Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 11, 2024

    States Want Info On Google-Facebook Pact In Ad Tech Case

    State-level enforcers accusing Google of monopolizing key digital ad technology are asking a Texas federal court to lift a stay on discovery for documents related to an agreement between Google and Facebook that allegedly tipped the scales of auctions in Facebook's favor to discourage use of other ad exchanges.

  • March 11, 2024

    Judge OKs Eye Care Tech Co.'s $8M DIP Request

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved optometry software company Eye Care Leaders Portfolio Holdings LLC's request to draw on the remainder of its $8 million in debtor-in-possession funds for its Chapter 11 case, saying the company had given good reason to believe it was poised for a rewarding auction.

  • March 11, 2024

    Senate Could Be Hurdle To House Plan For TikTok Limits

    A bill to clamp down on TikTok that was unanimously approved by a House committee is expected to come to the House floor this week, but its fate in the U.S. Senate looks dicier.

  • March 11, 2024

    FCC Can't Make ISPs Pay Into Universal Fund Yet, Group Says

    An affordable broadband advocacy nonprofit has told the Federal Communications Commission it doesn't need to promise broadband carriers that it will not make them pay into the Universal Service Fund if they are reclassified, because there are other steps the agency must take before it could start charging them anyway.

  • March 11, 2024

    DOD Expands Contractor Cybersecurity Info Sharing Program

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday finalized a rule revising the criteria for defense contractors to participate in a voluntary program for sharing information on cybersecurity threats among themselves, saying it expects to attract thousands of new participants.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Appeals Corporate Transparency Act Ruling To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving quickly to appeal an Alabama federal judge's ruling that the Corporate Transparency Act is unconstitutional, filing a notice of appeal to the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Covington Holdout Drops SEC Cyberattack Appeal

    The anonymous Covington & Burling LLP client who objected to a demand that they reveal themselves to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a victim of a 2020 hack on the law firm agreed on Monday to drop the appeal of the subpoena enforcement action.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ex-K&L Gates Atty Wants Out Of Prison In Cyberstalking Case

    A former K&L Gates LLP partner sentenced to two years in prison for cyberstalking and harassing his colleagues has moved for compassionate release seven months before his release date, citing his deteriorating health and poor living conditions behind bars.

  • March 11, 2024

    Steptoe Adds Dentons' Ex-Global Security Chief As Partner

    Steptoe LLP has added a security and threat analysis expert who previously served as Dentons' global chief security officer as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • March 08, 2024

    Trump 'An Existential Threat' To Rule Of Law, Attys Warn

    Former President Donald Trump represents an "existential threat" to democracy and the rule of law, legal experts said Friday at a conference on white collar crime in San Francisco.

  • March 08, 2024

    Visa, Mastercard's Standing Challenge Fails In Swipe Fee Case

    A New York federal judge in a newly unsealed order rejected Visa and Mastercard's bid for summary judgment that claimed that merchants suing the card companies over allegedly anticompetitive conduct lack standing to do so under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    Lawyers Ask To Drop Mich. Atty In Criminal Vote Tamper Case

    Lawyers for a Michigan attorney accused of tampering with voting machines after the 2020 election told a state court Friday they could no longer represent her, one day after she was ordered to turn herself in for ignoring court orders.

  • March 08, 2024

    Consumers Fight Dismissal Bids In Microsoft And OpenAI Suit

    Consumers who say their privacy was violated by Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI LP's products are urging California federal court not to dismiss their complaint, saying it clearly and in detail lays out the basis for their allegations.

  • March 08, 2024

    Experian Biased Jury In Credit Reporting Suit, 11th Circ. Told

    An attorney for a Florida resident who sued Experian alleging it inaccurately reported a discharged mortgage in his credit history told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that a lower court judge allowed the company to introduce improper evidence at trial, arguing it caused jurors to deliver an unfavorable verdict against her client.

  • March 08, 2024

    Microsoft Pushes AI As Weapon For Fighting Robocalls

    Microsoft is continuing its push to convince the Federal Communications Commission that artificial intelligence can help in its effort to combat robocalls and texts, not just make the problem worse.

  • March 08, 2024

    FCC Says There's No Order To Appeal In IT Fund Suspension

    The D.C. Circuit shouldn't rush to hear a case accusing the Federal Communications Commission of dragging its feet on releasing subsidy funds for tech support at grade schools because there's no order from the FCC to be appealed, the agency has said.

  • March 08, 2024

    Fed Sharpens Threat Safeguard Rules For Payment Utilities

    The Federal Reserve said Friday that it has finalized expanded risk-management requirements aimed at hardening key providers of payments infrastructure against cybersecurity disruptions, extreme weather and other threats to their critical operations.  

