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NTIA Publishes Best Privacy Practices for Drone Operators

Privacy policies for commercial and private unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) operators have been proposed by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA said the best practices “are meant…more

Court Needs More Facts to Resolve Hyson Trademark Food Fight

The pleading stage is too early to resolve the food fight between two companies named Hyson over the Hyson trademark, the Seventh Circuit found. The issue is whether Hyson USA, Inc., the owner of a design mark for Hyson USA,…more

Illinois Office Holders Have Defamation Immunity But Citizens Don’t

Illinois office holders have absolute immunity to defame citizens who criticize their official duties, but the reverse is not true. The Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court and granted summary judgment for Cook County…more

FTC Requests Info on Smart Device Security Updates

Smart device manufactures must explain to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) how they decide when to make security updates to address vulnerabilities in their devices. The FTC wants to more fully understand the policies,…more

NHTSA Seeks Comments on Proposed Guidelines on Vehicle Cyberattacks

For the first time, under a proposed Enforcement Guidance Bulletin, automobile makers will need to take into account cybersecurity vulnerabilities for their vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)…more

Developers Warned Not to Enable Listening Technology Without Disclosure

Developers Warned Not to Enable Listening Technology Without Disclosure Some developers have included in their mobile apps the ability to turn on a phone’s microphone to listen for codes from television programs and…more

Court Doesn’t Take the Bait in Land O’Lakes Trademark Case

What do fishing tackle and butter have in common? Nothing, so there is no trademark infringement by either for using the same Land O’Lakes mark. In affirming the dismissal of competing trademark infringement claims, Seventh…more

ASUS Router Security Claims Mislead Consumers: FTC

The maker of ASUS home routers deceived customers when it claimed the devices could protect consumers’ local networks from attack. Instead, the company failed to employ reasonable security practices causing “substantial injury”…more

Hollywood Hospital Pays Ransom to Unlock Its IT System

It was not a Hollywood movie but a real life ransomware attack that shut down the enterprise-wide hospital information system of an acute care facility for 10 days. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said it paid 40…more

FTC Settles with Developer Who Installed Apps Without Permission

Users who downloaded a browser extension game were the ones who got played, according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action. General Workings, Inc., d/b/a Vulcun purchased the Running Fred online extension game from its…more

Trade Personal Info for Benefits? It Depends, Survey Finds

A new study finds Americans are willing under certain circumstances to share personal information for tangible benefits but are frequently unhappy about what happens to the information once they give it out. The Pew Research…more

Government to Fast Track Rules to Get Driverless Cars on the Road

In an effort to speed the development of autonomous vehicles, in the next six months the U.S. Department of Transportation will prepare proposed rules for their deployment and operation. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony…more

FAA App Helps Find Safe (and Legal) Place to Fly Your Drone

Want to know where it is safe (and legal) to fly your new drone? The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) now offers a smartphone app that identifies flying restrictions for you. It is currently available only for iPhones, but an…more

FTC Hits Lumosity for Deceiving Consumers with Brain Training Claims

It was a no brainer for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to charge the owner and marketer of the Lumosity brain-training program with deceiving customers through unsupported claims. Lumos Labs, Inc. d/b/a Lumosity, along…more

Federal Circuit Finds Section 2(a) of Lanham Act Violates First Amendment

The restrictions prohibiting the registration of trademarks that are scandalous, immoral, or disparaging violates the First Amendment and are unconstitutional, the Federal Circuit found. Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars…more
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