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The FTC Faces an Embarrassing Set-Back in its Data Security Enforcement Authority as the LabMD Saga Continues

On November 10th, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed an embarrassing defeat to the Federal Trade Commission and an early Christmas present to LabMD, Inc. in the ongoing David and Goliath battle between the...more

NERC Increasing Penalties for Fundamentally Failing to Comply with Cyber Standards

For the second time in less than a year, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has imposed a six-figure penalty on a participant in the electric market for fundamentally failing to comply with the NERC...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Recent Decisions Further Definining Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two decisions by which it intends to clarify liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (“CFAA”). The CFAA imposes criminal penalties and...more

Bavarian Data Protection Authority issues new guidance paper on sanctions under the General Data Protection Regulation

On 1 September 2016, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) issued a new guidance paper on sanctions under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in the course of a series of non-binding guidance...more

Federal Judge Dismisses Target Directors from Data Breached Related Derivative Suit After Special Litigation Committee Recommends...

The hurdles for claims against directors for failed oversight in connection with data breaches continue to increase. On July 7, 2016, District of Minnesota Judge Paul Magnuson released derivative claims against top Target...more

Target Corp. Shareholders Walk Away from Derivative Lawsuits

The leadership team at Target Corp. has one less legal claim to worry about today from the company’s headline-making 2013 data breach. And in an unusual turn, the shareholders who filed a series of derivative actions against...more

Privacy Shield Update: A Recap of Recent Developments

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an influential group of European data protection authorities, issued a non-binding opinion that criticized certain elements of the fledgling Privacy Shield framework....more

Privacy policy required for contact forms on websites? German Courts in disagreement

Over the last years, a number of German Courts had to decide whether the operator of a website that contains a contact form for the website’s visitors shall be obliged to provide visitors a privacy policy that informs the...more

Get Off My Cloud: “BYOC” Workplaces Pose Trade Secrets Risks

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about “BYOD” (“Bring Your Own Device”) policies, which are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. Employees want the flexibility and ease that comes with being able to use a...more

Need to Decrypt an iPhone? There’s an “Act” for That

A pair of recent cases pitted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Apple, Inc. (Apple) in a Herculean struggle between asserted interests in national security and privacy. In both cases, the DOJ relied on the same...more

Federal Court Issues $1 Million Contempt Award for Repeated Cell Phone Unlocking Misconduct

On March 18, United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order against a Hong Kong-based company that was improperly distributing prohibited...more

New Decree defines the scope of Kazakhstan’s state electronic database

At the end of February, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan enacted Decree No. 117, providing that the types of personal data to be stored in the state’s electronic database are...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

Home Depot agrees to settle data breach class action suit for at least $19.5 million and up to $28 million including attorneys’...

Home Depot announced on March 7, 2016, that it is agreeing to settle claims against it for the massive data breach that occurred in 2014, affecting up to 56 million debit and credit card holders for at least $19.5 million,...more

After a Strong Enforcement Presence in 2015, OCR Starts 2016 with a $239,000 Civil Money Penalty Judgment

It has been a busy winter for the US Department of Health and Human Service, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Since November 2015, the agency has announced three settlements and one civil money penalty judgment amounting to...more

President Obama Signs the Judicial Redress Act (H.R.1428/S.1600)

As part of implementing the EU-US Privacy Shield, on February 24, 2016, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act (H.R.1428/S.1600). This law is designed to give EU citizens the right to sue the U.S. government for...more

Litigation Watch: Can a Third-Party Vendor Be Left Holding the Bag After a Breach?

Many organizations, particularly those outside of the technology sector, rely heavily on third-parties—including cyber security specialists, lawyers, and public relations firms—to help pick up the pieces after a data breach. ...more

Aerial trespass, privacy violations, and the drone slayer

John David Boggs’s drone was shot down out of the sky last summer when he flew it over another individual’s home. Bogg’s claims that he was flying his drone over Class G airspace –federal protected airspace. Bogg’s claims...more

Ninth Circuit Poised to Address the “Without Authorization” Debate under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Action Again

Imagine if you could manage all of your social media platforms on one app. Believe it or not, there was an app for that (or, at least a website), created by a company named Power Ventures (“Power”). Back in 2008, Power...more

Director Cybersecurity Risk Oversight and Actions

This article begins by providing an overview of the duty of directors to oversee risk, including cybersecurity risk, in the cyberattack context and then outlines actions that board of directors are taking as reported by...more

LifeLock And FTC Agree To $100 Million Settlement For Alleged Violation Of Prior Injunction Regarding LifeLock’s Data Security...

On December 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) and LifeLock, Inc. (“LifeLock”) announced the largest monetary award obtained by the Commission in an order enforcement action. The settlement...more

LifeLock Will Pay $100 Million to Settle (Again) with FTC

In a significant development, the FTC announced today that LifeLock, the identity theft protection company, has agreed to settle the FTC contempt charges against it for $100 million. This is the largest monetary award the...more

Target Settles With Credit Card Issuers

Today, Target and a class of banks that issued credit cards that were compromised in the Target data breach announced they have reached a $39.4 million settlement. Up to $20,250,000 of the settlement will go to a...more

Time Is Precious with Computer-Hacking Claims

A recent ruling shows that plaintiffs must act fast when using a federal criminal statute for a civil suit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in August addressed the proper application of the statute of...more

Biometrics: Facebook Files Motion to Dismiss Privacy Suit over Facial Recognition Technology

As discussed in a previous post on facial recognition technology, a putative class action has been filed against Facebook over the collection of “faceprints” for its online photo tagging function, Tag Suggestions. (See e.g.,...more

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