Data Class Actions: the threat to business

Our Data Class Actions team has today published an article about the future of class actions in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine – https://hsfnotes.com/ip/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2020/07/PLC-Article-on-Future-of-Class-Actions-1.pdf. The article first appeared in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/Browse/Home/Resources/PLCMagazine. The article follows the Supreme Court’s decision in Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (Morrisons) … Read more

Joint UK and US Government Advisory: COVID-19 exploited by malicious cyber actors

An increasing number of malicious cyber actors are exploiting the current coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19“) pandemic for their own purposes. In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (“NCSC“) has detected more UK government branded scams relating to COVID-19 than any other subject. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, both the United States Department of Homeland Security … Read more

Morrisons wins Supreme Court appeal against finding of vicarious liability in data breach class action

Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12, bringing to its conclusion a case which had the potential to alter significantly the data protection and cyber security litigation and class action landscape. The headline news is that Morrisons has been found not to be vicariously liable for the … Read more

UK Government publishes results to the annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey (“CSBS”) is an annual study of UK businesses and charities that began in 2015. The latest CSBS was conducted during the winter of 2019/2020 and the results published on 25 March 2020. The CSBS influences how the government shapes future policy, allows organisations to compare their cyber security with others … Read more

Cyber Security Matters: Arbitration Away From Prying Eyes

One of the many reasons that companies choose to resolve disputes through arbitration over court litigation is the ability to keep their disputes and the outcome of their disputes private. Arbitration is often chosen to resolve highly sensitive disputes, and being a truly international dispute resolution process, a single arbitration can involve participants from across … Read more

UK Government issues Call for Evidence to help improve cyber security across the UK economy

On 4 November 2019, the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS“) issued the Cyber Security Incentives and Regulation Review 2020: Call for Evidence (the “Review“). The aims of the Review are to: understand the barriers which prevent organisations from improving their cyber security; understand the effectiveness of existing regulations and guidance … Read more