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Courts: We Hear No Suit Based on Cyber Crime Before its Time

Two recent decisions out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland illustrate the difficulty that cyber breach victims can have in establishing standing to sue. In both cases, the court dismissed the cyber...more

DOJ Criminal Chief Continues Push For More Access To Encrypted Data

On June 6, 2016, during a speech at a Cybercrime Symposium co-organized by the Centers for Strategic and International Studies and the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section,...more

Courts Continue to Grapple with Data Breach Claims

Our last few blogs have focused on litigation under the Video Privacy Protection Act, including the recent ruling from the 10th Circuit in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st...more

En Banc Fourth Circuit Rules No Fourth Amendment Protection For Cell-Site Location Information

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in United States v. Graham, Nos. 12-4659 and 12-4825, in an en banc rehearing, that the government’s acquisition of historical cell-site location...more

Fourth Circuit Says Law Enforcement Doesn’t Need a Warrant to Figure out Where You Are

Like many people, Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan carried cell phones around in 2011. Unlike most people, Graham and Jordan were convicted of crimes arising from their participation in a series of armed robberies in that period,...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine recent developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Spokeo that consumer plaintiffs must show "real harm" to sue in federal court, the EU data...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

Safe or Good? We All Have Choices to Make

I planned to write about the inspired, better-than-sliced-bread security option of using fingerprint authentication to protect our mobile devices. That imploded. In 2014, and earlier this year, courts in Virginia and...more

Will Spokeo Impact Standing In Data Breach Cases?

Despite months of anticipation, the majority opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins reads more like a teacher (the Supreme Court) telling a student (the Ninth Circuit) to go back and show the work behind a long division answer...more

Dual Decisions Provide Narrow Path for Plaintiffs to Establish Standing in Data Breach and Cybersecurity Suits

Last week, decisions by the United States Supreme Court and the Northern District of Georgia provided further guidance regarding the narrow path required for a class action plaintiff to successfully establish Article III...more

Tracking The Elusive Consumer Data Breach Class Action

Following the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6766 (7th Cir. Ill. Apr. 14, 2016), many commentators quickly pronounced the Seventh Circuit fertile territory...more

Supreme Court Rejects Standing Argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the standing argument of a “bare procedural violation” advanced by the plaintiff in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The Court reaffirmed that the injury-in-fact...more

The Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision and its Potential Impact on Privacy and Data Security Class Actions

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, ruling that a plaintiff must sufficiently allege an injury that is both concrete and particularized in order to have Article III standing, and further that a...more

Seventh Circuit Sets Relatively Low Threshold to Establish Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

With the proliferation of storage of personal data and the increase in hacking efforts and phishing scams, Wisconsin courts are likely to see more data breach class actions on the horizon. Wisconsin businesses handling...more

A Closer Look At The Fallout From The Home Depot Data Breach

More than a year and a half ago, Home Depot announced that it had been a victim of one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Media outlets reported that the breach had affected Home Depot’s customers who had made...more

U.S. Supreme Court Proposes Change to Rules Applicable to Searches of Electronic Data

The United States Supreme Court — which establishes rules of civil and criminal procedure, subject to the objection of Congress — has proposed a significant amendment to the rules applicable to searches of electronic data...more

House Sends Email Privacy Act Amendments to Senate

On April 29, 2016, in a 419-0 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) to eliminate an exception to the government warrant requirement...more

Credit Card Theft Plaintiffs Discover Warm Home After 7th Circuit Rulings

One of the great scourges for retail companies in the digital age has been the ever-present threat of massive data breaches by hackers attempting to steal millions of consumers ’debit and credit card information. In...more

Texas resident makes claims that Texas drone law is unconstitutional

Last week, Texas resident, Manuel Flores, filed suit in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s drone surveillance law. His suit claims that the law treats approximately 1 million residents categorically...more

7th Circuit Revives P.F. Chang’s Data Breach Class Action Suit

Last week, the Seventh Circuit revived a data breach class action against P.F. Chang’s restaurant in an important opinion that continues a plaintiff-friendly trend that began with the court’s opinion in the Neiman Marcus case...more

Government Access to Private Data: Microsoft Opens a New Front in the Battle for Consumer Privacy

Prior to the Information Age, sensitive papers were stored in file cabinets and drawers. When home computers arrived, information was digitized and moved to hard drives or other electronic media, still possessed by the user....more

Back at it Again (with the Standing Opinions): Seventh Circuit Reiterates Article III Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

On July 20, 2015, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, 794 F. 3d 688 (7th Circ. 2015), which immediately became the low-water mark for Article III standing in data breach cases. In short,...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Probationers’ Cell Phone Searches by Police

The centrality of cell phones to our daily lives, and the wide array of sensitive information those phones may carry, creates a complex and ever-evolving series of issues over the amount of privacy we can expect to be...more

Early Settlement of the Home Depot Consumer Data Breach Claims – The Start of a Trend?

Last week, a federal court in Atlanta issued an order preliminarily approving a proposed settlement – valued up to $19.5 million – of the consumer claims arising from the 2014 theft of payment card data from Home Depot. The...more

Apple Argues It Should Not Be Compelled to Write Software for the F.B.I.

On February 16, 2016, Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order compelling Apple, Inc. to provide technical assistance to the F.B.I. so it can access...more

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