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Appellate Court Limits Who May Sue Under Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Jones Day on

As noted in a prior Commentary, plaintiffs continue to bring a flood of lawsuits under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA") against companies that collect, use, or store biometric identifiers. Many of these...more

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks

Just before the false alarm last weekend in Hawaii when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank Chatham House issued a report stating that it had identified vulnerabilities in nuclear...more

Privacy Tip #122 – What’s Up with WhatsApp’s Security Flaws?

WhatsApp has been applauded for adding end-to-end encryption on its platform to secure conversations of its users two years ago. But encryption has its challenges, despite its security posture....more

The Many Faces of Google’s Arts & Culture App (Except in Illinois and Texas)

Those of our readers who frequent social media may have noticed a newly-popular juxtaposition between selfies and art (or perhaps one should say between selfies and other forms of art)—a feature in the Google Arts & Culture...more

GDPR promises stringent penalties for noncompliance: Be ready for the May 2018 deadline

by Hogan Lovells on

In 1995, the European Union (EU) sought to improve the security of business data within its member countries by introducing the Data Protection Directive. ...more

Connecticut Supreme Court: Health Care Providers Can Be Sued For Unauthorized Disclosures Of Confidential Information

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Physician practices and other health care providers respond to numerous requests for confidential patient information from patients and others. Mistakes made by employees fulfilling such requests for medical records or making...more

D.C. Circuit Finds Dissemination, but Not Mere Existence, of Inaccurate Information in Government Database Satisfies Article III...

by Reed Smith on

“[I]f inaccurate information falls into a government database, does it make a sound?” Partly affirming summary judgment for the defendant in Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n, v. DOT, No. 16-5355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018),...more

Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

by BakerHostetler on

Every year, especially around the holidays, more and more products that connect to the internet hit the market. For adults, connected home devices that act like personal domestic assistants have become increasingly popular....more

Article 29 Working Party Releases Guidelines on Transparency Under the GDPR

by Reed Smith on

On 11 December 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (Art 29 WP) published its draft guidance on transparency. The guidelines are open for consultation until 23 January 2018. The Art 29 WP analyse the elements of transparency...more

Another Hitch in the Crypto Boom? North Korean Malware Hijacks Computers to Mine Monero Cryptocurrency

Researchers at cybersecurity firm AlienVault have discovered a computer virus of North Korean origin which infects and hijacks computers in order to mine Monero, a private digital currency which styles itself as “secure,...more

Arizona Legislature Considers Strengthening Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Arizona State Legislature is considering proposed legislation that, if enacted, would significantly change the requirements for how Arizona entities respond to data breaches....more

Post-market medical devices, cybersecurity, and the U.S. FDA’s growing concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

From insulin pumps and pacemakers to defibrillators, medical devices increasingly rely on wireless and internet connectivity for efficient operations. Unfortunately, these interconnections also leave devices vulnerable to an...more

Six Flags Survives Biometric Law Roller Coaster Courtesy of Appellate Court

Companies that collect and store biometric information from their customers and employees received good news from an Illinois appeals court in late December, a much-needed win in an area that has seen a massive rise in class...more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Issues Final Report

by Williams Mullen on

The FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking (“UAS ID”) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) published its final report on December 19, 2017. The ARC, which was chartered to provide recommendations to the FAA regarding...more

Insurance Coverage Alert: Lessons to Learn about Cyber Risk - Various Claimants v Morrisons Supermarket PLC [2017] EWHC 3113 (QB)

by K&L Gates LLP on

A recent judgment of the High Court provides a stark lesson for organisations about the need to protect themselves properly against cyber-related risks. With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR")...more

HHS OCR Announces a $2.3 Million HIPAA Settlement Bringing the Agency’s Settlement Total for 2017 to Over $19 Million

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On December 28th, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.3 million settlement with 21st Century Oncology Inc. (21st Century) to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2018

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the CFPB has struck fear into the C-suites of financial services companies. The agency was extraordinarily active in rulemaking that addresses every aspect of lending, prepaid cards and arbitration clauses in...more

Plaintiff’s Motion to Remand Biometric Information Privacy Act Case Shows Risks of No-Injury Argument in Federal Court

by Locke Lord LLP on

Defense counsel are generally trained to remove cases to federal court, and to then seek dismissal of those cases, wherever possible. But those strategies can conflict where a defendant’s motion to dismiss argues that...more

Countdown to the First Annual New York DFS Cyber Regulation Certification

On February 15th, organizations subject to the New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation are required to submit their first annual certification attesting to their compliance with the state’s new data...more

EU issues warning on data transfers to the UK post-Brexit

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has issued a notice explaining some of the legal ramifications of Brexit on transfers of personal data from the EU to the UK....more

Chips Ahoy: #Meltdown and #Spectre Implications for Legal Professionals Part I

Recent press reports talk about a newly discovered form of security threat that involves attackers exploiting common features of modern microprocessors (aka chips) that power our computers, tablets, smartphones, and other...more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

The Proposed Overhaul Of North Carolina’s Data-Breach Law Could Have Big-Time Consequences

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

One might expect N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 to play a big role in data-breach litigation. The statute, after all, offers the prospect of treble damages and attorney fees. But, historically, it hasn’t. Only three...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89% Increase in Ransomware in 2017 - Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the...more

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