christopher Veatch

    A common theme throughout this year’s “SEC Speaks” conference was that market participants and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission would benefit if both were more accessible, flexible and transparent. 2018 will likely be a busy year for the commission and all that it regulates, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • 7 Tips For Creating Effective Employee Wellness Programs

    Kofi Semenya

    Despite the stated benefits for both employers and employees, some employers still struggle to implement successful wellness programs or have a significant percentage of their workforce refuse to sign up. Kofi Semenya of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC shares suggestions for employers who want to establish a wellness program and maximize participation.

  • Opinion

    4 Ways New Chairman Can Create An Innovation-Friendly FTC

    Daniel Castro

    The Federal Trade Commission's incoming leaders will have an opportunity to solidify the FTC’s reputation as both a strong consumer advocate and a champion for innovation. To this end, there are several principles that should guide Chairman Joseph Simons when he takes the helm, say Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

  • Anticipating This Year's HIPAA Enforcement Trends

    David Saunders

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the president’s budget give a clear directional sense for what Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement could consist of in 2018 and the foreseeable future. And the name of that game appears to be “less is more,” says David Saunders of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • What The DOJ Cyber Task Force Can Do

    Megan Brown

    While history is littered with reports and whitepapers that do not inspire change, there is an opportunity for the U.S. Department of Justice's new Cyber-Digital Task Force to have an impact, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Review Of Cross-Border Investigations In 2017: Part 2

    Sunil Gadhia

    Global authorities are taking an increasingly coordinated approach toward the investigation and prosecution of economic misconduct. Further significant developments in 2018 will likely refine the manner in which such investigations are approached, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • 10 Government Contracting Trends To Watch This Year

    Joseph Berger

    Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Handling Federal, NY State And NYC Background Check Laws

    Brian Murphy

    State and local laws that overlap and intersect with the Fair Credit Reporting Act's requirements have proliferated in recent years. New York state and New York City employers face perhaps the greatest burden in untangling these competing paradigms, because compliance with one does not ensure compliance with another, says Brian Murphy of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • A Look At US And EU Fintech Regulatory Frameworks

    Brian Christiansen

    The regulatory fragmentation on the federal level, and at the U.S. state and EU member state levels, presents challenges and uncertainty for many fintech companies. The resolution of these uncertainties will directly impact the evolution of this sector, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.