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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like… But Your Information Might Never Leave

When you check into a hotel, do you assume that the clerk asks for your license plate number to avoid accidentally towing your car? Or that guest services wants to know how many people are in your group to make sure that...more

Protective Order Issued in Suit to Stop EPA from Releasing Farmers’ Information

A federal district court in Minnesota recently issued a protective order prohibiting the EPA from releasing information about animal feeding operations—including farmers' names, home addresses, telephone numbers and email...more

Drones, Googleplexes and Hyperloops

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there has been a lot of news lately along the fringes of technology and construction... ...more

Regulatory Implications of New Products and Services in the Australian Electricity Market

The Energy Market Reform Working Group (Working Group) in Australia released a consultation paper at the end of 2014 regarding the regulatory implications of new products and services in the national electricity market. New...more

Drone on Drones: Drone Zones

The policy debate over domestic use of drones is ongoing, and legal issues surrounding privacy are still being worked out. As 2015 begins, however, it seems appropriate to look forward to where drones may be going in the near...more

May State and Local Governments Control Low-Flying Drones?

Most of the attention paid to drones has focused on issues of aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority. Yet much of the impact of low-flying drones will fall, not on the national air transportation system,...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Recognizes Broad Common Interest Privilege

On July 21, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its opinion in O'Boyle v. Borough of Longport, 94 A.3d 299 (N.J. 2014), adopting a broad application of the common interest doctrine for communications covered by both the...more

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Legal Update: Government Precondemnation Entry and Inspection – A Review of Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2014)

There are four ways the government can enter onto private property: - It has permission of the property owner. - In an emergency (Tenth Amendment/police power). - It has a search warrant, based on...more

Warrantless Inspections are Not Warranted under the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) may not conduct a warrantless administrative inspection of a residential property subject to a Freshwater Wetlands...more

Nelson v. City of Rochester

Motion For Leave To File And Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute, Reason Foundation, Minnesota Free Market Institute, And...

A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities — including the right to exclude unwanted visitors — that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general...more

IPC Confirms Building Plans Do Not Contain Personal Information

In a recently released access to information decision under Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“MFIPPA”), an adjudicator for the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of...more

Fix Wilson Yard, Inc. v. City of Chicago

The Wilson Yard Defendants' Brief in Response to the Anonymous Speakers' Renewed Motion to Quash Defendants' Subpoena

Fix Wilson Yard v. City of Chicago EFF has asked an Illinois Circuit Court judge to quash subpoenas aimed at outing opponents of a controversial city project. In December, local residents filed a lawsuit in state court...more

Fix Wilson Yard v. City of Chicago

Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Their Section 2-619.1 Motion To Dismiss...

EFF has asked an Illinois Circuit Court judge to quash subpoenas aimed at outing opponents of a controversial city project. In December, local residents filed a lawsuit in state court against the city of Chicago and local...more

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