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  • The Student Privacy Act in Texas

    One of the bills the Texas Legislature passed during 2017 was House Bill 2087, entitled†the Student Privacy Act. The act protects data that a student or the studentís parents provide to a website or some other online application for education purposes.

  • Textalyzer to Help Combat Texting While Driving. But Is It Constitutional?

    The dangers associated with texting and driving have prompted some states to take direct action to combat the issue. With the aid of Cellebrite, a technology company, police departments may soon be able to use a handheld device to determine whether a person has been using his or her cell phone while driving a car.

  • Will Police Spy on You Through Your Phone?

    Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The case is Carpenter vs. United States and is significant because it can change the way digital information is accessed by police and if the access would require a warrant. Moreover, the ruling on this case has the potential to strengthen or seriously weaken the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment in regards to surveillance.

  • Social Networks and International Law

    International social networks are constantly changing and adapting to the responses and needs of various citizens through several countries. This means tighter control and rigid laws in place sometimes, but there may also be more freedom for users that could lead to complications and legal entanglements.

  • Transatlantic Privacy Laws

    Information in other countries may not be protected as it is in the United States. The privacy laws regarding data are different, and the culture about these matters is also usually similar to certain countries with strong privacy laws. This means that protecting privacy when in different locations around the world becomes difficult.

  • The ďPop-Up-Keyboard" Defense: How Apps, Mobile Phones, and "Terms of Use" Work Together

    Unlike the Blackberry keyboards of yesteryears, your smartphone probably has a pop-up touch-screen keyboard. Recently, the Northern District of California took issue with this modern design, and denied Uberís motion to compel arbitration because a pop-up keyboard blocked Uberís Terms and Conditions from view while a user registered for the app.

  • Toxic Mix between Employees and Social Media Use

    Social media has been utilized shortly after its inception by the companyís with owners that understand how it may be used to influence and garner a greater amount of consumers. When the media advertises the products or services of a company, the public becomes aware of what is available, how to purchase it and what business to remember when the item is well liked.

  • Ins and Outs of the Defend Trade Secrets Acts

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act was initially implemented as law in 2016. It provides for a federal, private, civil cause of action for any trade-secret misuse or theft where someone that owns a the trade secret may bring civil action through a lawsuit if the trade secret information that is connected to a product or service that has been put into use for interstate or oversees business.

  • Drawbacks of Suing to Enforce a Confidentiality Agreement and How a Lawyer Can Really Help

    Confidentiality agreements are often necessary for business transactions. They are the legally binding agreements between two parties which usually are the employer and employee that are signed by both to ensure certain information remains confidential and each person is prohibiting from revealing the data to anyone that is not part of the agreement.

  • Stop and Frisk

    In 2011, the City of Philadelphia entered into a Consent Decree to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the Philadelphia Police Department was conducting pedestrian stops (known as Terry stops) based on race. Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the City shares with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and its co-counsel, and an independent court monitor, stop and frisk data for review and analysis.

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