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UK telecoms regulator issues call for input on Internet of Things

Ofcom has published a call for input, entitled "Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things", regarding issues that might affect the development of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector in the United...more

SEC Charges ECN Operator For Failing To Protect Customer Data

Fragmented markets, alternative trading systems and dark pools are increasingly a focus of discussion in the wake of repeated market outages. Interest in these venues has been intensified by the publication of Flash Boys and...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - July 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation Authorities ..French Competition Authority ..Securities and Market Authority ..Audiovisual Council ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications -...more

Data Retention in the EU

I don’t often write about data protection, as it’s at the periphery of what I do. But two things prompted me to do so: First, there’s a new Banksy mural in Cheltenham that depicts spying. Second, the Grand Chamber of the CJEU...more

Proposed CFPB Rule Would Allow Online Posting of GLBA Privacy Notices

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) requires financial institutions to provide customers with initial and annual notices of their privacy policies, including whether they share consumers’ non-public information with third...more

Minnesota Appellate Court Holds Email Signature Not Necessarily Evidence Of Intent To Sign Attachments

On June 2, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that under the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA), an electronic signature in an email message does not necessarily evidence intent to electronically sign an attached...more

Employer's Electronic Communication Policy Negates Expectation of Privacy in Employee's Work Computer

Adding its voice to the growing body of cases illustrating the importance of electronic communications policies, a federal court in Virginia ruled earlier this year that an employee had no reasonable expectation of privacy in...more

California District Court Compels Arbitration of TCPA Claim

The Eastern District of California recently compelled arbitration of a TCPA claim based on the broad language of the plaintiff’s arbitration agreement. See Delgado v. Progress Financial Company, No. 14-0033, 2014 WL 1756282...more

"FCC Launches Broad Network Neutrality Rulemaking"

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) launched a proceeding to develop new network neutrality regulations that would prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking or discriminating...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

Tennessee Joins the Growing List of States Limiting Employers' Access to Personal Online Content

Legislation to restrict employers' access to applicants' and employees' personal online content continues its rapid expansion in 2014. Three weeks after Wisconsin became the 13th state to adopt its own social media password...more

NLRB Evaluating Employer Prohibitions Against Use of Email for Nonbusiness Purposes

On May 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") issued an announcement inviting interested parties to submit briefs on the question of whether employees who are permitted to use their employer's email systems...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

NLRB Invites Briefs On Whether To Overturn Register Guard Decision Governing Employee Use Of Employers’ Electronic Communication...

On April 30, 2014, the NLRB invited parties to file briefs addressing whether it should overturn the current Register Guard standard governing employees’ use of employer-provided email accounts and other electronic...more

Employer Email Policies Subject to Federal Review

Employers should be aware that The National Labor Relations Board is considering whether employees have a federal right to use employer owned and maintained email systems for union organizing purposes and to discuss wages,...more

Messages Stored on Personal Electronic Devices in Personal Accounts Are Not Public Records

The disagreement between the trial court and 6th District Court of Appeal in Smith v. City of San Jose illuminates a growing concern over how to treat electronic communications that the Public Records Act never contemplated....more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Eases Social Media Restrictions

Last week, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance intended to facilitate the use of social media in connection with capital markets transactions,...more

Additional SEC Guidance on Social Media: Division of Investment Management Q&As and Division of Corporation Finance C&DIs

The Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently released IM Guidance Update No. 2014-4 to clarify the practical application of the testimonial rule for third-party commentary...more

SEC Explains How To Use Twitter And Absolves Issuers Of Retweets

Certain rules under the securities laws require certain communications be accompanied by legends. The length of the legend meant that Twitter could not be used because the 140 character limit would be exceeded. ...more

California Case Allowing Denial Of FOIA Request For Public Communications On Private Electronic Devices Instructive For Illinois...

While California and Illinois do not share the same weather, they seem to be similar in at least one aspect: Their court decisions support denial of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for most communications by public...more

ITC Section 337 Update

Commission Confirms That Electronic Transmissions Are "Articles" Under Section 337 – On April 10, 2014, the Commission issued a public version of its Opinion affirming-in-part, reversing-in-part and denying-in-part...more

EU High Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

On April 8, 2014, the highest court in the European Union invalidated an EU law that required telephone and electronic communications providers to retain user data for up to two years....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

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national...more

European Court Of Justice Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

The Directive requires public electronic communications providers to retain certain communications data (essentially traffic data) to help in the fight against serious crime. It came into force in 2006 after a number of...more

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