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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Recent Litigation Provides Example of Password Being Possibly Too Safe

It is evident that password security is one economical way to decrease the chances of a cyber incident, but recent litigation sheds light on a situation involving a password having too much protection. The American College of Education (ACE), which… Continue Reading →

Cyber Insurance Can Develop Without Centralized Cyber Law

For years there has been a discussion over whether data breaches and cyber security can eventually be regulated by centralized laws rather than various state and federal laws and regulations. Even in October 2014, President Obama called upon Congress to… Continue Reading →

Nothing to See Here: Underreporting Cyber Security Incidents Impacts Cyber Insurance

Data indicates that large-scale data breaches in 2015 alone resulted in the exposure of approximately 429 million personal records. However, these estimates are too low because many data breaches are not reported. In fact, the “real number” of exposed personal… Continue Reading →

The Future Is Now: Court Finds No Coverage Under Cyber Policy for P.F. Chang’s Data Breach

In 2014, P.F. Chang’s experienced a credit card breach involving a number of its restaurants that culminated in numerous lawsuits nationwide. The ensuing litigation related to this data breach provided significant insight into what would become the important issues in data… Continue Reading →

Hackers See You When You’re Sleeping–Hackers Know When You’re Awake: Major Data Breach Involving Children’s Information and Pictures Calls Smart Toys Further Into Question

As we go into the holiday shopping season, many questions arise about whether “smart toys,” which store sensitive data regarding children, are secure from hackers. Children are high-valued targets for hackers because they have clean credit reports and their credit histories likely… Continue Reading →

Anonymous and Other Hackers vs. ISIS: Cyber Security Implications

Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed more than 100 people in Paris, the hacking group Anonymous used an unverified video declaring war on ISIS. In a video posted to YouTube, an Anonymous… Continue Reading →

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