San Francisco’s Mass Transit Agency Accused of Illegally Collecting and Transmitting Smart Phone Data Through Security App

San Francisco’s public transportation agency and the creator of the agency’s suspicious activity reporting smart phone application have been accused of illegally collecting, tracking, and storing users’ personal information and location data without their consent, in violation of California statutory and constitutional protections. View Full Post
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New Episode from in the Zone: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Sometimes the local rules require some sort of community outreach before or during the application process – and sometimes it’s a good idea to reach out to the community whether it’s required or not.  In this episode, we talk about how you can help the community understand the connection between your proposed site and the essential service it will provide to the community.  View Full Post
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Blackburn Introduces Sweeping Internet Privacy Reform Legislation

On May 19, 2017, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibility Act of 2017 (the Browser Act or the bill), which overhauls privacy requirements for both Internet service providers (ISPs) and edge providers (e.g. View Full Post
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FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Halting Alleged Debt Relief Scam

By | Above the Fold | May 25, 2017
  On May 15, 2017, the FTC filed a Complaint in Federal Court against Strategic Student Solutions and a number of related companies that claim to provide debt relief services. According to the Complaint, rather than providing the advertised services, the defendants pocketed thousands of dollars in fees from consumers without providing any debt relief services. View Full Post
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Fallout from Target’s 2013 Data Breach Includes an $18 Million Multistate AG Settlement

Target Corporation agreed to an $18.5 million settlement with 46 State Attorneys General and the Attorney General of the District of Columbia this week, resolving allegations that the company failed to provide reasonable data security to its customers, as demonstrated by the Target’s 2013 holiday data breach that affected more than 60 million customers. View Full Post
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Update – FCC Concludes That the Colbert Broadcast Did Not Violate FCC Indecency Rules

By | Broadcast Law Blog | May 25, 2017
When press reports first started to emerge that the FCC was investigating for possible indecency violations a Stephen Colbert bit from his Late Show television program suggesting that the President had engaged in certain sex acts with the Russian President, we wrote that the controversy was much ado about nothing (see our article here). View Full Post
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