Wiretap Act

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Revival of Cookie Litigation Highlights Risks Associated with Mobile Tracking Technologies

On November 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived several privacy claims against Google pertaining to the Internet company’s practice of side-stepping “cookie blockers” on Microsoft’s Internet...more

Thumbs Up or Down? Facebook Forced to Disclose Market Data for User Messages

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is no stranger to litigation or criticism for its utilization of user data that has resulted in lawsuits. And one of those in particular complained about what happens when...more

Facebook Obtains Dismissal Of Privacy Class Action

On October 23, 2015, Facebook won dismissal of a potential $15 billion class action which accused the company of secretly tracking the Internet activity of its users after they log off. In re Facebook Internet Tracking...more

Can You Videotape Someone Else’s Conversation?

Careful about protecting the safety of his customers, A.R. Remington, owner of Fishinabarrel Gun Range, installed surveillance cameras to blanket his premises, except the restrooms. Last week while target practicing with his...more

Ashley Madison and Coming to “Terms” with Data Protection

A recent massive data hack of an online dating site Ashley Madison once again proves that what one publishes, says, or does online, even in seemingly private forums, is never completely private. It’s also a reminder that the...more

Sixth Circuit Rules that “Pocket Dials” May Not Be Entitled to an Expectation of Privacy

In a move that may strike fear into the hearts of mobile phone owners everywhere, the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that a person’s “pocket dials” – those inadvertent calls made from a person’s mobile phone, generally when the...more

The Federal Wiretap Act and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The law of unintended consequences – a distant cousin of Murphy’s Law – states that the actions of human beings will always have effects that are unanticipated and unintended. The law could prove a perfect fit for recent...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

Woman Brings Charges Against Ex-Husband for Intercepted E-mails

In a recent New York case, Zaratzian v. Abadir, a former wife, filed a lawsuit against her former husband and his attorney alleging they violated the Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act when she discovered that her...more

California’s privacy statute regulates California companies, but not against out-of-state plaintiffs: a recent decision, 2...

Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims. With statutes such as California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Telephone...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

Google Street View Class Action Survives: Ninth Circuit Holds Wi-Fi is Not "Radio" Under Wiretap Act

In the latest development in the Google Street View case, the Ninth Circuit once again upheld the lower court’s decision that Google’s collection of unencrypted Wi-Fi does not fit within an exception to the Wiretap Act that...more

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