Privacy Laws

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Facial Recognition and Privacy

Based upon the way modern computers are designed, there are certain tasks they are much better at performing than humans. It wouldn’t be pedantic to point the fact that’s the purpose of a computer in the first place: to do...more

Facebook Wins First Round of European Class Action Privacy Battle

Facebook has won its latest class action case in a long-running legal battle involving 25,000 European Facebook users. The class action was led by Austrian law student and privacy campaigner Max Schrems, and alleged that...more

FCC Announces $3.5 Million Settlement with Carriers to Resolve Consumer Privacy Investigation

On July 9, the FCC announced a $3.5 million settlement with carriers TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. to resolve an investigation into the exposure of personal information of over 300,000 of their customers online via...more

How is Big Data Impacting the Insurance Industry?

Overall, Big Data is slowly transforming the way insurance companies do business. Insurers use Big Data through analytic technologies and predictive modeling to improve overall performance, obtain more accurate pricing,...more

Privacy Law and Digital Currency, Part 1

In this era of regulatory uncertainty, it is worth considering how privacy laws may affect digital currency businesses. Privacy law consists of a web of federal and state law – this first installment in a two-part series will...more

Connecticut Updates its Data Security Laws, Imposing Stringent New Requirements

On June 30, 2015, the Governor of Connecticut signed into law S.B. 949, “An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness." The new law updates Connecticut’s data security laws, including by adding a 90-day hard...more

Cyber Liability Insurance – Does Your Retail Business Need It?

The news is full these days of hackers stealing credit card and other customer information from United States retailers such as Home Depot, Target, and Neiman Marcus (and the federal government) among others. These...more

The WSGR Data Advisor

In this issue: - Navigating Public Company Cybersecurity Obligations: Advising Boards and Disclosing to Investors - FTC Updates School-Related COPPA Guidance - Status Update on the EU Data Protection...more

Reflections on “Privacy in the Modern Age”

With the heart of the summer vacation season upon us, it seems like a good time for some reflection. Here, it comes in the form of excerpts from an essay by privacy maven, Deborah Hurley. The one time Director of the Harvard...more

Digital Disruption When You Least Expect (Or Want) It

In this Presentation: - Introduction - Chocolate, Cookies, Coffee and Biscuits - Privacy, Legislation, Underworld behaviour - Even manufacturers have secrets to protect! - Invention, 1%’ers and...more

A Message From the Eighth Circuit Regarding the TCPA

The purpose of a telephone solicitation, rather than its content, determines whether it is prohibited telemarketing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq. That is what the Eighth Circuit...more

Repeated Fax Blasts Cost Company $22 Million Judgment

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 42 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C), prohibits the fax transmission of unsolicited advertisements without the prior express permission of the recipient, absent an established...more

Digital Privacy Act Modernizes PIPEDA

On June 18, 2015, significant portions of the Digital Privacy Act received Royal Assent. This Act, amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and brings important certainty to how...more

PIPEDA Amendments In-Force

Amendments to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) are frequently proposed but just as frequently die on the order paper. Bill S-4, which proposed the most significant amendments to...more

Employee Surveillance and Monitoring

To state the obvious (and this shows my age), we are way past George Orwell’s 1984. Yes, I know 30 years past it. But we are way past the privacy concerns expressed in Orwell’s book; we are in a new era where technology and...more

One step closer to European privacy regulation? Five unsettled issues

EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers this week reached a general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation at their Council meeting. This means that, more than three years after the Commission’s initial...more

Legislative Alert: Bill S-4, an Act to amend Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) passed...

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act was passed by Canada’s House of Commons vote. Bill S-4 was previously passed by Canada’s Senate. The Digital Privacy Act includes important amendments to the Personal...more

Every Step You Take…Can Your Employer Be Watching You?

It sounds like something out of an Orwell novel: an employer demands an employee provide electronic notice of her whereabouts at all times, on and off the clock. The employee must now face a choice – protect her privacy...more

Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in...more

The Cards Hack the Astros – So What Law Applies? [audio]

In a developing story, The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer networks to steal the Astros’ internal baseball operation intelligence...more

Add Connecticut to Your List of States with a Social Media Privacy Policy Law Favoring Employees

Since 2012, many states have enacted laws that restrict an employer’s capacity to access employees’ personal email and social media accounts. Last month, Connecticut joined the party and became the 21st state to enact an...more

LinkedIn settles class action suit

Last week, LinkedIn agreed to pay $13 million and change some of the site’s features to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it in 2013 alleging that it used the Add Connections feature to access users’ email contacts...more

Anonymous Information Actionable under the VPPA?

Technology has allowed consumers to use Apps and devices to stream their favorite content at the touch of a button. The popularity of these streaming Apps and devices has raised legal issues with regard to privacy....more

Discovery in International Litigation: Data Privacy and Best Practices for Global Organizations

In an increasingly global economy, it is only natural to see a rise in complex and high-stakes international lawsuits. As a result, cross-border discovery issues are now commonplace, a staple of international litigation. ...more

Fiduciary News - June 2015

Changes Coming for Pennsylvania Fiduciaries in Their Ability to Access and Manage Digital Assets and Accounts - On January 1, 2015, Delaware became the first state to enact a comprehensive law granting fiduciaries the...more

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