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Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services

On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking. The most common mobile...more

Week in Review - April 3, 2014

Not all technology-based changes in the workplace involve social media and smartphones. This week's headlines and blog posts highlight other ways in which technology is changing the way we work. For example, employers are...more

Employers Seeking to Curb Employee Mobile Phone Use at Work? Don’t Use Illegal Signal Jammer – FCC is “Listening”

Some employers, particularly those in manufacturing, health care, and other situations where mobile phone use could interfere with employee safety, have come up with novel approaches to curbing employees’ uses of mobile...more

Your smartphone is NOT a medical device

Wearable technology issues relating to the potential qualification of such products as a medical devices have become popular on the press following the presentation of the first smartphone with a heart rate sensor, quickly...more

Week in Review - February 28, 2014

Facebook, iMessages, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Confide, MessageMe, Popcorn, Glide, Tango, Viber, Whisper. . . . According to a recent post on the New York Times Bits blog, these are just some of the...more

BYOD: Policy Considerations for Employers in the Age of Personal Devices

Employees who use personal smart phones, PDAs, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices to connect to the employer’s computer network are fast becoming more of a rule than an exception. Today’s employees are often...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

Week in Review - January 23, 2014

Anything you say on Facebook can and often will be used against you in a court of law. Technology has not only changed the workplace; it has also changed employment lawsuits. We've provided a link below to an article...more

FCC’s Proposal to Lift Longstanding Ban on In-Flight Cellphone Use Draws Public Outcry

Your seatbelt is fastened, a book is perched on your lap and you are ready to take off for a relaxing four-hour flight to San Francisco. You plan to enjoy the flight in comfortable silence by reading a good book for an hour...more

Week in Review - December 19, 2013

The holiday season is a time for reflection, including reflection on our technology habits. Many individuals are aiming to be truly home for the Christmas holiday by engaging in digital detox plans and setting their...more

Wearable Computing—The Next Front in the Smartphone Wars?

The rapidly shrinking size of computer components and the development of high-speed wireless signaling technologies have made mobile computing devices ubiquitous. Users can now access data and applications from virtually...more

On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me…

In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

FCC Adopts Stricter Rule for Mobile Message Marketing

The U.S. federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, regulates telemarketing activities, including the use of autodialing systems to initiate unsolicited telemarketing voice...more

Smartphone Searches, Not Too Smart

On the docket for the U.S. Supreme Court 2013 to 2014 session is a case about warrantless searches of smartphones. The decision could affect hundreds of suspects who were tried and convicted based on cellphone evidence...more

Policies on Personal Use of Company-Issued Electronic Communication Devices

Many employers permit their employees to access personal accounts from company-issued electronic communications devices. They also permit employees to use their personal devices for work. Those rules are both convenient for...more

Apple is fighting back in Brazilian courts to get its iPhone trademark

In February 2013, the Instituto Nacional Da Propriedade Industrial (the “Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office”), ruled that Gradiente Electronica (“Gradiente”), not Apple, owned the “iPhone” mark in Brazil. The “iPhone” term...more

The “Bring Your Own Device” Boon Comes at the Expense of Security. How Can You Protect Your Business?

Bring your own device policies in the workplace aren’t novel. Companies have experimented and implemented policies requiring employees to use their own personal phones, computers and tablets in the scope of their employment...more

BYOD: Party Essentials for Corporations and Employees

The need to stay connected these days applies not only to our social universe, but also to our business universe. The result is a trend known as “bring your own device” or “BYOD.” BYOD is the practice where employees use...more

Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law

What Is Google Glass? - As most Socially Aware readers know, Google Glass (“Glass”) is a form of wearable technology that gives its users hands-free access to a variety of smartphone features by attaching a highly...more

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Policies

Companies, big and small, spend a large amount of resources on IT infrastructure, IT logistics, and IT support. A quality workforce will swiftly crumble if individuals cannot communicate quickly and effectively....more

Circuit Split Brewing Over Government Access to Cell Phone Location Data

A split among the U.S. courts of appeals is taking shape over the threshold requirements for the government’s ability to obtain historical cell phone location data, in the wake of a July 30, 2013, ruling by the U.S. Court of...more

Tax Law Blog: Social Media, the Internal Revenue Service and You

The IRS has joined the social media wave and is now accessible on many new forums. In addition, the Department's new app – IRS2Go - is available on most models of smartphone and is free to download....more

Obama Administration Disapproves ITC’s Exclusion Order on Apple Products

On August 3, 2013, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, acting under the authority of President Obama, sent a letter noting his disapproval of the International Trade Commission’s determination to issue an exclusion...more

U.S. Government Releases Draft Self-Regulatory Code of Conduct for Mobile App Privacy Notices

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has published a draft of self-regulatory guidelines for privacy notices for mobile apps. This version is for companies that participated in the process of...more

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