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To help schools and districts protect student privacy when they decide which online educational services and applications to offer students, on February 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a training video and guidance entitled Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Model Terms of Service. The guidance details best practices to enable...

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The Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) this week rolled out its long-awaited “AppChoices” mobile advertising solution, intended to complement the current “AdChoices” icon, DAA Consumer Choice pages, and opt-out programs. These programs currently enable third-party web and mobile ad targeting companies to place icons in ads across the online ecosystem, directing consumers to the www.aboutads.info opt-out...

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Earlier this month, the EU Working Party 29 published the results of a sweep conducted by 8 EU data protection authorities regarding the cookie use practices of approximately 500 sites. The 2011 EU e-Privacy Directive requires sites to provide notice of and receive informed consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies, with limited...

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FAA and White House Release Drone Guidelines

Feb 19, 2015 by Katherine Robison

Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the White House on February 15th announced new guidelines on the use of drones in the U.S. The FAA’s proposed rules governing small drones (unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS”) will not be final until after the 60-day public comment period. The proposed rules include the following: UAS cannot...

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We previously blogged about President Obama’s increased focus on privacy and data security issues. Consistent with that focus, on February 13, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order entitled, “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing.” The Order urges companies to develop and join “Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations” (“ISAOs”), where members can share information related...

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On February 12, 2015 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it is launching a competition for a fourth round of grants stemming from the 2011 White House initiative, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The initiative called for a “vibrant Identity Ecosystem” with identity solutions that are privacy-enhancing...

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Coming to D.C. for IAPP? Join us for Cocktails!

Feb 9, 2015 by Jennifer Russell

Since IAPP’s Privacy Summit (March 4-6th) draws so many of our clients and friends to town, we can’t pass up an opportunity to get together with everyone and catch up! So, we have rented out the back bar at Lost and Found DC on Wednesday, March 4th from 6:00-9:00 PM. The bar is a five minute walk...

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The U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”) found that a collection program the UK used for seven years was lacking in transparency and violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) until recent disclosures were made explaining the program. The disclosures, made in connection with the matter pending before the court, elucidated a...

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Our New and Improved Look!

Feb 8, 2015 by Jennifer Russell

You may have already noticed, but we are excited to announce that we have a new and improved website! Our new website better represents who we are as a firm and what we do best. There are lots of cool new features on our website, but make sure to visit these pages: Practices In the...

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As a follow-up to its 2013 workshop, “The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World,” the FTC recently released a report summarizing its findings and presenting some recommendations. Experts estimate that there are currently 25 billion connected devices and that the number will double by 2020. In this rapidly-growing, connected world where...

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