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Permissible Disclosures Under the Stored Communications Act

by Revision Legal on

The Stored Communications Act, which is codified at 18 USC 121, sections 2701-2712, is federal law that governs the conduct of electronic communication service providers and the voluntary and compelled disclosure of the...more

Kimpton Data Breach Decision Highlights Lingering Confusion on Standing Issues

When data thieves steal payment card data, consumers suffer no legally cognizable injuries. Card issuers absorb the fraudulent charges and replace the affected cards. Because fraudulent charges are not billed to consumers,...more

States Continue to Fill Gaps in Privacy Legislation: Illinois Biometric Law Gains Traction and Serves as Model for Other States

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enacted in 2008, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 or BIPA), generally requires companies to obtain a person’s consent before collecting, capturing, or purchasing a person’s “biometric identifier” or...more

The FTC and LabMD’s Legal Battle Gets Personal: First Amendment Claims Against FTC Lawyers Survive

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) sprawling and contentious legal battle with now-defunct medical testing company LabMD recently took an unusual turn when a federal court allowed LabMD (and its former CEO) to proceed with...more

Recent settlements highlight plaintiff pitfalls in data breach cases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent post, we discussed how plaintiff class members who have not suffered financial harm as a result of a data breach face challenges meeting the Article III standing requirement necessary to invoke a federal court’s...more

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the...more

District Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Because FCRA Plaintiff Failed To Allege Concrete Injuries

by King & Spalding on

On March 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA” or the “Act”). If a person...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

Post-Spokeo, Michigan’s VRPA Still a Thorn in the Side of Magazine Sellers

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court held that alleged violators of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (the “VRPA”) cannot seek shelter under the United States Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins ruling. The Court also...more

Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

Fourth Circuit To Plaintiffs: “Could” Isn’t Enough For Standing

by Cozen O'Connor on

A split continued to develop in the federal courts last month as the Fourth Circuit denied Article III standing to the plaintiffs in a data breach case whose alleged injuries were limited to the increased risk of future...more

Lawyer’s Pants Literally Catch on Fire and Alexa to “Testify”: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

OK, this first story isn’t exactly an eDiscovery story, but it’s too good to pass up… Here’s a question for you: Would you believe what a lawyer was telling you during closing arguments if his pants were, literally, on fire?...more

Law Firm Sued for Alleged Lax Data Security Obtains Significant Win in District Court

Back in December of last year, we reported that for the first time, a U.S. law firm – Johnson & Bell, a mid-sized Chicago firm – was publicly named in a class action data security lawsuit. Last month, the firm obtained a...more

Plaintiffs in Horizon Breach Win Key Article III Ruling at 3rd Circuit

by Cozen O'Connor on

Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissal of a class action filed in the aftermath of a data breach at Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.,...more

District Court Rules That Statutory Violation Without Actual Damages Counts As Injury In Fact For Article III Standing

by King & Spalding on

On February 15, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied Time Inc.’s (“Time”) motion to dismiss a lawsuit predicated on Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (the “Act”). According to...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we look at a series of recent court rulings regarding standing in privacy cases, most of which suggest plaintiffs will continue to have a difficult time establishing...more

A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting,...more

Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The Fourth Circuit Weighs In, Affirming Dismissal For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous opinion in Beck v. McDonaldon February 6, 2017, clarifying the standard for Article III standing and what constitutes sufficient injury-in-fact in putative...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Cases

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show...more

Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: "Big Data" versus "The People"

by White & Case LLP on

1. Data privacy concerns entwined with anti-globalization - Anti-globalization has become a serious theme in Western countries. Right-wing and left-wing political movements converge on the issue. Centrist elites...more

House Legislation Purports To Require Warrants For All Email

by King & Spalding on

On February 6, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act (the “Act”), co-sponsored by Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO), which would require law enforcement to...more

Privacy Tip #74 – What to Do About Customs and Border Patrol

There has been lots of talk about the ripple effects of the Trump travel ban. But here’s a new twist I hadn’t heard before—U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) agents are detaining U.S. citizens and requiring them to unlock...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs In on Article III Standing in Data Breach Suits

Earlier this month, the Fourth Circuit weighted in with the most recent decision in the developing case law on Article III standing in data breach litigation, a topic that we have been covering extensively on this...more

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