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19 Aug 2010, 9:07 am by Hunton & Williams LLP
On August 10, 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Employee Credit Privacy Act, which prohibits most Illinois employers from inquiring about an applicant’s or employee’s credit history or using an individual’s credit history as a basis for an employment decision.  The definition of “employer” under the Act exempts banks, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, debt collectors and state and local government agencies that require the use of credit history.The Act does not… [read post]
7 Feb 2014, 1:47 am by legalinformatics
A Data Privacy Legal Hackathon will be held 8-9 February 2014, in Brooklyn, NY, San Francisco, London, and online. Here is a description of the event, from the Overview: We invite you to compete in a weekend-long hackathon to create tools that solve common legal problems in the field of data privacy, to be hosted in the Bay Area, New York City, and London. 2013 was a landmark year in the public’s awareness of problems in data privacy. Edward Snowden, revenge porn, do-not-track, COPPA, and a… [read post]
15 Jan 2013, 4:41 pm by Kevin Khurana
Ever on the forefront of consumer privacy protection, California is again making news in the privacy world with the California Attorney General’s recent publication of “Privacy on the Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem,” which includes privacy recommendations for app developers, app platform providers, mobile ad networks, makers of operating systems and mobile carriers.  With this publication, California joins the FTC and the GSMA as entities that have published… [read post]
15 Jul 2011, 10:38 am by Hunton & Williams LLP
On July 14, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee convened a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA)), and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)), to launch a comprehensive review of Internet privacy.  The series of hearings began with testimony from officials representing three agencies with jurisdiction over consumer privacy issues: FTC Commissioner… [read post]
1 Nov 2012, 5:30 am by Joseph Lazzarotti
Have you received this letter? If you did, it is part of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris efforts to formally notify scores of mobile application developers and companies that they are not in compliance with one aspect of California's privacy law. Letters are being sent out to up to 100 non-compliant apps at this time, starting with those who have the most popular apps available on mobile platforms. Even if you have not received the letter, you may want to think about whether you need to… [read post]
14 Sep 2012, 10:04 am
According to The Associated Press, Twitter has complied with a judge's order to hand over the Tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protestor. Twitter was ordered by Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. to turn over the information by today or face steep fines if it refused to do so.On April 23, 2012, I stated that, "Once a Tweet is public to the entire world you don't have an expectation of privacy even if the Tweet has been deleted. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner learned the hard way (no pun intended)… [read post]
20 Nov 2009, 5:57 pm by Brendon Tavelli
On November 17, 2009, eight federal regulatory agencies released their final model privacy notice form that is intended to make it easier for consumers to understand how financial institutions collect and share information about them. The model privacy notice form, which features a version that offers consumers an opt-out and one with no opt-out, represents the culmination of extensive research and testing by the various agencies, which included a nationwide mall-intercept study (see our previous… [read post]
15 Jan 2013, 4:41 pm by Kevin Khurana
Ever on the forefront of consumer privacy protection, California is again making news in the privacy world with the California Attorney General’s recent publication of “Privacy on the Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem,” which includes privacy recommendations for app developers, app platform providers, mobile ad networks, makers of operating systems and mobile carriers.  With this publication, California joins the FTC and the GSMA as entities that have published… [read post]
18 Dec 2009, 2:59 pm by Hunton & Williams LLP
On December 17, 2009, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) filed a complaint with the FTC claiming that Facebook is engaging “unfair and deceptive trade practices” by changing its privacy policies.  Notably, the changes allow anyone who browses the Internet to view a Facebook user’s name, profile picture, gender, geographic region and list of friends.  Facebook has stated that it implemented these changes to make it easier to find individual users among the estimated 350… [read post]
16 Jun 2011, 3:11 pm by Hunton & Williams LLP
On June 15, 2011, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 (the “Act”).  As we reported previously, Senator Franken is chairman of the newly-created Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.   In his press release, Senator Franken explained that the Act is designed to “close current loopholes in federal law” while giving customers the ability to learn about and prevent the collection of their… [read post]
