Mealey's Data Privacy

  • July 22, 2024

    Claims Trimmed From Remanded Crypto Wallet Data Breach Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — A cryptocurrency wallet firm and two of its business partners saw their motions to dismiss a suit over a 2020 data breach partly granted, as a California federal judge found some claims to be preempted by a forum selection clause and others to be insufficiently pleaded.

  • July 19, 2024

    Judge Tosses Most Of SEC Complaint Over Cyberattack For Failure To Show Falsity

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on July 18 largely dismissed a first-of-its-kind suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against a software company and its head of information security accusing them of issuing false statements about the company’s software that was the target of alleged state-sponsored cyberattacks from Russia, finding that many of the SEC’s claims “impermissibly rely on hindsight and speculation.”

  • July 18, 2024

    Consolidated Class Alleges Negligence, Consumer Fraud Over Mr. Cooper Data Breach

    DALLAS — More than six months after a Texas federal judge consolidated more than a dozen putative class actions against a mortgage servicer Mr. Cooper Group Inc. over a 2023 data breach, the plaintiffs filed a consolidated complaint in which they bring claims for breach of contract, negligence and violation of a bevy of state consumer statutes against the company.

  • July 18, 2024

    Meta Opposes Pixel Privacy Plaintiffs’ Bid To Reopen Discovery Briefing

    SAN FRANCISCO — Disputing that it has reached an impasse with the plaintiffs who sued it for privacy violations related to the Pixel tracking tool, Meta Platforms Inc. asked a California federal court to reject their “manufactured urgency” in discovery proceedings and maintain a magistrate-ordered briefing moratorium while the parties continue discovery negotiations.

  • July 17, 2024

    Judge Dismisses BetterHelp Customers’ Data Privacy Claims With Leave To Amend

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge granted in part and denied in part an online therapy company’s motion to dismiss consolidated class action claims that it violated California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and several other statutes by failing to adequately protect customers’ personal data, finding certain claims insufficiently pleaded but granting the plaintiffs leave to amend.

  • July 16, 2024

    County, Hospital Seek Dismissal Of Suit Over Minor Patient’s Surveillance

    SAN DIEGO — Invasion of privacy, civil rights and other claims against San Diego County, a hospital and other parties over in-hospital surveillance of a suspected child abuse victim merit dismissal for failure to allege specific violations by individual defendants, among other reasons, the defendants tell a California federal court.

  • July 15, 2024

    9th Circuit Affirms Remand Of Data-Sharing Class Claims Against Medical Center

    PASADENA, Calif. — A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed a judge’s ruling remanding putative class action claims for invasion of privacy and violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) against a health care provider based on its usage of various tracking tools in its website and app, finding that federal directives regarding online patient access do not create “federal officer jurisdiction.”

  • July 12, 2024

    On Remand, Judge Dismisses Kids’ Privacy Claims Against YouTube, Google

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California federal magistrate judge court granted YouTube LLC, Google LLC and several YouTube kids’ channel-operators’ motion to dismiss minor plaintiffs’ putative class claims for violating their privacy and consumer protection statutes, including California’s unfair competition law (UCL), by collecting the minors’ personally identifiable information (PII).

  • July 12, 2024

    Anonymous Messaging App And Founders Must Pay $5M, Ban Minors Under Consent Order

    LOS ANGELES — The Federal Trade Commission and the state of California jointly filed a consent order in California federal court with a company that operates an anonymous messaging app and two of its founders requiring the defendants to pay $5 million and permanently enjoining the company from allowing minors to use its app, resolving claims that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws.

  • July 10, 2024

    Insurer Disputes Coverage For BIPA Suits Over Food Phone Orders Handled By AI

    CHICAGO — A businessowners insurer filed suit in an Illinois federal court seeking a declaratory judgment that it owes no coverage for two underlying putative class action lawsuits alleging that its insured and two franchise restaurants violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when they used the insured’s voice artificial intelligence technology to handle phone orders from customers.

  • July 09, 2024

    In Camera Review Ordered Of Clawed-Back Documents In Amazon Alexa Privacy Suit

    SEATTLE — A Washington federal judge on July 8 found that plaintiffs who sued Amazon.com Inc. over the unauthorized recording and retention of private conversations sufficiently established “a good faith belief” that at least some of the more than 2,000 documents that the defendant clawed back from its discovery production were improperly withheld as privileged, granting their motion for in camera review of those documents.

  • June 28, 2024

    WhatsApp Seeks Letter Rogatory To Depose Spyware Firm’s Israel-Based Employees

    OAKLAND, Calif. — In its motion for issuance of a letter rogatory to obtain the testimony of 11 witnesses residing in Israel, WhatsApp Inc. represents that these past and present employees of NSO Group Technologies Limited “have relevant information regarding” the company’s  purported computer fraud, complaining that the defendant “has refused to make them available for depositions.”

