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Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

Chairman Pai Set to Release Draft Net Neutrality Item

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 21, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that he had circulated his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow commissioners. The draft Order will largely undo the 2015 Open Internet...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Recently, my PTO held a meeting where they invited in a guest speaker to talk to parents about Internet safety, bullying and a variety of other age-appropriate topics. You know, the usual teenage stuff....more

US Court Shields Google from Canadian Court Order in Search Delisting Dispute

by Dechert LLP on

In Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc.,1 a United States district court enjoined the enforcement of an order by the Supreme Court of Canada that directed Google to remove content from Google search results. The Canadian...more

2017 Year in Review of Internet Companies’ Protection from Liability for Users’ Sexual Trafficking Content: The Courts Gave but...

by Butler Snow LLP on

At the beginning of this year, internet companies found strengthened protection from liability for users’ sexual trafficking content thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a key First Circuit decision...more

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...more

California Court Holds That Orders Demanding Global De-indexing Threaten Free Speech

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court order ordering Google to de-index a website from its global search results. In its decision, the Canadian high court rejected Google’s arguments that such an...more

Blockchain trending in domain name registrations

by Hogan Lovells on

Domain name registrations often reflect current trends and it is thus not surprising that a large number of recent second-level domain name registrations under .COM and .NET include terminology relating to blockchain....more

.RU and .PФ show healthy growth whilst deterring cyber criminals

by Hogan Lovells on

The Coordination Center, which is responsible for the management of the Russian country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .RU and...more

LinkedIn – in whose professional interest?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

LinkedIn is the biggest online network of professionals in the world. Many employers encourage staff to use LinkedIn to promote their organisation. While employees may share content relating to their organisation, they...more

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent...

by Hogan Lovells on

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...more

Boo! “Witch” one should you have, HTTP or HTTPS?

by McManis Faulkner on

With Halloween season here, it’s important to be aware of the spooks on the web. It is a scary online world, and now more than ever is the time to take measures to strengthen the security of your website....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

Are Loot Boxes An Illegal Gambling Mechanic?

A member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament has opened an inquiry into the legality of loot boxes. Loot boxes are virtual items that may be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of additional virtual items. Various...more

Stored Communications Act Does Not Prohibit Disclosure of Deceased’s Yahoo Account

In what appears to be a case of first impression in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that Yahoo may disclose the contents of a deceased’s Yahoo email account to his personal...more

Children's Products and the "Internet of Things": Data Privacy Beyond COPPA

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In this internet age, "smart" children’s products—those that collect, transmit or store electronic data—are on the rise. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.3 billion in sales by 2020. Manufacturers of...more

Telephone Access Might Be Valid Alternative to Accessible Website, But Court Needs More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In denying Dave & Buster’s motion to dismiss and for summary judgment, a federal judge said that telephonic access might be an alternative to having an accessible website, but cannot decide until the...more

Vermont AG Settles with SAManage for $264,000 for Delayed Breach Notification

The Vermont Attorney General (AG) recently announced that it has settled with SAManage USA, a business support services company, for failing to timely notify 660 Vermont residents that their names and Social Security numbers...more

Measure Introduced In The House To Restrict Internet Surveillance Of Americans

by King & Spalding on

On October 6 a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House Judiciary Committee unveiled the USA Liberty Act (H.R. 3989), which seeks to reform and reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Section...more

Proposed change of registration policy for .IE domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

IEDR, the Irish Domain Registry, recently announced that it was a running a Public Consultation with a view to liberalising the .IE domain name registration policy....more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they...more

Illinois Geolocation Privacy Protection Act Vetoed By Governor Rauner

by King & Spalding on

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, which passed the Illinois Senate and General Assembly earlier this year, was vetoed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on September 22, 2017. The bill (HB-3449) was the first of its kind...more

German Federal Court Rules On Google’s Image Search – Thumbnails III

by Hogan Lovells on

On 21 September 2017, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) handed down a judgment of utmost importance for the exploitation of copyright on the Internet. It will become known and referred to under the name...more

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