The blended use of technology for both professional and personal communication has had a significant impact on workplace privacy. Gone are the days when all an employer knew about an employee was what could be observed during...more
Given the rarity of a granted Motion for Additional Discovery, it is worth noting the circumstances of the Board’s decision in Apple Inc. v. Achates Reference Pub., Inc., IPR2013-00080; -00081 (Paper 58), wherein an exchange...more
Apparently phone carriers lost $ 33 bn due to instant messaging apps and after Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, telecom companies are calling for stringent regulations on instant messaging apps, but how are they currently...more
Cheng v. Romo, 2013 WL 6814691 (D. Mass. Dec. 20, 2013).
In this action, the plaintiff sued defendant for accessing the plaintiff’s web-based emails without authorization under the Stored Communications Act (SCA). The...more
Facebook, iMessages, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Confide, MessageMe, Popcorn, Glide, Tango, Viber, Whisper. . . . According to a recent post on the New York Times Bits blog, these are just some of the...more
Over 80% of business correspondence was in the form of email in 2012, with 89 billion messages sent and received each day. This raises the very real and immediate possibility of security breaches arising from employee errors...more
The changes to electronic communication introduced into the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (“ICA”) by the Insurance Contracts Amendment Act 2013 (“ICAA”) mean that insurers are now able to take advantage of the provisions of...more
On January 17, the Russian Federation became the fourth party to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts, joining The Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Singapore. The...more
Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more
One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more
Industry Canada released its final regulations to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) on December 4, 2013.
Bottom line: Canada’s new anti-spam law will take effect on July 1, 2014, and it includes significant...more
Do you want a comprehensive overview of the data privacy debate in the United States? Well, the Government Accountability Office has written one — just for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), his Senate Commerce Committee, and...more
As of the date of this posting, seven states have recently passed laws and at least eighteen other states are considering new laws granting fiduciary access to an incapacitated or deceased person’s online accounts and other...more
On Friday, October 25, 2013, Governor Corbett signed HB 1481 into law, which adopts provisions of the NAIC’s Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Model Act (ORSA). HB 1481 also gives much needed direction to Pennsylvania insurers...more
Many aspects of the revolution in electronic communications fall into the proverb: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Electronic communications may be faster and may make it easier for multiple individuals...more
Illinois recently passed two new laws that will make employers that unlawfully monitor their employees' electronic communications subject to civil remedies and allow employers to access employees' social media accounts that...more
The revelation of the U.S. mass data collection program PRISM has triggered a worldwide discussion about the government’s access to the private communications of Internet users....more
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) issued a market regulation advisory relating to electronic audit trail requirements for orders entered into the Globex platform through the CME iLink® gateway. Pursuant to the advisory...more
This blog has focused heavily on social media-related issues that arise in the employer/employee relationship and that have been a continual challenge for employers over the last decade. Employment-related social media issues...more
Whether you are rolling out a new CRM system or trying to enhance the adoption or participation with your current system, effective communication is key. At most firms, you've really got to talk it up. In some firms, you may...more
The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that electronic communications about public business sent or received by members of a city council during a public meeting or study session are “public records” subject to the...more
A citizens group challenged the development of a shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart store by filing a lawsuit stating that the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). After the city prepared the...more
Programming Error Leads to “Low Tech” Data Breach at Indiana Family and Social Services Administration -
Although it started with a programming error, the breach itself was paper document. Apparently, a programming...more
This is part 1 of 3-part post on the recently published Mexican Telecom Reform. Follow me to explore the great opportunities to come.
What ever happened to the Telecom Market.
Mexican Telecom Reform is now on...more
In the recent judgement of Hill as Trustee for the Ashmore Superannuation Benefit Fund v Halo Architectural Design Services Pty Ltd  NSWSC 878, Stevenson J took the opportunity "to remind practitioners of their...more
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