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Illinois Class Action Suit Highlights Issues When An Employer Allegedly Breaches Employee Data

A class action entitled Wade v. ABM Indus. Inc., 2018 CH 3855 was initiated last week against ABM Industries (“ABM”) in Illinois based on allegations that ABM recently breached its employee’s Personal Information.  In summary, the class action plaintiff claims… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

App Users Throw Transit Provider Under The Bus On Privacy Issues And Use Of Data

A class action complaint was filed against BART, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, on May 22, 2017 in the District Court for the Northern District of California alleging BART created a “clandestine collection of private cell phone… Continue Reading →

Take This Job And Shove It—Oh, But First Can I Get My Family Pictures and iTunes Off My Work Phone?

Technology in the workplace has developed to a point where we now have our personal data and our employer’s data commingled on the same devices.  We may now see employees using work phones to store personal numbers and family pictures… Continue Reading →

Walk the Plank: Court Finds Pirated Cable Programming Not “Data” in Multimedia Liability Policy

In Ellicott City Cable LLC v. AXIS Ins. Co., the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland held the term “data” did not include cable television programming that was accessed without DirecTV’s authorization. The definition of “data” became the… Continue Reading →

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