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Disclosure Bill May Put Retirees At Risk

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I wrote about a bill, SB 1208 (Leno), that would require disclosure of total compensation information with respect to each of a corporation’s five most highly compensated retirees. This requirement would be imposed...more

Random Alcohol Testing Case Headed for Supreme Court

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether an employer must have “reasonable cause” to conduct random alcohol testing on unionized employees, or whether an inherently dangerous workplace is sufficient to justify random...more

EPIC Urges Justice Department to Investigate Google for Unlawful Wiretapping

EPIC wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice to investigate Google’s collection of Wi-Fi data from residential networks by means of "Street View" vehicles. The Federal Communications...more

Supreme Court: Temporary Government Employee Is Entitled To Same Immunity From Lawsuits As Full-Time Public Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 17, 2012 that a private employee working for a governmental body is entitled to the same qualified immunity as full-time public employees. Filarsky v....more

EPIC Obtains New Documents on DHS Media Monitoring, Urges Congress to Suspend Program

EPIC has submitted a letter to Congress following a hearing on DHS monitoring of social networks and media organizations. In the letter, EPIC highlights new documents obtained as a result of a FOIA lawsuit and points out...more

California's Reader Privacy Act: What Every Bookseller Must Know

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On January 1, 2012, the California Reader Privacy Act went into effect. The Act requires all “book service providers,” i.e., book sellers, in the State to take certain steps when responding to governmental...more

Data Protection and Privacy in China

by White & Case LLP on

China does not currently have a comprehensive legal framework to regulate the use and disclosure of personal data nor a national level law that delineates how a company can legally collect, process and retain data...more

This Week In Labor And Employment Law - Marx Brothers Edition

It's been another zany week or so in the world of labor and employment law, rivaling Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo. Here are a few items that jumped out at me. (Each subhead is a line from a Marx Brothers movie or the title...more

Protests Mount Against Proposed Law That Would Cripple the Internet

by Ifrah PLLC on

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, 2011 was a year of protests. It was capped off with a little-covered (by traditional media) but important protest that will carry on into 2012. We’ll call it the...more

ACLU Wins FOIA Appeal on Prosecutors’ Use of Cell Phone Location Data

by Ifrah PLLC on

For some time now, the American Civil Liberties Union has been concerned about some federal prosecutors’ practice of seeking court orders to track the location of people’s cell phones without probable cause, arguing that this...more

From Habeas Data Action to Omnibus Data Protection: The Latin American Privacy (R)Evolution

by White & Case LLP on

Latin America: More Privacy than You Would Expect Whenever you ask a privacy expert about parts of the world with strict data privacy laws, the European Union, with its by now famous EU Data Protection Directive, is...more

Proskauer Lawyers Help Secure Victory for DNA Privacy Rights

On August 25, 2011, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, in a case of first impression, ruled that the state crime lab’s retention of an individual’s DNA sample beyond the limitations promised to him by the police when they took...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Homeland Security, et al.,


Federal Appeals Court: TSA Violated Federal Law, Must Take Public Comment on Body Scanners As a result of a lawsuit brought by EPIC, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the TSA violated federal law when it...more

Healthcare Legal News - July 27, 2011 • Volume 1, Number 1

by Dickinson Wright on


United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Vermont Pharmaceutical “Data Mining” Law

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On Thursday, June 23, the United States Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down a Vermont statute that sought to impose significant restrictions on pharmaceutical detailing and “data mining” activities. Justice Kennedy’s...more

Is Big Brother Watching You? In California, All You Have To Do Is Ask.

by Allen Matkins on

On November 7, 1972, the voters of California added the words “and privacy” to Article I, Section 1 of the California Constitution to guarantee an inalienable right of privacy. Five years later, the California legislature...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., Striking Down Vermont Prescription Confidentiality Law (Vt....

by King & Spalding on

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., et al. on June 23, 2011. The 6-3 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, struck down the Vermont Prescription Confidentiality Law (Vt....more

German Data Protection Authorities Set Minimum Competency and Independence Requirements for Company Data Protection Officers

by Reed Smith on

By joint resolution of 24/25 November 2010, the German data protection authorities ("DPAs") have set minimum requirements for the competency and independence of company data protection officers ("DPOs"). The initiative...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al., v. Janet Napolitano, et al.,

Opening Brief for Petitioners Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al.,

In Opening Brief, EPIC Urges Federal Appeals Court to Suspend Airport Body Scanner Program EPIC has filed the opening brief in EPIC v. DHS, No, 10-1157, a case that challenges the unilateral decision of the TSA to make...more

Exchange of confidential tax information

by Leo Neve on

The current Tax Information Exchange Agreements do not recognize the importance of data protection as a fundamental right....more

Advertising Law - July 26, 2010

In This Issue: *Manatt Partners Ivan Wasserman and Christopher Cole to Discuss Key Enforcement Concerns for Food and Dietary Supplement Companies *Pepsi's Blog Yanked After Backlash *FDA Seeks Comment on Labeling...more

Robert G Babson Jr et al v. Kevin Cronin et al

Order Granting Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment

by Lance Collins on

State Chief Elections Officer adopted new electronic voting systems without complying with the rule-making provisions of the Hawai'i Administrative Procedure Act claiming that voting system adoption is only "internal agency...more

National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America

Decision Denying Respondents' Petition For Judicial Review

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Opt-In Privacy Rule for Telephone Services. On February 13, 2009, a federal court in the District of Columbia upheld telephone privacy regulations that require phone companies to obtain...more

In Re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation

Order RE: Questions to be addressed at December 2, 2008 Hearing

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

Sophia Helena In 'T Veld v. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of State

Complaint For Injunctive Relief

EFF has filed suit on behalf of a member of the European Parliament, demanding that the U.S. government release records about her "risk assessment" score and other information gathered about her during her international...more

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