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Ransomware in the Spotlight with Recent Attacks

This month’s WannaCry ransomware attack is the latest example of how these targeted attacks can cripple operating systems, with the bitcoin payments the price for alleged relief. In the attack, the WannaCry ransomware...more

Alternative Data and Credit Scores: Will it Trigger CFPB Enforcement?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) recently announced an effort to better understand how “alternative data” could be used to expand access to credit. Through a formal notice and request for...more

The FCC Clarifies Prior Express Consent Under the TCPA for Calls to Utility Company Customers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) applies in many circumstances when companies use an automatic telephone dialing system (or “autodialer”) and/or pre-recorded messages to call consumers. In those situations where...more

EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield adopted – a phoenix rising from the ashes of Safe Harbour?

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has been adopted by the European Commission. On 12 July 2016, following a positive vote from the member states (the Article 31 Committee) on 8 July, the EU College of Commissioners formally adopted...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that CFAA Imposes Criminal Penalties When Terminated Users Try To Access Systems With Borrowed Passwords

It can be a violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) to “access[] a protected computer without authorization.” The CFAA clearly applies when criminals with no connection to a company try to force their...more

Federal Judge in Maryland Remands Data Breach Class Action Following in Spokeo Decision’s Footsteps

Just days after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, the highly anticipated decision is already impacting data breach class actions across the country. The defendant in the Spokeo case contended that the plaintiff...more

In Spokeo v. Robins, The United States Supreme Court Articulates a Need for ‘Concrete’ Injury To Sue in Federal Court

The federal judiciary derives its power from Article III of the United States Constitution. That power is limited to deciding “Cases” and “Controversies,” Art. III, section 2. In the case of Spokeo v. Robins, the United...more

Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain - The Essential Building Block in Designing the Future

Bitcoin relies on its peer-to-peer network to do two things: maintain the authoritative ledger of transactions and issue new currency. The application of the blockchain is anticipated to extend far beyond financial services...more

Privacy Shield Details Have Been Revealed: Here’s What Companies Need to Know

The European Commission has published its draft adequacy decision on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the proposed data transfer framework that would replace the defunct Safe Harbor program. The draft adequacy decision formally...more

Now That Details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Have Been Revealed, Should Your Company Get Ready to Embrace It or Avoid It?

In the latest step toward finalising a replacement for the defunct Safe Harbor program, the European Commission has published its draft adequacy decision, formally supporting its view that the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield...more

CFPB Takes First Action Against Company for Lax Data Security Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has announced its first data security enforcement action. On Wednesday (March 2), the CFPB released a consent order against Dwolla, an online payment platform company,...more

FTC Warns Big Data Brings Big Consequences in New Report

The FTC unveiled a lengthy report, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, warning companies about commercial uses of big data and the discriminatory impact it may have on low-income and...more

1/8/2016  /  Big Data , Data Collection , ECOA , FCRA , FTC , FTC Act , Popular

Financial Institutions Make History In Target Mdl, First Class Action Certified In Federal Court To Litigate Security Breach...

Before September 15, 2015, no federal court had certified a class action to litigate security breach claims. But now U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson, overseeing the In re: Target Corporation Customer MDL, has...more

Third Circuit Upholds FTC’s Authority in Wyndham Case

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit, in a highly anticipated ruling, upheld a 2014 New Jersey District Court decision that the FTC has authority under section 5 of the FTC Act to regulate “unfair” data security practices...more

Target Reaches $67 Million Settlement with Visa over Data Breach Claims

More than a year-and-a-half after Target’s December 2013 announcement of a massive data breach, the retailer has reached an agreement with Visa, whereby it will reimburse Visa and certain affected card issuers up to $67...more

What Do You Get for the Plaintiff Who Has Everything? Maybe a Class Action, Ruled The Seventh Circuit

Perturbed by two allegedly unwanted faxes, Arnold Chapman brought a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). For himself, he sought the most the statute could provide – $3,000, an...more

8/13/2015  /  Mootness , Offer of Judgment , Reversal , TCPA

Virginia Launches First State-Level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization

On April 20, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that the state is establishing the nation’s first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (“ISAO”), intended to enhance the voluntary sharing of critical...more

Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television...more

Proposed Settlement in Target Data Breach Litigation

A proposed settlement has been reached in the multi-district consumer litigation Target faces following a data breach that compromised at least 40 million credit cards during the 2013 holiday shopping season. The settlement,...more

Update: Proposed Settlement in Target Data Breach Litigation

The proposed settlement agreement in the Target data breach consumer litigation that we reported on on March 19, 2015 has been approved by the judge, and a final approval hearing set for November 10, 2015. Based on this...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

New Jersey Requires Encryption for Health Insurance Carriers; May Open Door to Class Action Suits over Violations Under State...

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law S. 562, which, as its title states, “Requires health insurance carriers to encrypt certain information.” Violation of this new law constitutes a facial violation of the New...more

White House Previews Ambitious (if Familiar) Privacy and Cybersecurity Proposals for 2015

On January 20, 2015, President Obama will address Congress with his annual State of the Union report. On Monday, the president spoke at the Federal Trade Commission, providing a “sneak peek” of the privacy and cybersecurity...more

Cybersecurity Risks Are Higher than Ever and Are Proving Costly

Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for companies. Last April, the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) published the 2014 information security breaches survey: technical report. The report comprises the...more

Microsoft loses third round of battle against extra-territorial warrants

On 31 July, the chief judge of the Southern District of New York delivered the latest in a series of controversial judgments stemming from a test case brought by Microsoft in an extra-territorial warrant issued under the U.S....more

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