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Tesla Lawsuit Demonstrates Need To Take Closer Look At “Disruptive” Employees

A recent lawsuit filed by Tesla, Inc. provides a reminder of the potential threat caused by employees and other insiders to data collectors’ security. While there is a balance between proper security and creating a pleasant work environment for employees,… Continue Reading →

No Breach Required: Illinois Court Finds Providing Biometric Data To Vendor Without Proper Consent May Give Rise To Injury

Over the last few years, we have seen a number of common themes and concepts run through privacy cases and legislation.  We have seen plaintiffs struggle with surviving motions to dismiss because they failed to properly allege an injury.  Likewise, we have… Continue Reading →

Tick Tock: A GDPR Primer To Meet The Deadline Next Week

Discussions on privacy laws have taken front and center in recent weeks as European Union (EU) member states begin enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) on May 25, 2018.  As we have been discussing for a while, there is… Continue Reading →

Uber Claims Municipal Cyber Security Regulations Run Over State Attorney General’s Authority

Data collectors have been struggling with the fact that they may be storing data that is subject to various local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Not to mention the fact that data collectors will soon need to also make sure… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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