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Social Media Week Part I – Using Social Media In Your Compliance Program

Welcome to Part I of Social Media Week. I recently did a webinar, hosted by The Network, on the use of social media in your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program. The response was as great as almost any...more

Beme, or BeHBO / BeShowtime / BePayPerView?

It has been a tumultuous year for copyright owners. The old cliche is “if you love something, set it free,” but it seems plenty of third parties are happy to take on that task when it comes to copyrighted content....more

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has gained both praise and notoriety for shaking up the taxi industry by allowing individuals who meet minimum requirements to provide an on-demand car service via the Uber mobile app. In...more

Cloud Sharing Apps Scrutinized for ePHI

In a relatively short time period, the direct costs of document storage have dropped precipitously, and cloud-based document storage has become ubiquitous. Clearly, this is a wave of the future. But a recent settlement...more

Oh, the Humanity. Why Real, Live Editors are Making a Comeback

I’m not sure where they—or we, I suppose—went off to, but the consensus seems to be that, as Julia Greenberg wrote in Wired, “humans are making a comeback.” The headline on that article, “LinkedIn Brings Back Human...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds that Envelope with Visible Bar Code That Could Be Scanned To Reveal Consumer’s Account Number May...

Action Item: In light of this decision, debt collectors should avoid the use of account numbers and/or QR codes on envelopes or within the viewing area of clear plastic envelope windows. Revealing such information on...more

HR Has More Important Things To Do

On Tuesday, Salon published an article titled “5 Ways Corporate HR Departments Monitor Your Movements – Even When You’re Not Working.” Because we’re always interested in the subject of employee monitoring, we eagerly clicked...more

Uber is Driving an Unknown Road: How Certain App Features Can Help

Last Friday, Homejoy—a startup that provided on-demand house cleaners—announced that it will be shutting down at the end of July. In an interview with Re/Code, Homejoy’s CEO attributed its fall to the recent Uber decision,...more

Somebody’s Watching You: What Are the Rules?

In 1984, Kennedy William Gordy, better known as pop artist Rockwell, released his first and ultimately biggest hit: Somebody’s Watching Me. One can only imagine how Rockwell would have felt if the Internet was in full swing...more

TCPA Connect - July 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Issues Long Awaited TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) addressing 21 petitions...more

Mobile App Legal Terms & Conditions: Six Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website....more

Mobile Passport Control Expands to SFO

US Customs and Border Protection announced the expansion of the Mobile Passport Control Program (“MPC”) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). MPC is now available at SFO, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International...more

Alert: The FCC's Telephone Consumer Protection Act Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released an order that purports to respond to numerous different petitions asking the agency for clarification regarding the federal Telephone...more

Is My Telehealth App Subject to HIPAA?

Many telehealth and mHealth app developers are concerned about whether or not their app is a medical device under FDA regulations (and rightfully so), they often pay less attention to the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Litigation Alert: FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to...

FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Order Further Expanding Definition of Autodialer, Providing Limited Protections to App Developers - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a much-anticipated...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

The Positives and Negatives of the FCC’s Recent Omnibus Order on the TCPA

On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an omnibus, Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC Ruling) seeking to clarify certain ambiguities in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...more

FCC Issues Controversial TCPA Declaratory Ruling

New guidance expands the restrictions on business-to-customer communications under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Declaratory Ruling...more

Use of File-Sharing Service Leads To $218,400 Fine For HIPAA Violations

Internet-based file-sharing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive can be easy and convenient to use, whether via the touch of an app on a mobile device or by opening a browser on a PC. Healthcare professionals are often...more

Four New Apps Give Uber a Run for its Money

In the realm of ridesharing, Uber reigns supreme, with an independent valuation of $50 billion that dwarfs not just all its competitors, but every other privately held company in the world. Yet the innovations it has spurned...more

Lyft Agrees to Pay $300,000 Settlement for Violating New York Insurance Laws

Recently, commuters across the country have witnessed the emergence of ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft. These companies have become increasingly popular over the last few months, in large part due to their...more

Status Updates: Artist sues Pinterest; texting for teens without data plans; quit smoking with social media

Pin pain. As a primarily visual social media platform whose self-described purpose is to help users bookmark and save “good stuff you find anywhere around the web,” Pinterest has raised copyright infringement questions since...more

NVCA reports VC-Backed IPO Activity Increase in Q2

A press release by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters reports a significant jump in the number of VC-backed IPOs during the second quarter of 2015. The release notes a 59 percent increase by...more

Mobile App Developer Settles with FTC and New Jersey AG Over Virtual Currency Mining

On June 29, a mobile app developer entered into an agreement with the FTC and the New Jersey AG to settle allegations that the developer engaged in deceptive and unfair practices by marketing its rewards app, called “Prized,”...more

7 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid To Protect IP

Startups are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual...more

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