John Seiver

John Seiver

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Google Street View Plaintiffs on the Hunt for “a Needle in a Haystack” to Demonstrate Standing, but District Court Grants...

Back in April, Google filed a Petition for Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Street View case, seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that unencrypted Wi-Fi signals are protected from interception...more

10/2/2014 - Certiorari Encryption Google Putative Class Actions SCOTUS StreetView Wifi Wiretap Act

Google "Street View" case may be headed for SCOTUS Review

Google held true to its promise to seek SCOTUS review of the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of the term “radio communications” in the Wiretap Act when it filed its Petition for Certiorari last week. Google had argued in the...more

4/3/2014 - Google Wifi Wiretap Act

Google Street View Class Action Survives: Ninth Circuit Holds Wi-Fi is Not "Radio" Under Wiretap Act

In the latest development in the Google Street View case, the Ninth Circuit once again upheld the lower court’s decision that Google’s collection of unencrypted Wi-Fi does not fit within an exception to the Wiretap Act that...more

1/2/2014 - FCC Google StreetView Wiretap Act Wiretapping

Canada Adopts Final Regulations, Announces Expansive Anti-Spam Law Will Start Taking Effect July 1, 2014

Canada’s Department of Industry has published long-awaited Governor in Council regulations and announced key compliance dates necessary to implement Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL), which was enacted almost exactly three years...more

12/18/2013 - Anti-Spam Legislation Canada CASL

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Challenge to Facebook's "Beacon" Class Action Settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case challenging the fairness of a cy pres settlement of a class action against Facebook related to Facebook’s “Beacon” program that was launched in late 2007. Although the...more

11/6/2013 - Certiorari Class Action Facebook SCOTUS Settlement

Update: Google Not Going Down Without a Fight

Google is seeking further review in two cases we wrote about last week on alleged Wiretap Act violations. In the Gmail case, where Google was charged with improperly reviewing subscribers’ emails, Google asked Judge Koh to...more

10/14/2013 - Cookies Data Collection Data Protection Email Google Wiretapping

More Online Trouble for Service Providers?

Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers. Last week, Judge Koh in San Jose held Google accountable for an alleged...more

10/3/2013 - Advertising Data Collection Email Google Internet Service Providers Wiretapping

9th Circuit Joffe v. Google "Street View" Decision Raises Questions About Wiretap Act's "Radio Transmissions" Exception

Last week, the Ninth Circuit held that the Wiretap Act prohibits the kind of “interception” and collection of transmissions from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that Google reportedly followed in compiling Street View data....more

9/18/2013 - Encryption Exemptions Google Invasion of Privacy Motion to Dismiss StreetView Wifi Wiretapping

Former Subscriber Has No Right to Damages for Video Provider’s Failure to Destroy Personally Identifiable Information

In Padilla v. DISH Network L.L.C., a former subscriber alleged DISH failed to destroy his personally identifiable information (PII) upon cancellation of service, and failed to continue sending annual privacy notices while...more

8/5/2013 - Books & Records Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy

California District Court Finds National Security Letter Statute Unconstitutional

Last week, in In re National Security Letter, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California found unconstitutional two sections of the federal law allowing the FBI to issue “National Security...more

3/22/2013 - FBI First Amendment ISPs National Security National Security Letters Records Request Separation of Powers

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s April 2011 Pole Attachment Order

In a significant victory for cable and telecommunications providers, today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, upheld the FCC’s April 2011 decision (2011 Pole Order)...more

2/27/2013 - Cable Television Providers FCC ILEC National Broadband Plan Pole Attachment Order Rental Rates Telecommunications Utility Poles

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