A federal judge has rejected a bid from a group of banks and credit unions suing Target Corp over its 2013 data breach to block the company’s proposed $19 million settlement with MasterCard Inc .
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota, wrote in a ruling Thursday that the deal does not appear “altogether fair or reasonable” but he could not legally intervene without evidence that Target or MasterCard had made misleading or coercive statements.
The Canadian Anti-Terrrorism Act, now passing through parliament, could mean that law firms which do not encrypt data will imperil the confidentiality of clients – as the security forces will find it easier to get warrants that breach privacy.
The Act paves the way for greater powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to undertake mass transfers of data from government departments. David Fraser, technology and privacy specialist at McInnes Cooper, said: ‘There’s all kinds of mischief that can take place under the provisions.’ He continued: ‘Could a judge theoretically override solicitor-client privilege in one of these scenarios? Yes. Would it take place in secret? Absolutely.’