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AIM disclosure and social media

AIM Regulation has published guidance on the interaction between social media and other forms of electronic communication (e.g. Twitter, the AIM company's website, a non-regulatory news feed) and an AIM company's disclosure...more

EU Proposes Overhaul to Privacy and Electronic Communications

January 10, 2017 marked another important step towards reform of the EU data protection framework, with the release of the EU Commission’s proposals for a new Regulation governing privacy and electronic...more

Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications

The Digital Single Market Strategy ("DSM Strategy") had, as an objective, to increase trust in and the security of digital services. In that context, the EC proposed a reform of the data protection framework across the EU,...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

EU Commission Publishes Its Proposals for New e-Privacy Regulation

On 10 January, the EU Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“proposed Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58 (known as the “ePrivacy Directive”). The proposed Regulation...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: Is Your Business Ready for July 1st, 2017?

On July 1st, 2017, organizations communicating electronically under Canada's Anti-Spam Law ("CASL" or the "Act") will lose the benefit of the transitional provisions, and will become subject to the coming into force of a...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

New Notice and Consent Rules under Proposed EU e-Privacy Regulation

The European Commission has released its proposal for a new EU e-Privacy Regulation that will replace the existing e-Privacy Directive. The high level aim of the draft e-Privacy Regulation is to harmonise the specific...more

EU court strikes down security legislation over privacy concerns

A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) imposes restrictions on the use by member states’ law enforcement and national security agencies of telecommunication traffic and location records as...more

2017 Practical Advice Series, Part II: The Tongue is an Evil Serpent and Email and Tweets are Even Worse

I’ve commenced this series because employers and employees seem to make many of the same mistakes over and over again, and technology has created new ways for one to screw up. On some level, most of us are aware that we...more

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 cast into doubt by new EU ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") has ruled that EU Member States cannot pass laws that require communications service providers to carry out general and indiscriminate retention of communications data...more

CJEU holds that mass surveillance must not be general and indiscriminate

The CJEU (the European Union Court of Justice) has handed down a decision which makes clear that general and indiscriminate retention of electronic communications is unlawful. National legislation of each European Member...more

E-Mail Communications: The Devil is on the Server

It is hard to imagine how prosecutors were able to bring cases before there was email communications. When I was a prosecutor, we looked for evidence in a lot of other sources, internal memos, calendars and other places where...more

Claim For Violation of Wiretap Act Not A Slam Dunk under Spokeo

A motion to dismiss has been filed in a California case filed by a New York woman who claims that the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (the “Wiretap...more

Content and Purpose Governs Connecticut’s New Standard for Determining Attorney/Client Privilege

On September 6, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court published its opinion regarding Michael C. Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission, et al. (SC 19586). As discussed below, this opinion creates a new standard for...more

The Power of Autowrong in Life and Employment Litigation

Are you tired of people refusing to take accountability for their actions? Tired of excuse after excuse for potentially offensive words? Sick of folks blaming grammar lunacy on their iPhones? If you answered “yes” to all...more

New Rules for OTT Services—The EU Commission’s Draft Electronic Communications Code

In December 2015, we reported about a German court that classified Google’s Gmail as a regulated telecommunications service. This court decision added to the discussion of whether and to what extent communications services...more

Court of Appeals Holds Email Deliberations Among a “Quorum" of a Public Body Violates the Open Meetings Act

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that email deliberations among a quorum of public body members violates the Open Meetings Act. The Nov. 1, 2016, unpublished opinion was issued by a three-judge panel in the case of...more

President Donald J. Trump – What Lies Ahead for Privacy, Cybersecurity, e-Communication?

Following a brutal campaign – one laced with Wikileaks’ email dumps, confidential Clinton emails left unprotected, flurries of Twitter and other social media activity – it will be interesting to see how a Trump Administration...more

New National Privacy Law in Qatar

The State of Qatar has announced that it has issued Law No. 13 of 2016 Concerning Privacy and Protection of Personal Data (the Law). Once gazetted, the Law will officially be the first national level legal regime...more

Court Finds Airport Cannot Fly Under the Radar on Employee’s Email Privacy Claims

A federal district court in Virginia recently grounded an airport’s attempt to escape liability for accessing an employee’s email account. (Hoofnagle v. Smyth-Wythe Airport Commission.) The decision, which delivered a mixed...more

This is a Non-Political Post: eDiscovery Trends

At the outset, I feel that I should state that, given that this post is about the Hilary Clinton emails and the FBI handling of them. In his latest post (E-Discovery Lessons from the Huma Abedin E-Mails), Craig Ball...more

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy...more

Takeover Code: changes to communicating and distributing information

There have been recent changes to the Takeover Code. The purpose of these is to ensure that the Code's rules on communicating and distributing information and opinions during a takeover offer adequately reflect recent...more

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