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Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

by Carlton Fields on

While most people are vaguely aware, even if they are in denial, that their browsers give advertisers access to their search histories, they are probably unaware that information is being sold or given to third parties via...more

Social Links: Rules for researching jurors via social media; law enforcement and new technologies; Facebook tool allows copyright...

A nice overview of the rules on researching jurors’ social media accounts in various jurisdictions from Law.com. The importance of appearing at the top of Google search results, especially on mobile devices, is driving...more

Court Orders Google to Turn Over Foreign-Stored Data

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently secured a notable victory against Google in a dispute over the enforceability of a U.S. search warrant seeking access to foreign-stored account data....more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

States Continue to Fill Gaps in Privacy Legislation: Illinois Biometric Law Gains Traction and Serves as Model for Other States

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enacted in 2008, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 or BIPA), generally requires companies to obtain a person’s consent before collecting, capturing, or purchasing a person’s “biometric identifier” or...more

Heads Up, App Developers: Google Is Getting Serious About Privacy and Data Security in Apps

Beginning March 15, 2017, Google began removing apps from Google Play, its online marketplace where apps and other digital media are offered for download and use on the Android platform, for failing to comply with Google’s...more

Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Action over Facial Recognition Technology Used by Google Photos

We’ve closely followed the numerous biometric privacy disputes and legislative developments surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which precludes the unauthorized collection and storing of some...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: 2017 FTC and Google Complaint

Google’s recent changes to its privacy policy are coming under fire from a complaint filed late last year with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that accuses the company of downplaying “transformational change” in its...more

Google Makes Ad-Tracking Change in its Privacy Policy

by Reed Smith on

In 2007, Google bought online ad network DoubleClick, which uses cookies to collect and store data about Google users from their browsing history, to best place clients’ ads. This past June, Google revised its privacy policy...more

Google Makes Ad-Tracking Change in its Privacy Policy

by Reed Smith on

In 2007, Google bought online ad network DoubleClick, which uses cookies to collect and store data about Google users from their browsing history, to best place clients’ ads. This past June, Google revised its privacy policy...more

“Face It”- Snapchat, Facebook, and Google Dealing with Suits Over Facial Recognition Technology

by Butler Snow LLP on

Snapchat, the popular “disappearing image” messaging social media corporation, was free to enjoy this past Labor Day weekend due to a voluntary dismissal of a biometric privacy class action. On August 30, 2016, the class...more

In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation: An IP Address is Not Always Personally Identifiable Information

What’s the Case About? In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation is a multi-district consolidated class action filed on behalf of children under the age of thirteen alleging that Viacom used child directed websites it...more

Google Prevails In Privacy Case Before Third Circuit - But Court’s Decision May Leave Door Open For Future Video Privacy Suits

by King & Spalding on

On June 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, rejected the allegation that Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) and federal and state wiretapping...more

LinkedIn + Microsoft: A win for the social media eco-system

by Adrian Dayton on

By now, it’s old news that Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion dollars in cash. Tech sites, Time, and even the Moody ratings agency have been fairly critical of Microsoft massively overspending on this acquisition....more

Authenticating Purchases with Facial Recognition

by LeClairRyan on

Facial recognition technology has rapidly advanced in sophistication and accuracy over the years. Early use of the technology was focused on facial detection in security systems. Since 2014, the federal government has...more

Google latest defendant in biometrics case

We have been following and reporting on the Facebook and Shutterfly biometrics cases in Illinois and California. Google was recently sued by a potential class in Illinois alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric...more

Vizio and Google Data Privacy Class Actions Illustrate Risks of Data Collection – And Defensive Value of Robust Disclosures

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Two recent developments in data privacy litigation highlight the continuing challenges to companies that collect internet usage information without clearly disclosing the manner and method in which they are doing so to users....more

Website Privacy Policy Updates – Tell Them About It

by Brooks Pierce on

You may have noticed our law firm’s website recently posted a notice announcing a change to our website’s privacy policy. You may have seen other website publishers do something similar from time to time, as well....more

Google seeks dismissal or stay of email scanning litigation

Google has recently asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging that the company’s practice of scanning Gmail users e-mail for marketing data violates federal and state privacy laws, primarily...more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

PRIVACY POLICIES AND THE SALE OF CORPORATE ASSETS: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset. At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately,...more

Apple and The World’s Most Public Privacy Policy

It bears mentioning when one of the world’s most famous brands releases one of the world’s most prominent and readable privacy policies. That’s just what Apple did this week, and the message to other brands is clear – privacy...more

Do You Know Your IP Rights In Your Imagery and Other Data Products?

by Williams Mullen on

Two recent court cases highlight the need for businesses to carefully consider the intellectual property rights associated with building data products and services. This issue is of growing importance as companies...more

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