A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting, capturing, purchasing, or otherwise obtaining a person’s “biometric identifier” or “biometric information,” unless it satisfies certain notice and consent and data retention requirements. View Full Post
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FCC Issues First Commission-level Consent Decree Order Since Removing Authority from Enforcement Bureau

On February 15, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its first Commission-level consent decree since Chairman Pai’s process reform measure, discussed in our earlier blog post, which removed the Enforcement Bureau’s (Bureau) power to settle monetary enforcement actions originally issued by the FCC.  Settlement of this matter had been in the works for some time so one should not draw too many conclusions about what the FCC’s priorities will be going forward. View Full Post
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After Changes to Categories One and Two, FCC Grants Waiver for Certain Contracts

By | E-Rate Law Advisor | February 22, 2017
On February 8, 2017, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau waived several of its rules with respect funding year 2017.  The eligible services list (“ESL”) for FY 2017 contained several changes pertaining to whether a service is classified as Category One or Category Two.  One of the changes was to classify as Category One all connections among multiple schools and libraries, regardless of whether the school or library buildings are located on the same physical grounds. View Full Post
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Federal Circuit Expands Personal Jurisdiction in Declaratory Judgment Suits

By | IP Intelligence | February 22, 2017
In Xilinx Inc. v. Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG, Appeal No. 2015-1919 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit applied the usual test for in personam jurisdiction, in an apparently new way, to reverse dismissal of a declaratory judgment suit against an alien patent owner seeking to avoid the alleged infringer’s home forum. View Full Post
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Wayne Shaw – a Bitter Pie to Swallow? Football’s Zero Tolerance Rule On Betting Bites Once Again

By | Sports Shorts | February 22, 2017
PiesWith Monday night’s fifth round FA Cup tie between Sutton United v Arsenal entering the 83rd minute, and with the non-league side trailing their Premier League opposition by two goals to nil following a spirited performance by the underdogs, a curious incident took place. Much to the mirth and delight of TV commentators and social media users alike, Sutton’s substitute goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw (who also acted as the club’s goalkeeping coach and community liaison officer) arose from the home team’s bench and took a hefty bite from what appeared to be a pie. View Full Post
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Comments Sought of FCC Privacy Regime

On Friday, the Federal Register published the FCC’s January 17th Public Notice of the fact that eleven Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in the Broadband Privacy proceeding (WC Docket No. 16-106).  The Petitions challenge various aspects of the FCC’s new ISP privacy regime, and were filed by ISP and cable trade groups as well as… Continue Reading View Full Post
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Podcast: Wireless Legislation On the Way?

Podcast: Wireless Legislation On the Way? In the current divisive political climate, there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on – broadband infrastructure deployment is and should remain a high priority for legislators and regulators. In this special edition episode, we welcome our inaugural guest, Jared Weaver, a telecom lobbyist and government affairs expert with the Alpine Group.  View Full Post
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A Loss for Sutton United but a Win for 3G Pitches (and Arsenal)

By | Sports Shorts | February 21, 2017
A Loss for Sutton United but a Win for 3G Pitches (and Arsenal) Sutton United’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal saw the end of a glorious FA Cup run for the non-league side after wins over the Championship’s Leeds United and League One’s AFC Wimbledon in previous rounds. Despite their loss there still remains a non-league side in the FA Cup in the form of Lincoln City who must now travel to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal for a place in the semi-finals. View Full Post
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