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Here It Is: The Decision That Tells Data Collectors Exactly What They Should Have Known Before They Had A Breach

The March 26, 2018 decision in Hopper v. Schletter Inc., 17-cv-01, 2018 WL 1472485 (W.D. North Carolina 2018) leaves no question that courts are now prepared to hold employers liable if they disclose their employees’ information by mistake. And, if… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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