Surveillance

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Wake-Up Call: Second Circuit Declares NSA’s Mass Telephone Surveillance Program Illegal; Defers Injunction While Congress Ponders...

Whatever your opinion of Edward Snowden, the shockwaves from his leaks of classified material continue to roil all three branches of the federal government. The latest wave broke last week when the United States Court of...more

French National Assembly Adopting Surveillance Legislation

On 5 May 2015, the French National Assembly adopted a Bill aiming at reinforcing state surveillance. Several internet players as well as politicians have already raised serious concerns regarding the adoption of this Bill....more

France: Lower House of Parliament Adopts Controversial Draft Law on Surveillance

The mood is shifting in the debate between privacy and security as France prepares to enact a controversial terrorism surveillance law critics have nicknamed the “French Patriot Act.” In the wake of the revelations...more

Snowden Strikes Back: Mass Collection of Telephony Metadata Struck Down By the Second Circuit

As post-Snowden America well knows, for some years now the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting bulk telephone metadata under the authority of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and aggregating it into data banks...more

Facebook Class Action Lawsuit in Austria

A class action against Facebook has been filed in Vienna by privacy campaigner and Austrian law graduate Max Schrems, along with 25,000 other users of the social network site. The lawsuit alleges breaches of EU privacy law...more

Send in the Drones: Transforming the Workplace through the Use of Drone Surveillance

Every day new stories about the uses (and misuses) of drones surface in the media. They have been used to: photograph the 2015 Winter X Games, assist in firefighting operations, monitor agricultural drought, monitor...more

Argentina Adopts New Data Protection Regulations for the Use of Do Not Call Registry and CCTV

The Argentinian Data Protection Authority (DPA) beefs up penalties to fight robocalls and unconsented-to video surveillance by enacting Do Not Call and CCTV regulations....more

Whistleblower's Legacy: President Reforms Key Surveillance Law; Europe Questions Safe Harbor Regime

Nearly two years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working with the U.S. National Security Agency (“NSA”), revealed startling details of widespread surveillance practices by the U.S. government into telephone and Internet...more

LYNX Surveillance Footage Exempt from Public Inspection

In a surprising opinion issued on January 30, 2015, which promises to have a wide-reaching effect, the Fifth District Court of Appeal overturned a declaratory judgment entered in favor of WKMG-TV Local 6, and determined that...more

Who’s Winning in the Battle Between Privacy and Security? The State of Surveillance Law in Europe

In recent years, there has been an ongoing struggle between privacy and security, with many governments looking to increase their surveillance powers in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting the population. Following...more

Workplace Privacy: What Every CCO Needs to Consider

Most of us go through our daily lives unthinkingly assuming that our actions, movements and conversations are private. However, in today’s high tech and connected world, that is no longer the case. If you drive a car, carry a...more

“Videoday” beim 8. Senat des BAG

Die Entscheidungen des 8. Senats des BAG zur heimlichen Videoüberwachung einer (vermeintlich) krankfeiernden Arbeitnehmerin (BAG v. 19.02.2015 – 8 AZR 1007/13) und zur Nutzung eines Imagefilms, in dem ein Ex-Arbeitnehmer als...more

Significant changes to the EU regime governing the export of dual use goods from the UK and other EU member states

The EU Dual Use Regulation (Regulation (EC) 428/2009) (the "Dual Use Regulation") governs the export of a range of 'dual use' goods and associated technology from the UK and other EU Member States. Dual use goods are those...more

Florida drone bill a reminder to UAS operators: Know all the rules before you fly

A bill recently introduced in the Florida House of Representatives would enhance privacy-related restrictions on the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” otherwise known as “drones”) in the state. The Freedom from...more

A Claimant May Be Deposed Before Shown Surveillance Materials

The Fourth District in Hankerson v. Wiley, --- So. 3d ----, 2015 WL 71735, 40 Fla. Law Weekly D195 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 7, 2015), aligned itself with recent Third District decisions and quashed a trial court order which...more

Make Surveillance Worth the Money

A largely sedentary/stationary workforce is a luxury in the world of Workers’ Compensation law because the idea of a disabling work injury, or a nagging, high cost medical recovery period, seems to be a remote possibility. ...more

Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

Drone on Drones: New Court Decision Reflects Shifting Views on Privacy in Public

Whenever drone policy is raised as a topic, privacy concerns follow close behind it as a discussion point. The idea of aerial surveillance that is cheaper, less time-intensive and requires fewer man hours to get off the...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Issues Commercial Drone Permits to Additional Companies

In the face of increasing public and congressional pressure to speed up access to domestic skies for commercial drone use, the FAA granted four companies permission to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site...more

My Vote for Privacy Person of the Year

There isn’t an official Privacy Person of the Year award. If there were, Edward Snowden almost certainly would have won it last year. Instead, he finished in second place, behind Pope Francis, as TIME Magazine’s 2013 Person...more

Defendant’s Gross Negligence Leads to Adverse Inference Instruction (New York)

Riley v. Marriott Int’l, 2014 WL 4794657 (W.D. N.Y. Sept. 25, 2014). In this personal injury case, the plaintiffs sought video surveillance and “sweep logs” after one of the plaintiffs slipped and fell in the...more

Privacy and Fourth Amendment Issues Among Legal Concerns for Law Enforcement Use of Body-Worn Cameras

While there are many considerations for police departments interested in using body-worn cameras in the field, including policy issues and deployment procedures, there are some legal — and somewhat controversial — hurdles...more

China Launches Massive Cross-Platform Cyber Attack

The very tool (cell phones) that has allowed millions of previously disconnected people to coordinate large civil protests in numerous countries is now being used to quash dissent in Hong Kong. If recent reports are proven...more

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

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