Federal Court Rules that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

Thursday, October 24, 2013, by Kyle Evans On Tuesday, the Third Circuit issued a ruling that requires law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant for GPS tracking. This case, United States v. Katzin, is the most recent to address privacy rights and GPS tracking since the Supreme Court held that using long-term GPS surveillance to

California’s Eraser Bill: Is It a Victory or Just an Empty Promise?

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Natalie Deyneka In what is may be an enormous relief for parents all over California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 568, affectionately known as the “Eraser Bill,” into law last month. The law will take effect starting January 1, 2015.  Why the relief?  For one thing, the bill

Debtors Beware: the FTC Finds that Debt Collection Text Messages Go Too Far

Thursday, October 24, 2013, by Keta Desai The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has reached a settlement in its first action against a debt collector for attempting to collect debts in an unlawful way through the use of text messages. The FTC brought suit against Archie Donovan and his two debt collecting agencies. The defendant companies

“Patent Trolls” and Their Effect on the Modern Patent System

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, by Daniel Choo When the framers of the Constitution explicitly gave Congress the power to establish a national patent system, there is little doubt that they did so with every bit of good intention.  After all, the importance of providing inventors with temporary exclusionary rights over their inventions had been recognized

Cross-Device Tracking Raises Privacy Concerns

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, by Kerry Boehm In our increasingly interconnected and technology-dependent world, the majority of the population routinely uses multiple technological devices in a given day — from a smartphone to a tablet to an actual computer. Have you ever noticed that the same ads seem to follow you from to device to

FDA Medical Mobile App Guidelines: Will Apply Regulatory Oversight to Medical Device Apps

Thursday, October 10, 2013, by Christina Wheaton At the end of last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidelines regarding its regulation of mobile medical applications, or “apps.” Mobile medical apps are often targeted at individuals seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as those seeking to monitor a particular diagnosis.

Health Care Navigators: An Unexpected Issue on the Road to Universal Healthcare

Thursday, October 10, 2013, by Samuel Williams How does the Healthcare exchange work? What is the income cap for Medicaid so that you would need to purchase at least some insurance? Explain the different tiers of available healthcare plans. Do these give you better quality care based on how much you spend? Who are the