6 Feb 2013, 9:00 am by Elijah Yip
Now that the 2013 legislative session in Hawai‘i is in full swing, let’s take a look at what new measures are in the pipeline to regulate Internet activity.  A chart of relevant information about each bill is available here.  Here’s a summary of the Internet-related proposals working their way through the legislature. Social Media and Internet Account Passwords A set of bills (SB207 and HB713) proposes to join other states in banning employers from asking employees or job… [read post]
11 Mar 2014, 8:24 pm by
What happens if a student takes a photo of behavior occurring in a school bathroom during school hours that appears to violate school policy and then Tweets it out?  Should the Tweeter who exposed the allegedly punishable behavior be disciplined but those whose behavior was exposed not be punished?  This is a question that Aberdeen High School in Harford County, Maryland is answering.   Recently, a student Tweeted out a selfie of herself with two other students in the… [read post]
15 Dec 2012, 8:12 am by legalinformatics
Dr. Anne Gardner of IAAIL informs us of the following call: CALL FOR PAPERS Special issue of Artificial Intelligence and Law Computational Methods for Enforcing Privacy and Fairness in the Knowledge Society Full Call for Papers: http://enforce.di.unipi.it/specialissue.pdf We invite contributions on methodologies, techniques, algorithms, and tools in support of the analysis or of the enforcement of privacy, non-discrimination, and other personal rights in ICT systems for the knowledge society.… [read post]
19 Mar 2010, 2:13 pm by Hunton & Williams LLP
On March 17, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission convened the last of its three-part series of roundtable discussions entitled “Exploring Privacy.”  In her opening remarks, outgoing Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour emphasized the critical importance of privacy to consumers, stating that “consumer privacy cannot be run in beta,” and that companies often inappropriately expose consumer data during new product rollout.  Commissioner David Vladeck then set the stage by invoking the “notice… [read post]
3 May 2011, 9:50 am by Daniel Solove
I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, NOTHING TO HIDE: THE FALSE TRADEOFF BETWEEN PRIVACY AND SECURITY (Yale University Press, May 2011).  Here’s the book jacket description: “If you’ve got nothing to hide,” many people say, “you shouldn’t worry about government surveillance.” Others argue that we must sacrifice privacy for security. But as Daniel J. Solove argues in this important book, these arguments and many others are flawed. They are based on mistaken… [read post]
12 Apr 2010, 8:34 am by Hunton & Williams LLP
In the wake of recent amendments to the German Federal Data Protection Act, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (the Bundesinnenministerium des Innern) is working on a draft law on special rules for employee data protection.  The draft law is intended to provide clarification on some issues that were not addressed fully in the amendments that entered into force on September 1, 2009.  The Ministry’s overarching considerations are set forth in a key issues paper that was published April 1,… [read post]
13 Dec 2013, 7:46 am by Jason C. Gavejian
In a recent consent order, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs settled an investigation involving Dokogeo, Inc., a California based mobile application developer. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) websites and online services which collect information from children younger than 13 are subject to certain parental notice and consent requirements. In the Dokogeo investigation, the state alleged that COPPA and the Federal Trade Commission’s… [read post]
21 May 2013, 10:08 am by
Consumer privacy advocate EPIC has recently filed an FTC complaint against Snapchat because it believes the service is misleading consumers regarding its ability to delete the content being sent across its platform.  According to multiple published reports, Snapchat may not be permanently deleting the content being sent through its service despite its claims.   Snapchat's promise that content would "self-destruct" after it is viewed may remind some people of Mission Impossible's… [read post]
6 Oct 2010, 6:03 am by Russell Beck
The perennial issue of the extent of privacy rights in the workplace — in particular, what right the employer has to review private messages (including sexually-explict text messages, see “sexting“) sent using company-owned equipment — was finally supposed to be answered by the much-anticipated Supreme Court decision in City of Ontario v. Quon. Without getting into the details of the case (suffice it to say that it includes sexting between an employee and his mistress, discovered by his… [read post]
30 Sep 2012, 5:10 am
California has become the first state to pass social media privacy legislation that protects employers/employees/job applicants and schools/students/student applicants. According to The Recorder, California has passed AB 1844 which prohibits employers from requiring access to their employees' or job applicants' personal social media credentials and personal password protected digital content. Last week, California passed student social media privacy legislation that would prohibit post-secondary… [read post]