Scandal-plagued News Corp. Faces Lawsuits
Much ado has been made in recent weeks about the FTC's Do Not Track proposal, the push from Congress to protect consumers, and the response from Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, as well as the online ad industry, about the risks and rewards of self-regulation.
On February 10, 2011, the New York City public hospital system filed a lawsuit against its records management contractor over allegations that the contractor permitted the theft of unencrypted data tapes storing health information and other personal data on some 1.7 million patients and staff.
Last week, the federal government fined Cignet Health (Maryland) $43 million for violating the privacy rights of 41 patients by denying them access to their medical records.
California State Senator, Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), who authored the state's existing data breach law in 2002, has introduced Senate Bill 24 to strengthen the content of notices provided to individuals when their personal information has been hacked, stolen or lost.
Last week's vote by the FCC on net neutrality rules raises new concerns and resolves very little about keeping an open internet.
A recent analysis of the past year's data breaches by Imperva concludes that, in 2010, there has been a nearly 200 increase over 2009.
A recent federal case in the Middle District of Tennessee highlights a split among federal circuit courts over the interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's (CFAA) civil cause of action for access of a protected computer without authorization or that exceeds the scope of permitted authorization.
In the recent federal case in the Middle District of Tennessee, ReMedPar, Inc v AllParts Med, LLC, a split among federal circuit courts is apparent regarding the interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's (CFAA) civil cause of action for accessing a protected computer without authorization or exceeding the scope of permitted authorization.
This week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously ruled on a novel issue of privacy law, holding that an employee has a reasonable expectation of privacy in e-mail communications with her attorney sent and received through a personal, web-based e-mail account even though the account is accessed on an employer-issued computer.