Right to Privacy

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First “Right to be Forgotten” enforcement action levied against Google

The U.K. Information Commissioner issued an order to Google this week requiring it to remove nine search results of an individual’s minor criminal offense that was committed close to ten years ago. This is reported to be the...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Public Records Act to Public Employees’ Private Cell Phones

On August 27, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously held in Nissen v. Pierce County that text messages sent or received by a public employee in his or her official capacity are public records within the meaning of the...more

Big win for telemarketers: Courts rule that consumers consented to calls and texts by providing number to the companies

On August 21, 2015, the 11th Circuit upheld the dismissal of a class action against DCI Biologicals, Inc. (DCI) for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). DCI is a blood plasma collection...more

Big win for telemarketers: Courts rule that consumers consented to calls and texts by providing number to the companies

On August 21, 2015, the 11th Circuit upheld the dismissal of a class action against DCI Biologicals, Inc. (DCI) for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). DCI is a blood plasma collection...more

6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

California Court Dismisses TCPA Claim, Finding Human Intervention in Transmission of Internet Text Messages Removed Them From FCC...

In one of the first court decisions issued since the FCC’s declaratory ruling expansively defined autodialers for purposes of the TCPA, a California district court has dismissed TCPA claims based on promotional text messages,...more

FCC Issues $2.96 Million Fine for Robocalling Violations

Last week, the FCC issued its self-described “largest forfeiture order” to date for robocalling violations. The Commission announced the $2.96 million fine against a travel company based in Tampa, Florida, and its owner, for...more

First Circuit Weighs In On Rule 68 Mootness Issue

In a decision issued on August 21, 2015, the First Circuit added its voice to the recent chorus of federal appellate courts holding that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment, served before a motion for class certification...more

Judge Easterbrook Holds Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot an Individual TCPA Claim

As we covered here, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), to decide the question of whether a full-relief offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil...more

FCC Announces Robocalling and Caller ID Spoofing Workshop

Telemarketers and others who may have been wondering how the Federal Communications Commission’s recent and – to industry participants – concerning Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Government Dismisses Its Case After Warrantless Airport Laptop Search

The government has voluntarily dismissed its case against Jae Shik Kim, the South Korean businessman for whom Ifrah Law obtained a motion to suppress in federal court. In 2012, Mr. Kim was stopped by federal agents as he...more

Chinese Appeal Court Provides Ruling for Lawful Use of Cookies

In May, the Intermediate People’s Court of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, published its civil judgment ruling that the search engine Baidu’s use of cookies, used to personalise advertisements aimed at consumers when they...more

Maine Enacts Law Restricting Employer Access to an Employee's or Job Applicant's Social Media Accounts

Maine has now enacted legislation that restricts an employer’s ability to demand information regarding an employee’s or job applicant’s social media account. The passage of H.P. 640 - L.D. 921, An Act to Strengthen the...more

Declaring War on Drones: Is it a Crime to Shoot Down a Drone over Your Property?

Trying to avoid the sweltering heat, “Uncle Jesse” Duke was in the garage working on his moonshine operation when he heard a loud shriek in the backyard. He ran to the back to find his niece, Daisy, sunbathing by the pool....more

FCC Fines Companies $2.96 Million for TCPA Robocall Violations, Adopts New Interpretations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken two significant actions addressing robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—the imposition of a $2.96 million fine and the adoption of new...more

Maine joins the mainstream with new social media law

Joining more than 20 other states, and many of its sister states in the Northeast, Maine has passed a social media law that prohibits employers from requiring employees or applicants to provide them with their social media...more

Anti-robocalling statute banning automated political calls found unconstitutional

On August 6, 2015, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the South Carolina anti-robocall statute was unconstitutional. The South Carolina robocall statute targeted automated telephone calls that were...more

Northern District of California Requires A Warrant to Access Cellphone Geographic Information

We previously reported that government access to cellphone geographic information or CSLI without a warrant has become a vigorous debate between the government, defense attorneys, and the federal bench. In a lengthy opinion,...more

Ontario Issues Guidance on Internet Publication

Ontario Municipalities Should Exercise Care in Publishing Personal Information - The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has published new guidance entitled, Transparency, Privacy and the Internet:...more

No Privacy in Pocket-Dialing

Most of us are aware of the increased risk of identity theft caused by the exponential growth of digital communications. But have we stopped to consider how the ease of communication we have today has significantly decreased...more

A Kinder, Gentler Spanish Data Protection Authority?

As of July 24, Spain has a new director for its Data Protection Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos — AEPD). The AEPD is the agency responsible for conducting investigations and bringing disciplinary actions...more

U.S. Senators Introduce Automobile-Focused Cybersecurity Legislation

On July 21, Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation, the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act (“SPY Car”Act), that would protect drivers’ privacy while allowing them to remain connected to the...more

(US) Limiting the Sky: Is There Space for Drones in Real Estate Law?

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the...more

Do You Have The Right To Be Forgotten?

Most of us want to be remembered. But, depending on their past, some people want to be forgotten – or at least they want some of their past deeds to be forgotten. But do you have a right to be forgotten? In the United States,...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

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