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Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer’s access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal social media accounts. The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or...more

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Overview

The TCPA has been a source of significant class action activity in recent years as businesses seek to navigate the law and plaintiffs’ lawyers seek to exploit its many ambiguities....more

When it Comes to Privacy Laws, California Leads the Way

California is, by far, the king of states when it comes to privacy laws. California’s constitution is one of only 10 state constitutions that contain an explicit “right to privacy,” recognizing each citizen’s “inalienable...more

Over 70 million prison phone records leaked

Securus Technologies (Securus), which provides phone services for many of the country’s prisons, experienced a breach of over 70 million phone records from over 37 states. The data leaked includes downloadable recordings of...more

D.C. District Court Rules in Favor of Anonymity When Challenging a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

Recently, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion recognizing a company’s right to maintain privacy when challenging a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand (CID). John Doe Company No. 1 v. CFPB, No....more

Pharmacy settles TCPA class action for $15 million for unsolicited fax ads

PharMerica settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action initiated by a group of nursing homes over allegations that the pharmacy inundated the nursing homes with unsolicited fax advertisements in violation...more

Supreme Court denies cert in case involving cell location privacy rights

On July 31, 2015, Quartavious Davis petitioned for certiorari in Davis v. United States, No. 15-146 asking (1) whether the acquisition of a cell phone user’s location data from his cellular service provider constitutes a...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

Privacy Tip #7 – Who is listening to your conversations through your smartphone microphone?

I’ve always known that my smartphone had a microphone. If nothing else, it obviously has to be used for the Shazam app so I can figure out the name of that great song. So that is the only time I use the microphone on my...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...more

Some 2015 Florida Law Changes

Below are some statutory changes enacted in Florida in 2015 that you may not have noticed: GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS. In a major rewrite of Chapter 752, statutory rights of a grandparent to obtain visitation rights...more

German Data Protection Authorities Limit Use of Alternative Data Transfer Mechanisms in Light of Safe Harbor Decision

In the weeks since the October 6, 2015, Court of Justice of the European Union decision (“CJEU Decision”) that invalidated the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework, companies have been faced with the quandary of establishing legal...more

EU safe harbor update

Last week, the Vienna Higher Regional Court ruled that most of Max Schrems’ claims against Facebook can proceed, including his claim that Facebook improperly allowed his personal information to be shared with the National...more

What's the FCC's "Capacity"?

Most attorneys involved in consumer finance litigation are aware the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with implementing and enforcing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Although the FCC's duties...more

European Court Rules Safe Harbor Invalid

In a case now known as “Schrems,” the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on October 6, 2015 that the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program – which has been in place since 2000, allowing U.S. companies complying with the Safe...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Does the Schrems Decision Open the Door to New Cyber Insurance Exclusions?

The shockwaves continue from the October 6, 2015 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Union’s highest court, invalidating the U.S.-EU “Safe Harbor” data transfer regime in a controversy...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in TCPA Case Concerning “Picking Off” a Class Rep with an Offer of Judgment

On October 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, 14-SC-857.  The plaintiff in Gomez alleged he received an unsolicited marketing text message advertising the US Navy...more

Top EU Court’s Ruling Subjects Companies Doing Business Across Europe To “New Sanctions” in Potentially Unfamiliar Jurisdictions

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been very busy in recent weeks re-shaping EU privacy laws. In addition to the much-anticipated decision in “Schrems” (Case C-362/14), which essentially rules the US-EU...more

Third Circuit Allows Putative TCPA Class Action to Proceed, Citing FCC Ruling

On October 23, 2015, the Third Circuit vacated a summary judgment decision in Yahoo, Inc.’s favor based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order that expanded the definition of an “autodialer” under the...more

German DPAs Add Further Pressure to EU-US Data Transfers

Yesterday, German federal and state (Länder) data protection authorities ("DPAs") issued a Position Paper following the recent Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") ruling that struck down the EU-US Safe Harbor...more

Whom Should You Suspend During an Internal Investigation?

Whom to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Statement of the Article 29 Working Party Regarding Schrems EU Court Decision

On October 16, the Article 29 Working Party (Working Party) released a statement regarding the October 6 Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision to invalidate the adequacy of the U.S.-EU data protection Safe Harbor...more

EU Strikes Down the Safe Harbor Framework for Transatlantic Data Transfers: What You Should Know and What to Do Next

The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the Safe Harbor data-transfer agreement that has governed EU data flows across the Atlantic for the last 15 years. Thousands of U.S. companies have relied on the Safe Harbor...more

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