Privacy Risk Report

Court Finds Virtual Currencies Are “Commodities” Subject To Existing Laws

Unfortunately, the law governing cyber security and privacy issues has not kept pace with the technology giving rise to these issues.   However, a recent decision applying existing law to Bitcoin and other virtual currencies provides insight on how we may… Continue Reading →

California Court Finds Misuse Of Information Is Not A Data Breach

Tax season is quickly becoming peak season for cyber and data incidents.  As seen during every recent tax season, last January the IRS issued warnings about fraudulent inducement scams where a corporate officer’s name is used to fraudulently request employee… Continue Reading →

Ironing Out The Wrinkles In Data Legislation: A Case Study

There should be little dispute that the current patchwork of foreign, federal, state and industry cybersecurity regulations need to be harmonized in order to protect data. While these varying laws and proposed laws can be dizzying even for large corporations, it is… Continue Reading →

One-Size Does Not Fit All: Court Finds Not Every Crime Involving A Computer Is A Cyber Crime

Over the years there have been questions whether the term “cyber” is adequate in light of the exponential growth of privacy law.  First, the term “cyber” tried to do too much when it was used to describe everything from large-scale… Continue Reading →

A Tale Of Two Worlds: 2017 Shows Us That Small Data Collectors May Have Advantages Over Large Data Collectors

Barring a major development in the final weeks of this year, we appear to be ready to close the books on privacy/cyber law for 2017.  Of course, with two weeks left in 2017, there is still time for last-minute data… Continue Reading →

Claims Against Uber In New Lawsuit Show The Potential For Liability Beyond Not Protecting Data

Uber’s technology and business plan has consistently presented a number of interesting privacy issues.   Another interesting privacy issue involving Uber came to light on November 28, 2017 when the City of Chicago and Illinois (“plaintiffs”) filed their Complaint in a… Continue Reading →

Court Refuses To “Bail Out” Data Breach Plaintiffs By Dismissing Bailment Claim

At this point in the development of data breach litigation, it is clear that plaintiffs may be on a sinking ship when they try to establish liability and damages against defendants. In order to meet their burden, a plaintiff must show they… Continue Reading →

It May Be Time To Admit That Criminals Will Outpace Privacy Laws

Cyber criminals’ entire business model is based on developing threats faster than the public can develop safeguards.  Privacy laws are fast becoming the first place data collectors look for guidance when they have suffered a cyber attack.  Unfortunately, the legislatures… Continue Reading →

Even Though Court Finds No Liability For Monitoring Customers, New Products Show Technology Presents Many Thorny Issues

Last week, toymaker Mattel announced that it was not moving forward with its Aristotle product, which has been described as a “kid-focused smart hub.” The device was an artificial intelligence babysitter that could “switch on a night light to soothe a crying baby… Continue Reading →

The Line Between Obligations To Disclose Information And Obligations To Protect Private Information

For many years, governmental bodies and some commercial companies have had a responsibility to provide information conveniently to the public.  Specifically, under Open Records Acts, Freedom of Information Action requests and other similar requirements, many governmental bodies have to provide… Continue Reading →

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