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A Rock And A Hard Place: Recent Decision Addresses Competing Regulations For The Same Private Information

For a number of years, it has been clear that data collectors face a patchwork of privacy regulations that may give rise to contradictory obligations. A recent case involving the disclosure of private information of student loan borrowers provides one of… Continue Reading →

New ABA Formal Opinion Indicates Data Breach May Present Ethical Issue for Lawyers

On October 17, 2018, the American Bar Association published Formal Opinion (“F.O. 483) to directly address cyber security for lawyers. Specifically, F.O. 483 provides guidance on “attorney’s ethical obligations when a data breach exposes client confidential information.”  As an initial… Continue Reading →

Another Court Finds No Coverage Under CGL Insurance Policy for Data Breach

While some courts have found coverage for data breach claims under CGL policies, there should be little dispute that the best way to limit risk is to obtain a cyber policy rather than hoping for coverage under a CGL policy…. 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 →

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 →

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