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District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

Telecommunications Giant Hit With TCPA Treble Damages Award For Calls to Reassigned Cell Number

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits non-emergency calls to cell phone numbers using automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS) or prerecorded voice messages absent the called party’s prior express consent....more

Study reports draft EU Data Protection Regulation leaves gaps in protection when it comes to Big Data, Internet of Things and...

A study published 22 September 2015 criticises the EU’s development of its Digital Single Market (‘DSM’) strategy for being overly commercially and economically driven, with little attention to the key legal and social...more

Weekly Privacy Tip #3 – Know how apps are accessing and using your constant location

Everyone loves their smartphone. Everyone loves the newest app. Angry Birds has lots of company now. But most people don’t know the back end of apps and how they are accessing, using and selling your data. Why? Because no one...more

The Government’s Embrace of Technology

When we think of the federal government and technology, the descriptors “tech savvy,” “early adopter,” or “cutting edge” don’t come to mind. In fact, despite all of the Obama Administration’s high-tech dreams, the federal...more

Boston’s MBTA joins the bluetooth beacon bus –it will now track the movement of its riders

If you don’t think you are being tracked as you move around Target or Macy’s or even through a local museum, you must not have a smartphone. Many companies are now using beacons –or stationary devices that measure the...more

Court Refuses to Compel Employees to Disclose Passcodes for Employer-Issued Smartphones

Just this week, in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, No. 15-269 (E.D. Pa.  September 23, 2015), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the Securities and Exchange...more

NIST issues Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical System

On September 18, 2015, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which is “intended to provide a methodology for understanding, designing and...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs In On Prior Express Consent

Under what circumstances does a person give his “prior express consent” to be contacted on his cellphone by a creditor? The Sixth Circuit recently examined that very question in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., where it...more

FCC Issues Citations for Violations of TCPA Consent Requirement for Autodialed or Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued citations to two companies charged with violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) consent requirements for autodialed or prerecorded calls to wireless...more

Lyft and First National Bank notified of TCPA violations by FCC

Late last week, Lyft and First National Bank (FNB) were notified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when they required users to opt in to...more

Avoiding the Costly “Robo No-No”

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was enacted to protect consumers from intrusive robocalls, but Congress probably did not foresee that it would result in a windfall for plaintiff’s lawyers. Virtually every...more

Apple Adds Force Touch to the iPhone: A Peek at Pop(ular) Patented Gestures

At the recent Apple iPhone unveiling event, we learned that you can Peek at it with a light press on your iPhone screen and Pop into it by pressing a little deeper. And just like that, Apple unleashed a new namespace of...more

Court Dismisses TCPA Claim Against WhisperText Where Text Messages Sent at App Users’ Direction

Last week, in McKenna v. WhisperText et al., No. 5:14-CV-00424-PSG, 2015 WL 428728 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 9, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a purported Telephone Consumer Protection...more

That is SO last week - September 2015

Labor Day was the backdrop for a big announcement from President Obama. Beginning in 2017, federal contractors must grant paid sick leave to employees. The new Executive Order requires contractors to provide one hour of...more

Strange Bedfellows: Technology Issues in Real Estate Transactions, Part 1

Technology continues to infuse our homes, businesses, and places of employment. For example, the “Internet of Things” – as it is sometimes called – brings a lot of promise to a wide variety of industries and sectors,...more

Employers Who Permit After-Hours Work Should Exercise Caution in Light of an Anticipated Increase in Nonexempt Workers

A proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor in support of President Obama's March 2014 directive regarding overtime pay is open for comments through September 4, 2015. If enacted, the new rule would effect changes that...more

Next on DOL’s Agenda: Mobile Device Use Outside Work Hours

It appears that the U.S. Department of Labor intends to remain busy through the rest of the summer. After releasing in June a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Fair Labor...more

Wi-Fi Blocking – More Than A Nuisance; It’s Illegal

One of my law firm partners visited San Francisco this week and was complaining about the fact that she was unable to use her Verizon Hot Spot at her hotel. “In San Francisco?” I said. “Are you kidding?”  She wasn’t....more

Framing the Issues on Appeal in DC Circuit’s Review of the FCC’s Aggressive TCPA Order

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) disappointed many with its July 1, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The TCPA prohibits, amongst other things, using an automated...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

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...more

Sony’s “Lens-Style Camera” Trademark: Shuttered by the PTO?

Here’s another fascinating pending application for the file of non-traditional product configuration marks — this time, an application from Sony for the configuration of an all-in-one lens/camera...more

Supplement — Curtin’s California Land Use

This Supplement is intended for use in conjunction with Curtin’s California Land Use & Planning Law, Thirty-Fourth Edition (2014), authored by Perkins Coie attorneys Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray. In lieu of...more

Android smartphones Stagefright engine vulnerable

It is being reported that 95% of all Android smartphones are vulnerable to being hacked with a text message, which is being called the “heartbleed for mobile.” According to security experts, the vulnerability exploits the...more

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