Cybersecurity

Equifax class action pulled

A claimant suing Equifax on behalf of a class of allegedly affected data subjects has withdrawn from bringing the lawsuit as a representative action.

03 April 2020

Morrisons not liable for rogue employee data breach

In a landmark ruling, the UK’s highest court has cleared UK supermarket Morrisons of vicarious liability for the actions of a rogue employee – but claimants in other cases may still be able to hold data controllers indirectly liable.

01 April 2020

Plaintiffs given second shot in Intel chip flaw case

A US judge has dismissed claims against Intel over alleged data security failings in its computer chips – but the case will continue.

30 March 2020

US health department won’t penalise breaches during covid-19 crisis

The US Department of Health and Human Services will not enforce against healthcare providers that suffer a data breach while using telemedicine in “good faith” during the covid-19 pandemic, according to guidance released by the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

27 March 2020

Translation company data misuse lawsuit to continue

A Manhattan federal judge has refused to dismiss allegations that a translation company illegally acquired confidential data held in a Credit Suisse data room during a potential takeover – but ended part of the lawsuit that relied on computer fraud allegations.

24 March 2020

Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US tech start-up

Citing data privacy and national security concerns, US President Donald Trump has blocked a Chinese company from acquiring a US tech startup and accessing its data – a decision the companies say they disagree with, but nevertheless will abide by.

20 March 2020

The rise of data breach group litigation

Signature Litigation partner Thomas Rouhette and senior associate Mathilde Gérot examine the state of data breach class actions in Europe.

18 March 2020

First ICO GDPR fine appealed

GDR can reveal that Pharmacy Doorstep Dispensaree is challenging the UK data watchdog’s decision to fine it under the GDPR.

13 March 2020

Vermont AG uses data broker law to sue Clearview

Vermont’s attorney general has invoked the state’s relatively new data broker legislation in proceedings against Clearview AI, as part of a lawsuit alleging the company’s screen-scraping practices violated the law’s prohibition on the fraudulent acquisition of data.

11 March 2020

Clearview and Cambridge Analytica loom over LinkedIn scraping appeal

A LinkedIn US Supreme Court appeal has attacked a judgment that upheld a startup’s right to scrape its users’ public data, warning that it blocks many internet companies from relying on key federal legislation to prevent “free riding by parasitic would-be competitors”.

10 March 2020

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