Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 29, 2024

    Bitcoin Scammer Held In Contempt For Failure To Repay $20M

    A Manhattan federal judge held bitcoin scammer Nicholas Truglia in contempt Thursday, saying the 25-year-old Florida man has lied and willfully refused to make over $20 million in restitution to a tech entrepreneur whose cryptocurrency account he hacked.

  • February 29, 2024

    Meta Hit With GDPR Complaints By EU Consumer Groups

    Meta has been accused of "massive illegal data processing" by eight European consumer groups, which alleged on Thursday that the tech giant's "consent or pay" choice for customers is a cover-up for obtaining sensitive personal information.

  • February 28, 2024

    FTC Not Backing Down In Kids' Privacy Arena, Chair Says

    The Federal Trade Commission is focused on using all its tools to crack down on social media platforms that are "manipulating" users' data and harming children, including by continuing to take aggressive enforcement action and exploring the possibility of crafting new regulations to curb online "commercial surveillance" practices, the agency's chair said Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Millionaire Dating Site's Arb. Bid Goes Broke In BIPA Suit

    A dating service for millionaires cannot force one of its users to arbitrate proposed class claims that the company unlawfully collects and stores biometric templates of users' faces, a California federal judge ruled, saying the company hasn't shown the user assented to its service agreement that included an arbitration provision.

  • February 28, 2024

    High-Profile Mining Case Shines Spotlight On Cybersecurity

    An alleged hacking incident in a high-profile investor-state arbitration over mining projects in Australia was made public earlier this month, begging the question: With the prevalence of high-stakes disputes being resolved through international arbitration, why is it so rare to hear about such occurrences?

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over Google's Cell Data Use In Androids

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday partially revived a putative class action by Android users accusing Google of illegally using their cellular data allotments to transmit information back to itself, finding they plausibly allege Google's "unauthorized transfer" could block customers from using data they purchased from their carriers.

  • February 28, 2024

    Objectors Want $1M Atty Fees In $5.6B Swipe Fees Settlement

    Class members who initially objected to a $5.6 billion settlement with Visa and Mastercard have told a New York federal judge they are seeking nearly $1 million in legal fees for "enhancing the adversary process, sharpening the debate, and pursuing meritorious appeals in this litigation over the past eleven years."

  • February 28, 2024

    Carriers Seek More Time For SIM Card Anti-Fraud Measures

    A telecom carriers' group agreed with wireless companies who say the Federal Communications Commission needs to set aside more time for providers to comply with new rules to fight SIM card swapping fraud.

  • February 28, 2024

    Amazon Sat On Texts In Alexa Recording Suit, Users Says

    Plaintiffs accusing Amazon of illegally recording them with Alexa devices say the tech giant kept text messages from employees out of discovery, alleging while the company claimed to have never reviewed any texts as part of the suit, a former executive admitted his devices had been scanned. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Meta Trims BIPA Voiceprint Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge pared some claims from a proposed class action claiming Meta Platforms Inc. violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully using voice recordings created by users of its Facebook and Messenger platforms, but allowed the plaintiff to amend claims that the social media giant profited from and improperly stored her data.

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys To Receive $291K After LendingTree Data Breach Deal

    Attorneys representing a proposed class of consumers in a data breach suit against online lending marketplace LendingTree will receive over $291,000 for their work brokering an $875,000 settlement, a North Carolina federal judge has decided.

  • February 28, 2024

    Michigan Atty, Trump Ally, In Default For Avoiding Pay Suit

    A default judgment was entered against a Michigan attorney known for pushing former President Donald Trump's unfounded voter fraud claims after a cybersecurity company said she didn't respond to 40 attempts to serve her with a lawsuit claiming that she didn't pay for voting machine inspections. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Biden Moves To Halt Flow Of American Data To China, Others

    The White House moved Wednesday to block data brokers and other companies from providing China, Russia and other foreign adversaries with troves of sensitive personal data about Americans that can be used to carry out nefarious activities such as surveillance and blackmail. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Urges No More Than 6.5 Years For FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.

