Disputes

FTC acting chief hints at hardline enforcement approach

Acting US Federal Trade Commission chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has suggested the agency should use its full arsenal to tackle companies that have grown powerful off the back of troves of consumer data.

11 February 2021

Airline and travel site battle over venue for data scraping lawsuit

A major US airline has accused a travel site of scraping proprietary flight data to fuel its business – but the travel site is looking to move the case to what could be a friendlier legal venue.

09 February 2021

Competing Facebook class action filed in the UK

A writer and campaigner has sued Facebook on behalf of individuals allegedly affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, potentially setting the stage for a clash with a similar class action filed two months beforehand.

09 February 2021

The BA class action in numbers

A recent ruling in the UK British Airways GDPR data breach class action shows that only a small fraction of potential claimants have signed up – but the lawsuit could still be worth tens or hundreds of millions of pounds.

08 February 2021

US court finds LabMD in contempt

A US federal judge has found medical research firm LabMD to be in contempt of court for failing to pay fees associated with a long-running legal battle against a cybersecurity firm.

08 February 2021

Platform sued for holding loan data “ransom”

Mortgage company Caliber Home Loans claims that its mortgage data processor has threatened to hold its information “hostage”, with serious potential consequences.

05 February 2021

Judge denies Google’s second bid to dismiss state AG COPPA lawsuit

An Albuquerque federal court has denied Google’s motion to dismiss claims from the state’s attorney general that the company violated children’s privacy – the second time in about 10 months that Google has failed to quash the lawsuit.

04 February 2021

Interest groups urge appeal court to overturn Microsoft secrecy order

Interest groups ranging from journalists to businesses and former prosecutors urged a US appeal court to overturn a nondisclosure order that prevents Microsoft from telling a corporate client about a government warrant for its data.

28 January 2021

Facebook geolocation lawsuit dismissed for failure to file

A San Francisco federal court has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly collecting geolocation data without consent after the case’s lead plaintiff failed to file an amended complaint – but a similar lawsuit against the social media company remains intact.

27 January 2021

Australian privacy mass action payouts underway

An Australian government department may be forced to pay millions in compensation to victims of a data breach in a class action-style settlement.

27 January 2021

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