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Encryption: Ensuring the Right to Privacy in the Information Age?

On December 2nd, 2015, a tragic mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and severe injuries to 22 others. The attackers, a married couple, targeted the husband’s workplace – the...more

The serious security vulnerabilities of mobile devices

If you have wondered about security threats to your mobile device, a recent report of the National Institute of Standards and Technology may answer some of your questions — and increase your fears. The report,...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

Survey Shows Employees Top Security Risk for Companies

A recent survey conducted by Arlington Research for OneLogin in May 2016 of 1,022 respondents found what most of us already know: employees continue to be a high risk for employers when it comes to security risk. The...more

Privacy Tip #53 – Valuable Lesson: Don’t Write Down Passwords

I have been doing a lot of live employee training lately. I really enjoy it, and have been told that it is some of the most entertaining training around. The reason why I can get the audience to laugh is because I tell real...more

Privacy and The Cell Phone: Arizona Says Yes

Arizona recently recognized a “legitimate expectation of privacy” in cell phones. The case was State v. Peoples, and the opinion was issued on September 12, 2016. The Peoples case was about the police’s search of a cell...more

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...more

iPhones Vulnerable to Pegasus—Update Your iPhone Now

Apple has issued an urgent warning to iPhone users about a crucial iOS update that is the only way to protect iPhones from “the extremely malicious Pegasus software.” According to Apple, Pegasus can completely take over...more

Complaint Alleges T-Mobile and Subway Violated TCPA

On September 6, 2016, a putative class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington by two plaintiffs alleging that T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) and Subway Sandwich...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

Beacons, Basketball and the App that Hears Too Much

What are the privacy limits when users give permission for an app to access their smartphone’s microphone? A purported class action filed last week by LaTisha Satchell (a New York resident) against the Golden State Warriors...more

NBA Team Sued By Fans Over Mobile Application

Earlier this week, a putative class action was brought against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors concerning the team’s mobile application. According to the complaint, the free app provides an interactive experience for fans by...more

12-year-old Awarded Patent for Human-Powered Generator

What started as a science fair project for then 12-year-old George Panousis of Penn Hills has led to a patent two years later. With the help of his father and Lisa Geary of Cohen & Grigsby’s intellectual property group,...more

HIPAA Breaches: Size Doesn't Necessarily Matter

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) made headlines this month with a record $5.55 million HIPAA settlement reached with Advocate Health Care System, Illinois’ largest health care...more

Pokémon Go in the Workplace: Catch all the Issues before They Catch You

The new smartphone app, Pokémon Go, has taken the world by storm. This increasingly popular free game uses the GPS feature and camera of the player’s smartphone to capture creatures called “Pokémon” who appear on the user’s...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.25.16

US regulators are “ramping up oversight” of Swift—the financial messaging system used throughout global finance that’s been a key conduit for hackers in recent attacks of Bangladeshi and Ecuadorian banks....more

Location Data Poses Risks To Individual Privacy Says Irish Regulator

With the proliferation of location-based app services like traffic alerts and ride-sharing programs, the collection of consumers’ location information has exploded in recent years. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that...more

FCC Allows for Greater Use of Robo-Calls By School Districts

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has issued a ruling that clarifies the application of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to schools to allow automated calls and texts to parents in the case of...more

FCC Holds Educators and Utilities Making Certain Robo Calls Do Not Violate The TCPA

On August 4, 2016, the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling confirming that schools and utilities making robo calls do not violate the TCPA under certain circumstances. The Ruling, addressed Petitions filed by Blackboard, Inc....more

FCC Outlines Exemptions from the TCPA for Schools and Utilities

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the FCC granted organizations representing schools and utilities significant relief from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act—a law that subjects callers to substantial penalties if they...more

On the Trail for Pokémon – and HIPAA Compliance

Pikachu, Alakazam, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle can teach us a few things about HIPAA privacy. Pokémon GO is a recent craze encouraging people to try to catch’em all. As a result, employees, clients, and patients are...more

No Cash? No Problem: The Emergence of Cashless Retailers

From the time we were little, putting birthday money into our piggy banks, cash has always been an important part of our lives. Now, imagine a world where cash is no longer king. Like so many other things that we thought were...more

Pokémon in the Workplace: Does Your Company Need a Policy?

It seems crazy to have to tailor office policy because of the advent of a new phone app, doesn't it? But this is exactly what is transpiring due to the overwhelming popularity of Pokémon Go, an app for your phone that allows...more

Pokémon – A Wake-up Call to Employers on the Importance of Electronic Use Policies

As my 11-year-old begs to borrow my mobile device to catch a Pokémon, I become one more Generation X member unwittingly joining the millions of millennials participating in an augmented reality game. For employers, Pokémon...more

Mobile Apps - Has the Marketplace Downloaded Potential Product Liability Risk?

For many consumers, it is hard to remember performing a daily routine without using a mobile application. App usage starts almost immediately - with a morning alarm that wakes you up slowly or with a coffee waiting for you at...more

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