  • February 27, 2024

    TaxAct Filers Ink $23M Deal Over Meta, Google Info Sharing

    TaxAct Inc. customers have asked a California federal judge to greenlight a settlement they say is worth more than $23 million and would resolve class claims accusing the tax preparation company of secretly sharing confidential taxpayer information with Meta Platforms Inc. and Google.

  • February 27, 2024

    Palo Alto Networks Investors Say Co. Lied On Growth Strategy

    Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks was hit with a proposed class action alleging it misled investors about the success of its platform consolidation strategy and damaged investors when its guidance cuts announcement led to a share price decline earlier this month.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy Dept. Awards $45M For Tech That Stops Cyberattacks

    The U.S. Department of Energy said it is awarding $45 million to industry stakeholders and academic projects that look to reduce cybersecurity threats and help protect systems within the nation's power grid against cyberattacks.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurer Gets BIPA Coverage Win After Ill. Appeals Court Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge granted a win to an insurer in a coverage dispute with a condiment company over biometric privacy litigation, changing course Tuesday in response to a state appeals decision concerning an identical policy exclusion.

  • February 27, 2024

    Employers Must Battle AI Bias, Fisher Phillips' AI Chief Says

    Employers embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to automate time-consuming tasks, such as screening resumes and conducting interviews, must ensure those tools don't engage in "algorithm drift" that results in improper bias, which could put a company on the hook legally and ruin its brand reputation, says David Walton, chair of Fisher Phillips' artificial intelligence team.

  • February 27, 2024

    Make Sure Net Neutrality Covers Wholesale Service, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission needs to ensure wholesale broadband access services are covered by net neutrality rules the commission is expected to adopt soon, a trade group for competitive networks told the agency Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    BNSF Made $75M BIPA Deal After Landmark Award Wiped Out

    A class of truck drivers have asked an Illinois federal judge to grant initial approval of a $75 million deal with BNSF Railway Co., after a Chicago federal jury found the railroad violated Illinois' biometric privacy law in 2022 but the initial $228 million judgment was thrown out.

  • February 27, 2024

    Texas AG Sues Pornhub Owner Over Lack Of Age Verification

    Pornhub's parent company, Aylo Entertainment, was hit with a lawsuit in Texas state court Monday by Attorney General Ken Paxton, who accused the adult entertainment giant of failing to implement age verification systems on its websites that publish sexually explicit content, leaving it open for minors to readily access its platforms.

  • February 27, 2024

    Survey Finds Just 4 in 10 Healthcare Orgs. Review AI Guidance

    Only 40% of healthcare professionals surveyed by the Berkeley Research Group say their organizations are reviewing or plan to review regulatory guidance on artificial intelligence, even as they expect rapid growth in AI deployment over the next three years, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ascension Unit Will Pay $2.6M To End Time Clock BIPA Suit

    Presence Health Network in Illinois is set to pay $2.6 million to settle biometric privacy claims from a group of employees who claimed the health system violated their privacy rights by requiring them to scan their fingerprints for timekeeping without first obtaining consent, after a Chicago state judge signed off on the settlement.

  • February 27, 2024

    Sidley Adds Weil's Privacy And Cybersecurity Head In NY

    The leader of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's privacy and cybersecurity group has joined Sidley Austin LLP after spending nearly her entire career at her previous firm, the firm said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 2 Emerging Defenses For Website Tracking Class Actions

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    Putative class actions premised on state wiretapping statutes that bar website activity tracking continue to be on the rise, but they are increasingly being dismissed on two procedural grounds, says Sheri Pan at ZwillGen.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How DOD Can Improve Flexibility Under Proposed Cyber Rule

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    The U.S. Department of Defense should carefully address some of the more nuanced aspects of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to avoid unintended consequences, specifically the proposal to severely limit contractor use of plans of actions and milestones, say Joshua Duvall at Maynard Nexsen and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

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