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A class action lawsuit filed against Google on October 25th in the Northern District of California may have the Googlers feeling like it is perhaps true that no good deed goes unpunished.  The suit, Gaos v. Google, alleges that Google violated the Stored Communications Act as well as several California state consumer protection laws by...

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Yesterday, Marc Zwillinger was quoted by Mike Scarcella in the Blog of the LegalTimes with regard to a recent ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The Court ruled that under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the government is not required to notify the email subscriber when...

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New Version of PCI DSS Released

Oct 28, 2010 by Lisa Branco

The PCI Security Standards Council released version 2.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”) today. While the standard takes effect on Jan. 1, 2011, entities have until Dec. 31, 2011 to become compliant. Most of the changes to the standard are relatively minor and are focused mainly on clarifying language in...

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Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed course in a case alleging that the NCAA’s former distribution method of certain sporting event tickets was an illegal lottery.  George, et al. v. NCAA, No. 09-3667.  In response to a petition for rehearing, the court, rather than deciding the state law question itself, asked the...

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The Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) reported that Reps. Markey (D-MA) and Barton (R-TX), the co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, sent Facebook a letter asking for more information about how Facebook provides and allows applications to use Facebook users’ Facebook IDs. The letter requests responses to several questions, including the number of users affected,...

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On Oct. 18, 2010, the Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) published an article alleging that applications on Facebook were transmitting personally identifiable information (“PII”) to various Internet advertising companies. (Note: a version of the article appeared on the WSJ’s website on Friday, Oct. 15.) The WSJ article alleged that each of the 10 most popular Facebook...

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President Obama has declared that October 2010 is the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting about what you should be doing to protect your customers, your employees, and your business from cybersecurity dangers, including: • Know what data and systems you have and where you have them;...

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On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, founding partner Christian Genetski will be speaking on a panel entitled:  “The Digital First Sale Doctrine: Who Owns – or Licenses – Digital Products and Content?”  More information on the panel and tickets to the NARM Entertainment Law Conference Series in Los Angeles can be found here....

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On Sept. 28th, 2010, Congress passed the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act, which expands the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The bill now awaits the President’s signature. The bill has a number of significant provisions, including the following: –  Both interconnected and non-interconnected VoIP service providers would be required to participate in and...

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This morning the New York Times ran a story about the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to seek sweeping changes to the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (“CALEA”) in Congress in 2011.  This effort is the natural next step in the Administration’s “Going Dark” program, which is hoping to address...

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