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|Facebook Defamation Case Awards Significant Damages|
David A. Crerar; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 25, 2016Given the ease and encouragement of sharing on Facebook and other social media, the risk of harm, and subsequent substantial legal damages, may be greater than with defamatory statements in more conventional forms.
|Customers of Wireless Communications Provider Telus to Receive Rebates as Part of Competition Bureau Agreement|
Andrea C. Kroetch; Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh;
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016On December 30th, 2015, the Canadian Competition Bureau, which is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Competition Act, announced that Telus Communications Inc. (“Telus”), one of Canada’s “Big Three” wireless carriers, had entered into a consent...
|The Legal Implications of Cell Phone Use While Driving|
Melissa Crowley; Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.;
February 17, 2016, previously published on February 11, 2016As the prevalence of sending emails, texting, posting on social networks, and making calls from smartphones while driving has increased, the legal implications for doing so has increased as well. One government study found that more than two-thirds of adult drivers in the United States reported...
|Will free apps soon be dead in Europe?|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 16, 2016, previously published on February 9, 2016As we’ve discussed previously, the GDPR significantly limits user consent as a basis for processing personal data. One interesting question is whether the new rules on consent will kill free apps in Europe. Free apps typically involve the offer of a service (the app) in exchange for access...
|Agreement Reached on Landmark EU Data Protection Reform|
Tracy P. Marshall, Sheila A. Millar; Keller and Heckman LLP;
January 8, 2016, previously published on December 17, 2015On December 15, 2015, the European Commission announced that an agreement has been reached with the European Parliament and the Council (the “trilogue” meetings) regarding the Commission’s sweeping 2012 EU Data Protection Reform proposal. The legislation was adopted by the...
|Fresh and Fragrant or the Whiff of Scandal? Protecting Your Personal Brand|
Amber Melville-Brown; Withers Bergman LLP;
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 16, 2015During my time as a reputation, privacy and media lawyer, I have helped clients protect, safeguard, remedy and restore their reputations and brands when they have come under attack. That attack can come from anywhere, and is often unexpected. However, as mentioned in my first piece, there are three...
|FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba|
Kara M. Bombach, Mitchell F. Brecher, Cyril T. Brennan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List. If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based...
|Industry Groups to DC Court: Hang Up on FCC Expanded TCPA Rules|
Paul D. Abbott; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015Industry groups representing a diverse range of companies in the retail, technology, financial, and utility industries filed eight amicus briefs last week in the D.C. Circuit supporting challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) recently adopted order that...
|Happy Holidays: VTech Data Breach Affects Over 11 Million Parents and Children Worldwide|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 7, 2015The recent data breach of Hong Kong-based electronic toy manufacturer VTech Holdings Limited (“VTech” or the “Company”) is making headlines around the world for good reason: it exposed sensitive personal information of over 11 million parents and children users of...
|Agreement Reached on the European Reform of Data Protection|
Paloma Bru, Dionna J.A. Little, Mauricio F. Paez, Elizabeth A. Robertson, Undine von Diemar; Jones Day;
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 2015After almost four years of heated debate, the EU Parliament, Council, and Commission have reached an agreement on the final form of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), the most comprehensive reform of data protection law ever envisaged in the EU's history. It is not an...