Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • April 01, 2024

    FTC Won't Add Face Scan Tool To COPPA Consent Options

    The Federal Trade Commission has declined for now to approve a new method for obtaining parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act that would involve analyzing facial geometry to verify adults' identity, saying that it expects a forthcoming government report to provide vital additional information about the technology underlying the proposed tool. 

  • April 01, 2024

    AmEx Sends Credit Card Applicants' Data To Meta, Suit Says

    American Express was recently hit with a putative class action in New York federal court by a California resident alleging the company illegally shares with Facebook sensitive financial and personally identifiable information of people who apply online for credit cards.

  • April 01, 2024

    Cybersecurity Heads Back SolarWinds' Push To Nix SEC Suit

    Cybersecurity experts from dozens of private companies decried the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against SolarWinds and its cybersecurity head, arguing the unprecedented effort to hold the pair accountable for a 2020 cyberattack could undermine U.S. national security.

  • April 01, 2024

    FCC Grants Extensions To 6 Carriers Under 'Rip And Replace'

    The Federal Communications Commission is once again granting deadline extensions for the replacement of Chinese-made telecommunications equipment for service providers claiming that supply chain problems and the lack of full "rip and replace" funding is delaying the work.

  • April 01, 2024

    Wireless Cos. Push Back On Neutrality For Network 'Slicing'

    The mobile services industry is fighting public advocates' efforts to make sure so-called network "slicing" is covered by net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission is planning to reimpose on internet providers.

  • April 01, 2024

    FDIC Dings 2 More Banks Over 3rd-Party Relationships

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered an Ohio community bank and a New York digital "hybrid" bank to strengthen their oversight of business partners, the latest in the agency's recent spate of enforcement actions over banks' management of their third-party relationships with financial technology firms and other outside companies.

  • April 01, 2024

    Cooley, Latham Guide Data Security Firm Rubrik's IPO Filing

    Venture-backed data security firm Rubrik Inc. on Monday filed long-awaited plans for an initial public offering, represented by Cooley LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, marking the latest sign of a recovering IPO market.

  • April 01, 2024

    Google Agrees To Delete Data To End 'Incognito' Class Claims

    Google LLC on Monday agreed to delete billions of data records that reflect certified class members' private browsing activities as part of a nonmonetary eve-of-trial settlement to resolve allegations that the tech giant surreptitiously tracks Chrome users running the browser's incognito mode.

  • April 01, 2024

    AT&T's Huge Data Breach Triggers Flood Of Consumer Suits

    Telecom giant AT&T Inc. was hit with a wave of litigation accusing the company of failing to safeguard customers' sensitive data just days after it reported that detailed personal information from more than 70 million past and current users surfaced online.

  • April 01, 2024

    Women Must Arbitrate Suit Over Ex-Coach's Hidden Cam

    Newly discovered texts and files on a former Temple University football coach's devices won't help three women revive or revise their lawsuits against the coach and the dog-sitting app he used to recruit them, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Friday.

  • April 01, 2024

    One Set Of Amazon Buyers Can't Cancel Later Antitrust Case

    Antitrust lawsuits against Amazon.com in New York and Washington federal court will remain separate after a New York federal judge refused Friday to let online shoppers in the earlier-filed Washington case intervene in — and junk — the other proposed class action filed two years later.

  • April 01, 2024

    Allstate Liable For Contractors' Illegal Marketing Calls

    An Illinois federal judge found that Allstate violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when its telemarketing subcontractor made phone calls to a man whose number was on Allstate's internal do-not-call list.

  • April 01, 2024

    Indicted Crypto Whiz Says Software Development Not A Crime

    The founder of the Tornado Cash cryptocurrency exchange told a Manhattan federal judge that the government had wrongly charged him with scheming to launder money and dodge sanctions, saying that the only agreement he'd made with others was to build legal, open-source software.

  • March 29, 2024

    DC Circ. Rejects Meta's Bid To Delay FTC Privacy Tweaks

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Friday refused Meta Platforms Inc.'s bid to delay the Federal Trade Commission from pursuing changes to a $5 billion privacy settlement, saying the social media giant failed to show why it's entitled to an emergency injunction while it's challenging the FTC's structure.

  • March 29, 2024

    SentinelOne Execs Face Derivative Suit Over Accounting Error

    Cybersecurity company SentinelOne was hit with a shareholder derivative suit in California federal court Friday over a 35% stock price drop that the plaintiff claimed was the result of the company's disclosure about its internal controls and subsequent inflation of its annualized recurring revenue.

  • March 29, 2024

    X Corp. Still Must Face Breach Suit Over 200M Users

    A California federal judge on Friday trimmed a proposed class action alleging X Corp., the former Twitter Inc., failed to protect the data of 200 million users whose information was exposed in a data breach, allowing the users to amend some allegations while permanently tossing a California Consumers Legal Remedies Act claim.

