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Part III: Has Congress Spoken and Does It Really Matter? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police...

In the first and second parts of this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and then focused on whether the FTC has given “fair notice” to...more

FTC Data Security Authority Confirmed, For Now: Wyndham’s Motion to Dismiss Denied

The FTC’s Claim - A New Jersey federal judge has confirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) authority to regulate data security and bring claims against companies suffering data breaches due to inadequate...more

Part II: Fair Notice or No Notice? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data Security

In our first blog in this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., in which Judge Salas confirmed the FTC’s authority to bring enforcement actions...more

City Officials Dodge Disclosure of Private Emails and Texts Under Public Records Act

In a case that seems sure to jump-start legislative activity in Sacramento and throughout the state, the court in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (6th App. Dist., Mar. 27, 2014), held that communications regarding City...more

Recent Appellate Court Decision Reminder Of Student Records Protections In Adversarial Proceedings

In a recent decision, the Illinois Appellate Court held that it is not an unfair labor practice for a school district to refuse to release school student records to a union in a grievance proceeding without a court order or...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether FOIA Covers State's Attorney's Office

Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket continue this morning with Nelson v. The Office of the Kendall County State’s Attorney, a case from the Second District Appellate Court. Nelson...more

District Court rejects supervisor liability for state employee’s motor vehicle record data breach

In a recent decision, the Federal District Court of Minnesota found that state agencies were not liable in a data breach class action suit involving a rogue employee’s unauthorized viewing of personal information in drivers...more

The Threat of Disclosure of Proprietary Information Under the California Public Records Act

Companies responding to requests for proposal (“RFPs”) or contracting with California state or local governmental agencies need to be aware of the special pitfalls posed by the California Public Records Act (“PRA”)....more

With Complaint Against LabMD, FTC Continues to Flex Enforcement Muscle on Data Security

The Federal Trade Commission recently filed another complaint against a company for alleged data security lapses. As readers of this blog know, the FTC has initiated numerous lawsuits against companies in various industries...more

FTC’s Authority to Police Data Security Practices Challenged

Hotelier Wyndham Worldwide Corp’s motion to dismiss an FTC lawsuit alleging lax data security practices is likely to have significant implications for the agency’s ability to police cybersecurity practices at American...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule On FOIA And Litigation Procedures

The CFPB has issued a final rule that establishes procedures for the public to obtain information from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, and in legal...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: California Federal Court Finally Tells Merchants When They Can Ask Consumers for Personal Infomation - But...

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an opinion Dec. 17, 2012, that seems to answer definitively a question that has weighed on the minds of California merchants for the...more

Termination for Facebook Posting Does Not Violate State Invasion of Privacy Law

Recent court decisions related to employees’ online postings have centered on whether disciplinary decisions regarding those postings may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects certain employee...more

Illinois District Court Holds Complaint Placing At Issue Conduct Of Collection Agency States TCPA Claim Against Creditor

Martin v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, et al., No. 12 C 5147, 2012 WL 5048854 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 18, 2012) Plaintiff entered into a wireless contract with Defendant, which he later canceled. Plaintiff sent...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That The TCPA Prohibits Automated Calls Even When They Do Not Refer To Any Specific Good Or Service

In Chesbro v. Best Buy Stores, LP, No. 11-35784, 2012 WL 4902839 (9th Cir. Oct. 17, 2012), the Ninth Circuit reversed the Western District of Washington’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Best Buy Stores, LP ("Best Buy")...more

Constitutionality of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act Heading to Supreme Court of Canada

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal from a decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal declaring the application of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act to certain union activities during a strike...more

CA Supreme Court Accepts Review In Valdez v. W.C.A.B. (Warehouse Demo Services)

The California Supreme Court has unanimously voted to accept review in the matter of Valdez v. W.C.A.B. (Warehouse Demo Services) in order to address the following issue: Does Labor Code § 4616.6 exclude from evidence reports...more

Access Denied: Public Agencies and the Release of Public Records

When a public records request is received, it is often difficult to know what you must supply and, if you feel you should deny the request, what steps you should take to ensure you are in compliance with the law. Defending...more

Cloud Computing and the USA Patriot Act: Canadian Implications

A perennial issue in Canadian privacy law is what to do about the USA Patriot Act. Just when we think we have things reasonably sorted out, the issues pop up again in a new context. This time it is cloud computing. ...more

Seventh Circuit Restores FERPA Privacy Protections for FOIA Requests by Vacating Controversial Tribune v. University of Illinois...

On May 24, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit supported Illinois educational institutions’ long-held position that the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits...more

Protecting Trade Secrets: Intersection of Florida’s Public Records Laws and Regulatory Document Demands under the Florida...

Florida has expansive public records disclosure laws, which emanate from the Florida Constitution. Art. I, § 24, FLA. CONST., Ch. 119, Fla. Stat. It is doctrinal in Florida that virtually any document delivered to a state...more

Employers Cautioned Against Asking Applicants and Employees for Password Access to Personal Social Media Accounts

?Employers are increasingly asking (or requiring) applicants or employees to provide their Facebook password or other social media account log-in credentials so the employer can review non-publicly available content for...more

Employment Law Alert -- April 2012

In This Issue: First Law Passed Banning Request for Personal Passwords and NLRB Poster -- Delayed Again Excerpt from First Law Passed Banning Request for Personal Passwords Maryland has become the first state...more

Random Alcohol Testing Case Headed for Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether an employer must have “reasonable cause” to conduct random alcohol testing on unionized employees, or whether an inherently dangerous workplace is sufficient to justify random...more

Supreme Court: Temporary Government Employee Is Entitled To Same Immunity From Lawsuits As Full-Time Public Workers

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 17, 2012 that a private employee working for a governmental body is entitled to the same qualified immunity as full-time public employees. Filarsky v....more

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