New York Enacts New Biometric and Facial Recognition Data Privacy Law
    On July 9, 2021, New York City’s new biometric data privacy ordinance went into effect.
    Key Data Privacy and Security Trends in the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Report
    In May 2021, Verizon released their 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, which contains data privacy and security insights gained from an analysis of 29,207 security incidents and more than 5,200 confirmed data breaches in 2020.
    CISA and FBI Release Data Security Advisory Following DarkSide Ransomware Attack Against Colonial Pipeline
    On May 20, 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) updated their data security advisory entitled “DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks.”
    Filters Fast Agrees to $200,000 Settlement with New York State Attorney General Over 2019 Data Breach
    On May 18, 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with online water filtration retailer Filters Fast over a 2019 data breach that exposed the personal data of more than 324,000 consumers across the country.
    Judge McHugh Allows Universal Health Services Data Breach Lawsuit to Proceed
    On May 17, 2021, Judge Gerald McHugh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that one plaintiff’s lawsuit out of three filed against Universal Health Services (UHS) over a 2020 data breach was allowed to proceed.
    NYDFS Reaches $1.8 Million Data Security Settlement with Insurance Companies
    On May 13, 2021, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) reached a settlement agreement with First Unum Life Insurance Company and the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company.
    Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Decision in VoIP Patent Dispute Between Uniloc and Apple
    On May 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in the patent infringement matter of Uniloc 2017 LLC v. Apple Inc.
    Federal Circuit Rules Free Stream Targeted Advertising Patent is Not Patent-Eligible
    On May 11, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decision to deny a plaintiff’s motion to dismiss and hold that the asserted claims were patent-ineligible in the matter of Free Stream Media Corp. v. Alphonso Inc.
    ITC Begins Investigation in Patent Infringement Dispute Related to TV Remote Control Technology
    On May 10, 2021, the International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a notice of investigation against companies like Samsung and LG Electronics, in the patent infringement matter of Certain Televisions, Remote Controls, and Components Thereof.
    Ransomware Data Breach Shuts Down Major U.S. Pipeline
    On May 7 2021, Colonial Pipeline briefly stopped all operations due to a ransomware attack, in which cyber attackers infiltrated Colonial’s operational technologies network that controls and monitors “the flow of fuel from refineries and tank farms into Colonial’s.”
    Multi-National 5G Technology Patent Dispute Between Ericsson and Samsung Ends in Settlement
    On May 7, 2021, Swedish networking and telecommunications company Ericsson and Samsung reached a settlement agreement, ending several multi-national patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies.
    Update: Clash of Clans Developer Ordered to Pay GREE $92.2 Million in Patent Infringement Dispute
    On May 7, 2021, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled on the second patent infringement dispute between Finnish video game developer Supercell and Japanese game company GREE Inc.