Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is once again warning toy makers that their products must adhere to children’s privacy rules. In the wake of widespread media reports highlighting privacy dangers in child toys, including the exposure of voice recordings in toy pets and child data leaked from mobile apps and games, there has been increased scrutiny from lawmakers regarding the invasion of children’s privacy. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Announce $115 Million Proposed Class Action Settlement In Anthem Data Breach Litigation

$115 million Anthem settlement

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over the 2015 cyberattack of health insurer Anthem, Inc., involving the theft of the personal information of 78.8 million people. The $115 million settlement, if approved by the Court, will be the largest data breach settlement in history. [Read more…]

Trump Administration Guts US Internet Consumer Privacy Rules Even as Illegal Harvesting of Children’s Data By Game and App Studios Continues

Help stop illegal child data collection

Even as the Trump administration eliminated significant privacy protections enacted by the FCC under Obama to expose the browsing information of hundreds of millions of Americans, the broadband industry and its Washington insider allies have leapt in to trumpet what a great thing it is to let Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, et al. monitor and sell info about our every step online. This includes the now-permissible passive tracking of adult activity across apps and devices that is still illegal when applied to kid’s data under special separate laws enacted to protect children. [Read more…]

Focus On: Law360 Privacy Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Focus On: Law360 Privacy Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Law360 has published an in-depth review of Lieff Cabraser’s Digital Privacy and Data Protection practice group, selected by the publication as a “Practice Group of the Year.” As the publication noted, “In the rapidly evolving legal realm of digital privacy, Lieff Cabraser is going up against big names like Google and Facebook in digital privacy class actions and representing plaintiffs in the fallout from headline-grabbing data breaches at companies like Anthem and Sony Pictures Entertainment.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for Consumer Protection & Privacy

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the categories of Consumer Protection and Privacy. This prestigious recognition honors “law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.” The legal publication chose 157 groups among 34 different practice areas as winners of the award. [Read more…]

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

Class Action Settlement Announced in Google Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in the class action digital privacy litigation against Google Inc. regarding claims that the popular Gmail service scanned some outgoing user email messages to build marketing profiles and serve targeted ads. [Read more…]

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 (subscription) entitled “Spokeo Still Standing: No Sign Of A Circuit Split,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman review the U.S. Supreme Court’s May decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision “reaffirmed that, under principles of federal jurisdiction, invasions of privacy give plaintiffs standing to assert their rights in federal court,” wrote Diamand and Kaufman. [Read more…]

Are Toymakers Allowing Your Kids to be Tracked Online?

Are Toymakers Allowing Your Kids to be Tracked Online?

Major toymakers have been accused of permitting third-party vendors, including marketing and advertising companies, to track the online activities of children on their websites. Viacom Inc.; Mattel Inc., Hasbro Inc.; and JumpStart Games Inc. have been charged with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). These toymakers will pay a combined fine of $835,000 for their wrongdoing. [Read more…]

Nicholas Diamand Elected Chair of AAJ Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group

Nicholas Diamand Elected Chair of AAJ Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group

At the American Association for Justice’s 2016 annual conference, Lieff Cabraser partner Nicholas Diamand was elected Chair of the AAJ’s Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group. [Read more…]

Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers (Expert Analysis in Law360)

Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman on Spokeo

In an expert analysis article published by Law360 (subscription) entitled “Spotlight on Spokeo: A Win for Consumers,” Lieff Cabraser attorneys Nicholas Diamand and Andrew Kaufman provide a detailed review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision with respect to Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, et al. The decision has been hailed as a win for the plaintiffs bar, reaffirming that individuals harmed by illegal conduct have the right to defend their privacy rights. [Read more…]

Plaintiff Class Seeks Certification in Facebook Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

Plaintiff Class Seeks Certification in Facebook Message Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

At a March 16 hearing, U.S. District Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton heard arguments from user and company attorneys with regard to whether or not she should certify a class action against Facebook Inc. for claims of privacy violations. Plaintiffs accuse the social media giant of unlawfully scanning users’ personal and private direct messages without their consent to capture data on web links.

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Court Approves $13 Million Settlement in “Add Connections” LinkedIn Lawsuit

Court Approves $13 Million Settlement in "Add Connections" LinkedIn Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to a $13 million settlement against LinkedIn reached last fall. Plaintiffs said the popular businesses networking company was spamming users’ email with too many invitations regarding its services without proper consent, reported Bloomberg BNA.

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California Personal Data Breaches Top 24 Million

California Personal Data Breaches Top 24 Million

Nearly three in five individuals residing in California became victims of a data breach in 2015, according to the California Data Breach Report published this month. The number of data breaches has increased over time, going from 131 incidents reported in 2012 (involving the records of 2.6 million Californians) to 178 breaches in 2015 with over 24 million records and individuals affected. [Read more…]

Federal Government, Apple Clash Over Cell Phone Data Access and Security

Apple Federal Court Order Sheds Light on Digital Privacy

FBI San Bernardino terrorism investigation runs up against privacy rights

Following a deadly terrorist attack that killed 14 Americans in late 2015, a federal judge has ordered Apple to create software to override digital security functions on the iPhones of the alleged perpetrators, setting off a huge controversy around digital security, privacy rights, and the government’s reach in criminal investigations.

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No, VTech Cannot Simply Absolve Itself of Security Responsibility

VTech Cannot Simply Absolve Itself of Security Responsibility

Tech blogger Troy Hunt has published a scathing piece on Hong Kong-based electronic toy maker VTech for what he calls “allowing itself to be hacked” in November 2015, resulting in the exposure of the personal information of more than 2.8 million children. Though bad now, the damage may well grow far worse as the hackers store this data against the children coming of age over the next few years, at which point their adult status will skyrocket the potential harm as accounts and other financial operations may be made in their names and with their full identity records.

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Internet-Connected Toys for Kids Risk Exposure to Hackers

Internet-Connected Toys for Kids Risk Exposure to Hackers

Security issues and flaws relating to Internet-connected children’s toys are on the rise. Last year, more than 6 million children’s names, ages, and genders were disclosed when the leading manufacturer and distributor of digital learning toys, VTech, suffered a simple but devastating hack to its databases. A similar attack on allegedly insecure data stores affected Hello Kitty’s San Rio Town in late 2015 as well. [Read more…]

Northern District Practice Program Digital Privacy Panel Discussion

Digital Privacy Panel Discussion

The Northern District Practice Program is presenting a Digital Privacy Panel Discussion on November 10, 2015 at the U.S. District Court Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. The Panel will discuss civil and criminal issues and will be moderated by Chris Hoofnagle, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law). [Read more…]

Suit Against Sony for Failure to Safeguard Confidential Employee Data Advances

This week U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner held that employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, whose personal information was exposed in last year’s well publicized data breach may bring claims against Sony for its alleged failure to take reasonable steps to secure the information.

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