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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

2015 DMCA Exemptions In Detail: When Is It OK to Technologically Circumvent Copyright Protections?

On October 28, 2015, the LOC reported a new set of regulations regarding exemptions to the DMCA provision that prohibits circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Here's a summary of...more

Mobile Location Analytics: Changing the Game for Brick and Mortar Retail

For brick-and-mortar retailers, smart phones have taken on an entirely new role in customers’ shopping experiences. A technology known as "mobile location analytics" ("MLA") or sometimes, "indoor analytics," gives brick and...more

Road Work Ahead: Automobiles and Augmented Reality

With still about a week left to go, Hudway’s Kickstarter campaign, which began last Wednesday for its augmented reality vehicle accessory, already has over 6,500 backers pledging more than $450,000—several times its initial...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

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #4

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Application of VPPA to Free App - The latest decision interpreting the application of the Video Privacy Protection Act in the context of twenty-first century technology provides positive news for...more

Google Mandates Full Disk Encryption

With the release of Android 6.0, code name Marshmallow, Google has mandated that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) enable full disk encryption. Google is requiring that the feature be enabled as part of the ‘out of box...more

California Enacts More Sweeping Data Privacy Laws

Perennially leading the country — and challenging companies to keep up — California has, for the third time in three years, enacted several new data laws, including a groundbreaking digital privacy law and amendments to its...more

New California Law Expands Privacy Rights Applicable To Electronic Data

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“CalECPA” or the “Act”), sponsored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The Act requires law...more

The Paradox of Cell Phones: When the Convenience of Digital Communication becomes Inconvenient

These days, you will be hard pressed to find anyone without a cell phone in their possession. Not surprisingly, those cell phones often capture someone at their best and, at times, their worst moments. As Judge Lawrence R....more

Texting, Distractions, & the Law

The safe operation of a motor vehicle requires constant attention to the road and driving conditions. For this reason, the State of Illinois has passed several laws that prohibit the use of cell phones, tablets, and other...more

Virtual reality lets fans play games — just like the pros

The roar. The bright lights. The scoreboard telling you it’s now or never. This is your time. You gotta tune it all out. Because it’s not about the lights and it’s not about the scoreboard. It’s about you. And the ball. It’s...more

California Electronic Communications Privacy Act signed by Governor

Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) into law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing or searching individuals’ digital...more

California Enacts CalECPA, Requiring a Search Warrant to Obtain or Access Users’ Electronic Information

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (the “California ECPA”). This legislation, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, has been heralded by...more

School Leaders: Are Your Automatic Phone Messages and Texts Breaking The Law?

In the past few months, we’ve had a flurry of requests from schools about the legality of automated calls and text messages they are making to cell phones. The Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) governs the...more

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

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