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Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

“Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys can happily entertain kids by talking to them, the few precious moments...more

Privacy Perils: What's in Your Container?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The use of "containers" in web application development is growing, but not without potentially increasing threats to the security of the data we store in our apps and devices. Containers are stand-alone packages of software...more

FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet....more

Get Off My Lawn (OK-Airspace): Legal Issues Raised By Drones Hovering Over Private Property

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Hardly a week goes by that someone does not ask me “What can I do if a drone flies or hovers over my property?” or the converse, “What restrictions are there on my operation of a drone over private property?”....more

Data Privacy Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Cybersecurity Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

New Laws passed in Florida and Oregon add to Varying State Drone Regulations

Florida and Oregon have both recently changed their Unmanned Aircraft Systems “UAS” (or “drone”) regulations, joining the vast majority of states looking to protect their residents through the use of their police power. ...more

Florida Enacts Law to Keep Local Governments from Regulating Drones

On July 1, 2017, a new law in the State of Florida became effective in order to keep “local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations” in the State, while in turn, “protecting those who fly safely and...more

FTC, NHTSA Discuss Balancing Data Privacy, Security and Innovation with 'Regulatory Humility' at Connected Cars Workshop

by Reed Smith on

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen advocated for “regulatory humility” in FTC’s approach to automated vehicles in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2017, at the Connected Cars workshop hosted by the FTC...more

Unanimous California Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Plaintiffs to Discover Employee Contact Information - Williams v. Superior...

by Carlton Fields on

In a big blow to employers, the California Supreme Court unanimously held today that plaintiffs and their lawyers must be given access to companywide employee contact information—including addresses and phone numbers—at the...more

Canada Revises its Recreational Drone Use Rules

On June 16, 2017, Transport Canada, the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in the country, issued an Interim Order (“the Order”)...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Microsoft Decision

On June 23, 2017, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court requesting reversal of a 2016 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

by Carlton Fields on

While most people are vaguely aware, even if they are in denial, that their browsers give advertisers access to their search histories, they are probably unaware that information is being sold or given to third parties via...more

U.S. Senators Introduce the Safe DRONE Act of 2017

Yet another piece of drone legislation is in circulation; the Safe DRONE Act of 2017 was recently introduced by U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, John Hoeven, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Dean Heller. ...more

Privacy Tip #95 – Echo Show Drop In Feature

I don’t own an Echo, and Alexa is not listening to all of the conversations in my home. If that were the case, I would have no credibility in writing weekly Privacy Tips....more

FTC and NHTSA Navigate Privacy and Security Issues at “Connected Cars” Workshop

by WilmerHale on

The majority of new cars today come with a variety of so-called “connected” features, such as the ability to communicate with one another, Internet-connected features and video content, and even the ability to drive...more

Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passed By Legislature

by King & Spalding on

On June 28, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill limiting the collection and use of geolocation information obtained via smartphones. The bill now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for signature or veto. ...more

Commercial Drone Alliance Issues Statement on June 28th Domestic Drone Security Summit

by Hogan Lovells on

Drone technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, and this technology has become a valuable tool for many industries on a global scale.  The commercial and consumer uses for drones have grown exponentially, and the...more

Key Considerations in Addressing Privacy Concerns During Drone Operations

by Williams Mullen on

Imagine that one of your employees uses his or her iPhone to take some pictures of work being done at a construction site. The employee captures several images that include teenagers sunbathing by a pool on the adjacent...more

Another Drone Bill Seeking Local Control of Drones

We previously wrote about the Drone Federalism Act introduced earlier this month, and now, another bill is seeking to regulate drones at the local level. The Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930, introduced by Jason Lewis of...more

FTC Eyeing Privacy And Security Of Connected Cars

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Acting Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen made it clear that she expects the FTC’s enforcement role in protecting privacy and security to encompass automated and connected vehicles. In her opening...more

Privacy Tip #94 – Keep Your Day Job and Stay Out of Jail

One of my favorite lines when I conduct employee education about data privacy and cybersecurity is “Keep Your Day Job.” The context of the comment is when I tell audiences about the dumb moves of employees who think they can...more

Privacy Perils: Don't "Play" Around with Some Google Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play, whose function is to turn Android phones into a server that allows the user to connect their phone directly to...more

Privacy Tip #93 – Electronic Frontier Foundation Privacy Badger

I am from Wisconsin, so I am a Badger fan. Actually a double Badger fan, as I am a big fan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Privacy Badger. According to the EFF’s website, Privacy Badger “is a browser...more

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