Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 28, 2024

    Biden Moves To Halt Flow Of American Data To China, Others

    The White House moved Wednesday to block data brokers and other companies from providing China, Russia and other foreign adversaries with troves of sensitive personal data about Americans that can be used to carry out nefarious activities such as surveillance and blackmail. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Urges No More Than 6.5 Years For FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.

  • February 27, 2024

    TaxAct Filers Ink $23M Deal Over Meta, Google Info Sharing

    TaxAct Inc. customers have asked a California federal judge to greenlight a settlement they say is worth more than $23 million and would resolve class claims accusing the tax preparation company of secretly sharing confidential taxpayer information with Meta Platforms Inc. and Google.

  • February 27, 2024

    Palo Alto Networks Investors Say Co. Lied On Growth Strategy

    Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks was hit with a proposed class action alleging it misled investors about the success of its platform consolidation strategy and damaged investors when its guidance cuts announcement led to a share price decline earlier this month.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy Dept. Awards $45M For Tech That Stops Cyberattacks

    The U.S. Department of Energy said it is awarding $45 million to industry stakeholders and academic projects that look to reduce cybersecurity threats and help protect systems within the nation's power grid against cyberattacks.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurer Gets BIPA Coverage Win After Ill. Appeals Court Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge granted a win to an insurer in a coverage dispute with a condiment company over biometric privacy litigation, changing course Tuesday in response to a state appeals decision concerning an identical policy exclusion.

  • February 27, 2024

    Employers Must Battle AI Bias, Fisher Phillips' AI Chief Says

    Employers embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to automate time-consuming tasks, such as screening resumes and conducting interviews, must ensure those tools don't engage in "algorithm drift" that results in improper bias, which could put a company on the hook legally and ruin its brand reputation, says David Walton, chair of Fisher Phillips' artificial intelligence team.

  • February 27, 2024

    Make Sure Net Neutrality Covers Wholesale Service, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission needs to ensure wholesale broadband access services are covered by net neutrality rules the commission is expected to adopt soon, a trade group for competitive networks told the agency Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    BNSF Made $75M BIPA Deal After Landmark Award Wiped Out

    A class of truck drivers have asked an Illinois federal judge to grant initial approval of a $75 million deal with BNSF Railway Co., after a Chicago federal jury found the railroad violated Illinois' biometric privacy law in 2022 but the initial $228 million judgment was thrown out.

  • February 27, 2024

    Texas AG Sues Pornhub Owner Over Lack Of Age Verification

    Pornhub's parent company, Aylo Entertainment, was hit with a lawsuit in Texas state court Monday by Attorney General Ken Paxton, who accused the adult entertainment giant of failing to implement age verification systems on its websites that publish sexually explicit content, leaving it open for minors to readily access its platforms.

  • February 27, 2024

    Survey Finds Just 4 in 10 Healthcare Orgs. Review AI Guidance

    Only 40% of healthcare professionals surveyed by the Berkeley Research Group say their organizations are reviewing or plan to review regulatory guidance on artificial intelligence, even as they expect rapid growth in AI deployment over the next three years, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ascension Unit Will Pay $2.6M To End Time Clock BIPA Suit

    Presence Health Network in Illinois is set to pay $2.6 million to settle biometric privacy claims from a group of employees who claimed the health system violated their privacy rights by requiring them to scan their fingerprints for timekeeping without first obtaining consent, after a Chicago state judge signed off on the settlement.

  • February 27, 2024

    Sidley Adds Weil's Privacy And Cybersecurity Head In NY

    The leader of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's privacy and cybersecurity group has joined Sidley Austin LLP after spending nearly her entire career at her previous firm, the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Cybersecurity Firm Says Reseller Stiffed It To Pay Other Bills

    Cybersecurity firm Acronis Inc. is accusing a reseller of using the proceeds from the sale of its products to pay off other financial obligations and ignoring its $1.5 million debt to Acronis, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Massachusetts state court.

  • February 26, 2024

    NIST Widens Cybersecurity Framework To Cover All Industries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce agency that developed a landmark cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure operators announced Monday that it had finalized a long-anticipated update, aimed at helping all industry sectors and organizations, to a voluntary tool to better manage cyber risks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Clement, Prelogar Odd Bedfellows In Social Media Showdown

    After GOP-led states targeted perceived stifling of conservative voices on social media, Monday's oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court could have featured predictable partisan fissures. But the case instead illustrated that legal ideology in the digital age is sometimes surprising.

  • February 26, 2024

    NC Health Data Breach Class Deal Gets Preliminary OK

    A North Carolina state judge has preliminarily approved a settlement resolving a class action against an orthopedic practice over a data breach that compromised sensitive personal information and medical records of current and former patients.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apple Antitrust Class Action Gets Early 2026 Trial Date

    A California federal judge on Monday set trial in a high-stakes consumer class action antitrust fight over Apple's App Store policies for February 2026, but refused to weigh in on Apple's request to pause certain discovery while the tech giant appeals the judge's recent class certification decision.

