Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing To Discuss Reforms To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) proposed in Senate bill S. 356, The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of...more

SEC Seeks Increased Access to Email

Jacqui Merrill, an Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us with a posting on the SEC’s request for increased access to emails. In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held on September 16, 2015, Securities and...more

Nothing to See in This Story about the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Check out this story. In it, we learn this: "Andrew Ceresney, director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, [told] the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary at a hearing on Wednesday...more

Will the FTC Have Access to Your Electronic Communications?

Amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has long been under consideration in Congress, but recent testimony indicates that ECPA reform may have deeper implications for companies subject to FTC...more

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

There continue to be regular developments in the business and human rights field that warrant attention from both companies and their stakeholders. New legislation and regulation, shifting policy positions, and developments...more

eWorkplace Policies Restricting Employees’ Acceptable Use of Technology, Social Media & The Cloud

I. OVERVIEW – THE MODERN LANDSCAPE - A. Physical Conduct PLUS Digital Activity - Traditional concerns for employers have included: conduct leading to liability to third-parties; “frolic and detour” or other...more

No Privacy in Pocket-Dialing

Most of us are aware of the increased risk of identity theft caused by the exponential growth of digital communications. But have we stopped to consider how the ease of communication we have today has significantly decreased...more

House Passes New Cybersecurity Legislation Amidst Growing Pressure from Industry

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”) yesterday, amidst growing pressure from industry to enact legislation that would help companies harden key infrastructure and respond...more

A Modern Game of Hide and Go Seek? Some Lessons Learned Following Sony and Other Widely-Publicized Data Breaches

While the recent hack of Sony was prominent news because of the celebrity ties and potential geo-political implications, other prominent cyber-attacks over the last few months are enough to give any company pause. The January...more

What Recent Case Law Can Teach About BYOD Workplaces

Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) is a movement that is changing the IT landscape of workplaces. In a BYOD workplace, employees use their own mobile device—smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.—for both work and personal use. ...more

The Federal Wiretap Act and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences – a distant cousin of Murphy’s Law – states that the actions of human beings will always have effects that are unanticipated and unintended. The law could prove a perfect fit for recent...more

An Attempt For ECPA Reform

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (“ECPA”), the government can gain access to emails and other electronic communications that are more than 180 days old. This has been termed the “180-day rule,” whereby...more

Employer Wins Dismissal of Federal Claims for Wiping Data from Terminated Employee’s Smart Phone

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a federal district court in Texas recently dismissed federal claims brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”)...more

Bipartisan LEADS Act Aims to Protect Data Stored Abroad

On September 18, 2014, Senators Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller and Chris Coons introduced "The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act" (LEADS), a bill that would amend provisions in the Electronic Communications Privacy...more

Emerging Technologies Push the Boundaries of Privacy Law

As technology developers continue to push the envelope on services and applications affecting the daily lives of consumers, the intersection of technology and privacy is becoming increasingly fraught with legal implications...more

SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity - May 2014

In This Issue: - EU Court of Justice Creates Broad Interpretation of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - White House Publishes Report on Risks and Opportunities Posed by ‘Big Data’ Practices - California AG...more

Should Have Stayed on The Farm(ville): Class Action Plaintiffs' ECPA Claims Put Out to Pasture

Ah, to be a class action plaintiff these days. One day you’re up, plowing through the Northern District of California on expansive theories of injury, the next you’re down, upended like a top-heavy apple cart by a failure to...more

The Uphill Climb Continues for Privacy Class Actions: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Facebook, Zynga

On May 8, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s decision to dismiss with prejudice consolidated consumer class-action claims against...more

The New Normal: Big Data Comes of Age

On May 1, 2014, the White House released two reports addressing the public policy implications of the proliferation of big data. The first report is by the Executive Office of the President, entitled “Big Data: Seizing...more

White House Issues “Big Data” Report

On May 2, the White House released the much anticipated report on Big Data titled “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values.” The report focuses on not only privacy and the private sector uses of big data, but also...more

Microsoft Mail and the 4th Amendment: Do Any of Us Seriously Think We Have a Right Not to Have Email Seized as Possible Evidence?

A perspective on the recent Fourth Amendment and privacy considerations raised by Judge James C. Francis' recent Memorandum and Order: 'In The Matter Of A Warrant To Search A Certain E-Mail Account Controlled And Maintained...more

FTC, DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement Encouraging Private Sharing of Cybersecurity Information

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice yesterday issued a joint policy statement on the sharing of cybersecurity information. Declaring that “properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not...more

In with the New, Part III: 2014 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions

Boston-based litigation partner Matt Turnell shares his predictions about class action litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) in 2014 and Boston-based...more

Delaware Federal Court Holds No Harm From Third-Party Cookies’ Collection Of Personal Information, Dismisses Broad Consumer...

On October 9, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a broad, consolidated action against an Internet company alleged to have circumvented an Internet browser’s cookie blocker to collect personally...more

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