Wiretapping

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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

“Pocket-Dial” Mobile Phone Calls: Private or Not?

If you accidentally “pocket dial” someone on your mobile phone, do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy about what’s said in that call? Here’s how courts looked at this issue recently. What Happened? James Huff...more

The USA Freedom Act: What it Changes and (Mostly) Doesn't for Cloud Services--And is it Really the Issue

The recent showdown over renewal of certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act (often called simply the Patriot Act) and the subsequent enactment of the USA Freedom Act have raised a number of questions about the ongoing...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Suit Over FBI’s Wiretapping of Marital Conversations in Securities Fraud Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapping played an important role in the wide-ranging insider trading investigation and subsequent trials of Galleon Group LLC principals and traders. During his criminal prosecution,...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 21

In This Issue: - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline Extended - Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs Must Specifically Plead Non-Exculpated Claims Against Disinterested Directors in Transaction Under Entire...more

Finding the Needle When You Can’t Locate the Haystack – How do you narrow down the scope of e-discovery?

Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing. ...more

Lenovo’s Unsecure Adware On Consumer PCs Prompts Class Action Lawsuits

Security experts recently discovered that about 50 different consumer PC models sold by Lenovo since September 2014 were shipped with adware known as Superfish Visual Discovery that could be exploited by hackers to spoof...more

FinCrimes Update - January 2015, Volumn 2, Issue 1

FINCEN FINES NY-BASED SECURITIES BROKER-DEALER FOR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING SHORTFALLS - On January 27, FinCEN fined a New York securities broker-dealer firm $20 million for violating the BSA. According to the press release,...more

Civil Antitrust Attorneys Receive Wire-Tap Evidence

The Canada Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that civil antitrust plaintiffs may receive wire-tap evidence obtained in the criminal investigation into an alleged price-fixing scheme by several large gas companies. During...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Civil Plaintiffs Access to Competition Bureau Wiretaps

Canadian civil plaintiffs can now access wiretaps collected by authorities in the context of criminal investigations. The issue of access arose in the aftermath of the Competition Bureau’s octane investigation. Between 2004...more

I think my spouse is cheating. Is it a crime to spy on them?

Unexplained absences, secretive phone calls, late nights at the office – all telltale signs that your spouse may be up to no good. With advances in technology it has become easier and easier for suspicious spouses to snoop on...more

Communications Between Spouses: Are They Privileged When Wiretapped?

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided that a couple’s private communications remain protected under the marital communication privilege pursuant to N.J.R.E. 509 despite those communications being wiretapped by State...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 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

A House Divided: Federal Judges Take Conflicting Positions on Wiretap Act Claims Against Google in California's Northern District

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a class action claim that Google’s modifications to its customer privacy policies and subsequent sharing of customer data across Google...more

Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss class action...

In Brief - In a significant ruling on email privacy, the Northern District of California held that Google’s interception and scanning of user emails for the purpose of creating targeted advertisements and user profiles...more

White Collar Watch - October 2013

In This Issue: - Small businesses beware: IRS deploys “big data” to scrutinize cash transactions - Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss...more

Google is No Cookie Monster, says Delaware Federal Court

In a decisive victory for Google and several co-defendants, a Delaware federal court dismissed the claims of a putative class of individuals who alleged that they were injured by Google’s practice of circumventing certain...more

Update: Google Not Going Down Without a Fight

Google is seeking further review in two cases we wrote about last week on alleged Wiretap Act violations. In the Gmail case, where Google was charged with improperly reviewing subscribers’ emails, Google asked Judge Koh to...more

More Online Trouble for Service Providers?

Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers. Last week, Judge Koh in San Jose held Google accountable for an alleged...more

What’s in Your Privacy Policy?—Google’s Insufficient to Dismiss Class Action Claims

Last week, a California federal judge allowed a class action to move forward challenging Google’s scanning of emails and targeted email advertising, rejecting Google’s claims of express and implied consent in its Terms of...more

Google Must Face Most Claims in Keyword Wiretap Class Action

If you were on Google’s home page Friday at the office, you probably spent more time than you care to admit playing the “help the letter ‘g’ hit the piñata” game that Google created for its 15th birthday. For Google,...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

“Love and Marriage” – New Jersey Supreme Court Poised to Determine Whether the Marital Privilege Can Defeat Wiretap Evidence

In Brief - Over the past four years, the government has broadened the use of wiretaps to include insider trading, and to great success (the recent convictions of Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta serve as examples of...more

White Collar Watch - August 2013

Contents - SEC Changes Course: Some Companies Must Now Admit Wrongdoing - Fifth Circuit’s Recent Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Ruling May Benefit Employers - “Love and Marriage” – New Jersey Supreme Court...more

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