Senators Call for Hearing On Data Security in Wake of Target Data Breach

By | Inside Privacy | December 31, 2013

A number of investigations and inquiries, including a call for a hearing in Congress on December 30, 2013, have been sparked by the announcement by Target Corp. that a massive security breach of approximately 40 million of its customers’ credit and debit card accounts used at brick-and-mortar Target stores occurred between November 27 and extending through at least December 15.

In China, It’s Use It or Lose It or else, Get to Be Well-known: Lessons to Draw from Burberry’s Battle to Defend Its Signature Tartan

By | CovBrands | December 31, 2013

A brand iconic for its tartan-lined raincoats faces stormy weather in China (at least in a metaphoric sense).  Burberry — like other brands with a strong presence in the People’s Republic— confronts the challenge of protecting its trademark under Chinese law, and there are lessons to absorb from its experience. 

Google Street View Class Action Survives: Ninth Circuit Holds Wi-Fi is Not “Radio” Under Wiretap Act

By | Privacy and Security Law Blog | December 31, 2013
Google Street View Class Action Survives:  Ninth Circuit Holds Wi-Fi is Not “Radio” Under Wiretap Act

In the latest development in the Google Street View case, the Ninth Circuit once again upheld the lower court’s decision that Google’s collection of unencrypted Wi-Fi does not fit within an exception to the Wiretap Act that allows the interception and use of “radio transmissions” that are “readily accessible to the public,” although it narrowed the reasoning of its earlier opinion.