Hot Docs: ACLU sues to stop government phone tracking

Jun 13, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The ACLU is suing various government officials over its practices of spying on millions of Americans’ phone records in the name of terror investigation.

Can the government really collect phone records from all of Verizon’s customers?

Jun 6, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The recent revelation that the NSA has been continually monitoring U.S. phone communications has a lot of Americans upset. Can the government get away with this?

Apple Privacy Litigation in Germany

May 27, 2013 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

Recently, a court in Germany determined that the standard privacy and data use policy applied by Apple violated German law, an example of increasingly active oversight of information privacy and data use standards.

Key elements of a COPPA rule compliance program

May 21, 2013 By: Alan Gutterman

This final post in the series on the new Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule will address steps to ensure that your clients are compliant.

The Weakened State of E-Mail Privacy

May 20, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

Despite a 2010 ruling to the contrary, the FBI continues to operate as though it does not require a warrant before obtaining private electronic communications.

Microsoft vs. Google: A Privacy Battle in Massachusetts

Apr 19, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

Microsoft is currently advocating for a bill in Massachusetts that would restrict the ability of cloud-computing service providers to collect data from students using computers provided by schools, which some privacy advocates claim is motivated by commercial interests against Google.

Website operators’ obligations expand with new COPPA rule definition of personal information

Apr 16, 2013 By: Alan Gutterman

A new Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rule expands the definition of “personal information” to include “online contact information”, including instant messaging user identifiers, voice over internet protocol (VOIP) identifiers and video chat user identifiers.

Google Faces Coordinated European Privacy Law Enforcement

Mar 25, 2013 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

Government privacy authorities in several European countries, led by France, are on the verge of launching a major enforcement action against Google’s information privacy policies and practices.

Updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule

Mar 8, 2013 By: Alan Gutterman

Recent rule updates have expanded the definition of who the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, which regulates the collection of online information from individuals under 13, applies to.

Encryption Technology: A Vital Tool for the Legal Community

Feb 21, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura

Several forms of encryption technology are particularly significant when confidential client materials are involved, and legal professionals should have a working knowledge of all of them.