Texas EMT Files Moronic Invasion-of-Privacy Lawsuit

From the state that just loves our sloppy seconds -- out-of-work wide receiver who cries about a fumbling quarterback say, "What. It's unfair. That's my quarterback." -- comes this case about a Facebooking emergency medical technician from Texas. To protect the innocent -- in the...

Keller and Heckman LLP - U.S. Privacy and Data Security Developments: Impact on Retailers

The privacy and data security landscape is rapidly evolving in the U.S. and abroad. The emergence of new technologies and new media for collecting, using, and sharing personal information collected from consumers, and new thinking about privacy best practices, affects a range of businesses. Retailers...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Risks Associated With Bring Your Own Device ('BYOD') Policies

Over the past year, more and more employers are letting their employees connect personal smartphones or tablets to the employer's network. Some companies have even stopped supplying their employees with computers; instead, employees bring their own laptops to work (or work remotely from home). ...

Troutman Sanders LLP: 'Facing' Reality: Facebook Knows What You Look Like

It's a bit odd to think that about whether you have a privacy right in what you look like. But as companies continue to gather enormous amounts of all kinds of data - including faces - and wrestle with whether they can monetize that data, the fear of "Big Brother" continues to spark debate...

DLA Piper LLP: How the EU Has Implemented the New Privacy Directive on Cookies

The European Union's E-Privacy Directive has been in effect since May, and many jurisdictions across the EU are already tackling its implementation. Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands and Spain have all taken action regarding the Directive. Moreover, the Article 29 Working...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Sitton v. Print Direction - Employees and Their Personal Devices

What privacy rights does an employee have to personal devices used in the workplace? In what is almost certain to be one of many cases addressing the scope of those rights, the Georgia Court of Appeals decided the case Sitton v. Print Direction, Inc ., 718 S.E.2d 532 (2011) [ enhanced version available...

Delaware Workplace Privacy Act Protects Student Facebook Posts' Privacy

Delaware's Workplace Privacy Act (H.B. 308) , died with the end of the legislative session. As readers know from my several prior posts, I won't exactly be mourning the loss. The Bill's companion legislation, H.B. 309, did survive, however, passed by the State Senate during its final session...

Peter S. Vogel: Reality Check - Governments Have Easy Access to Data on the Cloud

By Peter S. Vogel Laws around the world allow governments free access to data on the Cloud which may come as a surprise to many, but Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) facilitate cooperation across international boundaries. On May 23, 2012 Hogan Lovells published a White Paper entitled "...

Internet Politics - Senate Filibuster Blocks Cybersecurity Bill

By Peter S. Vogel At time when cybersecurity is headline news around the world, partisan politics in the U.S. Senate got in the way of new a cybersecurity bill which was different than a bill passed in the U.S. House last April. The New York Times reported that the most vocal opponent of the new cybersecurity...

DLA Piper Data Protection Alert: How Much Has the Cookie Crumbled Across the EU?

By Paul McCormack What's new? Since our publication in March 2012, there has a been a number of updates in relation to the following jurisdictions: Belgium Cyprus France Greece Italy Malta The Netherlands, and Spain. Furthermore, on 7 June 2012, Article 29 Working...

Peter S. Vogel: Oops - Google Found Street View Wifi Data

By Peter S. Vogel Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google's global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement...

Duane Morris LLP Alert: Illinois Bans Employers from Asking Employees or Applicants to Disclose Social Media Passwords

On August 1, 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (P.A. 097-0875), which prohibits employers from requesting or requiring that employees or job applicants provide the employer with access to the employee's or applicant's social...

Peter S. Vogel: Cloud Data Storage - How Safe?

By Peter S. Vogel Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches - Apple's iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled " The Cloud...

Troutman Sanders LLP: New Jersey's Gift Card Law Requires Personal Data Collection

We recently wrote about the California law prohibiting retailers from asking for their customers' ZIP codes in credit card purchases . In one of the most striking examples of the fractured, decentralized approach to consumer privacy existing in the U.S., we note that another state, New Jersey, has...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Maryland User Name and Password Privacy Protections Take Effect October 1

By Timothy F. McCormack and Michelle M. McGeogh Beginning October 1, 2012, employees and job applicants' personal e-mail accounts, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Pinterest pages, and similar accounts will gain more protection from Maryland employers. Under the new law, employers in Maryland...

Peter S. Vogel: Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld by 6th Circuit

By Peter S. Vogel No warrant was required to track a drug dealer's GPS locations from cell phones since the defendant "did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location." On August 14, 2012 Justice John Rogers of the US...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Standing To Challenge FISA's Constitutionality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard arguments on the ability of a group of respondents to challenge the constitutionality of a law that its opponents characterize as "dragnet surveillance" related to the power that it gives the executive branch of the government...

Siemens and Beck on Obtaining Optimal Cyber Insurance

By Rene Siemens and David Beck , Attorneys, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP This commentary observes that the rising threat of cyber attacks and data breaches as well as the proliferation of data security and privacy laws have made it more important than ever for organizations that handle sensitive...

Free Download: White Paper Explores Insurance Coverage Implications of Social Media

With social media pervading most aspects of society and business, are you up to date on the changes that it brings to the insurance industry? Download a complimentary white paper covering insurance implications of social media . Social media presents a whole new set of exposures and liabilities that...

California AB 1844: Limiting Employers' Access to Employees' Social Media

Whether you "like" it or not, social media is changing the legal landscape of employee privacy rights at a rapid pace. On September 27, 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1844 , which prohibits employers from requiring (or requesting) employees or applicants to divulge their...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Revamping Kids Privacy: FTC Finalizes COPPA Rule Changes

By Sheila Millar, Tracy Marshall, and Crystal Skelton Excerpt: On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") issued final rule amendments concluding its review of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") Rule ("final...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...

What You Need to Know About NSA Mass Telephone Call Tracking

By David Bender The flood of recent articles disclosing that the National Security Agency has engaged in a massive acquisition of information concerning the telephone communications of millions of Americans has shocked many. While sensationalizing this acquisition, most articles avoid discussing whether...

Williams Mullen: Data Privacy – Know What Rights You Are Extending To Your U.S. Customers And Employees

By Robert C. Dewar Many foreign businesses commence trading in the U.S. without paying a lot of attention to their data privacy policies. Unlike the UK, where the Data Protection Act (which implements the European Data Protection Directive into UK law) applies to all businesses, the U.S. does not...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Have Your Safeguards For Protecting Confidential Information Kept Pace With Your Next-Generation Manufacturing Processes?

Today’s next-generation manufacturing is marked by speed and technology. However, technology can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, technological innovations and advancements have resulted in a manufacturing resurgence in the United States. On the other hand, technology also makes confidential...