Invasion of Privacy

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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

Avoid a Class Action Lawsuit Landing in Your Holiday Stocking

The holidays are quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend in excess of $600 billion this season. The holiday season is shaping up to become a winter wonderland for retailers. However, brands that market or...more

Don’t Throw It Away: A Company May Not Have Rights to Confidential Information It Puts in the Garbage

Greenpeace, Inc. v. The Dow Chemical Co. - In an opinion that should remind us all of the importance of properly disposing of documents, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of Greenpeace’s...more

Keeping Tabs on a Bad Neighbor

When a conflict arises between neighbors, attorneys often recommend that their clients keep a record of events. A written log of dates and times is one thing, but a video or audio recording can easily step over the line from...more

California Continues to Lead with New Legislation Impacting Privacy and Security

At the end of September, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. approved six bills designed to enhance and expand California’s privacy laws. These new laws are scheduled to take effect in 2015 and 2016. It will be...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #8

..Pin Money. Brands of all sizes have long used the virtual pin board/social media site Pinterest to promote their wares and drive traffic to their web sites. Beginning in October 2014, companies will be able to purchase paid...more

Don’t Make Promises That You Cannot Keep: Greenwich Silver Shield Association v. Town of Greenwich, the FOIA and Discrimination...

Investigations in the public sector confront the competing demands of employee privacy rights and the public’s “right to know” under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”]. Another decision by the Freedom of Information...more

California Court Sustains Disclaimer Based on Employment Practices Exclusion

In John Davler, Inc. v. Arch Insurance Company, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 837 (Cal. App. Sept. 15, 2014), the California Court of Appeal had the opportunity to consider the application of an employment-related practices exclusion...more

Texas High Court Rules Improper Photography Law Unconsitutional; Or, Why You Care a Creepy Dude Is Not Guilty

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in a 8-1 decision yesterday that the “Improper Photography and Visual Recording Act” is facially unconstitutional. The case involved a guy who allegedly took pictures of kids at a...more

Brazilian Regulators Slap $1.59 Million Fine on Telecom Giant Oi, Alleging Violations of Users’ Privacy Rights

As a reminder of the transnational nature of online data collection-and the ever-expanding web of regulatory bodies stepping in to monitor how information is collected and used-Brazilian regulators announced that they had...more

I Want My Selfie Back!!!

Over the last week, several high profile celebrities (e.g., Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton) have reportedly become the latest victims of internet privacy rights violations. In those cases, hackers supposedly obtained...more

I Want My Selfie Back!!!

If your selfie has fallen into the wrong hands, the following statutory acts and/or common law theories may provide some relief....more

Lawsuits Against Social Media Sites Rarely a Good Idea – This One Probably Isn’t Either

A Houston area woman has sued Facebook asking for $123 million because Facebook was slow to take down a fake a profile created by her ex-boyfriend with pornographic images. The plaintiff sued Facebook and the...more

Calif. Law Does Not Bar Recording of Cell Phone Calls by Participants, Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that the state’s call recording statute does not apply to cell phone call participants. This decision should help companies that record consumer calls for monitoring purposes defeat...more

Policyholder Takes the Insurer’s Bait and Loses Coverage

In an interesting Order coming from the United States District Court in Western District of Washington, case no C13-1014 (National Union et al v. Coinstar), National Union skillfully avoided a bad faith claim by timely...more

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Receives Additional Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

In August, a judge awarded former Jackson State University (JSU) head coach, Denise Taylor, $200,000 in damages for “emotional pain and suffering” she endured during her employment. Taylor was the head women’s basketball...more

Data Breach Class Action Not Barred by Lack of Individual Injury in West Virginia

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a trial court’s order denying class certification in a data breach class action. The case, Tabata v. Charleston Area Medical...more

Stolen Customer Data Results in Ontario's First Certified Privacy Class Action

Businesses that collect personal information have an added incentive to monitor employees handling customer data – Ontario's first class action arising from the new tort of "intrusion upon seclusion" was certified last week....more

Health Data Breach Victims Have Standing to Sue Says WV Supreme Court

The most common defense against class actions for data breach has itself been breached in a ruling last week by the West Virginia Supreme Court....more

Is TMZ Worse Than The NSA?

Donald Sterling’s private telephone conversation. George Clooney’s engagement party. Jay-Z and Solangé’s elevator scuffle. Is TMZ invading privacy rights more than the NSA? The California Constitution, Article 1,...more

California’s privacy statute regulates California companies, but not against out-of-state plaintiffs: a recent decision, 2...

Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims. With statutes such as California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Telephone...more

Massachusetts Court Ruling on ‘Upskirt’ Photos

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has overruled a lower court’s decision to arrest and prosecute a man for taking photos up women’s skirts and dresses. In 2010, Michael Robertson was arrested in a sting after...more

California Federal Court Requires Pre-Recording Notification of All Cell Phone Calls Under California Invasion of Privacy Act

A federal district court in the Northern District of California in March refused to dismiss a consumer class action against wireless telecommunications company Verizon alleging that a third-party collections agency hired by...more

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate...more

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)

Sometimes an employment lawyer is faced with a thorny question that involves multiple layers of analysis. Before advising a client, any good attorney will want to examine prior case decisions, statutory citations, regulatory...more

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