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FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology...more

Target Settles Consumer Data Breach Class Action for $10 Million

On Thursday, just three months after a district court judge in Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the consumer class action following the retailer’s massive 2013 data breach, the court granted preliminary approval of...more

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

Cyber Law Tracker: Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee

On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the...more

The New Frontier in Interest Based Advertising: FTC Shifts Focus to Cross-Device Tracking

As consumers increasingly connect to the Internet using multiple devices—such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, TVs and wearable devices—advertising technology companies have rapidly developed capabilities to reach the...more

FISMA II: A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

As part of the Obama administration’s legislative efforts to safeguard government agency information, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II) was recently enacted to fortify and update its 2002...more

The $10 Million Target Settlement

In the past two years, there have been a number of lawsuits filed against major corporations as a result of data breaches, including the class action filed against Target following the data breach it suffered in late 2013. ...more

Cyberspy thriller with an unclear ending

It reads more like a spy thriller than a news story. Employees of the U.S. subsidiary of a global technology and media company log on to their computers one Monday morning and are greeted with the menacing figure of a neon...more

Alert: Website Terms and Conditions: A Call for Clarity

The UK House of Commons has highlighted the need for clarity of website terms and conditions in order to allow users to provide their "informed consent" to the terms....more

How Much Is Data Privacy Really Worth?

Last week, I was privileged to hear Glenn Greenwald give a passionate speech about his experiences revealing the astonishing evidence of government surveillance and collection of personal information as disclosed to him by...more

FFIEC Provides Overview of Cybersecurity Priorities

On March 17, the FFIEC released a summary of its cybersecurity priorities for the remainder of 2015. The FFIEC intends to enhance its cybersecurity preparedness in seven main ways: (i) issuing a cybersecurity self-assessment...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

Precedent and the Price Explain Why Target and the Consumer Class Agreed to an Early Data Breach Settlement

On March 18, 2015 – just three months after denial of a motion to dismiss consumer claims arising from Target’s 2013 data breach – Target and the consumer class filed papers seeking approval of a settlement. The proposed...more

When is Data Security “Unfair”?

Data security is big news. And so is the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Put the two together in a crucible of litigation, and it is sure to be a blockbuster. That is what the closely-watched case FTC v. Wyndham, now...more

California Eyes Groundbreaking Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

In California, home to Silicon Valley, Biotech Beach, drones and some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting personal and consumer privacy, legislators are grappling with how to balance popular innovations in technology...more

Financial Institutions File Class Action Suit In Response to Data Breach

On March 13, a federal credit union filed a class action suit against a national retailer and parent company, alleging their actions during a September 2014 data breach injured credit unions, banks, and other financial...more

OCR’s Enforcement of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules Continues with Robust 2014

With the news of the recent cyber-attack and resulting data breach at health insurance giant Anthem Inc., the buzz around data security and privacy is again high. The Anthem breach serves as a reminder to those entities...more

Too Small to be Hacked?

We are not the size of Target or Home Depot, we won’t be a target of cyber-attack. This is a dangerous assumption. Recently reported in the news was that ISIL (a terrorist organization) had hacked and taken over certain...more

Cybersecurity: Mitigating the Legal Risks of On-Line Banking With Business Customers

On-line or electronic banking (“e-banking”) offers many well-known advantages to financial institutions engaged in banking and to their business customers. A significant risk of on-line bank accounts for both financial...more

US giants in trouble with new EU privacy rules

The European Council approved the “one-stop-shop” privacy rule which might cause relevant issues to companies operating in different EU countries, including large American Internet and technology companies, where separate...more

Washington State Newsletter - Spring 2015

2014 Year in Review - Last year was another successful year for the JAMS Seattle Resolution Center. We welcomed esteemed King County Superior Court Judge Deborah Fleck to our panel, added 1,900 square feet to...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

Frontiers Of Data Breach Litigation: Standing Issues Presented To Seventh Circuit In Lewart v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.

In a brief made public on March 10, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to affirm a lower court’s decision to toss out two consolidated complaints filed against the company...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

Premera Blue Cross Targeted by Hackers – 11 Million Individuals Compromised

Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”) announced this week that it has been the target of a sophisticated cybersecurity attack in which the information of approximately 11 million individuals has been compromised. This announcement...more

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