VIDEO: Russia Hacks, Tech Cases in Privacy & Security Wrap

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By George Lynch

U.S. allegations that Russia directed the massive 2014 Yahoo! Inc. customer data breach, and a pending ruling in a big robocall case, top the latest news stories and events to watch, Bloomberg BNA Senior Legal Editor Jimmy H. Koo relates in his latest Privacy & Data Security Wrap video.

Also recently, New Mexico moved nearer to adopting a data breach notification bill, and Alphabet Inc.'s Google failed in an attempt to settle a consumer class action over allegations that it scanned emails for advertising purposes, Koo said.

According to Koo, upcoming developments that Bloomberg BNA is tracking include a pending federal appeals court ruling in ACA International v. FCC, which could clarify the definition of an autodialer used for telemarketing. Federal rules prohibit the use of autodialers in most situations. Many companies facing litigation for alleged robocall violations are strategically asking courts to halt their cases pending resolution of ACA International.

In another case, Facebook Inc. has asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to approve an agreement settling consumer class claims that it scanned private messages for targeted advertising purposes, Koo said.

Finally, beginning April 12, companies can participate in the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield data transfer framework, Koo said. Switzerland forged a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce to strengthen the cross-border privacy framework to continue allowing U.S. companies to transfer personal data out of Switzerland and into the U.S., he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: George Lynch in Washington at gLynch@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Donald Aplin at daplin@bna.com

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