  • February 26, 2024

    MLB.tv Illegally Shares Users' Info With Facebook, Suit Says

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP violates the privacy rights of MLB.tv subscribers by secretly monitoring their video viewing activities and sharing that and other personal information with Facebook without permission, according to a putative class action filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Don't Nix Cash App Referral Text Suit, Consumer Says

    Cellphone users alleging mobile payment service Cash App bombarded them with "annoying and harassing spam texts" have told a Seattle federal judge that Cash App's parent company shouldn't be allowed to escape their suit, pointing to recent and "nearly identical" claims against trading app Robinhood that survived a dismissal bid and subsequently settled for a proposed $9 million.

  • February 26, 2024

    Justices Say Social Media Speech Laws Pose 'Land Mines'

    The U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of the constitutionality of Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on viewpoint, but struggled with whether the still-developing records in the lawsuits challenging the regulations could support a meaningful ruling on platforms' First Amendment rights.

  • February 26, 2024

    NC Hospital's Weak Data Security Led To Breach, Suit Says

    A patient filed a proposed class action in North Carolina's business court alleging a hospital system's inadequate data security resulted in a breach that allowed hackers to access private personal and health information.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Blacklist Canadian Surveillance Co. Over Egypt Work

    The Bureau of Industry and Security added Canadian network surveillance provider Sandvine Inc. to its export blacklist on Monday over the surveillance provider's support to the Egyptian government's program of censorship and political repression.

  • February 26, 2024

    Two Indicted In $3.9M Fraudulent Business Email Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a federal grand jury indicted two men for an email conspiracy that duped an asbestos abatement company and a shipping company into depositing about $3.9 million into their own bank accounts instead of the intended.

  • February 26, 2024

    Meta Drops Data Scraping Fight Against Israeli Co.

    Meta told a California federal judge Friday it's agreed to drop its remaining claim in litigation alleging Israeli company Bright Data unlawfully scrapes user data from Meta's social media platforms to sell to third parties, and Meta also agreed to waive its right to appeal its recent partial summary judgment loss.

Expert Analysis

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Navigating The FCC's Rules On AI-Generated Robocall Voices

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    The Federal Communications Commission's declaratory ruling issued last week extends the agency's regulatory reach under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to calls that use artificial intelligence technology to generate voices, laying out a compliance roadmap, but not making AI-cloned voices in robocalls illegal per se, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Despite Risks, AI Is A Worthy Tool For Healthcare Industry

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    Artificial intelligence appears to provide a productive path forward for the healthcare industry, improving economic and human health outcomes, though companies must continue to address certain technology and compliance pain points, says Sarah Abrams at Bowhead Specialty Underwriters.

  • Bitcoin ETF Approval Doesn't Mean SEC Approves Of Crypto

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval last month of 11 applications for spot exchange-traded funds tracking bitcoin is a landmark moment for the crypto-asset industry, investors who are hopeful that the SEC will approve similar crypto-based ETFs may be disappointed, says attorneys at Mintz.

  • Key Considerations For Evaluating An AI Vendor

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    As artificial intelligence technology advances across industries, businesses can mitigate risks, while maximizing the value of their investment, by evaluating technology, expertise, support services, transparency and more when selecting an AI vendor, say Rahul Kapoor and Shokoh Yaghoubi at Morgan Lewis.

  • SAG-AFTRA Contract Is A Landmark For AI And IP Interplay

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    SAG-AFTRA's recently ratified contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers introduced a framework to safeguard performers' intellectual property rights and set the stage for future discussions on how those rights interact with artificial intelligence — which should put entertainment businesses on alert for compliance, says Evynne Grover at QBE.

  • FTC AI Inquiry Signals Intensified Focus On Emerging Tech

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent inquiry into investments and partnerships between Big Tech companies and artificial intelligence startups appears to be directed at guiding future enforcement decisions in competition, privacy and consumer protection — and three principles discussed at a related tech summit give insight on the agency's approach, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • Potential Defendant Strategies Amid Calif. Privacy Questions

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    Although the current case law surrounding the California Consumer Privacy Act is in its infancy, courts have begun addressing important issues related to the notice-and-cure provisions of the statute, and these decisions show defendant-businesses would be wise to assert their notice rights early and repeatedly, say Viola Trebicka and Dan Humphrey at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Legal Issues Loom For Driverless Trucking

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    Companies' recent experiments with driverless trucking technology herald a transformation of the logistics sector — but stakeholders must reckon with increasing regulatory scrutiny, emerging liability issues, and concerns around ethical guidelines, insurance and standardization, say Zal Phiroz at Pier Consulting Group and Nicolas Bezada at Unishippers.

  • The Double-Edged Sword Of Biometrics In Financial Services

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    Financial institutions are increasingly turning to biometrics for identity verification and fraud prevention, and while there are many benefits to such features, banks must remain vigilant against growing AI technologies that could make users' information vulnerable to biometrics hackers, say Elizabeth Roper at Baker McKenzie and Chris Allgrove at Ingenium Biometric Laboratories.

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