As reported by Law360 (subscription), Lieff Cabraser has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in California alleging that financial tech start up Plaid Inc. stole Venmo and Stripe users’ personal banking data and sold that data to third party apps without the users’ consent in violation of federal and state privacy laws. Plaid, which recently agreed to be acquired by global payments behemoth Visa for $5.3 billion, provides third-party bank account authentication services for several well-known payment and investment apps, including Venmo, Coinbase, Square’s Cash App, and Stripe. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer has granted final approval to a $13 million settlement over Google’s illegal gathering of network data via its Street View vehicle fleet. Given the difficulties of assessing precise individual harms, the innovative settlement, which is intended in part to disincentivize companies like Google from future privacy violations, will distribute its monies to eight nonprofit organizations with a history of addressing online consumer privacy issues. [Read more…]
The 11th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery: Discovery in a Dynamic Digital World will be taking place in Houston, Texas from March 2-3, 2017. Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin is co-chairing this event, and will also be speaking on the panel, “Discovery from Overseas: Navigating the Turbulent Data Protection Regulation Waters.” Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman is also a featured panelist, and will be discussing “Privacy, Security, and Data Protection in Discovery.” [Read more…]
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.
Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin has been selected to serve as a panelist at the second annual Innovation in eDiscovery Conference, sponsored by Sandpiper Partners, on December 9, 2015 in New York City at The Yale Club. Panel topics will include new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), the utilization of “smart devices,” and advanced methods of communication, data protection, social media, and privacy. Ms. Martin will be participating on the panels titled “How Will New Rule 26(b)(1) on Proportionality Impact Search and the Use of Search Technology?” and “New Forms of Communication and Data Protection.” [Read more…]