Privacy

The European Commission (“EC”) today released its long anticipated proposals for comprehensive reform to the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive (“1995 Directive”).  The proposed reforms come after almost two years of extensive EC consultations with...

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On January 5, the FTC announced that Upromise, Inc., a rewards plan service which offers a browser-based “TurboSaver Toolbar” aimed at families trying to save money for college, agreed to a proposed administrative consent order...

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This week offered an advance look at the outcome of the EU Data Protection Directive Consultation and review process.  The draft Regulations would replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive, and together with other changes,...

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On Thursday, November 11, Judge Liam O’Grady, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia upheld a magistrate judge’s order that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) (18 U.S.C. §§ 2701 et seq.))  (Title II of...

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The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments yesterday in U.S. v. Jones, where the Court will decide whether officers can install a GPS tracking device on vehicles without obtaining a search warrant. At oral...

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On October 28, the Department of Justice will argue to a District Court Judge in Arizona that neither the public nor criminal defendants should learn about a special investigative tool it uses to track individuals’...

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Tomorrow, October 21st, is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act’s 25th anniversary.  While some may be celebrating by “partying like it’s 1986,” Senator Patrick Leahy marked the occasion by promising a markup of his bill, S....

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society found many websites “leak” information in referrer headers sent to third parties. The researchers looked at 185 websites (selected from the...

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This week Representatives Edward Markey and Joe Barton sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding the latest online tracking controversy – Facebook tracking users who have logged out of the service. This new...

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On Tuesday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose dismissed multiple purported class actions against Apple and several mobile ad networks on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not show that any one of...

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