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Judge Dismisses FDA Spying Case But Not Because It’s Innocent

Earlier this week a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by six former and current FDA scientists who allege that the FDA retaliated and spied on them for blowing the whistle on FDA approval of medical devices that put cancer...more

Drone Technology Generates Significant Legal Buzz

Overseas, the military is unrestricted in its use of UAVs for routine surveillance purposes. No fourth amendment considerations are raised during battle. No search warrants need be obtained, trespassing laws are not adhered...more

Calif. Law Does Not Bar Recording of Cell Phone Calls by Participants, Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that the state’s call recording statute does not apply to cell phone call participants. This decision should help companies that record consumer calls for monitoring purposes defeat...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues New Framework for Spoliation Sanctions

On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion intended to clarify the circumstances in which a trial court may impose sanctions for spoliation, including specifically the submission of a spoliation instruction to...more

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Before there was Snowden | The other Whistleblowers who came forward

Let's introduce Bill Binney, who used to work at the NSA for nearly 30 years as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Following that, he became one of its leading whistleblowers. Seven years ago one July morning, a...more

Mexico’s online tax surveillance becomes operational

As part of the Tax Reform that became effective on January 1, 2014, the Mexican Congress passed a series of amendments to the Federal Tax Code for the purpose of modernizing and facilitating the compliance and enforcement of...more

Let's Go to the Video!

Barry P. Goldberg recognizes that more and more cases are being decided by video evidence from many different sources. The cost of surveillance video and equipment has dropped dramatically over the years and is not limited to...more

Virginia Business Law: Donald Sterling and the Law on Audio Recordings

This isn’t really about Donald Sterling, the now-infamous owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s about what made him a household name. Audio recordings have been causing businessmen and politicians problems for years. What...more

Australia's proposed spy law perceived as Governmental Mismanagement

Buzzing through the social media sphere yesterday was the story about how a proposed new bill would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks. So after lifting my jaw up off the floor, I thought...more

No Sex Please, We’re British: More from GSK in China

The above is the title of a British television show/play/movie which is a farcical romp about a newlywed couple who mistakenly receive an initial shipment of pornographic pictures, then movies and women, all sent from Sweden...more

Supreme Court Fires Shot Across The Bow Of NSA Metadata Collection

Recent revelations concerning the activities of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) include reports that the NSA and other government agencies have – in secret – routinely collected in bulk the “metadata” associated with...more

Court upholds citizen surveillance of police activity

We often worry of growing privacy intrusions due to surveillance. But surveillance comes in different flavors, and some surveillance can even affirm and support individual interests in personal liberty. For example, a recent...more

Jay Z Captured in a New Era of Private Video of Official Video

Rapper Jay Z and his sister-in-law reminded us this week that, prior to revelations about NSA data collection efforts, it was the lives of the rich and famous that often sparked debate about privacy in our country....more

NLRB Cracking Down On No-Taping Policies

It is well-established that the NLRB has been aggressively litigating cases involving social media policies and employees terminated for making disparaging comments online. Recently, however, the NLRB has expanded its reach...more

“May I Record A Conversation With My Employee Without His Knowledge?”

At the Pullman & Comley Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Seminar recently, I was asked by one of the attendees, an HR Director, whether she could record a disciplinary meeting with a troublesome employee without...more

A Brief Survey of Current and Future Developments in Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security Law

The challenges confronting corporate counsel regarding privacy, data protection and cyber security have never been more daunting: dealing with the threat of increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, responding to data breach...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 3 - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - The SEC Issues Its Long-Awaited Sweep Letter on ETNs - FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain FWPs - Comprehensive Surveillance Sharing Agreements -...more

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate...more

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)

Sometimes an employment lawyer is faced with a thorny question that involves multiple layers of analysis. Before advising a client, any good attorney will want to examine prior case decisions, statutory citations, regulatory...more

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down State Eavesdropping Statute

The Illinois Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional a state law criminalizing the recording of conversations without the consent of all parties. However, significant risks remain for companies and individuals in...more

Continuous Video Surveillance Of Truck Drivers Does Not Violate California Law

California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently issued a published opinion on whether continuous video surveillance of truck drivers during their on-the-job driving constitutes a misdemeanor under California Labor Code...more

FERC – CFTC Interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently announced the formation of an interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group as one of the next steps to...more

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Prohibition on Non-Consensual Audio Recordings, Raising New Issues for Employers

Illinois employers had been able to rely upon Illinois' prohibition against all non-consensual recording of conversations, whether private or not. As of March 20, 2014, that prohibition no longer exists. ...more

Impact On Employers And Schools Of Illinois Supreme Court’s Rejection Of Eavesdropping Law

Employers, schools, and other entities have long relied on the Illinois Eavesdropping Act to prohibit individuals from recording conversations, meetings, classes, and other activities without the consent of all participants....more

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