Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 15, 2024

    Man Accused Of Cyberstalking NJ Judge Seeks Release

    A man representing himself after being indicted on allegations of cyberstalking a New Jersey judge urged a California federal judge on Friday to release him from custody pending trial, complaining he was initially charged with making threats against numerous officials, but the single cyberstalking count he now faces isn't cause to hold him.

  • March 15, 2024

    Google Wants Facebook Pact Kept Out Of Ad Tech Discovery

    Google urged a Texas federal judge on Friday to reject state-level enforcers' bid to lift a stay on discovery for documents related to a bidding agreement between Google and Facebook in the suit accusing the search giant of monopolizing key digital ad technology, saying the plaintiffs' antitrust claims based on the agreement have already been dismissed.

  • March 15, 2024

    FTC Inks $26M Deal With Two Cypriot Tech Scheme Cos.

    The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a $26 million settlement in D.C. federal court with two Cyprus-based companies that it accuses of defrauding elderly consumers out of tens of millions of dollars in a tech support scam.

  • March 15, 2024

    Meta Can't Block FTC Plans To Stop Kids' Data Monetization

    Meta filed its second appeal Friday after suffering another D.C. federal court loss against proposed Federal Trade Commission tweaks to a $5 billion data privacy settlement meant to block its monetization of children's data.

  • March 15, 2024

    Roblox's Casino Games Are 'Preying On Children,' Suit Says

    Online game platform Roblox Corp. has been hit with another proposed class action suit in California federal court accusing it and other companies of "preying on children nationwide" through an "illegal gambling ecosystem" that specifically targets minors.

  • March 15, 2024

    Indian National Admits $6M Elder Tech Support Scam

    An Indian citizen pled guilty in New York federal court Friday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud elderly victims of more than $6 million through a telephone technical support scheme that infected their computers with malware.

  • March 15, 2024

    TikTok Wants 'Bad Copycat' Suit Over Editing App Tossed

    TikTok and ByteDance urged an Illinois federal judge to end a proposed class action alleging they secretly collect and profit from data gathered from users of its CapCut video-editing tool, arguing the plaintiffs voluntarily downloaded the app and granted it permission to access certain types of data. 

  • March 15, 2024

    Didi Can't Shake Investor Class Over Regulatory Disclosures

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc. cannot escape a class action suit claiming it misled investors about the risks of a disciplinary crackdown from the Chinese government over alleged data security violations, saying the risk disclosures Didi provided investors were insufficient.

  • March 15, 2024

    Cybersecurity Co. Co-Founder Must Face SEC Fraud Claims

    A New York federal judge determined that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sufficiently alleged that the co-founder of a now-bankrupt cybersecurity company raked in over $6.2 million in ill-gotten gains by participating in a fraudulent securities scheme that defrauded investors of over $100 million.

  • March 15, 2024

    Influencer Says Ex-BigLaw Atty Can't Get Stalking Injunction

    A social media influencer urged a Florida federal court on Thursday to throw out a request from former Greenberg Traurig LLP patent attorney Allan Kassenoff for an injunction against cyberstalking as the lawyer pursues a $150 million defamation suit against him.

  • March 14, 2024

    GM, LexisNexis Sued For Sharing Driving Data With Insurers

    A Florida driver claims his insurance rate doubled because General Motors and its OnStar unit collected driving data through his Cadillac without permission and shared the information with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which created a vague driving behavior report that insurance companies use to determine coverage, according to a putative federal class action.

  • March 14, 2024

    CFPB To Mull Official 'Standard Setters' In Open Banking Push

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra outlined plans for his agency to start offering formal accreditation for open banking "standard-setting organizations" as it prepares to finalize a landmark new rule on data-sharing between banks and fintech firms.

  • March 14, 2024

    Petco's $445K BIPA Deal Gets Initial OK

    An Illinois federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $445,000 settlement between Petco and 445 warehouse workers who accused the pet supply chain of unlawfully capturing, storing and using their voiceprints through headsets they used to navigate work tasks.

  • March 14, 2024

    League Of Women Voters Sues Dem Consultant Over Biden AI

    A political consultant got slapped Thursday with a League of Women Voters civil rights lawsuit in New Hampshire federal court, claiming that he commissioned a slew of robocalls impersonating President Joe Biden using a "deepfake" voice simulated by artificial intelligence.

  • March 14, 2024

    Domino's Hit With BIPA Suit Over AI Voiceprint Collection

    Domino's Pizza customers hit the restaurant chain with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Wednesday alleging it secretly collects voiceprints through its artificial intelligence ordering system, saying the pizza chain uses the data to enhance the technology and to boost sales.

  • March 14, 2024

    FCC Rolls Out Voluntary 'Cyber Trust Mark' For IoT Devices

    Devices tied to the Internet of Things will soon start displaying a "U.S. Cyber Trust Mark" if participating manufacturers earn the Federal Communications Commission's approval.

  • March 14, 2024

    Publisher Must Face Privacy Claims Over Meta Pixel Tool

    An Ohio federal judge has ruled that the publisher of The Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can't duck a proposed privacy class action alleging that the newspapers shared the video-viewing history of their website users with Facebook's parent company, Meta Platforms Inc., without their permission.

