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IRS shuts down electronic filing PIN program

Last week, the IRS announced that the electronic filing personal identification number tool (e-file PIN), used by taxpayers to verify their signature on their tax filings, “is no longer available.”...more

Privacy Tip #41 – Tape over your laptop camera and microphone

When I train clients’ employees on data privacy and security, I always mention the microphone on smartphones. They are powerful and if you allow apps access to your microphone, they can listen to every one of your...more

Facial Recognition Guidelines issued by NTIA and approved by IBIA

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued its facial recognition best practices, which were developed by a multi-stakeholder group convened by...more

FAA releases new Part 107 regulations for small unmanned aircrafts, benefit for commercial drone operators

On June 21st, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Part 107 to the FAA regulations regarding commercial operation of small unmanned aircrafts. Part 107 provides operating rules for drone operators who do not...more

World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the...more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Finalized

The FAA finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems this week, beginning the process towards full integration of drones into domestic airspace. The regulations, which in...more

FAA Issues Major New Rules Permitting Commercial Use of Drones

The FAA has issued its long awaited final rule regarding the certification and commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. National Airspace System. Once effective, the rule will allow certain...more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical released guide for novice drone operators

Everywhere you look there is another news story about drones. Now, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has released the first comprehensive consumer guide to buying and using small unmanned aircraft...more

Privacy Tip #40 – Dashcam apps and driving habits

Huh? What is a dashcam app? A dashcam app uses a smartphones on the dashboard of a car to record traffic accidents, cars running red lights and bad drivers causing accidents. Dashcams can detect hard braking and can...more

State Attorneys General And Consumer Advocates Push For Privacy Protections In FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

On June 3, a group of 15 state attorneys general and the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog each filed letters with the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) urging the FCC to incorporate more stringent...more

Rule Change Would Let Law Enforcement Access Computers Remotely Regardless of Location

The Supreme Court recently adopted a proposed change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would allow a federal judge to issue warrants authorizing government agents to access computers located in any...more

Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

Drones and Privacy Just Got More Complicated (Table Included)

As businesses seek to integrate into their workflows data collected from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, they are confronted with a very sensitive and complex issue: privacy. Currently, there...more

Privacy Tip #38 – Genetic Privacy and the Use of Genomic Information

Genetic information is basically one’s DNA sequence, which includes health information and genetic information about the individual and their family. It is at the core of one’s individual privacy, as well as providing...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Full Speed Ahead or Just Kicking the Preemption Can Down the Road?

Transportation and technology continue to maintain a strong “buzz.” As more and more states join the driverless vehicle regulatory fray, including Michigan, New York and Tennessee, all eyes are on the National Highway Safety...more

FAA FOIA Request Sheds Light on Fines Against Drone Operators Across the Country

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, releasing the list of drone pilots (individual and commercial) who have been fined for flying drones recklessly or...more

Fourth Circuit joins other circuits holding no warrant is required for cell tower data

The Fourth Circuit held that the Government is not required to obtain a warrnt for cell tower data in United States v. Graham, 4th Cir., No. 12-4659, en banc (5/31/16). The Court found that cell tower data was voluntarily...more

NTIA Tells UAS Operators Not to Drone On

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known as “Drones,” are soaring in popularity – the Federal Aviation Administration saw more than 300,000 drones registered in just the first 30 days since they introduced a...more

The Week in UAS News

This week’s news includes the continued rise of drone usage pretty much everywhere; a “drone freeze ray”; privacy issues around the shooting down of a drone; and other recent developments in UAV regulations and usage around...more

Two Visions for UAS Policy, Two Opportunities to Shape the Future Regulatory Landscape

The explosive growth of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) category has challenged the aviation industry’s existing regulatory paradigms. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bills advanced by the House...more

CDT and Fitbit report on wearable health tracker devices

Recently, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), through the cooperation of Fitbit, Inc. (Fitbit), released new guidance about wearable health tracker devices called “Toward Privacy Aware Research and Development in...more

Office of the Privacy Commissioner announces first investigation under the address harvesting provisions

Last week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) announced its report of findings against Compu-Finder, a Quebec-based company that offers face-to-face professional training courses....more

Voluntary best practices for drone privacy finally released

It’s here–last week, privacy groups and industry stakeholders that were participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process released a set of best practices for...more

Texas Settles with PayPal over Money Transfer App Advertising and Privacy Practices

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement with PayPal, resolving allegations that its Venmo money transfer app violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by failing to clearly disclose how...more

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