FLAG meeting: Ransomware and data class actions

Herbert Smith Freehills and the Federation Against Software Theft are delighted to invite you to our joint webinar on Wednesday 20 January 2021, where expert speakers from Herbert Smith Freehills will provide insights into the following topical issues: Ransomware: Ransomware attacks are on the increase and the impact in terms of disruption and damage to reputation … Read more

UK Telecoms (Security) Bill: Stronger cyber security controls for the UK telecoms sector with a sting in their tail

Today the UK government introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill (the “Bill”) to Parliament, to more heavily regulate the UK telecoms sector and improve cyber security risk management, policy and enforcement. With significant sanctions for non-compliance, this “ground breaking” Bill is expected to provide the UK with “one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the … Read more

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