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Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: "Big Data" versus "The People"

by White & Case LLP on

1. Data privacy concerns entwined with anti-globalization - Anti-globalization has become a serious theme in Western countries. Right-wing and left-wing political movements converge on the issue. Centrist elites...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2017

China's 2016 Cybersecurity Law Will Change the Way Multinational Companies Do Business in China - China adopted its controversial Cybersecurity Law on November 7, 2016. The law, which will take effect on June 1, 2017,...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing in Microsoft Case

Back in December 2013, a U.S. magistrate issued a seemingly routine warrant in a narcotics case demanding that Microsoft turn over messages from a customer’s email account that resided on a server in Ireland. That warrant,...more

Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Fall 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Privacy Shield – An Early Reflection - EU law generally prohibits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the U.S., unless the transfer is made in accordance with an authorized data transfer...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 17: Issues...

by White & Case LLP on

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Although a key aim of the GDPR is to harmonise data protection law across the EU, there are a number of areas in which the GDPR leaves it to Member States to adopt their own...more

Second Circuit Rules that Federal Warrants Do Not Apply to Electronic Information Stored Overseas

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 14. 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the government cannot lawfully use a search warrant to compel access to consumer data stored by Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) overseas. In its decision, the court overturned...more

The Second Circuit Limits The Government’s Ability To Access Data Stored Overseas

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with important privacy implication for U.S. companies providing services ranging from e-mail, social networking, chat communications and remote storage, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal this week held in Microsoft...more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - June 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including proposed amendments to China’s commercial bribery law, the use in U.S. courts of compelled...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine recent developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Spokeo that consumer plaintiffs must show "real harm" to sue in federal court, the EU data...more

Texas resident makes claims that Texas drone law is unconstitutional

Last week, Texas resident, Manuel Flores, filed suit in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s drone surveillance law. His suit claims that the law treats approximately 1 million residents categorically...more

Latest German Sausage? Privacy-Wurst by Facebook

by Ifrah PLLC on

Despite not being explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has firmly held that a right to privacy for all Americans is found in several amendments to the Constitution, with almost 100 years of case law...more

Barbulescu v. Romania clarifies an employers' rights to monitor the contents of their employees' private electronic communications

by White & Case LLP on

On January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") delivered a judgement in Barbulescu v. Romania regarding the employers' right to access their employees' private communication. Following the judgement, a...more

European Court of Human Rights issues landmark ruling on employee monitoring

by White & Case LLP on

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that employers may, in some circumstances, monitor employees’ personal communications in the workplace. On 12 January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”)...more

The Exception that Proves the Rule? European Court of Human Rights Okays Employer’s Access to Personal Communications of Employee...

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled in Barbulescu v. Romania (Application no. 61496/08) that a Romanian employer did not violate its employee’s fundamental right of privacy when the employer accessed personal...more

Lawyer Sues DDTC Over "Public Domain"

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A New York City attorney is suing the U.S. State Department over a proposed change to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The change pertains to how the regulations define “public domain,” and, if...more

United States v. Microsoft: ‘Global Chaos,’ Outdated Legislation And a Judge’s Plea to Congress

The Second Circuit’s challenge in considering the validity of a U.S. Stored Communications Act warrant to Microsoft for e-mails located on servers in Ireland involves interpreting the SCA, which was enacted nearly three...more

New French Act on Intelligence Services: Impacts on Technical Operators

by White & Case LLP on

The newly enacted French legislation on intelligence services ("Loi relative au renseignement") has been almost entirely approved by the French Constitutional Court and shall fully enter into force by December 2015, at the...more

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to...more

Turkey Officially Permits the International Transfer of Personal Data in Telecommunications Sector

by Locke Lord LLP on

In 2012 Turkey’s telecommunications sector regulator, the Information Technologies and Communication Authority (“ICTA”), issued a new regulation on the Processing of Personal Data and Protection of Privacy in the Electronic...more

Court of Justice Finds Deutsche Bahn Dawn Raids Illegal

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Commission’s dawn raids of Deutsche Bahn’s premises were illegal because improperly discovered documents triggered the action. Summary - On 18 June 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) partly allowed...more

Second Circuit Rules PATRIOT Act Does Not Authorize Government's Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of personal information, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in ACLU v. Clapper, issued a unanimous decision striking down the National Security Agency’s...more

Who’s Winning in the Battle Between Privacy and Security? The State of Surveillance Law in Europe

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In recent years, there has been an ongoing struggle between privacy and security, with many governments looking to increase their surveillance powers in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting the population. Following...more

European Commission and EU Art 29 dispel the myths on the ECJ's decision in Google Spain

by Reed Smith on

In May 2014, we reported on the implications of the landmark decision in Google Spain which recognises the right for individuals to have links about themselves de-listed from search results. In response to the complaints...more

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