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15 Apr 2011, 3:20 pm by Davis Wright Tremaine
One day after Senators Kerry and McCain introduced their Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011, Representatives Cliff Sterns and Jim Matheson introduced a new bill, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2011 that, unlike Kerry-McCain (or California’s proposed Do Not Track Me Online Act), focuses on personally identifiable information (PII), without addressing behaviorally targeted advertising. Nonetheless, it does propose new legal obligations for commercial and non-profit entities that… [read post]
23 Aug 2012, 6:03 pm
 On August 15, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed into law the Data Privacy Act of 2012, formally titled “An Act Protecting Individual Personal Information in Information and Communications Systems in the Government and the Private Sector, Creating for this Purpose a National Privacy Commission, and for Other Purposes”. The Act is modeled after the EU Data Protection Directive and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework. The Act applies to… [read post]
17 Nov 2013, 3:08 pm by legalinformatics
A legal design jam, Jamming in Helsinki, was held 15 November 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. Stefania Passera, M.A., of Aalto University School of Science appears to have organized the event. The Twitter hashtag for the event was #legaldesignjam Click here for archived Twitter tweets from the event I think one of the projects worked on at the event was the Wikimedia Privacy Policy. Click here for information about other legal hackathons. HT @StewieKeeFiled under: Applications, Hackathons, Hacking… [read post]
17 Apr 2010, 7:49 am by Daniel Solove
People believe that privacy violations should be punished — and quite stringently.  There are interesting survey results in a new report by Chris Hoofnagle, Jennifer King, Su Li, and Joseph Turow, How Different are Young Adults from Older Adults When it Comes to Information Privacy Attitudes and Policies? The report focuses primarily on comparing the attitudes of the young with older people and concluding that there isn’t much of a divergence.  I blogged about it here. There is other data… [read post]
19 Dec 2012, 11:52 am by Elijah Yip
The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule today.  The amendments are the result of a review initiated by the FTC in 2010 to adapt to changes in technology and in the way children use and access the Internet. Highlights of the amendments include: Modification of the list of “personal information” that cannot be collected without parental notice and consent.  Geolocation information, photographs, and… [read post]
12 Jul 2012, 3:59 pm by Deven Desai
Suppose a system could help alert people to online sexual predators? Many might like that. But suppose that same system could allow people to look for gun purchasers, government critics, activists of any sort; what would we say then? The tension between these possibilities is before us. Mashable reports that Facebook and other platforms are now monitoring chats to see whether criminal activity is suspected. The article focuses on the child predator use case. Words are scanned for danger signals.… [read post]
6 May 2010, 11:21 am by Kevin Khurana
More than five months ago, eight federal regulatory agencies released their final model privacy notice form (“Model Form”) (which we blogged about here) to help financial institutions satisfy the disclosure requirements established by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”) and help consumers understand how these institutions collect and share their information. On April 15, 2010, those same agencies attempted to ease the burden of completing the Model Form by releasing an Online Form… [read post]
5 Jan 2013, 11:56 am by Cynthia Sanders
Keeping your Facebook images private is a confounding problem. Ask Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi who couldn’t make sense of  FB’s privacy settings. Kashmir Hill, a privacy commentator at Forbes posted a funny analysis of the Zuckerberg predicament and easy to follow directions on how to adjust your settings to keep family photos more private. The settings are easy once you know where to look. User posting behavior sometimes doesn’t match with User privacy… [read post]
29 Dec 2011, 6:20 pm by Daniel Solove
The 9th Circuit has decided a pair of cases involving the NSA Surveillance Program. In Jewel v. NSA, the 9th Circuit concluded that plaintiffs had standing to raise constitutional challenges against NSA telephone surveillance: At issue in this appeal is whether Carolyn Jewel and other residential telephone customers (collectively “Jewel”) have standing to bring their statutory and constitutional claims against the government for what they describe as a communications dragnet of ordinary American… [read post]
30 Apr 2012, 5:09 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Is your greatest enemy your spouse in your divorce? Maybe. Maybe not. Is your greatest evil in your RI Divorce your spouse's attorney? Maybe. Maybe not. Is your greatest enemy in your divorce you and your own emotions? That could be but most likely it's not. What many people are finding is their greatest enemy is their own technology devices!!! Why? Smart phones, Cel phones, iPhones, iPads, Tablets, Androids, the Kindle Fire and other technology devices, including computers and wireless networks are… [read post]
