Privacy, Data & Cyber Law


Facing a Flood of BIPA Lawsuits
June 15, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
As New York continues the process of reopening and individuals, families, and businesses, as well as the courts, adjust to the “new normal” of living in a world still fighting the coronavirus, internet- and technology-related privacy and security issues are at the top of many lawyers’ and corporate executives’ minds. Certainly privacy and security breach …
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Ransomware Attacks Continue Unabated in the Era of COVID
June 10, 2020 | Marc S. Ullman | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
On June 9, the Beazley Group, a specialty insurer affiliated with Lloyd’s Underwriters, issued a pointed reminder that, as we continue to fight the global pandemic of COVID-19, the cyber pandemic of ransomware continues. According to Beazley’s Breach Response Services group, ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 25% compared to Q4 …
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Alert Offers Guidance against Coronavirus-Related Cyber Crimes
April 14, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
It seems that, even in the worst of times, cyber criminals will find a way to exploit the situation to their advantage. The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) have jointly issued Alert (AA20-099A) entitled. “COVID-19 Exploited by Bad Actors.”  …
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Protect Your Videoconference from the ‘Zoombombing’ Epidemic
April 1, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
The New York Times reported that New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter to Zoom Video Conferencing, Inc. asking it to address recent challenges to its data privacy and security practices. One security problem that the letter discussed was the infiltration of hackers into the Zoom videoconference platform in a practice referred to …
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DOJ Takes First Action against COVID-19 Fraud
March 24, 2020 | Marc S. Ullman | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
On March 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing its first action against COVID-19 fraudsters: a civil complaint seeking an injunction ordering the website coronavirusmedicalkit.com to shut down while an investigation into the site’s operators continues. According to the complaint, filed in the Western District of Texas, “Information published …
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Cybersecurity Concerns While Working Remotely
March 17, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
Cyber criminals around the globe have quickly exploited the corona virus pandemic. Over the past several weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of phishing emails asking for donations for fake charities or for individuals to share personal information for epidemiological studies. Reliable sources, such as the World Health Organization, the Center …
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8 Steps to Shoring Up Your Data Privacy Practices
January 28, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
January 28 is National Data Privacy Day, and with it comes a perfect opportunity to evaluate your company’s data privacy practices. American consumers increasingly want the right to control the collection and use of their personal information. Importantly, they also want a means to exercise that right when personal information is wrongfully disclosed. A flurry …
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January 22 Deadline to File Claim in Equifax Settlement
January 16, 2020 | Shari Claire Lewis | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
On January 13, 2020, the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia issued final approval of a settlement of a consumer class action against Equifax for the 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of 147 million consumers. The settlement includes the establishment of a reimbursement fund of $380.5 million, as well as …
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FTC Acts on Online Privacy, With State Laws Looming
December 17, 2019 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
In 2019, businesses learned that they could no longer hide from the inherent tension between commercial use of individual data and individual privacy interests. Over the past month or so, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a number of notable privacy-related actions against a host of companies regarding what it considered to be their problematic …
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Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report – From the Courts
December 3, 2019 | Jay D. Kenigsberg | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
A number of courts recently have considered issues relating to individuals’ privacy, the First Amendment, and the public’s right to know. Here, Jay D. Kenigsberg reviews and examines several notable decisions involving these subjects. Montana Supreme Court Reverses Order to Release College Student’s Educational Records The Supreme Court of Montana[1] has reversed a trial court’s …
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