Topic Archives: privacy

California Privacy Legislation: Wins and Losses

During September 2012, the California legislature voted in favor of three laws recognizing new privacy rights resulting from technological advancements and the ubiquity of Internet activity in the lives of Americans. California Governor Jerry Brown took two steps forward in … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Privacy Bill of Rights: Encouraging a Collaborative Process for Digital Privacy Reform

On February 23, 2012 President Obama’s administration (“the Administration”) released an important new report entitled “Consumer Data Privacy In A Networked World: A Framework For Protecting Privacy And Promoting Innovation In The Global Digital Economy.” President Obama situates the new … Continue reading

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United States v. Jones Decided?

On January 23, 2012, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision on United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259, 2012 BL 14420 (U.S. Jan. 23, 2012), regarding the warrantless use of a GPS tracking device by law enforcement to … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Fricosu

The District of Colorado recently handed down an order in United States v. Fricosu requiring the defendant to decrypt the contents on her laptop so the government could access it. According to the Court, compelled decryption did not violate the … Continue reading

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GPS Tracking: United States v. Jones

Overview On November 8, 2011, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Jones, a case involving the warrantless placement of a GPS device on Antoine Jones’ vehicle by law enforcement and the subsequent tracking of … Continue reading

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In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation: Radio Communications and Privacy by Convention

N.D. Cal.’s Chief Judge Ware has permitted the Wiretap Act claims against Google to go ahead in the consolidated litigation over the collection of Wi-Fi data by Google’s Street View vehicles. Google attempted to argue that it could not be … Continue reading

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Lewton v. Divingnzzo: Hidden Audio Recorder in Teddy Bear Violates Federal Privacy Law

Overview of Lewton Parents who are concerned about their child’s well being might use hidden electronic monitoring devices such as hidden audio recording devices and nanny cams.  Unfortunately, parents who use these devices may unwittingly violate federal and state law.  … Continue reading

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People v. Xinos: A Privacy Right in Vehicle Data

A California Privacy Right in Vehicle Data In People v. Xinos, 192 Cal. App. 4th 637 (2011) (PDF), the California Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled on a person’s privacy right in his vehicle’s sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) data. This … Continue reading

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Internet “Kill Switch” Legislation: Can Obama Turn Off the Internet?

During the recent revolution in Egypt, the government disabled Internet access throughout the country with the flip of a switch. Could the same thing happen in America? Practically, because the structure of the Internet in the United States is more … Continue reading

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NLRB v. American Medical Response: A Rare Case of Protected Employee Speech on Facebook

The recent settlement between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and an ambulance service company in Connecticut is the first of its kind to set legal limits on employers’ Internet and social media policies. In December of 2009, employee Dawnmarie … Continue reading

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