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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

City of Los Angeles v. Patel — US Supreme Court voids LA ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand

US Supreme Court voids Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand. In a 5-4 opinion rendered on June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that a Los Angeles municipal...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Warrantless Searches of Hotel Guest Registries

Hotels possess a treasure trove of private information about their guests. Everything from the guest’s name, address, credit card and vehicle information to the number of guests in the party, arrival and departure dates and...more

Supreme Court Update: Horne V. Dep't Of Agriculture (14-275), Kimble V. Marvel Entertainment (13-720), Patel V. City Of Los...

Raisins, radioactive wrists, Red Roof registries, and reformatory roughhousing were all on the Court's radar Monday (it's a very broad radar horizon), as it issued decisions in Horne v. Dep't of Agriculture (14-275), holding...more

Hotels Need Not Provide Guest Registry to Law Enforcement

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Los Angeles City Ordinance Requiring Hotel Operators to Provide Guest Register Records to Police Officers on Demand - Like a host of municipalities, the City of Los Angeles has an...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Required Hotels To Comply With Warrantless Police Requests For Guest Registries

On June 22, 2015, in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Los Angeles v. Patel struck down a Los Angeles Municipal Code that required hotel operators to provide guest registries to police upon demand, and without a...more

Supreme Court declares warrantless searches of hotel registries unconstitutional

A 116-year-old Los Angeles city ordinance that allowed police to make unannounced inspections of hotel guest registries at any time without a warrant or subpoena has been ruled as an unconstitutional violation of privacy by...more

Supreme Court Decides City of Los Angeles v. Patel

On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided City of Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175, holding that facial challenges can be brought under the Fourth Amendment and that a municipal ordinance requiring hotel operators to...more

“Ambush” Election Challenge Fails in Federal Court

A federal judge in Texas recently ruled in favor of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case challenging the Board’s “ambush” election rules. The lawsuit, Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, Inc. v....more

Insurers' Denials of Cybersecurity Claims Receive Judicial Support

Although cybersecurity-specific insurance has become more popular in recent years, some policyholders have attempted to obtain insurance for cybersecurity losses under their commercial general liability (CGL) policies. The...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

Privacy Laws in Asia - May 2015

Privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the past few years, and the level of activity and enforcement does not show any signs of slowing down. Eleven jurisdictions in Asia now have comprehensive privacy laws:...more

Is Creepy Compensable?

A watchful eye can be a good thing. We all want to keep an eye on what’s important. In an increasingly fast-paced world, however, it gets harder. The Internet and advances in mobile technology put so much information at our...more

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March...more

Second Circuit Rules PATRIOT Act Does Not Authorize Government's Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

In yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of personal information, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in ACLU v. Clapper, issued a unanimous decision striking down the National Security Agency’s...more

Cell Tower Location Data Privacy Decision Reversed

Last July, we reported on United States v. Davis, an Eleventh Circuit decision in favor of privacy rights. In that case, a three-judge panel held that cell phone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cell...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Warrantless Cell Site Data Constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting as a full panel, has ruled that law enforcement may acquire historical cell site data information (i.e., past location information) from wireless telecommunications...more

Snowden Strikes Back: Mass Collection of Telephony Metadata Struck Down By the Second Circuit

As post-Snowden America well knows, for some years now the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting bulk telephone metadata under the authority of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and aggregating it into data banks...more

BREAKING: Legislature Passes Measure Limiting Employer Access to “Personal Online Accounts”

Well, no one who has been reading this blog should be surprised by the news tonight out of the General Assembly. Indeed, I’ve written about proposed bills that limit employer access to employee’s personal online...more

SCOTUS Accepts Certiorari to Address Article III Standing in “No-Injury” FCRA Class Action

On April 27, the Supreme Court accepted certiorari review in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 13-1339, to address whether consumers can establish Article III standing without actual harm or injury, by alleging a violation of a federal...more

E-Discovery Update: When Personal and Work Data Collide

In the modern world, employees routinely receive work-related data on personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and access personal data on work-owned devices. ...more

Is Paying Extra for Privacy the Future of Home Internet Service?

All eyes are on AT&T after the carrier launched its gigabit fiber-to-the-home Internet service in Kansas City, pricing part of the service based on a user's privacy preferences. Interested users can access the carrier's...more

New Law Restricts Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts, Including Through “Friend Requests”

On March 23, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a new law, H.B. 2081, that restricts the ability of employers in Virginia to access the social media accounts of current and prospective employees—making Virginia...more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

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