  • June 26, 2024

    $7.25 Million Settlement Of Lincare Data Breach Receives Final Approval

    TAMPA, Fla. — Two years after Lincare Holdings Inc. was first hit with class claims over a data breach that it experienced in 2021, a Florida federal magistrate judge granted final approval to a settlement with a group of the company’s patients that will provide $7.25 million to cover class members’ claims, attorney fees and other costs and relief.

  • June 25, 2024

    Judge Vacates HHS Rule Over Health Care Providers’ Use Of Tracking Technology

    FORT WORTH, Texas — A standard established in two recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services subagency bulletins for determining when online tracking technology has gathered internet users’ individually identifiable health information (IIHI) in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was vacated by a Texas federal judge, who found that the guidance exceeded HHS’s authority under HIPAA and ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

  • June 24, 2024

    Judge Won’t Dismiss Hunter Biden’s Lawsuit Against Poster Of Laptop Files

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge denied an activist and his organization’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by the son of President Joseph R. Biden for allegedly violating computer fraud laws and California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by posting data from his personal electronic devices online and creating a searchable database of its content.

  • June 21, 2024

    Stalking Victims Defend UCL Claims Against Apple Over AirTag Use

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of putative class plaintiffs who claim that Apple Inc.’s “AirTag” tracking devices were used to stalk them oppose Apple Inc.’s motion to dismiss their second amended complaint (SAC), asserting that they have cured pleading deficiencies identified by a California federal court and have sufficiently alleged injury under California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and established that California law applies to both in-state and out-of-state plaintiffs.

  • June 21, 2024

    Golden Corral Employees File Consolidated Complaint Over 2023 Data Breach

    RALEIGH, N.C. — One month after six lawsuits against Golden Corral Corp. were consolidated in North Carolina federal court, a group of its present and former employees on June 20 filed a consolidated complaint alleging that the restaurant chain acted negligently by not properly protecting their personally identifiable information (PII) from a data breach that they assert could have been avoided if the company had employed proper security measures.

  • June 21, 2024

    Judge Allows Minors’ Data Collection Claims Against Google And Subsidiaries

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge denied Google LLC and its advertising subsidiaries’ motion to dismiss a nationwide putative class action brought against them by minors for collecting their personal data before the age of 13 in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other states’ consumer protection laws.

  • June 19, 2024

    Judge Rejects AI Hiring Firm’s Attack On Class Jurisdiction Ruling

    CHICAGO — An artificial intelligence hiring platform’s contacts in Illinois satisfy Ford Motor Co. v. Mont. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct. and provide for jurisdiction in the state, a federal judge said June 18 in denying a motion for reconsideration of a ruling denying a motion to dismiss.

  • June 19, 2024

    Star Tribune’s $2.9M Video Privacy Protection Act Class Settlement Granted Final OK

    MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota granted final approval of a $2.9 million settlement to be paid by Star Tribune Media Co. LLC to end class claims alleging that it violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) when it shared its website subscribers’ video viewing history with Facebook.

  • June 18, 2024

    AI Identification Of Child Pornography At Issue In Police Search Case

    WAUKESHA, Wis. — An internet company’s artificial intelligence’s flagging of a social media video as suspected child pornography didn’t give a detective sufficient grounds to view the video, and a judge properly excluded the resulting search of a cellphone, a criminal defendant tells a Wisconsin appellate court in defending exclusion of the evidence against him.

  • June 17, 2024

    Plaintiffs Won’t Amend Privacy Action Involving ChatGPT After Dismissal

    SAN FRANCISCO — Plaintiffs confronted with a court ruling finding their privacy and California unfair competition law (UCL) action involving artificial intelligence raises policy concerns more appropriate in a town hall than a courtroom told a federal judge in California on June 14 that they will not amend their complaint and asked the court to close the case.

  • June 10, 2024

    High Court Grants Facebook Cert Bid To Consider Disclosure Requirements

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 10 granted a petition for a writ of certiorari from the social media giant formerly known as Facebook Inc., agreeing to consider whether the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals widened a circuit split when it found that publicly traded companies must disclose that risks materialized in the past even if the risks do not continue to have the potential to harm investors.

  • June 10, 2024

    Delaware Vice Chancellor: Shareholder Does Not Show Presuit Demand Was Futile

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A vice chancellor in the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a shareholder’s derivative complaint alleging that a telecommunications company failed to prevent its parent company’s alleged scheme to centralize customer data to train artificial intelligence must be dismissed, finding that the shareholder failed to show that making a demand on the board would have been futile.

  • June 07, 2024

    High Court Wants Officials’ Response To Petition Over Texas Drone Use Law

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court requested a response from three Texas officials, two of whom had previously opted against filing opposition briefs, to a petition for certiorari in which a journalist and a photographer association claim that a Texas law that curbs the use of drones for aerial photography violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.