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European Court of Justice Invalidates E.U. – U.S. Safe Harbor Framework

On October 6, 2015, the European Union’s Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) invalidated the E.U. – U.S. Safe Harbor Framework (the “Safe Harbor”) — a data transfer arrangement upon which thousands of U.S. based companies have...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Safe Harbor

In a momentous judgment, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) today invalidated the European Commission’s decision establishing the E.U.-US Safe Harbor for transfers of personal data (“Safe Harbor Decision”). The ruling was...more

Safe Harbor – Not so Safe After Schrems

Today the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued its Judgment in the Schrems case, and in doing so, added another tremor to the ongoing seismic shift related to cross-border privacy law. ...more

PCI Security Standards Council Publishes Data Breach Response Guidance

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI-SSC) has released new guidance on its website advising merchants how to deal with a data breach. The guidance particularly details when a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) will be...more

US-EU Safe Harbor Invalidated: What Now?

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) invalidated the US-EU Safe Harbor framework, effective immediately. This momentous decision jeopardizes the continued flow of data from Europe to the US. As the Safe...more

Now What? Europe’s High Court Sinks the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Program

Life just got a lot more confusing, complicated and expensive for organizations that transmit personal data to the United States from the European Union (EU) under the frequently-used U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program. Why?...more

Europe's Highest Court Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Regime

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today invalidated the transatlantic Safe Harbor Regime that permits U.S. companies to transfer consumers’ and employees’ personal data from Europe to the United States under a presumed...more

Pennsylvania Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has allowed a data breach class action against Coca-Cola and several bottling companies to proceed, finding that the plaintiff has Article III standing even though he had left Coca-Cola’s...more

Data Protection: EU-US Safe Harbor declared invalid by EU court

In our recent update, we reported that the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the highest court in the EU, gave an opinion that “safe harbor” should be declared invalid and that...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #3

State AGs Settle Negative Option Marketing Case for $1M: Negative option marketing cost one company $1 million in a recent deal with the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. According to the...more

Google and the Right to be Forgotten: The French Data Protection Authority Takes the Matter Further

On June 12, 2015 the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL) issued a notice ordering Google to draw all the consequences of the CJEU May 13, 2014 ruling and to apply...more

Forum Shopping in the Ashley Madison MDL Proceedings

As anticipated in our previous discussion of the Ashley Madison data breach litigation, lawyers representing the various putative classes have begun sparring over their preferred venues. The Missouri Jane Doe – who filed the...more

Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? U.S. Companies Face Challenges Ahead on the EU Privacy Horizon

Pursuant to European Commission Decision 2000/520, United States–based companies may freely process the personal data of European Union citizens, provided that those companies adhere to the principles and frequently asked...more

Data Breach Class Claims Survive Clapper

On appeal to the Seventh Circuit, a three-judge panel opinion written by Chief Judge Woods reversed the lower court. Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, No. 14-3122, 2015 WL 4394814, at *3 (7th Cir. July 20, 2015). The panel...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #2

FTC Reviews Kids’ Apps for Privacy Progress - Three years after conducting a survey on apps directed to children, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation decided to check back with...more

Financial Services Companies Seek Larger Payout in Target Data Security Suit

Attorneys for certain banks and other financial institutions that are caught up in Target’s 2013 data breach are objecting to the $67 million deal struck last week between the retailer and Visa Inc. The banks and credit...more

Recent Seventh Circuit Data Breach Ruling Could be Big Win for Plaintiffs and Big Headache for Retailers

For lawyers who frequently litigate class action lawsuits, whether or not the named plaintiffs have standing to bring a claim is one of the first issues that is analyzed and considered. Plaintiffs’ lawyers often look for...more

Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner: some further thoughts

As the dust begins to settle after the headline-grabbing Advocate General opinion in the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner it may be worth considering some of the other potential implications arising from that...more

Still a Target: Court Certifies Bank Class Claims Against Retailer Following Data Breach

Although Target has tentatively settled consumer data breach class action claims, the retailer remains in the crosshairs of the plaintiffs’ class action bar. On September 15, a Minnesota federal district court certified a...more

Evolving Litigation of Data Breach Claims

An Illinois circuit court judge has dismissed five of six claims in a consolidated class action against Advocate Health and Hospital Corporation arising from a data breach in July 2013. The judge’s dismissal with prejudice...more

Class In Session: Minnesota Federal Court Certifies Class In Target Corporation Data Breach Suit

On September 15, 2015, a federal district court in Minnesota granted a motion for class certification of hundreds of credit unions and banks in an action against Target Corporation for damages stemming from the breach of...more

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield sued for data breach announced last week

Within days of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shields’ (Excellus) announcement that its data had been accessed by a hacker through a “sophisticated” cyber-attack, two law firms teamed up to file a proposed class action suit last...more

Data Protection: EU court advised to declare EU-US Safe Harbor invalid

In an important case involving Facebook, and instigated by an Austrian student in response to the Snowden revelations about US security agency access to mass data, the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the...more

Just Like Neiman Case, FTC v. Wyndham Decision Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Back on July 20 this year, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided Remijas v. Neiman Marcus, leading a chorus of pundits to declare that case changed everything when it comes to data breach cases, signaling a “new tilt...more

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