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Yelling at Your Smartphone Could Get You Fired!

Michael Schrage at Harvard Business Review warns his readers, “Stop swearing at Siri. Quit cursing Cortana,” arguing such behavior could soon be seen just as destructive to an organization as ridiculing a subordinate. In the...more

HHS-OCR Announces Guidance On HIPAA Compliance And Cloud Computing

On October 6, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance on complying with HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules when using cloud computing technology...more

Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

NIST Extends Deadline for Comments to Mobile Device Infrastructure Guidance

All enterprises are struggling with the security risks posed by the use of mobile devices by employees. Companies want their employees to have easy access to information so that they can perform their job functions in an...more

Practical Implications from the Federal Circuit’s Rare en Banc Reversal in Apple v. Samsung

In a precedential opinion issued en banc on Friday, October 7, 2016, the Federal Circuit overturned a panel decision, affirming and reinstating the district court’s judgment and the jury’s verdict. The majority opinion...more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Be Smart

At the dawn of portable electronic devices, they were primarily work-related productivity tools. Often, employers would purchase (or lease) devices and distribute them to their need-to-have employee base. It’s not so long...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.5.16

Investor plaintiffs won a big discovery battle with the US gov’t over its 2012 decision to seize Fannie & Freddie’s profits. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney has ruled that the government improperly invoked the...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Recent FTC Consent Decree with InMobi for Unlawful Geolocational Tracking Provides Insight for App Developers

Recently in United States v. InMobi Pte Ltd., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set a new standard for geolocational tracking. The FTC told app developers and app marketers one simple rule: honor consumers location privacy...more

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

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