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Status Updates - August 2014 #13

..Blind spots. Self-driving cars are an excellent example of innovation, and the ones with Google technology have already traveled more than 700,000 miles. But what if a self-driving car doesn’t “see” a new traffic light or a...more

Spotlight on Privacy in the Automotive Industry

Privacy is a hot topic these days, and the automotive industry is no exception. Connected cars, in-car location services, telematics systems, event data records (black boxes), driverless cars, online consumer targeted...more

Driverless Cars For Consumers Are A Fast Approaching Reality, But Who Is Liable When Accidents Happen?

Google had lead the push to develop driverless cars and has made great strides in making them a reality on our streets. As driverless cars are already on the roads of many cities across Florida it has become clear the...more

Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Is in an Accident?

One author's view on how to determine the answer that may surprise you....more

Making Sure Cybersecurity and Liability Concerns Don’t Ground the Drones

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, are slowly being integrated into U.S. and international airspace systems. Despite current legal and regulatory limitations on their use for civilian purposes, governmental and...more

Common Flaws in Computer Fraud Class Actions: Lawsuits claiming unauthorized use of smartphone tracking technology are lacking key...

A number of class actions have recently been filed in federal district courts, predicated, in part, on alleged violations of the federal computer crime statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, complaining of tracking...more

Can A GPS Result In TMI?

The answer is “yes” – tracking employees by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can give an employer too much information (TMI). Surreptitious Surveillance In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held (in the case of U.S....more

Board Gives No Weight to Previous Examiner and District Court Decisions that Prior Art Was Antedated

The Board continued its record of taking a fresh look at old records in placing 10 challenged claims of an Escort patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as K-40 Electronics v. Escort, Inc....more

Big Brother is Watching You (Shop For Pants): Mobile analytics firms implement code of conduct for tracking customers while they...

If you’ve ever dealt with that pushy salesperson at Bed, Bath & Beyond who won’t take your word for it that you’re just browsing and not ready to commit to a high-end home espresso machine, you know that being followed around...more

Illinois Criminalizes Electronic Vehicle Tracking With Limited Exceptions

Recently, Illinois enacted HB 1199, which makes it illegal for any person or entity in Illinois to use an electronic vehicle tracking device to determine the location or movement of a person....more

Circuit Split Brewing Over Government Access to Cell Phone Location Data

A split among the U.S. courts of appeals is taking shape over the threshold requirements for the government’s ability to obtain historical cell phone location data, in the wake of a July 30, 2013, ruling by the U.S. Court of...more

Week in Review - August 1, 2013

Some people spend more time with their smartphones than with their friends. This attachment to technology has a number of implications, and not just for a person’s social life. This week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment...

On July 24, 2013, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), comprised of the largest media and marketing trade associations in the U.S., released new guidance regarding mobile and other devices (Mobile Guidance). The Mobile...more

State Supreme Court Rules Geographic Information System File is a Public Record Subject to Disclosure in that Format -...

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that an electronic database, maintained in a geographic information system (GIS) file format, is a public record subject to disclosure in that format under the California Public...more

New York Court of Appeals Approves Warrantless GPS Tracking of Government Employees

On June 27, 2013, a divided New York Court of Appeals held in Cunningham v. New York State Dept. of Labor, that the state can use GPS tracking to monitor its employees during working hours without a warrant....more

Did My iPhone Steal My Privacy?

The United State Supreme Court has not quite decided what constitutes an expectation of privacy in this new Facebook, Twitter and Global-Positioning-System (GPS) world....more

BB&K Police Bulletin: GPS “Ping” - No Fourth Amendment Violation When GPS on Stolen Cell Phone Locates Thief

Overview: A California Appellate Court recently found no Fourth Amendment violation where police used the Global Positioning System (GPS) on a stolen cell phone to locate and detain the thief. The court reasoned that the...more

A Legislative Solution to Prosecutors’ Tracking of Suspects Via Their Devices?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona underlined the importance of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments and drew a line that law enforcement must not cross – all in the interest of...more

Court to Rule on Exceptions to Warrant Requirement for GPS Tracking

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to become the first federal appellate court to answer the question left open by the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. Last year, the Court held in Jones that a...more

Bills on Use of Mobile-Device-Location Data Reintroduced

Updating our entry on this issue posted during the last Congress, on March 21, 2013, lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced companion bills intended to curb government use of mobile users’ geolocation data. The...more

Bill Introduced On Warrantless GPS Tracking

On March 21, a bipartisan group of legislators in the House of Representatives introduced a new bill, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, which would force law enforcement to obtain a warrant to track suspects with...more

Records of Potential Off-the-Clock Work Violations: GPS Tracking Devices

Along with the ubiquitous nature of smart phones, employers are increasingly using GPS technology to track company vehicles to determine if employees working on remote job sites are where they are supposed to be and to locate...more

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