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Top 10 Best Practices for Handling a Data Breach

Data breaches are a reality that all businesses need to take seriously. Knowing your vulnerabilities is only part of the solution. You and your key stakeholders should be prepared with an incident response plan that defines...more

Second Circuit Holds Procedural FACTA Violation Insufficient to Establish Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit added its voice to the chorus of circuit courts of appeal to hold that allegations that defendants included the first six and last four digits of a plaintiff’s credit card...more

Equifax Breach: 3 Immediate Steps Leading Companies Are Taking To Respond

Equifax, one of the three nationwide credit bureaus that track and rate the financial history of consumers, announced in September that it had suffered a data breach exposing personal information of up to 143 million...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Data Breach Plaintiffs Must Allege Actual Injury to Establish Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that allegations of a future risk of identity theft resulting from a data breach are not sufficient to establish standing. The August 30 ruling in In re SuperValu Customer...more

Eighth Circuit Finds Standing in Data Breach Case for Privacy Policy Violation, Dismisses for Lack of Specificity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that allegations that the security provisions of a privacy policy were violated are sufficient for standing in a data breach case, but that plaintiffs’ contractual...more

Ninth Circuit in Spokeo: Inaccurate Consumer Reports Support Standing in FCRA Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that Spokeo Inc. published an inaccurate consumer report in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act established a concrete injury sufficient to confer...more

The Seventh Circuit Finds No Standing in FCRA Case Based on Job Application Credit Reports

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that allegations that prospective employers obtained consumer reports in technical violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by themselves do not constitute a concrete...more

The DC Circuit Opens the Door to Data Breach Plaintiffs Alleging Substantial Risk of Future ID Theft

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that allegations of a heightened risk of future identity theft resulting from a data breach established a concrete injury at the pleading stage....more

The Third Circuit Holds That A TCPA Violation Alone Is Sufficient To Establish Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that allegations that a customer received a single, unauthorized prerecorded sales voice mail on her cell phone in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Summer 2017

In This Issue - Ransomware Advisory - The WannaCry ransomware attack that began on May 12 infected 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries within a few days. The scope of the attack was unprecedented—which is just one...more

Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under...more

Litigation Alert: The Fourth Circuit Finds No Article III Injury in Fair Credit Reporting Act Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the plaintiff’s allegations that Experian denied him access to information to which he was entitled under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was insufficient to establish...more

Litigation Alert: Second Circuit Limits Standing to Bring Data Breach Class Actions

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, placing the court at the center of the controversy around what allegations are sufficient to establish...more

Litigation Alert: Eleventh Circuit Expands Standing to Bring Video Privacy Protection Act Actions But Also Limits Their Scope

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that allegations that personally identifiable information was disclosed without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act were sufficient to...more

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

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

Litigation Alert: Pennsylvania Court Holds Google Must Produce Emails Stored Overseas

Last week, in In re Search Warrants Nos. 16-960-M-01and 16-1061-M to Google, a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Google to comply with three search warrants to turn over users’...more

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Holds That a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Violation Alone Is Sufficient To Establish...

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that unsolicited advertisement text messages were sent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) established a concrete...more

Litigation Alert: The Third Circuit Holds That Allegations That Personal Information Was Improperly Disclosed in Violation of the...

Last week, the Third Circuit held that allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) constituted a de facto injury sufficient to confer standing at the...more

Privacy Alert: NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework to Address Supply Chain Security

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a measurement standards laboratory in the United States Department of Commerce, released draft version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical...more

Litigation Alert: The Seventh Circuit Limits Standing For Lawsuits Under The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act

This week, in Meyers v. Nicolet Rest. of de Pere, LLC, No. 16-2075 (7th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the Seventh Circuit narrowed standing to bring lawsuits under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) in holding that...more

Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection...

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the...more

Litigation Alert: The Fifth Circuit Limits Coverage under the Computer Fraud Provision of Insurance Policies

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit narrowed the conduct covered under an insurance policy’s computer fraud provision by vacating the judgment in favor of the insured, Apache Corp., and rendering...more

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