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New Class Action Litigation Risks – What Businesses Need To Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The plaintiffs’ bar has recently brought a flurry of class action lawsuits against businesses under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, commonly known as “BIPA.”...more

Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Sent To Governor Rauner

by King & Spalding on

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, which passed the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year, has made its way to the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. The bill...more

Pennsylvania District Court Agrees That Google Must Give Up Foreign Server Data

by Bracewell LLP on

On August 17, 2017, a Pennsylvania district court upheld a magistrate judge’s order that Google comply with warrants issued pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) and produce to the FBI data that was stored, in...more

Protecting Your Privacy Online Is Possible

Navigating the crossroads of security and convenience is a balancing act, but it can be done. Two minutes. That’s all it takes to perform a Google search on yourself—or anyone you choose—and obtain a virtual encyclopedia...more

Blind Spots Remain as SELF DRIVE Act Passes House

by Jones Day on

The first federal bill on autonomous vehicle technology passed the full U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on September 6, 2017. The bill addresses important privacy, preemption, exemptions, testing, safety standards,...more

Data Collection at Retail Properties - Risks and Recommendations

by King & Spalding on

Brick-and-mortar retailers and other property-level businesses have increasingly taken advantage of technology in learning about consumer behavior. Businesses can enhance consumer experiences through targeted marketing,...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms that a Cy Pres Only Settlement Can Work In Privacy Class Action

The internet continues to expand into every aspect of our lives. With it, many companies have collected, tracked, and used an enormous amount of data. All of this has given rise to class action lawsuits challenging the...more

Privacy Perils: Calamity Con Men

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

It is a sad fact of life that no misfortune is so bad that someone won't try to take advantage of it. Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and our gratitude to those offering help to those affected by the...more

Privacy Tip #103 – Smartphone Replacement Parts Subject to Hacking

You drop your smartphone and now there are a million cracks and you can hardly read your texts. Getting the screen replaced by the manufacturer of the phone is usually expensive and sometimes it is so expensive that it makes...more

Dona J. Fraser, formerly of ESRB, to serve as Director, Children’s Advertising Review Unit

by Reed Smith on

Dona Fraser, a leading privacy expert, comes to CARU from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a self-regulatory program developed by the video game industry. Dona brings to CARU a strong understanding of the...more

Privacy Perils: Weather Apps Tracking more than Weather Patterns

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

If you're like millions of Americans, you use the AccuWeather app for iOS to keep up to date about whether the weekend's forecast means fun in the sun or hiding out from the rain. It turns out that AccuWeather may have been...more

Kids Apps Tracking Users, New Lawsuits Claim

In a pair of essentially identical lawsuits, a parent alleged that The Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc. ran afoul of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by tracking her child through their apps....more

Can I “Chip” Away at my Employees’ Privacy?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

“Big” Bob Brothers is concerned that his company, Big Brothers Security Systems, is losing out on customers because his salesmen and installation teams are slacking when they are out of the office. Brothers reads a newspaper...more

Privacy Tip #101 - A Recap of our Top 10 Privacy Tips

Last week, our Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider reached a milestone—we hit our 100th privacy tip! This week, we mark that milestone with a special edition Privacy Tip: the top 10 most-viewed privacy tips. Our readers can...more

Drones And Cybersecurity Concerns

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Army discontinued the use of DJI drones due to concerns over cybersecurity. This follows NASA and the Department of Energy who also prohibit the use of DJI drones for similar reasons. ...more

Company Offers Employees Implanted Microchips

by Fisher Phillips on

In August 2017, Wisconsin technology company, 3 Square Market, may have been the first U.S. company to offer employees the ability to have radio frequency identification device (“RFID”) chips implanted under their skin. The...more

Big Brother or Big Benefit? Weighing the Option of Microchipping Your Employees

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A Wisconsin tech company made news in August 2017 for implanting microchips into the hands of willing employees. While it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on this technology and its uses, early adopter employers face many...more

Still “Up in the Air”: More Drones and More Regulations

In a previous post, we wrote about drones (which are more formally referred to as “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS), as well as the nascent federal and state statutory and regulatory. Since our last article, drone use –...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Back in February, VIZIO, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of “smart” televisions, reached a $2.2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general’s office. The company had...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

U.S. Army Issues Memorandum Banning Use of DJI Products Due to Cybersecurity Issues

Last week, the U.S. Army issued a memorandum discontinuing the use of DJI drone products due to cybersecurity concerns. The memorandum said, “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,...more

Privacy Tip #100 – Scary Statistics on Identity Theft of Children

It is one thing to steal our identity as an adult, but children are defenseless against this type of fraud. According to Experian, it handles 25,000-30,000 cases of identity theft and fraud every year and a whopping 17...more

Privacy Perils: The Price of Consumer Loyalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

People love a good discount, which is why almost 75% of adult Americans are signed up for at least one customer loyalty program. We love to rack up points with airlines for a seat upgrade, get a free Starbucks latte on our...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

TCPA Survives Strict Scrutiny—Again. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Strict scrutiny just isn’t what it used to be. For the third time, a district court has applied strict scrutiny in analyzing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and found that the statute restricts no more speech...more

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