The U.S. Justice Department has filed new charges against Huawei and several of its subsidiaries, plus its CFO, accusing them of engaging in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from American companies.
Four members of China's People's Liberation Army have been indicted for allegedly hacking Equifax in 2017 and stealing the personal data of over 145 million Americans as well as a vast trove of the company's trade secrets and intellectual property, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.
Canada's privacy commissioner is taking Facebook to court to try to force the social network to make specific changes to its privacy practices. The regulator has no power to issue fines or binding orders, meaning it must petition the federal court to force Facebook to make changes.
After winning court approval this week, the Federal Trade Commission shuttered over 200 websites that it says fraudulently claimed to offer government services, such as drivers' license renewals or verification of public benefits, for a fee.
A federal judge has ruled that an insurer providing a "business owner's insurance policy" to a company that sustained a ransomware attack and was forced to replace most of its IT infrastructure must pay for the damages the security incident caused.
Apple previously scuttled plans to add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups, Reuters reports, noting that such a move would have complicated law enforcement investigations. But the apparent olive branch hasn't caused the U.S. government to stop vilifying strong encryption and the technology giants that provide it.
A federal judge in Atlanta has given final approval to a settlement that resolves a class action lawsuit against credit bureau Equifax, which in 2017 suffered one of the largest data breaches in history. The minimum cost to Equifax will be $1.38 billion.
Six months after Facebook agreed to a landmark privacy settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that resulted in a $5 billion fine, a federal judge is still considering objections from advocacy groups that claim the deal doesn't go far enough.
The Maze gang crypto-locked Georgia cable and wire manufacturer Southwire's systems and publicly dumped stolen data to try to force it to pay a ransom. In response, Southwire has sued its attackers and obtained a court order in Ireland that knocks the gang's "name and shame" site offline.
While Congress is unlikely to pass major new national cybersecurity legislation in an election year, federal regulators and state attorneys general will be busy addressing evolving health data privacy and security issues in 2020, predicts attorney Marcus Christian of the law firm Mayer Brown.
While CCPA has drawn the biggest headlines when it comes to new U.S. privacy laws, businesses and consumers should also take notice of New York's SHIELD Act, which goes into effect in March 2020. The law is expected to have impact on Wall Street firms and other financial institutions headquartered in the state.
One of the largest fines to date for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation has been announced by Germany's federal privacy and data protection watchdog, the BfDI, against 1 & 1 Telecommunications, in part for inadequate authentication mechanisms. The company plans to appeal.