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Feds continue to prosecute hackers

Sergey Vovnenko, a Ukrainian hacker, was charged in New Jersey federal court this week for wire fraud conspiracy, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hacking into networks of financial...more

Does Your Website Privacy Policy Need Some Love?

Everyone does it, especially startups. You need a privacy policy for your website, and your legal budget is limited. Hop onto Facebook (or Google, or Amazon) — cut, paste and voilà! — your startup has a shiny new privacy...more

California Amends Definition of Personal Identifiable Information and Breach Notification Content Requirements

On October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several changes to California’s Data Breach Notification Statute. The law, as amended, adds additional categories of information into the definition of...more

New Delaware Act Requires Online Privacy Policy for Websites

A new privacy law requires companies to make specific statements about what information is collected on its website. Like California, it also requires that companies state in writing whether they respect “Do Not Track”...more

The Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, Enforces New Russian Data Localization Law

On September 9, 2015, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications (the “Roskomnadzor”) reported on its website that it blocked an extensive online database of more...more

Delaware Enacts Package of Internet Data Laws

Joining the collection of states with online privacy laws, Delaware has enacted a package of statutes governing the collection, storage and use of the personal information of Delaware residents by websites, Internet and cloud...more

States Try to Make the Grade with Student Data Privacy Efforts

Eight states passed substantive bills during the 2015 legislative session requiring education-focused Internet service, websites and mobile app providers to take measures to protect student data - With students around the...more

CFPB files amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court Article III standing case

The CFPB, together with the DOJ, has filed a second amicus brief in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the issue is whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a...more

Cheaters, Divorce & Social Media

Files Leaked – Cheating Spouses Exposed - Target, Staples, and Home Depot customer’s credit card information was hacked into this past year. Recently the website that caters to spouses seeking to be unfaithful to their...more

Employment is short. Don’t have an affair

Imagine a guy, a married guy, more specifically an unhappily married guy, and even more specifically an unhappily married guy lacking a moral compass. The guy creates a discrete (ha!) profile on, a dating...more

Global Privacy Sweep Finds Privacy Issues in Children’s Apps

Last week, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) released the results from their third annual Privacy Sweep. Twenty-nine privacy enforcement authorities spread across 21 countries reviewed 1,494 websites and mobile...more

Legal Precedent May Come From Ashley Madison Breach

The Ashley Madison saga has captured the attention of the public and legal profession like few prior data security breaches. The reasons are obvious: A website devoted to promoting infidelity is called out for “fraud, deceit,...more

Is Ashley Madison abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the Wake of Hack?

In July, a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Impact Team took over the computer systems of Avid Life Media (“ALM”), the parent company of the adultery-oriented website Ashley Madison, threatening to release the...more

Delaware Enacts First Privacy Law with Focus on Children

The Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act takes a broad approach to the collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information. Delaware Governor Jack Markell recently signed the Delaware Online Privacy...more

Revisiting Privacy Policies and Practices in Light of Delaware Law

The Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act (the "Act") addresses privacy policy, marketing or advertising to Delaware residents under age 18 and digital book service information disclosure requirements. The Act goes into...more

Rocky Road Ahead for Ashley Madison after Widespread Damage Arising from Disclosure of Personal Information

Ashley Madison, the self-described “world's leading married dating service for discreet encounters” is the latest high-profile social media website to sustain a cyberattack. Established to provide an opportunity for married...more

Ashley Madison Fallout: Class Actions, Pentagon investigation and easily searchable data

We previously reported that hackers The Impact Team had posted legitimate detailed information about 36 million adultery website Ashley Madison users. In the wake of the shocking posting of the data last week, two class...more

Legal Insights on the Ashley Madison Hack: Part I

Internet commenters and legal analysts alike are buzzing about the Ashley Madison hack. The website -- which billed itself as a networking site for anyone who wanted to discretely arrange an extramarital affair -- has already...more Suffers Data Breach Affecting 93,000 Customers

The list of companies hit by cyber-attacks continues to grow.  This time, Florida-based web hosting company,, has announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised credit card information and other...more

Internet Savvy Senior Lacks Standing to Bring Website Privacy Putative Class Claims Against AARP

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed a putative class action alleging that AARP violated its website privacy policy by allowing Facebook and Adobe to collect personal information...more

Three Delaware Privacy Bills Businesses Should Know About

The News Journal article highlighted passage by the Delaware legislature in 2014 of House Bill 295, now codified as 6 Del. C. §5001C et seq.: Safe Destruction of Records Containing Personal Identifying Information. Much of...more

“Life is short. Have an affair.”® And have your data hacked and leaked

Hackers calling themselves “The Impact Team” announced on July 15th that it has compromised the extramarital affair site, and companion sites Cougar Life and Established Men, including absconding with up to...more

A website coding upgrade error causes a breach says Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California is sending out notification letters to 843 of its members advising them that as a result of a computer code update it made to its website, when members logged into their own accounts, they were able...more

Recent legal actions highlight issues of children’s online privacy

Companies with online sites and services that expressly target a young audience, such as websites and mobile apps providing entertainment, games or educational enrichment specifically oriented toward children, should already...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

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