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Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

February 16, 2024

Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

By: Abbey Block

The popular electronic doorbell company, Ring, recently announced a change to its policy of sharing doorbell footage with law enforcement agencies. In a blog post, the company, which is owned by Amazon, revealed it will sunset the “Request for Assistance” tool, which allowed law enforcement agencies to request and access users’ doorbell footage through Ring’s “Neighbors” App. Ring’s electronic doorbells are utilized by an estimated 10 million Americans and are able to capture and record both audio and video. In a 2022 letter to Senator Ed Markey, Amazon’s vice president of public policy explained that the company allowed more than 2,000 police departments to use the Neighbor app to issue safety alerts and request doorbell footage. Facing criticism from privacy…

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Ready, Set, Go: More States Adopt Privacy Laws

January 18, 2024

Ready, Set, Go: More States Adopt Privacy Laws

By: Nicole Kardell

Note the below chart was updated on January 18, 2024 to reflect recent developments. If you blinked over the past couple of months, you may have missed it: the number of U.S. states that have adopted privacy laws has more than doubled. We are now up to 13 states (not including Nevada, which has a narrow privacy law on the books) with privacy frameworks. Fortunately,…

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2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

January 10, 2024

2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

By: Nicole Kardell

We are writing a lot about artificial intelligence these days… but then there is a lot to say on the topic.  AI is making headlines in terms of legal battles and legislative developments.  At the end of 2023, the New York Times filed suit against Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement based upon alleged unauthorized use of their copyrighted works to build the popular ChatGPT. …

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Major Developments on the Horizon for Bankruptcy Law

November 16, 2023

Major Developments on the Horizon for Bankruptcy Law

By: George Calhoun

The Supreme Court rarely hears bankruptcy cases – typically one per term. But 2023 has been different, the Court already has ruled on four bankruptcy matters, including sovereign immunity issues with respect to Puerto Rico and Indian tribes, appellate review of § 363 sale orders, the discharge of debts obtained by another’s fraud. In addition to those cases, the Court is currently poised to decide…

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Plunging into the unknown: companies should look to sound privacy practices as they integrate AI

October 24, 2023

Plunging into the unknown: companies should look to sound privacy practices as they integrate AI

By: Nicole Kardell

How would you like to dive off a cliff with no idea how far you will drop, how deep the water is, and zero training on how to properly position your body to minimize impact once you hit the water? That’s how we approach artificial intelligence these days. Or perhaps more aptly put: How would you like to follow a bunch of lemmings off of…

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California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act Stymied After Federal District Court Ruling

September 27, 2023

California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act Stymied After Federal District Court Ruling

By: Jake Gray

As state legislatures pursue laws directed at online safety and privacy for children, federal courts are striking down their efforts. The latest example is California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (CA-AADC), which a federal judge in the Northern District of California enjoined from enforcement. While larger questions loom about constitutional authority and what is the best way to protect children online, we can glean from the…

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District Court Rules that Robots Can’t Hold a Copyright

September 14, 2023

District Court Rules that Robots Can’t Hold a Copyright

By: Abbey Block

If asked to name the greatest artists of all time, you may think of well-known figures such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Michelangelo. What do these artists have in common – apart from their creative talent? They’re human. While that answer may seem painfully obvious, the humanity of authorship may not always be a foregone conclusion – particularly in a world where artificial…

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Got Endorsers? Federal Trade Commission Issues Updated Advertising Guides

July 10, 2023

Got Endorsers? Federal Trade Commission Issues Updated Advertising Guides

By: Michelle Cohen

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued updated “Endorsement Guides.” Guides, last revised in 2009, give businesses guidance on what endorsement practices may be considered “unfair” or “deceptive” under the FTC Act.  They also provide the general principles the FTC will use in evaluating endorsements and testimonials. As social media has evolved, the FTC has repeatedly stated that the FTC Act and the agency’s rules…

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Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?
By: Abbey Block

Ready, Set, Go: More States Adopt Privacy Laws

Ready, Set, Go: More States Adopt Privacy Laws
By: Nicole Kardell

2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West
By: Nicole Kardell

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