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FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

Time to Shift Gears and Change the World

Imagine a world where highway traffic fatalities drop considerably, emergency vehicles get to their destination faster, vehicle emissions are low or non-existent, “road rage” is a thing of the past, and the word “idiot” is...more

Guidelines for Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology uses algorithms that map facial features – such as the distance between a person’s eyes, or the width of a person’s nose – and compares those features to a database of known individuals....more

10 Considerations for Planning the 2016 Office Holiday Party

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and the vast majority of employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. This occasion presents an opportunity for employers to foster team spirit...more

FAA Releases New Video for Safe Operation of Drones this Holiday Season

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a friendly holiday warning for those who chose to purchase a drone this year for the holidays: fly it safely. The FAA released a new video summarizing the rules and...more

Of Course You Should Trust the IRS with Your Financial Information

The income tax provides justification for massive government intrusion into the financial privacy of its taxpayers. Its information gathering capacity and demands run wide and deep, and expand with almost every piece of...more

SEC Publishes for Comment FINRA Proposal to Combat Financial Exploitation of Seniors and Other Specified Adults

A proposed amendment to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Customer Account Statement Rule (Rule 4512) and a proposed new Rule 2165 regarding Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults would: require...more

Smartphone blunders in the workplace

In a world where smart phones and apps are evolving faster than you have time to update them, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the potential for inadvertent disclosure and self-sabotage in the workplace....more

Gym members shocked as Fitness First installs CCTV cameras in changing rooms

DUBAI // The operator of a gymnasium chain has installed security cameras in changing areas, sparking anger from members and warnings that it could be breaking the law. Customers of Fitness First Middle East’s gym...more

As Smart Cities Emerge, ‘Smart’ Policies Must Come Too

Many American cities are already adopting technologies to improve urban living –bike share systems, street parking payment through smart phones and paying tolls through E-ZPass. Let’s take Boston for example; the city has...more

FCC's Order on Broadband Privacy Will Be Felt by Energy Companies

Modern energy companies should pay close attention to the Federal Communications Commission's recent order adopting rules protecting the privacy of customer proprietary information. Although not particularly focused on energy...more

Three Former Warner Chilcott District Managers Prosecuted for HIPAA Violations

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts recently announced that three former district managers of the pharmaceutical firm Warner Chilcott have been sentenced for violating the Health Insurance...more

A Retail Robot Revolution is Not Far Off

Robots have long been the stuff of science fiction and our imaginations. They are now our reality. In fact, one may be greeting and assisting you during your next visit to your local retailer. Large retailers have used robots...more

Bluetooth Beacons: What You Need to Know

Bluetooth beacons can be a powerful tool for customer engagement. The 2015 holiday season saw retailers experimenting with this kind of proximity marketing, and 2016 is looking like it will see the large-scale deployment of...more

"They Can't Do That To Our Pledges; Only We Can Do That To Our Pledges”: Admiral, Big Data, Privacy, and The Internet of Things

Anyone who has ever bought insurance, resented the premium, contested a claim denial, or piled up hours and papers dealing with insurers would welcome anything that promised to lower their rates. Admiral, a British insurer...more

Privacy Tip #59 – Check your Privacy Settings on Your LinkedIn Account

I am watching Game 7 of the World Series, and it is the bottom of the 8th and the score is 6-6. It is very difficult to concentrate on this blog post. So I am taking the easy way out and reminding you to check the...more

Broadband Providers Face New Regulations for Protection of Consumer Data

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released landmark protections for internet users, requiring permission from broadband subscribers before broadband providers can collect data on the subscribers’ web...more

Hackers Cause Consumer Drones to Fall from the Sky

Last week at the PacSec security conference held in Tokyo, a new device capable of fully infiltrating radio-controlled drones was unveiled by researchers. This new device exploits a vulnerability in the frequency-hopping...more

Beazley Report Details Increase in Ransomware Attacks

A report issued last week by Beazley, one of the prominent insurance companies in the cyber field, revealed what industry experts predicted earlier in the year – ransomware is an increasingly prevalent menace. That report is...more

FAA Issues Guidance for Part 107 Waivers and Airspace Authorizations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a short press release and guidance on Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations for commercial drones. Since the final drone operations rule was issued in August 2016, the...more

Picking Up Speed: DOT Releases Guidance on Automated Vehicles

New NHTSA guidance represents the federal government’s first attempt to develop a comprehensive regulatory structure for automated vehicles. This transformative technology offers vast promises and significant concerns...more

UK ICO recommends personal liability of directors for breaches of data protection law

At a recent Parliamentary meeting to discuss the draft Digital Economy Bill, the UK Information Commissioner recommended imposing personal liability and accountability upon company directors. If such liability is imposed, it...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

Trick Or Treat: Cookies And Consumer Privacy In Online Advertising

The proliferation of online goods and services means consumer data is available to those with a need or interest in possessing it. One method providers and third party partners employ to collect online consumer data is the...more

What is the FTC Doing About Privacy and Drones?

Last week, as part of its Fall Technology Series, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a much-anticipated workshop to explore the privacy concerns associated with drones. Although many in the audience hoped that this...more

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