  • March 29, 2024

    BofA Sued After FTC Imposter Steals $2M From Accounts

    A 67-year-old Florida woman has sued Bank of America over alleged negligence and violations of several federal laws, claiming in the case that was removed to federal court this week that the financial services company failed to protect her accounts as she fell victim to a sophisticated social engineering scam by a person posing as a Federal Trade Commission investigator who stole $2 million.

  • March 29, 2024

    4th Circ. Revives Data Breach Suit Against Medical Center

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday revived a proposed class action alleging that Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. failed to protect the personal information of patients whose data was leaked following a cyberattack, saying the health care provider is not shielded under federal immunity and that the government cannot be substituted as a defendant.

  • March 29, 2024

    GEO Group Brass Agree To Reforms To End Derivative Suit

    Shareholders who claimed executives of private prison contractor GEO Group Inc. lied about financing deals with major banks told a Florida federal judge that the company has agreed to a host of corporate reforms to end the derivative suit, which will include the appointment of a chief compliance officer.

  • March 29, 2024

    Blackbaud Defeats 7 Insurers' Claims For Data Breach Costs

    Complaints by seven insurers seeking reimbursement for $2.1 million in expenses paid to insureds following a ransomware attack on software company Blackbaud Inc. were torn apart by a Delaware state judge, who called the insurers' allegations "conclusory," tossing the two cases.

  • March 29, 2024

    FCC Looks To Stamp Out Call Routing Security Breaches

    The protocols that mobile telecom operators use to talk to each other leave their customers particularly vulnerable to location tracking, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which says it's time to take a closer look at the matter.

  • March 29, 2024

    Up Next After Bankman-Fried Sentencing: FTX Cooperators

    Now that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an $11 billion fraud on the collapsed crypto exchange, it's time for the three top lieutenants who testified against him at trial to face their own judgments — and experts say the cooperators are well positioned to avoid jail time.

  • March 29, 2024

    Dominion Wants County Sanctioned In Voting Machine Row

    Dominion Voting Systems Inc. wants a Pennsylvania county to pay its legal bills over allegedly rehashed claims that its voting machines had security issues in violation of the county's contract, since a federal court had already tossed those claims.

  • March 29, 2024

    DraftKings Rips Former Exec's 'Lies' In Ongoing Fanatics Spat

    Former DraftKings executive Michael Hermalyn lied in his opposition last week to its preliminary injunction request, just as he had during his departure to rival Fanatics and throughout a trade secrets and breach of contract suit against him, the company has told a Massachusetts federal court in defending its injunction request.

  • March 29, 2024

    8 States Seek $122M After Robocaller Allegedly Ignored Ban

    Attorneys general from eight states urged a federal judge to modify an existing injunction barring a businessman from engaging in robocalling or telemarketing campaigns, asserting he has violated that order, should be held in contempt and must pay $122 million.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Navigating The FCC's Rules On AI-Generated Robocall Voices

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    The Federal Communications Commission's declaratory ruling issued last week extends the agency's regulatory reach under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to calls that use artificial intelligence technology to generate voices, laying out a compliance roadmap, but not making AI-cloned voices in robocalls illegal per se, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Despite Risks, AI Is A Worthy Tool For Healthcare Industry

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    Artificial intelligence appears to provide a productive path forward for the healthcare industry, improving economic and human health outcomes, though companies must continue to address certain technology and compliance pain points, says Sarah Abrams at Bowhead Specialty Underwriters.

  • Bitcoin ETF Approval Doesn't Mean SEC Approves Of Crypto

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval last month of 11 applications for spot exchange-traded funds tracking bitcoin is a landmark moment for the crypto-asset industry, investors who are hopeful that the SEC will approve similar crypto-based ETFs may be disappointed, says attorneys at Mintz.

  • Key Considerations For Evaluating An AI Vendor

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    As artificial intelligence technology advances across industries, businesses can mitigate risks, while maximizing the value of their investment, by evaluating technology, expertise, support services, transparency and more when selecting an AI vendor, say Rahul Kapoor and Shokoh Yaghoubi at Morgan Lewis.

  • SAG-AFTRA Contract Is A Landmark For AI And IP Interplay

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    SAG-AFTRA's recently ratified contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers introduced a framework to safeguard performers' intellectual property rights and set the stage for future discussions on how those rights interact with artificial intelligence — which should put entertainment businesses on alert for compliance, says Evynne Grover at QBE.

  • FTC AI Inquiry Signals Intensified Focus On Emerging Tech

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent inquiry into investments and partnerships between Big Tech companies and artificial intelligence startups appears to be directed at guiding future enforcement decisions in competition, privacy and consumer protection — and three principles discussed at a related tech summit give insight on the agency's approach, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

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