Privacy Risk Report

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Todd Rowe

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 →

Responses To Large-Scale Breaches, Such As Equifax, May Need To Be Analyzed In “Phases” By Data Collectors

The best strategy for data collectors to prepare a breach response plan may be to look at what others did right and wrong in response to a cyber incident.  After reviewing a number of responses to large-scale data breaches, it… Continue Reading →

New NIST Standards Allow Courts And Legislatures To Learn The Language Of Data

As courts and legislatures around the country struggle with issues related to data breaches, cyber, technology and privacy, they are finding a lack of standards to guide them through their struggles. Of course, a court may struggle to determine whether a duty… Continue Reading →

Law Firm Cyber Attack Is Involved In A “Series Of Mistaken Assumptions”

On June 27, 2017, the law firm DLA Piper (“law firm”) found itself to be one of many of targets of a recent global cyber attack. The attack reportedly did not compromise any client data.  Reports indicate that, even though email… Continue Reading →

Class Action Lawsuit Asks Whether Free Apps Were “Goofy” When They Collected Children’s Data

Toymakers have recently received more than their share of scrutiny concerning the collection, storage and breaches of data belonging to children.  Cases involving this data move past questions of whether a data breach was avoidable and, instead, ask whether certain data… Continue Reading →

2015 Data Breach At Toy Manufacturer VTech Continues To Provide Insight In 2017

On December 1, 2015, VTech Holdings Ltd., a manufacturer of digital toys and telephones, reported that it suffered a data breach on November 14, 2015.  VTech’s “smart toys” breached the personal information of at least 6.4 million children in addition to the… Continue Reading →

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