June 2013

Iowa City Proposes 3-in-1 Anti-Surveillance Bill

An Iowa City bill that would ban the use of drones, license-plate readers and red light cameras in one fell swoop passed a first reading last week. Ars Technica reports that it may be the first bill of its kind in the U.S.—and not only for the three-in-one factor; it also requires that “a peace officer or parking enforcement attendant is present at the scene, witnesses the event and personally...

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FOI Questions Surround CT Law, TCPA Changes

A new law about to be signed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, which would give family members the right to keep private the photographs of victims of murder investigations, has the Freedom of Information Commission preparing for controversy, and the FCC has revised the TCPA to include requirements for written consent when making autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls and text messages to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to landlines.

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EU Council Releases Draft Compromise, Ministers Mull Exemptions for Institutions

The Council of the European Union has released a draft compromise text in response to the EC’s proposed data protection regulation, and EU Justice Ministers are considering granting EU institutions “a sweeping exemption” from the requirement that institutions employ a data protection officer and consult the EDPS.

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California Tackling Privacy Reform

California has a heavy privacy legislative season on tap. Items on the agenda include a children’s privacy bill similar to COPPA; the Social Networking Privacy Act; the Right to Know Act—an update to the Shine the Light Act, and amendments to CalOPPA and the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.

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SCOTUS Rules on DNA Case, Brazil’s Draft Law, EU Regulation Roundup

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled police can take DNA swabs from individuals upon arrest without warrant; an IAPP web conference indicates that while Latin American privacy laws have largely been based on European frameworks in order to facilitate business, their prescriptive nature on data breach disclosures and cross-border transfers may keep businesses away, and a look through headlines from the past week highlights concerns over the future of the proposed EU data protection regulation.

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The Next Privacy Frontier: Geolocation

By The Hogan Lovells Privacy Team

Over the course of the last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken the position that certain geolocation data is sensitive data deserving of a greater level of privacy protection. Hogan Lovells’ team of privacy lawyers takes a look at the legislation that will shape the use of this data in the future.

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