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President Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms: Key Points For Businesses
Posted on 6 Mar 2014 by DLA Piper

By Aravind Swaminathan , Jim Halpert , and Michelle J. Anderson In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, President Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related... Read More

Privacy Concerns Escalate as Drones Are About to Take-Off
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The widely-anticipated commercial deployment of drones piques the interest of critical infrastructure industries, the agricultural sector, and technology companies such as Amazon . Consistent with this commercial interest and its Congressional mandate... Read More

California Attorney General Releases Privacy Policy Guidance for 'Do Not Track' Disclosures
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently released guidance, Making Your Privacy Practice Public , to help companies comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act's (CalOPPA) "Do Not Track" (DNT) disclosure requirements... Read More

New Decision from West Virginia Supreme Court on Academic Freedom versus Freedom of Information Laws
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and state open record law equivalents are designed to promote government transparency by allowing citizens to request copies of administrative records. Increasingly, they are also used to obtain... Read More

The People's Business Cannot Be Redacted: The Wisconsin Court of Appeals Directs a State Legislator to Release Withheld Email Information
Posted on 28 May 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

In a potentially far-reaching decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on April 9, 2014, put individuals, corporations, and others on notice that when they email a public official, their identities and email addresses are likely to be discoverable upon... Read More

Reminder: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Rules Change October 16, 2013
Posted on 16 Oct 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Effective October 16, 2013 anyone who uses an automatic telephone dialing system or leaves an artificial or prerecorded voice message to market products and services must demonstrate they have “prior express written consent” to call using... Read More

FAA Seeks To Penalize Model Airplane (aka "Drone") Pilot
Posted on 15 Oct 2013 by Steven M. Siros

In what appears to be a case of first impression, a drone operator that had been hired to take aerial photographs for an advertising agency was assessed a civil penalty of $10,000 for operating an "Unmanned Aircraft System" ("UAS"... Read More

California to Require Website and Online Service Operators to Disclose Treatment of Do Not Track Requests
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

On September 27, 2013 California A.B. 370 [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], was signed into law. It became effective January 1, 2014. This law amends California's online privacy policy law [ enhanced version available to lexis... Read More

The Right Of Publicity In College Sports
Posted on 5 Sep 2013 by DLA Piper

The sports-media industry has recently experienced a proliferation of litigation involving right-of-publicity claims asserted by student-athletes for the unauthorized use of their names, images and likenesses. The most highly publicized cases have been... Read More

New Student Data Privacy Laws: Top Points For School Contractors And K-12 Education Sites, Apps And Online Services
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by DLA Piper

By Michelle J. Anderson and Jim Halpert , Attorneys, DLA Piper According to the Data Quality Campaign , 36 states considered 110 student data privacy bills last year, and 20 states enacted 28 such bills into law. At least eight of these new laws... Read More

California Law Provides Minors With “Internet Eraser”
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 568 , [ version available to subscribers ], which expands the privacy rights of minors by requiring Web site and mobile application owners to permit minors to... Read More

Red State-Blue State Divide on Abortion Widening
Posted on 6 Aug 2013 by State Net

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Public opinion toward abortion has remained fairly steady nationwide over the past 20 years, but attitudes on the issue have shifted considerably in some regions of the country, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. In... Read More

Contractors Beware: Email Is Not Private
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Vandeventer Black LLP

Authored by attorney Patrick Genzler Electronic mail has become the de facto principal means of communication for most businesses today. And, in most businesses, email is widely used by many employees to perform company business. However, the ease... Read More

Attack of the Killer Initiative? Opt-In Privacy Regime in the Pipeline for a California Ballot Initiative
Posted on 4 Sep 2013 by DLA Piper

Former California State Senator Steve Peace (director of the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes ) and trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes have filed a potentially revolutionary draft ballot initiative with the California Attorney General’s Office. If... Read More

Landmark Privacy Ruling in Europe on the Right To Be Forgotten
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 by DLA Piper

By Patrick Van Eecke , Anthony Cornette, and Jim Halpert In a landmark ruling in May, the European Court of Justice ruled that search engines need to remove the link between search results and a web page if it contains information an individual deems... Read More