A judgment from the Court of Appeal on 7 February 2014 in the case of Edem v The information Commissioner & Financial Services Authority  EWCA Civ 92, has held that “a name is personal data unless it is so common that without further information, such as its use in a work context, a person would remain unidentifiable despite its disclosure” (see paragraph 20 of judgment).
The recent cyber attack against Target stands as one of the largest and most public cyber attacks in history. Prior to December 2013, that unfortunate distinction may have belonged to Sony which, in 2011, suffered a breach that compromised at least 70 million user accounts.
A Florida appellate court has ruled that a teenaged daughter’s post on Facebook mentioning her father’s confidential settlement of an age discrimination claim breached a confidentiality provision in the settlement agreement, barring the father from collecting an $80,000 settlement.
We’ve seen it on other issues and we’re seeing it again with respect to creating a national data breach law: Congress can be quick to react to a major incident, but their follow-through isn’t always the best. Right now, we’re in the reaction phase with a data breach law as Congress has put forth five pieces of legislation on the matter.
Social networking website Meetup.com is fighting a sustained battle against cyber attackers who are demanding only $300 to call off a campaign that has kept the site offline for much of the past four days.
Decision Holds “Prior Express Consent” to Send Transactional Text Messages is Present When Consumer Simply Provides Their Mobile Number; District Courts Split On Issue
In a recent decision, United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson granted summary judgment to defendant Sabre Inc. (“Sabre”) on the basis that the plaintiff provided her “prior express consent” to receive text messages simply by providing her mobile number on a contact form.
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to be active in its review of employer social media policies.
On January 24, 2014, in a case filed against Facebook by German consumer protection association VZBV, the Berlin Court of Appeal (“Court”) upheld a lower court ruling that Facebook’s “Friend Finder” function is unlawful.
There’s been a lot of talk about big data over the last few years and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have many companies running in circles trying to figure out how to protect their systems and their data.
Brian Krebs is a must-follow on Twitter. Krebs, an independent investigative journalist who writes about computer crime for his website, and previously wrote for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, tweeted this over the weekend.