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California Supreme Court Rules Public Employees Personal Email Accounts are Subject to California Public Records Act

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued an important ruling regarding the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) (Govt. Code §6250 et seq.) and held that writings of a public employee may be subject to the...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

The ECJ Rules on the Compatibility with EU Law of Domestic Data Retention Requirements Imposed on Providers of Electronic...

After its invalidation of the data retention requirements imposed by Directive 2006/24/EC in its Digital Rights Ireland decision dated 8 April 2014, the ECJ was requested to assess the compatibility with the Directive...more

Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets

I don’t need to tell you that social media has become a mainstream way to communicate ideas, photos, and information. Even the President uses this technology as a prime form of expression. Have you considered what happens to...more

EEOC Launches New Five-City Trial For Online Employee Inquiries

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just added a fourth option for employees to initiate charges against their employers – an online portal. On March 13, 2017, the agency announced the Online Inquiry and...more

Ten things you should know about the new Arbitration Law

Under the old law, arbitration agreements must be made in writing; under the New Arbitration Law, this will now include electronic communications....more

Federal Computer Hacking Laws Apply to Executive's Unauthorized Access to Coworkers' Emails

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) were enacted to protect U.S. businesses and individuals from computer hacking and industrial espionage. In recent years, employers and...more

Northern District of California Finds Claims Directed to Device Pairing Patent Eligible

Is a patent directed to electronic communications between computing devices patent eligible? As with many legal questions, the answer to this question is not black and white. In the recent Fitbit, Inc. v. Aliphcom decision,...more

Proposal for new European ePrivacy Regulation

On 10 January 2017, the European Commission announced its proposal for new legislation which would update the law relating to privacy in electronic communications. The Commission has proposed a draft ePrivacy regulation that...more

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

The California Supreme Court has finally decided a question that has, for years, vexed courts, public officials, the media and citizen watchdogs: Are electronic communications — emails, voicemails and texts — on private...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

Cookies Crumble? The Draft EU Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications

The European Commission recently published a proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “Regulation”). The Regulation aims to update and broaden the scope of current rules under the ePrivacy Directive...more

Monitoring Employees’ Email and Internet Use Raises Legal Considerations

Retailers should be aware that federal laws prohibit the interception of another’s electronic communications, but these same laws have multiple exceptions that generally allow employers to monitor employees’ email and...more

Land Court Finds that Texting Can Bind Parties

The Massachusetts Land Court has held that text messages may form a binding contract in connection with the sale of real estate!! While neither punctuation nor colorful texting acronyms can make this decision more noteworthy...more

Proposal for new European ePrivacy Regulation

On 10 January 2017, the European Commission announced its proposal for new legislation which would update the law relating to privacy in electronic communications. The Commission has proposed a draft ePrivacy regulation that...more

Employee Monitoring: A How-To Guide

Federal laws prohibit the interception of another’s electronic communications, but these same laws have multiple exceptions that generally allow employers to monitor employees’ email and internet use on employer-owned...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2017

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: a federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

Indianapolis Colts Set Their Eyes for Home-Field Advantage in Second Class Action Complaint

As a follow-up to our previous article, the Indianapolis Colts are moving to move venues in a federal class action lawsuit to Indiana. The plaintiff alleges that the beacon technology integrated in the Colts mobile...more

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that...more

Email Privacy Act Introduced With Bi-Partisan Support in the House

On January 9, 2017, lawmakers in the House re-introduced legislation, the Email Privacy Act, which, if enacted, would require the government to obtain a court-issued warrant to access electronic communications, including...more

EU Data Protection Law Subjects U.S.-Based Companies to Potentially Substantial Penalties

On May 25, 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “ePR”) will go into full force and effect. That gives companies that do business in the EU,...more

Indianapolis Colts Want Class Action on Recording Conversations Moved to Home Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts mobile app is alleged by a putative class to record fans’ private conversations. In the putative class action, the named plaintiff alleges that the mobile app secretly activates the smart phone’s...more

Revised Draft 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines Open For Comment

Last week, CMS published the Revised Draft 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines and requested feedback from all interested parties. The draft includes many small changes to the Marketing Guidelines, including but not...more

Draft Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation published by European Commission

The European Commission has released proposals for new legislation that seeks to create stronger privacy in electronic communications. The draft Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (the “Regulation”) is intended...more

IP, IT and mass communications. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in IP, IT and mass communications for 2016....more

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