19 Jan 2012, 2:19 pm
Congress may weaken the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act because Netflix wants to build a Facebook application that may enable consumers to more easily share their movie choices and opinions. HR2471 may only benefit Netflix, Facebook, and third parties who may access the data. Netflix and Facebook users can already share their movie likes and dislikes online without any new legislation. Therefore, is there a reason to weaken a law that has protected the privacy of those living in the United States… [read post]
30 Oct 2012, 8:24 am by Lisa Baird
As reported on our Global Regulatory Enforcement Blog, Reed Smith Paris partner Daniel Kadar and counsel Séverine Martel hosted on 25 October 2012, a new edition of the conference cycle organized by Reed Smith Paris with the European American Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to the mitigation of Compliance obligations, particularly as set forth in Codes of Conduct, with data protection requirements. The panel, which included compliance directors of French health care giant SANOFI and General Electric… [read post]
26 May 2011, 6:30 am by David Oxenford
Legal issues regarding privacy have long been an issue for broadcasters and other media companies.  Traditionally, privacy concerns for media companies have arisen in the context of news gathering, advertising or other on-air content that either was gathered in a way that intruded on someone's privacy, or which used private facts or personal images, without consent, for commercial purposes.   As technology developed, privacy related issues followed. There are legal restrictions setting out… [read post]
6 Dec 2010, 7:33 am by Daniel Solove
Here’s a list of notable privacy books published in 2010. Previous lists: Privacy Books 2009 Privacy Books 2008 This list contains a few books published late in 2009 that I missed on the 2009 list. Adam D. Moore, Privacy Rights: Moral and Legal Foundations (Penn. St. U. Press 2010) My blurb: “Privacy Rights is a lucid and compelling examination of the right to privacy.  Adam Moore provides a theoretically rich and trenchant account of how to reconcile privacy with competing interests such… [read post]
4 Aug 2010, 4:01 pm by Daniel Solove
Despite many objections, the TSA has been moving forward on using new airport body scan machines that show people’s naked bodies.   I blogged about these machines here.  “Never fear,” they told us.  “We care about privacy.  We really care!  And so we promise we won’t store the images.” So much for that promise.   From CNET: For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they’re viewed. The… [read post]
12 Feb 2010, 8:24 am by Hunton & Williams LLP
A computer user’s failure to secure his wireless network contributed to the defeat of his claim that a neighbor’s unwelcome access to his files violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  The ECPA places restrictions on unauthorized interception of, and access to, electronic communications.In United States v. Ahrndt, No. 3:08-cr-00468-KI (D. Or. Jan. 28, 2010), Ahrndt argued that his neighbor violated the ECPA when she connected to his unsecured wireless network and accessed his… [read post]
24 May 2012, 6:58 am
This blog entry was contributed by Conor Ward, a partner in the Computer, Communications and Media group in the London office, and Steven Spagnolo, an associate in the Privacy and Information Management group in the Washington, DC office. Jan Philipp Albrecht, the rapporteur to the European Parliament for the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, has set forth a draft calendar that outlines the steps to be taken during the consideration of the Regulation.  The proposed Regulation was published… [read post]
15 Apr 2010, 8:24 pm by Daniel Solove
I can’t help but note that there are quite a few cases on the U.S. Supreme Court calendar involving privacy law: City of Ontario v. Quon (Fourth Amendment, electronic communications of government employees) (my thoughts are here) NASA v. Nelson (constitutional right to information privacy) (my thoughts are here and here) Snyder v. Phelps (intentional infliction of emotional distress, intrusion upon seclusion) (my thoughts are here and here) Sadly, though, only in 1 of the 3 cases above do I think… [read post]
11 Jun 2010, 1:38 pm by Natalie Newman
As we've discussed in prior posts, newly effective regulations promulgated under Massachusetts’ recent data security law, Mass. Gen. Law ch. 93H, have raised the bar for data security compliance, and they have a long reach.  The regulations are national and international in scope, as they apply to all companies – wherever located-- using personal data of Massachusetts residents. Although the deadline for compliance with the Regulations – March 1, 2010 – has come and gone, many companies… [read post]
8 Mar 2013, 11:09 pm by legalinformatics
Dr. Thomas F. Gordon of Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems (FOKUS) tells us that a call for papers has been issued for a special issue of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Law on the topic, “Computational Methods for Enforcing Privacy and Fairness in the Knowledge Society”. The submission deadline is 15 April 2013. Here is an excerpt from the call: We invite contributions on methodologies, techniques, algorithms, and tools in support of the analysis or of the… [read post]