Internet of Things: Friend or Foe?

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a dark side to all of this data collection and sharing (besides the problems associated with the ever-increasing data breaches)? The answer is—there is a dark side—that data can be use against you or someone else you know in a court of law.  Here’s a little…

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A Hidden (and Legal) Method for Tech Companies to Fund Their Friends’ Shadow Campaigns Against Strong IP Protections

Until recently, I did not really pay attention to class action lawsuits or settlement requirements. After all, I’m an intellectual property and technology lawyer. Class action litigation isn’t my thing.  Now I am really paying attention, and I’m following the money—closely. Here’s why…  The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to investigate a class action settlement in a case filed by search engine users who…

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A New Whiff of Privacy, California Style

Apparently how you smell is personal information (in California). With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2016 in force for about a month, California’s legislature was looking to up its game and “get tough” on its big, home-grown tech companies’ well-documented privacy faux pas. So on June 28,…

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EU Data Protection Laws: Why US Companies Should Care

After being introduced in April 2016, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially comes into enforcement effect today, replacing the existing EU Data Protection Directive. Although similar to the previous data protection law, the GDPR includes new and enhanced requirements aimed to protect the fundamental rights of natural…

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