Hardening Cyber Protection Programs: Will 2019 Be the Year of the SAFETY Act for Data Security Programs?

March 4, 2019The New York Law Journal

An obscure federal statute, passed in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, grabbed big headlines last year when MGM Resorts International used the law to sue victims of the 2017 Las Vegas Harvest Festival shooting. Casino giant MGM, which owns Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the hotel where a shooter took up residence and killed 58 people in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, sought a judicial declaration that the SAFETY Act—the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002—barred any claims against it.

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