Cybersecurity

US court approves “modest” Facebook data breach deal

A San Francisco federal judge has approved a non-monetary settlement between plaintiffs and Facebook over a 2018 data breach, but said the fees sought by class counsel are too steep for such a “modest” settlement.

10 May 2021

Contact-tracing breach victims sue Pennsylvania health department

The government department and contractor managing Pennsylvania’s covid-19 contact-tracing programme have been sued after disclosing a data breach that exposed around 70,000 residents’ sensitive information.

07 May 2021

Verizon selling Yahoo! for $5 billion after failed data strategy

Verizon is selling Yahoo! and AOL for about $5 billion some five years after buying them for nearly the same price, in a deal seen by some as an admission that the telecoms giant’s data and digital advertising strategies were a failure.

05 May 2021

SolarWinds revenue grows in wake of massive breach

Software vendor SolarWinds has seen its revenue grow, retained most of its customers, and has yet to be sued following the massive cyberattack against the company, according to the firm’s latest quarterly financial results.

30 April 2021

UK Supreme Court scrutinises Google class action claimant arguments

Top judges have appeared sceptical that claimants can recover damages if Google breached data protection laws by causing them to lose control of their data.

29 April 2021

US defends sanctions against Chinese data processing company

The US Department of Justice has urged a court to reject Luokung Technology Corp’s attempt to obtain a temporary reprieve from Trump-era sanctions imposed over alleged links to China’s military.

22 April 2021

Biden administration mulls an end to TikTok and WeChat litigation

The Biden administration has said that it may end Trump’s campaign to ban TikTok and WeChat from the US.

19 April 2021

US and UK blame SolarWinds hack on Russian government

US President Joe Biden has expelled 10 Russian diplomats and imposed a new round of sanctions on the country after the FBI and two other agencies determined that Russia’s government helped facilitate the SolarWinds hack.

16 April 2021

Facebook faces Irish GDPR collective claim

An NGO plans to file collective proceedings against Facebook in the wake of the social media platform’s leak of 533 million individuals’ data – but the litigation may require an unusual level of upfront commitment from potential claimants.

16 April 2021

Florida House of Representatives committee preserves private right of action

Florida’s House Commerce Committee has passed privacy legislation that allows residents to sue companies for violations, leaving two competing bills for lawmakers to consider before they adjourn at the end of the month – one with a private right of action, and one without.

15 April 2021

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