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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 →

Square Pegs: Recent Case Shows Problems With Fitting Cyber Liability Claims Into Law That Is “A Bit Dated”

Many litigants are struggling with how to fit the “square peg” of cyber security claims into the “round hole” of law that may have been around for a number of decades.  One recent example was seen on June 27, 2017, when… Continue Reading →

Through Thick And Thin: Anthem Breach Shows Lasting Commitment For Data Breach Cases

There should be little question that data breach litigation will continue to present unique issues for courts.  However, we are also starting to see a trend showing settlements in data breach litigation may present novel issues.  For example, the documents publicly available related… Continue Reading →

P.F. Chang’s Leftovers: District Court Refuses To Address Motion To Dismiss Again After Seventh Circuit Finds Plaintiffs Have Standing In Data Breach Case

The threshold question in data breach lawsuits has been whether a litigant has “standing” to bring a cause of action against the party that allegedly caused a breach. This hurdle for litigants rises out of Article III of the Constitution that… Continue Reading →

Illinois Court Struggles With Biometric Information Stored On The “Cloud”

Last week, we analyzed Rivera v. Google Inc., 16 C 02714 (N.D. Ill 2016), a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which examined the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.)…. Continue Reading →

Face It, We Are Going To See A Lot Of The Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act In Courts

Over the last few weeks, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.) has presented a number of unique questions for courts.  On February 14, 2017, we addressed Vigil v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., where the U.S. District Court… Continue Reading →

Use of Biometric Data Enters the Courts

The Privacy Risk Report has previously reported on the necessity to safeguard personal information such as names, addresses, social security numbers and credit card information to avoid risk resulting from data breaches. The latest trend we are seeing now involves… Continue Reading →

Court Finds Whistleblower Protection Act Offers No Protection for Auditor That Reports Data Security Issues

On January 19, 2017, in Pratt v. M & T Bank Corp., the U.S. District Court for Delaware found an information technology auditor at M & T Bank could not support his Delaware Whistleblower Protection Act (the Act) claim with… Continue Reading →

Data Breach Litigation Evolves, Allows the Breaching Entity and the Breaching Entity’s Data Security Vendors to be Named as Defendants

To date, the key question in data breach litigation has been whether plaintiffs can demonstrate that they suffered damages and, therefore, have standing to bring suit. In just the last two weeks courts have rendered decisions on whether data breach… Continue Reading →

Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt at “Selectively Reading” Property Policy to Cover Data Breach

In Camp’s Grocery, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 4:16-cv-00204 (October 25, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama granted summary judgment to defendant State Farm and denied plaintiff Camp’s Grocery (Camp’s) cross-motion to… Continue Reading →

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