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Deepfakes, Privacy Rights and an AI-Powered Blurring of the Lines

Recent developments in deep learning artificial intelligence have enabled almost anyone to superimpose facial features—including an entirely different face—into a preexisting video with relatively minimal effort. Until very...more

Data Protection Laws in India

In August 2017, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment in the case of Justice K S Puttuswamy vs Union of India (Supreme Court of India, WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO 494 OF 2012), in which fundamental rights, as provided in...more

Key Developments in the 2017 Indian Legal Landscape

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Legal and regulatory developments in the country included changes to the foreign direct investment policy, changes to the foreign investment regime, and a new platform for sexual harassment complaints by employees. Labour...more

Florida Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy Survives Death and Prohibits Ex Parte Interviews in Medmal Actions

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In the case of Weaver v. Myers, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court recently struck down part of the 2013 amendments to Fla. Stats. §§766.106 and 766.1065, which govern the informal discovery process of the medical...more

Is Your Company Email to Santa Protected?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Frazzled by the incessant demands for her company Acne Brick’s financial records from her husband’s divorce lawyer Ditcher Quick, company president Annie Acne was wondering what her next maneuver might be when her Information...more

U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Data Protection Alert - How data protection impacts labor law

One of the aspects of digitalization is that it blurs the lines between personal and professional lives of employees. Such acknowledgement is reflected in EU and French laws, notably with regard to teleworking and the right...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

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Defendants' Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to Florida's medical malpractice pre-suit process, ruling that statutes authorizing the conduct of informal, ex parte interviews with a medical malpractice claimant's...more

European Court of Human Rights: Monitoring Employee Communications

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) [2017] ECHR 742, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) clarified the right of employers to monitor employees’ private communications in the...more

Forget Prince; Minnesota Opens Courts to Hulk Hogans of the World with Revenge Porn Civil Action

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Recently, I attended the University of Minnesota’s celebration of “40 Years of Gopher Justice,” an event honoring the institution’s University Student Legal Service (“USLS”), a non-profit organization that provides UMN...more

How an Uncommonly Silly Law Led to a Host of Very Consequential Supreme Court Decisions

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

In 1879, Connecticut passed a law barring the use of “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception”; the penalty was“not less than fifty dollars” or between 60 days and one year in...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the first annual review of the Privacy Shield by U.S. and EU officials, and the Federal Trade Commission's first actions alleging Privacy Shield...more

Privacy of personal communications at work

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the monitoring of personal messages on a work-related internet messaging account did breach the Article 8 right to privacy....more

European Court of Human Rights Sets New Boundaries on Monitoring Employees in the Workplace

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has clarified the law surrounding the monitoring of employees’ private communications in the workplace. The decision overturns the earlier ruling of the lower...more

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

by Littler on

September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon...more

European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

State of Connecticut Provides Guidance on Changes to Education Records of Transgender Students

The Connecticut State Department of Education (DOE) recently published guidance on implementing civil rights protections for transgender students. The guidance, in part, provides information on issues related to requests that...more

Woodward v. City of Tucson

Another great win the 9th Circuit on Friday, September 15, 2017, involving the use of deadly force and a right to privacy claim. The case involved the death of an individual who the police confronted in a “vacant”...more

Employee privacy and monitoring

by Dechert LLP on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) last week that there was a breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: Your Career May Be An Open Book: Privacy and Regulatory Investigations

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In dismissing an appeal by an Alberta lawyer who alleged that his Charter rights were violated by an order allowing a law society investigator to search his computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices, the Alberta...more

Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

European Court Proposes Criteria for Assessing Employee Monitoring Activities

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 5, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania that affirms employees’ right to privacy in the use of communications tools in the workplace. Although the ruling...more

European Court to France: DNA Database Violates Fundamental Rights

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The European Court of Human Rights decided on June 22, 2017 that France’s DNA database for convicted criminals disproportionately interferes with individuals’ privacy rights because of its one-size-fits-all retention period...more

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