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TCPA & Consumer Calling - Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

Amazon’s Air-Traffic Control System for Package Delivery Drones

Amazon announced this week that its development of an air-traffic control system for its package delivery drones (and other commercial drones flying in the national airspace) has taken off –pun intended. This air-traffic...more

FCC Chairman Issues Proposal to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has waded back into the shark-infested waters of net neutrality by releasing a draft NPRM proposal to reverse the FCC’s recently upheld consumer protection rules prohibiting Broadband Internet Access...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down TCPA Fax Opt-Out Requirement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last week, the D.C. Circuit overturned the Federal Communications Commission's requirement that fax advertisements always include opt-out notices. In Yaakov v. FCC, the court held that the FCC lacks authority under the...more

Is a Private Email a Public Record? Context Matters!

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In deciding last week that communications on public agency employees’ private devices may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, the California Supreme Court included some direction to help make the...more

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court - Public agencies in California should prepare for the likelihood that communications on officials’ and employees’ private devices related to the agency’s “conduct of...more

Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the...more

Will the D.C. Circuit Overturn Fax Opt-Out Requirement?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Though not as common as they once were, fax advertisements continue to be used in several industries, particularly healthcare, where providers and manufacturers rely on faxes to comply with regulatory obligations. Earlier...more

CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties

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Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL or the Act) has been in force since July 1, 2014 and a number of substantial penalties have been imposed under its terms, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications...more

Extra, Extra, Read All About it, Newsgathering Drones Increasingly Hitting the Skies

Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started allowing commercial drone operations, media organizations have moved quickly to get their own newsgathering drones in the skies. Recently, Sinclair Broadcast Group...more

Lessons Learned: E-Learning Company Faces $50,000 Spam Fine

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first Compliance and Enforcement Decision* under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).  The Commission confirmed the staff finding that Blackstone...more

What Happens When My Company Receives a National Security Letter? A Primer

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Even today, most companies—even technology companies—do not think they have information that the U.S. Government wants or needs, particularly as it might relate to a national security investigation. The reality is that as...more

Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

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The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

FCC Issues TCPA Compliance Ruling for School-Related Calls

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) issued a Declaratory Ruling addressing certain Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) compliance concerns raised by educational technology...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

U.S. Spy Court Grants NSA Permission To Collect Telephone Records

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISA Court”) unsealed an order on April 19, 2016, in which it allowed the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to compel specific telephone records related to an ongoing...more

FAA Drone Panel's Report a Major Step Toward Newsgathering Over People

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Yesterday, April 6, a panel of industry experts assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submitted its report recommending a new regulatory framework for the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones,...more

Workplace Recording Bans and the NLRA: Are "No-Recording" Policies Still Allowed?

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The ubiquity of smartphone applications ("apps") that record audio and/or video – coupled with the risk of workplace discussions being uploaded to social media for all to hear – has led many employers to implement...more

Government Forces Awaken: The Rise of Cyber Regulators in 2016

As the sun sets on 2015, but before it rises again in the New Year, we predict that, in the realm of cyber and data security, 2016 will become known as the “Rise of the Regulators.” Regulators across numerous industries and...more

Advertising Law - December 2015

New York AG Asks Court to Bench DFS - In the continuing drama surrounding Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman responded to lawsuits by DraftKings and FanDuel by seeking a...more

LeBlanc Responds to Criticism of the FCC’s Enforcement Process

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 25, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc penned a blog post outlining the Commission’s enforcement process and touting the upward trend in recent years in collecting fines issued for violations of the...more

CIA Director’s email account hacked

An anonymous hacker has contacted the New York Post to explain how he was able to hack into the CIA Director’s AOL email account. According to several reports, a high school student and his two friends implemented social...more

Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Newsletter

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Unexpected Laws that May Affect Your Telehealth Business - An increasing number of health care providers are exploring telemedicine, either as an adjunct to their primary physical...more

Work-Related Text Messages on Personal Cell Phones Are Public Records Says WA Supreme Court

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From Washington, D.C. to Washington state, the manner in which government officials and employees create and store business records is making headlines. The latest development is a unanimous decision of the Washington Supreme...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Public Records Act to Public Employees’ Private Cell Phones

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 27, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously held in Nissen v. Pierce County that text messages sent or received by a public employee in his or her official capacity are public records within the meaning of the...more

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