Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 14, 2024

    Courthouse News Sues DC Court Clerk Over Filing Delays

    National litigation news outlet Courthouse News launched a suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday, accusing the capital city's superior court of delaying public access to new civil complaints, often for one to three days, as they are processed by staff.

  • March 14, 2024

    Italy Fines TikTok €10M For Harmful Content

    Italy's antitrust authority fined TikTok €10 million ($11 million) on Thursday for failing to protect children from potentially dangerous content on the platform.

  • March 13, 2024

    Treasury Says Crypto Mixer Is 'Corporation In All But Name'

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday that it was justified in sanctioning crypto mixer Tornado Cash because the crypto project "is a corporation in all but name" rather than ownerless computer code, as its users contend.

  • March 13, 2024

    Google, Apple Beat Video Data Retention Fight At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit refused Wednesday to revive allegations that Google and Apple violated state privacy laws in New York and Minnesota by retaining data about consumers' streaming video rentals, finding that the state statutes don't create a private right of action for the purported data-retention violations.

  • March 13, 2024

    HHS To Investigate Whether Cyberattack Exposed Patient Data

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened an investigation Wednesday into the cyberattack on Change Healthcare to determine whether the hack exposed patients' confidential data or violated other privacy protections.

  • March 13, 2024

    Peloton Beats Wiretapping Suit Over Chat Feature, For Now

    Peloton defeated, for now, a proposed privacy class action alleging it uses third-party software to eavesdrop on its website users' communications via its chat function after a California federal judge found the plaintiff doesn't assert that any chat contents were intercepted or that personal, sensitive information was shared.

  • March 13, 2024

    Meta's 'Expense & Annoyance' Not Enough To Stop FTC Tweak

    A D.C. Circuit panel refused late Tuesday to temporarily block proposed Federal Trade Commission tweaks to a $5 billion data privacy settlement aimed at blocking Meta's monetization of children's data — finding the social media giant has not shown it is likely to succeed in its appeal of the changes, nor that it will suffer irreparable harm.

  • March 13, 2024

    Atty Who Skipped Vote-Tampering Hearing Can't Ditch Warrant

    A Michigan judge on Wednesday urged counsel for a lawyer evading a bench warrant to direct his client to turn herself in, rejecting claims previous counsel didn't adequately inform her of a hearing she skipped in a case where she's alleged to have tampered with voting machines after the 2020 election.

  • March 13, 2024

    HP Says It's Upfront About Blocking Ink Cartridges

    HP has urged an Illinois federal judge to throw out consumers' claims that it has a monopoly over the replacement-ink cartridge market and used software updates to block consumers from using cheaper rival cartridges in HP printers, saying it "goes to great lengths" to disclose that its printers are intended to work only with cartridges that have an HP security chip.

  • March 13, 2024

    EU Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark AI Law

    European Union lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence law, in a bid to help facilitate innovation while safeguarding the bloc's fundamental rights.

  • March 13, 2024

    House OKs TikTok Divestment Bill Despite Free Speech Worry

    The House voted 352-65 on Wednesday to pass legislation that would require ByteDance Ltd. to divest TikTok or face a ban in the United States, in a vote that transcended party lines.

  • March 12, 2024

    1st Amendment Only The Start Of Woes Facing TikTok Ban

    Federal lawmakers are making an aggressive push to exclude TikTok from the U.S. market unless it severs ties with its Chinese parent company, but First Amendment concerns and questions over the proposal's breadth and its interplay with a recent executive order restricting certain foreign data sales threaten to hinder these efforts. 

  • March 12, 2024

    Wells Fargo Can Arbitrate Cardholders' Suit, Conduent Can't

    New Mexico residents who claim Wells Fargo mishandled reports of fraud involving their state-issued debit cards will see their proposed class action claims against the bank sent to arbitration — but their claims against a third-party contractor can stay in court, a federal magistrate judge has determined.

  • March 12, 2024

    Amazon Denies Concealing Texts In Alexa Users' Privacy Suit

    Amazon has rebuffed claims that it withheld text messages in a proposed class action brought by unregistered Alexa users who alleged they were illegally recorded, arguing the plaintiffs accused the technology giant of yet another failure as discovery closes to "cast aspersions on Amazon's diligence and motives."

  • March 12, 2024

    Wells Fargo Shortchanges Its Fake-Account Victims, Suit Says

    Wells Fargo has been hit with another proposed class action alleging that the bank engaged in a "deceptive campaign" by sending letters designed to give the appearance of correcting its practice of opening fake customer accounts and enrolling them in products without their consent, but offering no substantial reparations.

  • March 12, 2024

    Wash. Judge Skeptical Of Models' Strip Club Ad Claims

    A Washington federal judge seemed doubtful Tuesday of models' damages bid against a Seattle cabaret that allegedly used their images without permission, unconvinced that those who spotted the ads would truly believe such elite models worked at the "mediocre" strip club with bad Yelp ratings.

  • March 12, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Says 'Operational Resilience' Regs May Be Coming

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief, Michael Hsu, said Tuesday that federal regulators are looking at pursuing new rules to bolster larger banks' ability to withstand and recover from external and internal disruptions to their critical operations.

  • March 12, 2024

    Crypto Mixer Operator Found Guilty Of Money Laundering

    A Washington, D.C., jury on Tuesday found the operator of crypto mixing service Bitcoin Fog guilty of facilitating tens of millions of dollars in transactions linked to illicit activities on darknet marketplaces. 

