Google and Apple Halt “Grading” Voice Assistant Audio Recordings Amidst Data Privacy Concerns
    Google Inc. and Apple Inc. independently announced that they will suspend “grading” user audio recordings for their Google Home and Siri voice assistant systems.
    Delaware and New Hampshire Enact New Insurance Data Security Laws
    On July 31, 2019 and August 2, 2019, Delaware and New Hampshire became the latest states to implement data security laws regulating the insurance industry.
    First False Claims Act Settlement for Video Surveillance Cybersecurity Claim
    On July 31, 2019, an $8.6 million settlement was unsealed in a false claims case against Cisco Systems, Inc.
    New York Governor Signs Bill Expanding Data Breach Notification Law
    On July 25, 2019, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act.
    FTC and DOJ Announce $5 Billion Privacy Settlement with Facebook
    On July 24, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) all announced settlements with Facebook, Inc.
    Google Agrees to Pay $13 Million to Settle Street View Mapping “Wi-Spy” Case
    On July 19, 2019, Google agreed to pay $13 million to settle a class action data privacy lawsuit regarding Google’s Street View mapping project.
    Nine Counts of Trade Secret Theft Revealed Against Former Software Engineer
    On July 11, 2019, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment from December 13, 2017, in which former software engineer Xudong Yao faces nine counts of trade secret misappropriation against an unnamed Chicago locomotive manufacturer.
    Ticketmaster Reaches Settlement in Case Regarding Unauthorized Use of Automated Bots
    On July 8, 2019, Ticketmaster reached a settlement with ticket broker Prestige Entertainment West, Inc., under which Prestige is permanently enjoined from using “ticket bot software to search for, reserve or purchase tickets on Ticketmaster’s site or app.”
    Equifax Agrees to $1.38 Billion Data Breach Settlement
    On July 22, 2019, Equifax agreed to pay at least $1.38 billion to resolve consumer claims arising from the 2017 Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of nearly 150 million Americans.
    Premera Blue Cross Settles for $10M with 30 States for 2014 Data Breach
    On July 11, 2019, Premera Blue Cross agreed to pay $5.4 million to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and $4.6 million to 29 states that joined Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s litigation .
    Houston School District Ordered to Pay $9.2 Million in Copyright Infringement Case
    A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas awarded educational publishing company DynaStudy, Inc. $9.2 million in a copyright infringement case against the Houston Independent School District.
    Sabre GLBL, Inc. Wins $1.37 Million Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Former Employee
    A judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed an arbitration award of $200,000 in “disgorgement-of-salary” damages and $1,173,318 in “head start” damages to IT solutions provider Sabre GLBL, Inc.