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New Bill Would Ban GPS Location Tracking Applications And Limit Other Tracking

On Tuesday, November 10, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) reintroduced legislation that would ban GPS location tracking applications. The legislation goes much further, however. It also would require companies to get...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 17, 2015

It’s no secret that employers can gain information about productivity and safety if they monitor employees. They can also catch employees engaged in misconduct. In light of a recent advice memorandum from the National Labor...more

Company’s use of GPS to track employee did not violate collective bargaining agreement

On November 2, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released an advisory letter stating that Shore Point Distribution Co. (Shore Point), an alcoholic beverage distributor in New Jersey, did not violate labor laws...more

NLRB Hands Employers a Win (Seriously!): GPS Tracking of Employee Upheld

It is no surprise that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been busy this summer establishing several principles that are frightening to employers. But in an unexpected turn of events, the NLRB Office of the General...more

California Enacts CalECPA, Requiring a Search Warrant to Obtain or Access Users’ Electronic Information

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (the “California ECPA”). This legislation, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, has been heralded by...more

Northern District of California Requires A Warrant to Access Cellphone Geographic Information

We previously reported that government access to cellphone geographic information or CSLI without a warrant has become a vigorous debate between the government, defense attorneys, and the federal bench. In a lengthy opinion,...more

Court of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction Despite Declaratory Judgment

It is often contended that the availability of a declaratory judgment in Superior Court to determine the parties’ rights may deprive the Court of Chancery of jurisdiction to grant an equitable remedy such as an injunction....more

US 9th Circuit Holds Google Beyond Question: Map Tack Not Hearsay

A Ninth Circuit Panel held that a GPS location tack generated out of court on a Google-Maps satellite image is not hearsay under the Federal Rules of Evidence. In an immigration prosecution, the location of the arrest...more

Every Step You Take…Can Your Employer Be Watching You?

It sounds like something out of an Orwell novel: an employer demands an employee provide electronic notice of her whereabouts at all times, on and off the clock. The employee must now face a choice – protect her privacy...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

Employer sued for invasion of privacy by tracking its employees’ every move –on and off company time

Can your employer track you 24-7? This plaintiff, Myrna Arias, a former-Intermex sales executive, claims that her employer’s constant tracking of her every move violated her privacy rights. In Bakersfield, California, Arias’...more

Starter Interrupters Expose Lenders To SCRA Risks

Individuals often take great care to make a good impression on a first date, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Oscar Fabela Jr. was walking his date back to his car after a movie when he found that his car would not...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Warrantless Cell Site Data Constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting as a full panel, has ruled that law enforcement may acquire historical cell site data information (i.e., past location information) from wireless telecommunications...more

Telematics and Usage-Based Insurance: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future

The NAIC’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) released a white paper in March 2015 providing an excellent overview of the brave new world of automobile “telematics” data and their use in premium rate-making by...more

GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders Is a Fourth Amendment Search

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Another Reminder that Sex Offender Restrictions are Under Scrutiny - Forcing someone to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor her or his location is a Fourth Amendment search, the U.S. Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court holds that ankle bracelet monitoring is a form of search and seizure

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court in Grady v. North Carolina vacated the judgment of the Supreme Court of North Carolina upholding the use of a GPS monitor on a recidivist offender. The statute authorizing the program...more

Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

California Senator Introduces Bill To Protect Privacy Of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

A bill introduced in the California Senate by Senator Mark Leno is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing new smartphone or tablet apps that track their location using GPS....more

Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

Growing Use of Vehicle Monitoring Devices Fuels Increase in Privacy Concerns

In recent years, companies in the United States and abroad have increasingly turned to vehicle tracking devices and remote shut off devices to offer lower priced insurance products and auto loans to higher risk borrowers. On...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

#Ubergate Makes Plain That Privacy Cannot Be a Passing Thought for Start-Ups

The long-brewing behind-the-scenes tensions of privacy, big data, and mobile finally came to a head last week in the public relations disaster known as #Ubergate. Uber’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the rideshare start-up...more

Quirky Question #246, iKnow where your iPad is

Our California company intends to provide iPads to all of our sales employees, but to make sure we can locate the iPads if they are lost or stolen, we plan to use the iPads’ GPS capabilities to track their locations. As an...more

Location of employees can be monitored with privacy restrictions

It is possible to collect location data relating to employees through smartphone Apps if used in order to optimize the usage of resources and improve their management, coordination and timing provided that this practice...more

iSpy: Tracking Employees with GPS Technology on Mobile Devices

More than 90 percent of the 322 million cellular phones in use in the United States contain global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices that allow wireless carriers to obtain continuous, highly accurate information...more

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