Privacy & Data Security

Halfway through 2021, ransomware attacks are on the rise, and more companies are publicly disclosing the incidents. In addition to the nationally reported Colonial Pipeline attack, which temporarily shut down gas deliveries on the East Coast and sparked panic buying, many other high-profile attacks occurred, targeting both private companies and public agencies. Also making headlines this year were attacks on firewall vendor Accellion, IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless, Microsoft, multinational electronics corporation Acer, laptop manufacturer…
Finding that a lower court had underestimated the harm resulting from the government’s seizure and ongoing possession of privileged material, the Fifth Circuit ruled recently that a “taint team” process was insufficient to protect the rights of the party holding the privilege.  The appellate court’s ruling is part of a trend in which courts have expressed skepticism that the use of “taint teams” by the government is an adequate safeguard against undermining the sacrosanct attorney-client…

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