  • March 12, 2024

    Retirees Seek Final OK On $8.7M Data Breach Settlement

    Employer benefit plan members whose sensitive data was exposed in a massive breach at a consulting company have asked a Georgia federal judge to approve an $8.7 million agreement to resolve allegations the firm failed to protect their information.

  • March 12, 2024

    TransUnion Unit Pays $37M On Credit Card Data Misuse Claim

    TransUnion's data unit Argus Information & Advisory Services will pay $37 million to the federal government to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by allegedly misusing anonymized credit card data it obtained from banks under contracts with federal regulators over a decade-long period, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Apple To Allow Direct Downloads Of Apps In EU

    Apple will start allowing developers to distribute apps directly from their websites in Europe, the latest in a string of changes by the tech giant as it comes into compliance with expansive new regulations under the Digital Markets Act.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ga. Judge Says Lin Wood Did Defame Ex-Colleagues

    A Georgia federal judge handed a win to former colleagues of former attorney L. Lin Wood in their defamation suit on Tuesday, ruling that Wood falsely accused them of criminal extortion.

  • March 12, 2024

    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

  • March 11, 2024

    Biden Calls For More Cybersecurity Funding Across Agencies

    The Biden administration on Monday pushed Congress to make significant monetary investments in efforts to bolster the federal government's cybersecurity posture, including by earmarking $13 billion to support initiatives across civilian agencies and devoting additional funding to help the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services combat a growing scourge of cyberattacks on healthcare providers. 

  • March 11, 2024

    Amazon Prime Video-Viewing Data Sparks Privacy Fears

    Amazon is accused of illegally disclosing a virtual "warehouse" of private customer data, including what movies subscribers watch on Prime, without letting consumers opt out, according to a proposed class action filed in Washington federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Securities Litigation Issues To Watch In 2024

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    There is yet another exciting year ahead for securities litigation, starting with the U.S. Supreme Court hearing argument next week in a case presenting a key securities class action question that has eluded review for the last eight years, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Unpacking NIST's Guidance On Genomic Data Cybersecurity

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    The National Institute of Standards and Technology's final internal report on cybersecurity of genomic data highlights unique concerns associated with the use of such data and provides strong recommendations for risk management, though one area of the report may cause some confusion, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • A Look At Consumer Reporting In 2023, And What's To Come

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    The legal landscape of consumer reporting is evolving as courts, federal regulators and state legislatures continue to weigh in — and while last year may have seen a slight downtick in the overall volume of Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, 2024 is set to be a watershed year for this area of the law, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • What To Know About FCA Cybersecurity Enforcement

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    Now is a good time for practitioners, government contractors and potential relators to review recent developments in cybersecurity-related False Claims Act enforcement, and consider best practices for navigating this space in the new year, say Ellen London at London & Stout, and Li Yu and Molly Knobler at DiCello Levitt.

  • 8 Privacy Law Predictions For 2024

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    As the new year begins, looking back to several of last year's privacy law developments may help companies forecast what to focus on when updating their privacy programs, including children's privacy, so-called dark patterns and the collection of data by connected cars, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • FTC Rite Aid Order Holds Biometrics And AI Compliance Tips

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent enforcement action against Rite Aid over its use of facial biometric technology on customers provides lessons that can be leveraged to reduce and manage the risk of regulatory scrutiny of biometrics and artificial intelligence, says David Oberly at Baker Donelson.

  • Series

    In The CFPB Playbook: Rulemaking Rush Before Election Year

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    In this quarterly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activity recap by former bureau personnel, attorneys at McGuireWoods explain the regulator's recent push to finalize new rules about data aggregators, digital payment apps and more before the election-year Congressional Review Act window opens.

  • Ill. BIPA Ruling May Spark Violation-Of-Law Exclusion Fight

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    An Illinois appeals court's recent holding in National Fire Insurance v. Visual Pak that a violation-of-law exclusion didn't preclude coverage for an underlying Biometric Information Privacy Act suit contradicts an earlier Seventh Circuit decision that aligns with long-standing insurance law principles — which may lead the state's high court to weigh in, says Tae Andrews at Pasich.

  • 5 Privacy And Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2024

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    In 2023, companies grappled with an unprecedented array of data privacy and cybersecurity challenges that are likely to continue in 2024, meaning businesses will be well-served to incorporate strategies, such as data governance and website configuration, into their compliance programs, say Steven Stransky at Thompson Hine and Violet Sullivan at Crum & Forster.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Shopify Ruling May Support Personal-Jurisdiction Defenses

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    Litigators, cybersecurity practitioners and web-based entities should all take note of the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Briskin v. Shopify, as it could lend significant support to personal-jurisdiction defenses, but such entities should still consider how their operations might tie them to certain states, say John Gray and Patrick McCormick at Lewis Roca.

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    Texas Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Among the most noteworthy developments in the Texas banking sphere in the last quarter of 2023 were the Texas Department of Banking's extension of the state banking commissioner's authority, a recommendation to implement an updated ransomware self-assessment tool, and ongoing litigation in the state involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says Patrick Hanchey at Alston & Bird.

  • 6 AI Cases And What They Mean For Copyright Law

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    Artificial intelligence cases filed last year, some decided and others pending, demonstrate how the appellate courts that set binding precedent look at the intersection between copyright and AI, so legal frameworks must adapt and provide clarity in order to foster innovation, protect creators, and ensure fair and equitable outcomes, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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