  • March 14, 2024

    Judge Applauds Attys' 'Very Awesome' Use Of Google AI Bot

    A California federal judge told counsel Thursday it's "very awesome" that their recently amended putative class action complaint alleging privacy violations against Google used Google's own AI tool to argue that Google Analytics illegally scoops personal data from healthcare providers' websites, but he doubted the viability of other pleadings.

  • March 14, 2024

    Atty Evading Warrant Fights Fingerprinting In Election Case

    A Michigan attorney refusing to turn herself in after missing a hearing in a criminal case alleging that she tampered with voting machines urged a state appellate court Wednesday to halt the proceedings against her, saying the trial court's demand that she get fingerprinted violates her privacy.

  • March 14, 2024

    Bipartisan Senate Duo Releases 'Middle Ground' FISA Bill

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced what they deem a "compromise" bill on Thursday to reauthorize and reform the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law ahead of the April deadline to renew it.

  • March 14, 2024

    Near Intelligence's Ch. 11 Plan Gets Court's Approval

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday confirmed consumer data platform Near Intelligence's Chapter 11 plan, which went through without objection after negotiations resolved outstanding concerns.

  • March 14, 2024

    Mnuchin Says He's Forming Investor Group To Buy TikTok

    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he is forming an investor group to buy TikTok, one day after a measure to separate the social media platform from its Chinese owners passed the House.

  • March 14, 2024

    Union Member Sues UNITE HERE Over Massive Data Breach

    A Detroit-based UNITE HERE member has sued the union in New York federal court on behalf of a proposed class of current and former members, alleging the union acted negligently and breached an implied contract by failing to prevent a data breach that affected nearly 800,000 people.

  • March 14, 2024

    McDermott Eyes White Collar Growth With Orrick FCPA Pros

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced Thursday the addition of a seven-partner team from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP that will focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act, saying it hired the team with an eye toward its white collar and government investigation capabilities.

  • March 14, 2024

    Health Co. Says Future Harm Risk Falls Short In Breach Suit

    New Jersey healthcare provider Capital Health System urged a Garden State federal judge on Wednesday to toss a proposed class action seeking damages as a result of a 2023 data breach, arguing that the plaintiffs failed to allege their personal identifying information was actually misused.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From FTC Children's Privacy Rule Proposal

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    The Federal Trade Commission’s recently issued and long-awaited proposed revisions to its Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule are not as seismic as might have been expected under current leadership, and show that the agency's COPPA rulemaking is far from over, says Phyllis Marcus at Hunton.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • 3 Key Class Action Trends To Use As Guidance In 2024

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    Telephone Consumer Protection Act, privacy and false advertising class actions saw significant shifts last year — including a trend toward expanding the application of preexisting laws to current technologies — that businesses should keep in mind to navigate the class action landscape in 2024, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

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    NY Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    New York's banking and financial sector saw a number of notable regulatory and legislative changes in the final quarter of 2023, including guidance on climate risks and heightened cybersecurity protocols issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services, as well as final revisions to virtual currency listings in the state, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • How Data Brokers Can Prep For Calif. Delete Act Compliance

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    As California Delete Act obligations approach in late January, data brokers should proactively assess and scrutinize their compliance with the act, taking proactive measures to mitigate potential risks associated with noncompliance, say Goli Mahdavi and Gabrielle Harwell at BCLP.

  • How 4 State AGs Are Shaping Data Privacy Compliance

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    As the landscape of state data privacy laws continues to grow across the nation, understanding how state attorneys general — such as in California, Colorado, Connecticut and Virginia — are thinking about these laws is critical to begin forecasting how enforcement will play out, say Michelle Kallen and Daniel Echeverri at Jenner & Block.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • DOD's Proposed Cyber Rule: What Contractors Must Know

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    A review of the U.S. Department of Defense's recently published Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification proposed rule, requiring independent third-party cybersecurity assessments for many defense contractors, suggests that there will be a competitive advantage to prompt demonstration of full compliance with the rule, says Robert Metzger at Rogers Joseph.

  • Top Considerations For Retailers Using AI To Combat Theft

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent enforcement action against Rite Aid indicates a significant evolution in the landscape surrounding biometric information and artificial intelligence data collection by retailers, meaning retailers should take reasonable measures to prevent harm to customers, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • Trends That Tech Lawyers Should Keep An Eye On In 2024

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    Worldwide technology spending is projected to strengthen in 2024, spurred by artificial intelligence-driven solutions, and five areas of growth may affect lawyers' practice in this sector, says Sonia Baldia at Kilpatrick.

  • CFPB As Pay App Watchdog May Invite More Fintech Regs

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    While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent proposal to enhance federal oversight of the biggest consumer payment applications would impose no new regulatory obligations, the rulemaking could provoke heightened scrutiny for all participants in the digital payments market, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Emerging Risks Affecting The Tech Legal Landscape

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    The tech industry has become a battleground for various legal challenges shaped by geopolitical events, partisan politics, regulatory initiatives, patent disputes and class action trends, but companies can adopt several proactive legal strategies to safeguard their interests, say Natasha Allen and Louis Lehot at Foley & Lardner.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

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