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Privacy Tip #74 – What to Do About Customs and Border Patrol

There has been lots of talk about the ripple effects of the Trump travel ban. But here’s a new twist I hadn’t heard before—U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) agents are detaining U.S. citizens and requiring them to unlock...more

The right to disconnect: a new right for French employees?

A new law, called El Khomri law, passed on August 8th, 2016 in France providing a right to disconnect for employees. Such right is entered into force on January 1st, 2017 - According to the law, it belongs to the...more

Indianapolis Colts Want Class Action on Recording Conversations Moved to Home Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts mobile app is alleged by a putative class to record fans’ private conversations. In the putative class action, the named plaintiff alleges that the mobile app secretly activates the smart phone’s...more

New Lawsuits Challenge Qualcomm’s Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Practices

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week in federal court against Qualcomm, Inc., following its investigation launched in September 2014. The FTC alleges that the semiconductor manufacturer illegally maintained a...more

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

International Cellular Roaming – Am I Secure?

Many firms have strict international travel policies in relation to the use of technology. These policies tend to be more skewed towards countries with greater state control over communications networks and specifically the...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

High Tech Way to Prevent Texting While Driving

Technology can disable cell phone use while driving, which could prevent many texting-related accidents. Illinois law prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle. Calls, texts, and browsing the...more

Practical Implications from the Federal Circuit’s Rare en Banc Reversal in Apple v. Samsung

In a precedential opinion issued en banc on Friday, October 7, 2016, the Federal Circuit overturned a panel decision, affirming and reinstating the district court’s judgment and the jury’s verdict. The majority opinion...more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

Encryption: Ensuring the Right to Privacy in the Information Age?

On December 2nd, 2015, a tragic mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and severe injuries to 22 others. The attackers, a married couple, targeted the husband’s workplace – the...more

Privacy and The Cell Phone: Arizona Says Yes

Arizona recently recognized a “legitimate expectation of privacy” in cell phones. The case was State v. Peoples, and the opinion was issued on September 12, 2016. The Peoples case was about the police’s search of a cell...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

12-year-old Awarded Patent for Human-Powered Generator

What started as a science fair project for then 12-year-old George Panousis of Penn Hills has led to a patent two years later. With the help of his father and Lisa Geary of Cohen & Grigsby’s intellectual property group,...more

Mobile Apps - Has the Marketplace Downloaded Potential Product Liability Risk?

For many consumers, it is hard to remember performing a daily routine without using a mobile application. App usage starts almost immediately - with a morning alarm that wakes you up slowly or with a coffee waiting for you at...more

Privacy Tip #41 – Tape over your laptop camera and microphone

When I train clients’ employees on data privacy and security, I always mention the microphone on smartphones. They are powerful and if you allow apps access to your microphone, they can listen to every one of your...more

Privacy Tip #31 – Landlines still a safe way to communicate but telephone companies want to drop them

I am pretty up to date on data privacy and security and technology, but the 60 Minutes episode this past Sunday night floored even me. If you didn’t see it, it is worth streaming. Basically, 60 Minutes showed Karsten...more

Retailers Digitizing Daily Operations: From Mobile Payments to E-Receipts

When asked last year to name one technology that we rely on today that would no longer be around in 10 years, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella responded: “fountain pens.” Some may question Mr. Nadella’s prediction of the...more

Burr Alert: Is it Time to "Upgrade" your Cell Phone Policies?

Are your cell phone policies as outdated as your original iPhone? Cell phones have become common place in today’s workplace and employers must consider the legal risks they pose. Thus, if you haven’t revisited your policies...more

Privacy Tip #23 – Home security systems vulnerable to hacking

A Forbes reporter was able to hack into a home alarm system in San Francisco using a browser and “easily-guessable passwords.” The hacking was with permission of the owner but allowed him to make his point—that he could...more

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet....more

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

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