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

New regulation strengthens cyber supply chain security in China

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and eleven other ministries jointly published the Cybersecurity Review Measures (Review Measures) on 13 April 2020. These replace the previous regulations on the security review of network products and services (click here for our comments on the previous regulations) and impose more stringent scrutiny over the cyber supply chain of critical information infrastructure … Read more

China Cybersecurity and Data Protection: Monthly Update – May 2020

In this bulletin we summarise recent updates relating to cybersecurity and data protection in China to keep you updated on developments. We focus on four areas: regulatory developments, enforcement developments, industry developments and international developments. For further detail, please see our update here.   Read more

GROWING BODY OF COMMON LAW DECISIONS THAT CRYPTOCURRENCIES CAN AMOUNT TO PROPERTY: RUSCOE v CRYPTOPIA LIMITED (IN LIQUIDATION) CIV-2019-409-000544 [2020] NZHC 728

Cryptocurrency exchanges are a significant target for hackers, and there are numerous well-documented examples of significant amounts of cryptocurrency being taken in attacks.  This frequently gives rise to issues of liability and recovery for the individuals who were holding their cryptocurrency with the exchange in question, and the precise basis on which the exchange is … Read more

China Cyber Security and Data Protection: Monthly Update – April 2020

In this bulletin we summarise recent updates relating to cybersecurity and data protection in China to keep you updated on developments. We focus on four areas: regulatory developments, enforcement developments, industry developments and international developments. For further detail, please see our update here. 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