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Next Generation State Privacy Law: Regulating the Commercial Use of Drones

When most Americans think of drones, they think of unmanned, often weaponized aircraft that are used by governments in areas of conflict for intelligence or combat purposes. However, the proverbial sky is the limit on the...more

States Further Attempt to Protect Minors' Privacy Online

Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the...more

FTC, DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement Encouraging Private Sharing of Cybersecurity Information

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice yesterday issued a joint policy statement on the sharing of cybersecurity information. Declaring that “properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not...more

Google Glass will read our emotions?

An App might shortly allow Google Glass users to read the sentiments of people they are talking to as part of a wearable technology project run by a US start-up Emotient. However, this project might face some data protection...more

Important Announcement of a Key New Data Privacy Initiative

Rafi Azim-Khan, Partner and Head of Data Privacy, Europe at Pillsbury and Chair of the British American Business' Law Forum, was in Washington, DC yesterday to hear the important announcement of a key new data privacy...more

New Cellphone Promises Array of Built-in Privacy Features

Consumers will soon have access to a smartphone that automatically encrypts calls and texts, and provides anonymous web browsing, according to reports about the "Blackphone."...more

Maine Legislature Considering Privacy in Social Media

Joining a growing trend nationally, the Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to disclose their log-in information for social media and personal e-mail accounts. The...more

What is the Difference Between FERPA and PPRA? Protecting Student Privacy and Confidential Education Records

Two important federal laws protect the privacy rights of all students: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, “FERPA” and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. §1232h, “PPRA.” Both...more

Restarting the Federal Data Privacy Law Engine

The recent data security breaches at Target, Niemen Marcus, and a few other retailers has been a catalyst to Congress restarting talks about a federal data privacy law. Currently, there are pending bills in both the House and...more

CMS Issues New Policy on Disclosure of Physician Payment Information

On January 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will release Medicare expenditure data on specific physicians under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This new “transparency”...more

FTC and Accretive Health Settle Unfair Business Practice Complaint Centered on Data Security Measures

Accretive Health recently agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that stems from a July, 2011 incident in which an Accretive employee’s laptop was stolen from his car. As a medical billing and revenue...more

The "Internet Of Things" Will Impact Law And Regulation In 2014

If 2013 was the year of "Big Data," 2014 will be the year of the "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

Renewed Congressional Interest in Federal Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation

In light of recent, well-publicized, data security breaches at major retailers and social media company Snapchat, legislators are renewing the call for new federal laws that would strengthen data security and notification...more

Snowden, Drones, and Downton Abbey: Musings of a Privacy Professional for 2014

The year ahead promises to be one full of interesting and provocative legal cases involving privacy and data security....more

The UK ICO’s Vision for the Future

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office (UK ICO), the UK regulator of information rights, has issued a consultation document to get feedback from consumers and stakeholders on the role and impact it should adopt...more

Recent Australian Privacy Reforms Will Significantly Impact Offshore Share Incentives For Australian Employees

The changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), significantly increase the obligations imposed on an offshore parent or related entity that collects or...more

Collection of Email Addresses in Credit Card Transactions May Be Prohibited by California Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has held that the prohibition against requesting or requiring personal identification information in connection with credit card transactions contained in...more

FTC Recommends Stronger Safeguards for Mobile Payments

With the use of mobile payments by consumers reaching “fever pitch”, the FTC has released a new report entitled, “Paper, Plastic… or Mobile? An FTC Workshop on Mobile Payments,” discussing how companies can develop mobile...more

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