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Status Updates - September 2014 #10

Hooray for Hollywood. According to a new study by KPMG, television and movie viewers have never had it better. A report by the consulting company found that the overwhelming majority of well-known movies and television shows...more

Drone on Drones: Farm Lands are Fertile Ground for High-Tech Tool

From an auspicious beginning — with intended uses like data collection for farmers — unmanned aerial vehicles have increasingly become associated with military operations in the public consciousness. Yet, as drones become...more

Analytics and . . . Employment Law?

Moneyball (both book and movie versions) portrays a baseball team’s general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt in the movie), who eschewed conventional wisdom and instead relied on data analytics to build a successful team on a...more

Between the "Like" Button and a Hard Place: Understanding the Implications of Hulu's Latest Argument Against User's Privacy...

Companies commonly utilize Facebook as part of their online social media advertising strategy. Companies should revisit this strategy in light of a recent finding in the Northern California U.S. District Court (In re Hulu...more

Privacy Top Five: Issues And Concerns In The First Six Months Of The Apps

That is, on receiving the personal information from a third party, you must contact each individual whose personal information you have now “collected” and notify them of the mandatory matters specified in the APPs, if such...more

Texting For Business On Personal Cell Phones

In the last few years, many industries and companies have been coming to grips with the problems posed by employees using their personal phones, tablets, or laptops for business uses. The recognition of the need to develop...more

If a Tree Falls on the Internet … An Insurer Has a Duty to Defend

Legal bloggers sometimes ask themselves: If my post appears on the Internet, but there’s no evidence anyone has read it, have I been published? The question has not yet been finally resolved among law firm compensation...more

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

The Third Circuit Limits the “Benign Language” Exception to the FDCPA Without Endorsing It

Among other things, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibits a debt collector from using “any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by use of...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #10

..Death in the digital age. When someone dies, his or her heirs or executor will have broad rights to access the deceased person’s letters, documents and other physical assets. Delaware has just become the first state to...more

Wearable Devices in the Workplace Challenge Data Security and Privacy

Wearable devices, including health and activity monitors, video and audio recorders, location trackers, and other interconnected devices in the form of watches, wristbands, glasses, rings, bracelets, belts, gloves, earrings,...more

Overheard at the Airport: Material, Non-Public Information

I was recently in a business lounge at the airport in Atlanta, and was amazed to be bombarded by executives on their cell phones loudly conducting business. Sitting within earshot, I learned that a large manufacturer...more

CFPB Cautions on Bitcoin and Begins Collecting Complaints on Virtual Currencies

The CFPB has issued a useful consumer advisory on virtual currencies. The advisory notes Bitcoin transactions may not be anonymous and “Information about each and every Bitcoin transaction is publicly shared and stored...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue 7 July 2014 -- Building A Workforce Culture Of Data Security In The Post-Snowden Era

Last month’s Employment Law Commentary discussed the high level of international attention now being paid to protecting trade secrets from misappropriation, with recommendations for practical steps that companies may take to...more

Worn on the Sleeve

Watches that monitor sleep quality. Skullcaps that gauge head injury. An infant bodysuit that sends temperature and breathing updates to a mobile device. Ear buds that track your heart rate. These are just some of the...more

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Legal Update: Proposed North Carolina drone legislation addresses economic benefits and civil...

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—also commonly referred to as drones and the systems used to operate them—are ubiquitous in the American consciousness today, even though for most of us our experiences with UAS may be limited to...more

Spotlight on Privacy in the Automotive Industry

Privacy is a hot topic these days, and the automotive industry is no exception. Connected cars, in-car location services, telematics systems, event data records (black boxes), driverless cars, online consumer targeted...more

Mexico’s online tax surveillance becomes operational

As part of the Tax Reform that became effective on January 1, 2014, the Mexican Congress passed a series of amendments to the Federal Tax Code for the purpose of modernizing and facilitating the compliance and enforcement of...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #9

..According to a current study by Bank of America, Americans are very closely attached to their smartphones. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said they check their phone at least a few times a day and 35 percent say they check...more

Going Mobile: The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program

Employees are increasingly using their personal electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, for work purposes. The trend, dubbed “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” has redefined what it means to “be at...more

Disclosing a CEO’s Illness: Privacy vs. Transparency

From time to time, a prominent CEO’s illness makes its way into the news and highlights once again one of disclosure’s trickiest issues. Most recently, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, disclosed that he has...more

Facebook: What Exactly are We Sharing When We Update Our Statuses?

Facebook’s newest feature may have you thinking twice about your status updates. However it’s not what you write that you should worry about, but rather where you write it. The social media giant has unveiled the latest...more

Digital Privacy’s New Age: Supreme Court Turns off Google’s Radio After Holding That We Are Our Cell Phones

In another installment of “Google does WHAT?!?,” the Supreme Court on June 30 rejected the Silicon Valley giant’s bid to stop a lawsuit accusing the search company of wiretapping. You read that right. Wiretapping....more

Backlash Over Facebook Timeline Experiment Serves as a Reminder: User Expectations Still Trump Fine Print

If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages...more

Massachusetts Conducting Cybersecurity Practices Survey of Massachusetts-Registered Investment Advisers

On June 3, 2014, the Massachusetts Securities Division released a survey to assess cybersecurity readiness and practices of Massachusetts-registered investment advisers....more

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