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Marriott signs FCC Consent Decree and agrees to pay $600,000 civil penalty for Wi-Fi blocking

Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels? As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work...more

Google Street View Plaintiffs on the Hunt for “a Needle in a Haystack” to Demonstrate Standing, but District Court Grants...

Back in April, Google filed a Petition for Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Street View case, seeking review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that unencrypted Wi-Fi signals are protected from interception...more

FCC Releases Text of Wi-Fi-Focused E-Rate Reform Order and Further NPRM

Last Thursday, July 24, the FCC issued the 176-page text of its E-rate Modernization Order (“Order”), which it adopted on July 11 in a sharply divided and partisan 3-2 vote. The Order includes a Further Notice of Proposed...more

Digital Privacy’s New Age: Supreme Court Turns off Google’s Radio After Holding That We Are Our Cell Phones

In another installment of “Google does WHAT?!?,” the Supreme Court on June 30 rejected the Silicon Valley giant’s bid to stop a lawsuit accusing the search company of wiretapping. You read that right. Wiretapping....more

Google "Street View" case may be headed for SCOTUS Review

Google held true to its promise to seek SCOTUS review of the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of the term “radio communications” in the Wiretap Act when it filed its Petition for Certiorari last week. Google had argued in the...more

FCC Authorizes Additional 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5GHz Band

Gigabit Wi-Fi services are one step closer to reality following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to unanimously adopt an order today, March 31, 2014, authorizing use of an additional 100 MHz of...more

Big Brother is Watching You (Shop For Pants): Mobile analytics firms implement code of conduct for tracking customers while they...

If you’ve ever dealt with that pushy salesperson at Bed, Bath & Beyond who won’t take your word for it that you’re just browsing and not ready to commit to a high-end home espresso machine, you know that being followed around...more

Public Wi-Fi: Is it a Trick or Treat?

It may seem like a treat when you sit down at a local coffee shop, or lay down on the bed at a fancy hotel after a long day of traveling to see “Free Wi-Fi” pop up on your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Especially when there...more

9th Circuit Joffe v. Google "Street View" Decision Raises Questions About Wiretap Act's "Radio Transmissions" Exception

Last week, the Ninth Circuit held that the Wiretap Act prohibits the kind of “interception” and collection of transmissions from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that Google reportedly followed in compiling Street View data....more

How Secure Is Your Pop-Up?

Our headline today does not refer to those annoying ads that “pop-up” when you visit websites. We’re talking about the hottest trend in seasonal retailing – the pop-up store. These are the “here today, gone tomorrow”...more

Google: Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

For years, Google has been blazing trails in the technology world and along the way they have been caught in a few snares. The latest entanglement wrapped up this week as the company settled a two-year investigation led by an...more

Weekly Brief: New Round of Layoffs Hit Law Firms [Video]

March 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. New Jersey-based Archer & Greiner PC is the latest law firm to announce layoffs of attorneys and staff. Also, counsel for...more

Court: Data on Unsecured Network May Qualify for 4th Amendment Protection

The vast increase in the use of wireless data networks has led to new legal issues regarding network users’ right to privacy. A recent opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon indicates that, under...more

Free Nationwide WiFi: Myths & Facts [Video]

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- A recent Washington Post article said the federal government may create a free nationwide super WiFi network. The network would be so powerful and broad that consumers could use the network to "make...more

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