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Shutterfly settles Illinois biometrics case

We previously reported that Shutterfly’s effort to dismiss the proposed biometrics class action case against it was unsuccessful. The proposed class action suit alleged that Shutterfly violated the Illinois Biometric...more

Google latest defendant in biometrics case

We have been following and reporting on the Facebook and Shutterfly biometrics cases in Illinois and California. Google was recently sued by a potential class in Illinois alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric...more

"German Competition Regulator Investigates Facebook for Alleged Violation of Data Protection Laws"

The German Federal Cartel Office (the FCO) has announced that it has initiated proceedings against Facebook for the company’s alleged abuse of its dominant position in a market for social networks. The FCO appears to...more

Latest German Sausage? Privacy-Wurst by Facebook

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

EU & Competition Law Update - March 2016

Welcome to March's edition of our EU & Competition Law Bulletin covering recent legal developments impacting upon you and your business: - ..United Kindgdom: Large pay for delay fine imposed by CMA. ..Germany and...more

Facebook Accused on an Abuse of Dominance by German Competition Regulator

On the 2nd March 2016, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) initiated proceedings against Facebook’s European and German entities, accusing the company of abusing its market power. The case follows a logical progression of...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an overview of amicus briefs in the Apple case; the arrest of a...more

Mobile Applications that Track User Information Have the FTC’s Attention

Similar to website browsers, many mobile applications collect a variety of information from the user, including, the user’s identity, usage history, past log-ins, and location. This enables the application to provide various...more

New Guidelines on Collecting Biometric Data Help Businesses Stay Ahead of the Game

The amount of data collected worldwide is rapidly proliferating, and one international organization wants to make sure it’s clear how to protect what is arguably the most sensitive category of that data: biometrics....more

Shutterfly biometrics case proceeds in Illinois

In what is being described as the first case in the U.S. regarding a state biometric privacy statute, a proposed class was successful in thwarting a motion to dismiss by Shutterfly last week over its alleged practice of...more

Federal Court Dismisses Facebook Tracking Claims

In a win (for now) for companies that engage in website tracking activities, a federal judge in the Northern District of California dismissed a $15 billion class action filed against Facebook over its privacy practices. The...more

An Austrian Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Facebook

Through its Irish subsidiary, Facebook is the target of a major EU class action lawsuit filed in Austria by Maximillian Schrems, the law student who brought forward the CJEU case C-362/14 that invalidated the EU – US Safe...more

Website Privacy Policy Updates – Tell Them About It

You may have noticed our law firm’s website recently posted a notice announcing a change to our website’s privacy policy. You may have seen other website publishers do something similar from time to time, as well....more

Trending: Facebook Fined, Breaches European Data Privacy Laws

Facebook is yet again being tagged in a breach of data protection laws, but this time it’s ‘checking-in’ to a European court in Brussels, Belgium. A recent slew of cases, in which Facebook is the leader, hints at stricter and...more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

Illinois finds itself at forefront of facial-recognition litigation

Illinois is leading the way in regulating facial-recognition technology — it is one of only two states (the other Texas) that has passed laws covering the collection and use of biometric information. Illinois also is...more

Facebook Obtains Dismissal Of Privacy Class Action

On October 23, 2015, Facebook won dismissal of a potential $15 billion class action which accused the company of secretly tracking the Internet activity of its users after they log off. In re Facebook Internet Tracking...more

PRIVACY POLICIES AND THE SALE OF CORPORATE ASSETS: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset. At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately,...more

Biometrics: Facebook Files Motion to Dismiss Privacy Suit over Facial Recognition Technology

As discussed in a previous post on facial recognition technology, a putative class action has been filed against Facebook over the collection of “faceprints” for its online photo tagging function, Tag Suggestions. (See e.g.,...more

US Safe Harbor Not Safe from EU Court Ruling

A major European court has just pulled the rug out from under nearly 5,000 US companies, snatching away the relative business certainty of the Data Transfer Safe Harbor, and maybe the safety of standard contract clauses and...more

EU-US Data Transfer Safe Harbor Invalid, Rules ECJ

In a decision that is sure to have wide implications for over 4,500 US companies doing business in Europe, the European Court of Justice has just ruled that the 15 year-old data sharing arrangement known as “Safe Harbor”...more

EU U.S. Data Protection: The Safe Harbor Framework Under Attack

As a reaction to recent disclosures and revelations about the data collection and surveillance by the US government, the Safe Harbor permitting the transfer of personal information from the EU to the US is under attack, and...more

Jeepers, Creepers: The Launch of the New “Peeple” App and Privacy Concerns

It’s 12:43 in the morning, and you have had a tough day at work. You are tired, thinking slowly, and feeling a little anxious that you should already be in bed to catch some rest before a 6 a.m. wake-up call. And then you get...more

Safe Harbor Judgment to be Delivered October 6th!

Following up on our last post from last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), moving at almost breakneck speed, has announced that it will be deciding the legal status of the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework on...more

Internet Savvy Senior Lacks Standing to Bring Website Privacy Putative Class Claims Against AARP

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed a putative class action alleging that AARP violated its website privacy policy by allowing Facebook and Adobe to collect personal information...more

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