  • March 08, 2024

    Apple Relents, Paving Way For Epic Games Store In EU

    Epic Games will be able to establish its own app store on European iPhones after all, after Apple changed course Friday, two days after blocking the Fortnite developer from launching its own iOS app store in the latest dustup over Apple control and brand-new European Union rules.

  • March 08, 2024

    IRS Leaker Should Be Deposed Without All Docs, Judge Says

    Attorneys for a hedge fund executive should question the former IRS contractor who admitted to stealing the tax returns of him and others, even though the IRS hasn't finished producing evidence in the case seeking to hold the agency responsible for the leak, a Florida federal judge said Friday.

  • March 08, 2024

    CFIUS Rules May Need Review Amid 'Exponential' Growth

    Foreign direct investment-related enforcement and penalty processes in the U.S. could use a review amid "exponential" growth in FDI regimes across the globe, greater awareness of national security risks, and increased U.S. outreach to foreign partners, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Friday. 

  • March 08, 2024

    Confirmation Of GOP Members Restores FTC To Full Strength

    The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed two Republican members to the Federal Trade Commission, balancing out what had been an all-Democratic agency for nearly a year and restoring its full quintet for the first time in almost a year and a half.

  • March 08, 2024

    Cybersecurity Co. Promotes Attys To GC, Chief People Officer

    Florida-based cybersecurity company ReliaQuest announced it has promoted two of its in-house attorneys to general counsel and chief people officer.

  • March 08, 2024

    Justices Urged To Review Immunity Law In Snapchat Abuse Suit

    A man who alleges that his high school teacher used Snapchat to send him sexually explicit material when he was 15 is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision dismissing his claims, saying it's an ideal vehicle for the justices to fix an overbroad interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • March 08, 2024

    Big Shift Unlikely In Cybersecurity Regs, Despite Concerns

    The U.S. Department of Defense is unlikely to significantly alter its cybersecurity proposals for contractors, despite calls from its private industry base for more flexibility and clarity.

Expert Analysis

  • Cybersecurity Issues For Financial Industry To Track In 2024

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    In 2024 financial institutions will confront new federal, state and industry regulations around cybersecurity that require additional procedures, enhanced proactive security measures, and timely disclosure of security incidents, say Alex Koskey and Matt White at Baker Donelson.

  • How AI Is Changing The Game Of Professional Sports

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    As more professional sports teams and organizations employ the use of artificial intelligence, counsel should keep a critical eye on several legal issues, including both state and federal regulatory developments, data privacy concerns, and how AI tools could potentially affect applicable intellectual property rights, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • What To Expect From The CFPB This Year

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    The potential for upheaval at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be greater during an election year, and there are several opportunities and challenges ahead for the bureau in 2024, say Eric Mogilnicki and David Stein at Covington.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • 10 Privacy Compliance Areas To Focus On In 2024

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    The fast pace of change in the cybersecurity realm means reactive approaches to new laws, regulations and enforcement actions are not effective ways to build or scale privacy programs, so companies should plan strategically and prepare for a few emerging risks and requirements in the first half of this year, says Sam Castic at Hintze Law.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Artificial Intelligence Is In Need Of Regulation — But How?

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    Since most of the artificial intelligence-related laws in 2023 were part of more extensive consumer privacy law, the U.S. still has a lot of work to do to build consensus on how to oversee AI, and even who should do the regulating, before moving forward on specific and reasonable guidelines as AI's capabilities grow, say Nick Toufexis and Paul Saputo at Saputo Toufexis.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • How SEC And NY Cyber Reporting Rules Affect Key Industries

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    The new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and New York State Department of Financial Services cybersecurity disclosure requirements, and their competing obligations, reveal the increasing complexity for organizations evaluating and reacting to cybersecurity incidents — particularly those in the healthcare and financial services industries, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • Reviewing 2023's Global AI Landscape Across Practice Areas

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    2023 stands out as a landmark year for artificial intelligence, both domestically and internationally, so legal professionals should brace for an increasingly complex future shaped by AI's integration into a multitude of sectors, including intellectual property, data privacy and cybersecurity, and ethics, say Fran Faircloth and May Yang at Ropes & Gray.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Opinion

    Why Challenges To FTC Authority Are Needed

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    In spite of skepticism from courts, the Federal Trade Commission continues to advance novel legal theories — and Meta's recent federal suit against the agency over its alleged "structurally unconstitutional" administrative proceedings is arguably an expression of backlash to regulatory overreach, says Daniel Gilman at the International Center for Law & Economics.

  • The Key Laws Retailers Should Pay Attention To In 2024

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    2024 promises to be another transformative year for retailers as they navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly surrounding data privacy and sustainability laws, meaning companies should make it a practice to keep track of new legislation and invest in compliance efforts early on, say attorneys at Benesch.

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