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Digital transformation in the aviation sector

by DLA Piper on

In the aviation sector today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. The role of digital technology has changed from being a source of marginal efficiency gains to becoming the foundation for...more

Are Your Employees Texting? The Risks To Employers In Taking Workplace Communications Offline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Given the issues workplace texting presents for employers, employers would be wise to make clear in their policies what method of communication employees may use in the workplace for business purposes. If...more

Recognizing Access to the Internet as a “Basic Need,” Rejecting Blanket Bans on Internet Use, and Raising Questions as to the...

Rejecting Blanket Bans On Internet Access: In the recent case of J.I. v. New Jersey State Parole Board (A-29-15) (Decided March 21, 2017), in an unanimous opinion authored by Associate Justice Barry Albin, the court...more

European Labour & Employment Update - March 2017

by Jones Day on

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

by Jones Day on

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As most prepared for the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development converted two broadband mandate proposals into orders and published them in the Federal Register. “Narrowing the Digital Divide...more

Digital Transformation in the Insurance Sector

by DLA Piper on

For Insurers today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. Insurers need to innovate, both to stay ahead of legacy competitors and to pre-empt the erosion and disruption of established business...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

LOL! OMG. HUH? Court Finds That Text Message Can Form Binding Contract

by Burr & Forman on

In the world of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, it is no secret that individuals are communicating regularly on their smartphones about their business affairs. Recently, a court addressed the question about whether a text...more

Controversy looms over ECPA amendment in wake of Orlando terrorist attack

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, early this month, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been discussed quite a bit. The ECPA, a law which took effect in 1986, limits the government’s access to...more

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. Blackberry Corp. (N.D. Tex. 2016)

Electronic Delivery of Messages Equated to U.S. Post Office Services - On May 12, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an Order in a case captioned Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC...more

Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

Yahoo refuses to comply with bankruptcy judge’s order to turn over email account

Yahoo is objecting to a Delaware bankruptcy’s order to provide access to one of its email accounts arguing that its compliance would violate the Stored Communications Act. At issue is a Yahoo email account purported to be...more

EEOC Expanding Digital Charge Response System

Employers in the Carolinas are by now familiar with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s digital charge processing system. The EEOC chose its Charlotte district office as one of the pilot locations for the new...more

CMA discusses online platform regulation

by Dentons on

CMA’s Chief Executive, Alex Chisholm, has given a speech on “platform regulation – antitrust law versus sector-specific legislation” in the digital communications market. He highlighted the need for antitrust law and sectoral...more

Plan Now to Use Off-Band Communications During an Incident Response: Key Points

by DLA Piper on

Your company is in crisis mode in the throes of a security incident response (IR). But you are calmly executing your well-honed IR plan - a plan you developed and tested during mock exercises over the past year. You are...more

California Joins Other States with the Passage of CalECPA

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Law enforcement requests for electronic information, particularly from technology companies such as Google and Twitter, have skyrocketed in recent years. In response, several states—Maine and Texas in 2013, Utah in 2014 and...more

Indonesia publishes data protection rule aimed at government agencies

by Reed Smith on

On 14 July 2015, the Indonesian government published the Draft Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information (RPM) of the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Systems (‘Draft Regulation’). Pursuant to...more

Encryption: What is it, Why do it!

Encryption is a basic term used to describe the act of encoding data, files, and digital communications such that only those with the cipher could read or understand the information.  Think back to the decoder ring you got in...more

Coders Oppose Government Access To Encrypted Data

by King & Spalding on

A group of top coding specialists published a paper on July 6, 2015, arguing that law enforcement’s desire to access encrypted data is not only unfeasible, but would also possibly imperil the security and privacy of global...more

Sports Media Rights and the Digital Single Market…is your business ready?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 May 2015 the European Commission (the "Commission") published its strategy for a 'Digital Single Market' for Europe. The Commission's communication outlines its grand vision for a Europe in which 'the free movement of...more

Challenging Privilege Assertions: The Use and Abuse of Privilege in Class Action and Complex Litigation

Complex class action litigation involving major corporations can involve class periods going back years, with the potential for hundreds of thousands, or even millions of documents. Commonly included in such a document...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Medical Marijuana Apps – Illegal Communication Facilities or the Next Big Thing?

by Locke Lord LLP on

A number of recent news articles have discussed the increased activity in the area of technology companies that facilitate the delivery of medical marijuana to patients. For example, according to a recent Forbes Magazine...more

Ofcom launches strategic review of digital communications

by Reed Smith on

Ofcom has today commenced a comprehensive strategic review of digital communications in the UK, with the aim of ensuring that the digital communications market continues to meet the needs of businesses and consumers....more

EU Commission Publishes Work Program for 2015

by Reed Smith on

The European Commission’s work program for 2015 covers 10 actions for 2015, including a “connected digital single market” across the EU....more

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