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Courts Consider Definition of Autodialer and Standing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after FCC Ruling

In July, the FCC issued its omnibus ruling responding to 21 petitions seeking exemptions or clarification of certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The ruling addresses the statutory definition of...more

To Settle Privacy Law Claims, California AG Requires Firm to Hire a Chief Privacy Officer and Assess Privacy Risks

In October 2015, California Attorney General Kamela Harris announced a settlement with Bay Area housing design startup Houzz, Inc. to resolve alleged violations of California privacy laws. According to the AG’s office, for...more

“Human Intervention” Precludes ATDS Classification under New FCC TCPA Order, California Federal District Court Holds

In a memorandum opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently held that the defendant’s manual use of a desktop telephone was not subject to liability under the new Federal Communications...more

What is the TCPA and Why is it of Concern to Long Term Care Facilities?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to protect consumers, especially cell phone consumers, from unwanted robocalls and texts. The Act applies to virtually any company that utilizes auto-dialing...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

On November 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. While much of the attention surrounding the bill focused on the decision to raise the debt ceiling, the legislation also quietly...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Creates New TCPA Exemptions

Prior to the amendment, these calls would have been prohibited absent the recipient’s prior express consent if placed to a cellular telephone and if they were made by an automatic telephone dialing system or included an...more

FTC Announces Agenda for Cross-Device Tracking Workshop

On November 3, the FTC announced the agenda for its Cross-Device Tracking workshop, which is scheduled to take place on November 16 in Washington, D.C. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will deliver opening remarks, with FTC...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

Wishing You Happy Holidays, if Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Permits

The holiday season is an important season to focus on good will and the profound messages that the holidays celebrate. Many organizations use the holiday season to communicate with clients and associates to share that...more

Illinois finds itself at forefront of facial-recognition litigation

Illinois is leading the way in regulating facial-recognition technology — it is one of only two states (the other Texas) that has passed laws covering the collection and use of biometric information. Illinois also is...more

Round-up of Safe Harbor guidance issued by EU Data Protection Authorities

October has been a busy month for Data Protection Authorities in the EU. Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362-14) on 6 October,...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

German DPAs Announce Policy Severely Limiting Mechanisms for Lawful Germany-to-U.S. Data Transfers

Over the course of the coming weeks, we will examine the various options available to companies in light of the European Court of Justice’s (CJEU) decision invalidating the US-EU Safe Harbor framework, including model...more

Party Line: Third Circuit Issues Expansive Interpretation of Right to Sue Under the TCPA

Interpreting broadly the scope of standing to bring suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that even an unintended recipient of an automated call is...more

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Broadens Standing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Action Item: Lenders and servicers should continue to evaluate whether their policies and procedures may result in claims being brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), including claims brought by parties...more

FCC Clarifies the Requirements for Sending Wireless Calls and Text Messages to Patients

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") recently clarified questions surrounding wireless patient calls and text messages, and the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The TCPA protects...more

TCPA Connect - October 2015

After FCC Citation for TCPA Violations, Lyft Changes Terms of Service - Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission cited Lyft for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by requiring customers...more

Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be...more

FCC issues supplementary information clarifying TCPA robocall rules

We previously reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Omnibus Order on July 10, 2015 regarding the rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), specifically...more

Smart-TV now regulated under new California law

Californians are now protected from smart-TV eavesdropping under new law, Assembly Bill 1116, which requires that smart-TV manufacturers ensure that voice-recognition features will not be enabled without consumer consent, and...more

EU Parliament Committee calls on the Commission for immediate action on US data transfers

The EU Parliament committee that is charged with considering data protection matters (LIBE) has issued a press release calling on the European Commission to take action before the end of 2015 to come up with alternatives to...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

International Life Sciences Data Transfers After Schrems

With the recent ruling that the Safe Harbor programme is invalid under European law, life sciences companies will need to review their strategies when exporting patient data to the United States....more

School Leaders: Are Your Automatic Phone Messages and Texts Breaking The Law?

In the past few months, we’ve had a flurry of requests from schools about the legality of automated calls and text messages they are making to cell phones. The Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) governs the...more

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