International and Technology Issues for Entrepreneurs Legal Clinic

The SC Bar International Law Committee, in conjunction with Trident Technical College, sponsored a free legal clinic for entrepreneurs in North Charleston on Thursday, May 18. The clinic, titled Technology and International Issues for Entrepreneurs, included information on general corporate

EDPS comments on the ePrivacy Regulation Proposal and calls for strong rules to protect confidentiality of communications (Opinion 6/2017)

On April 24, 2017, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released Opinion 6/2017 on the Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Regulation Proposal). The EDPS welcomes the Proposal for the Regulation. There is a need of

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Public employees’ communications about public business are subject to disclosure under the Cal. Public Records Act even if employees use personal account, Cal. SC. holds

On March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that the electronic communications of a public employee about the conduct of public business may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) even if the employee used

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ECJ holds dynamic IP addresses are personal data if additional information allowing user identification can reasonably be obtained from third parties

On October 19, 2016, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) presented its conclusions in Patrick Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland (case C‑582/14). According to the ECJ The dynamic internet protocol address of a visitor constitutes personal data, with respect to the

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Understanding colored padlocks in websites

You might have noticed that browsers have recently started to place symbols (colored padlocks) to grade the level of safety of the websites. Look at the web address: on the left, you will find symbols indicating the safety status. There


EU Commission’s ePrivacy Regulation Proposal to align electronic communications privacy to GDPR

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission issued a draft for a new ePrivacy Regulation (“Proposal”) that would replace Directive 2002/58/EC (‘the ePrivacy Directive’), implementing a higher level of privacy for all electronic communications. Scope of application: The Proposal applies to all electronic

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FCC adopts Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the Broadband Privacy Report and Order which requires broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to protect users’ privacy. The rules implement the privacy requirements of Section 222 of the Communications Act for


D.C. Bar issues comprehensive guidelines on lawyers’ use of social media (Opinion 370 and 371)

In November 2016, the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee issued Ethics Opinion 370 (Social Media I) and 371 (Social Media II), which address the use of social media by lawyers for marketing and personal use and for providing legal services.

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Privacy issues in biometrics

Commercial use of biometric data increased dramatically in recent years: some software are now able to recognize physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, retinas, hand and facial geometry, as well as voices. This technology makes people’s life easier as their hand or voice

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