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Facebook Blocks British Insurance Company from Basing Premiums on Posts and Likes

By Javier Careaga– Edited by Mila Owen

Admiral Insurance has created an initiative called firstcarquote, which analyzes Facebook activity of first-time car owners. The firstcarquote algorithm determines risk based on personality traits and habits that are linked to safe driving. Firstcarquote was recalled two hours before its official launch and then was launched with reduced functionality after Facebook denied authorization, stating that the initiative breaches Facebook’s platform policy.

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Airbnb challenges New York law regulating short-term rentals

By Daisy Joo – Edited by Nehaa Chaudhari

Airbnb filed a complaint in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York seeking to “enjoin and declare unlawful the enforcement against Airbnb” of the recent law that prohibits  the advertising of short-term rentals on Airbnb and other similar websites.  Airbnb argued that the new law violated its rights to free speech and due process, and that it was inconsistent with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online intermediaries that host or republish speech from a range of liabilities.

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Medtronic v. Bosch post-Cuozzo: PTAB continues to have the final say on inter partes review

By Nehaa Chaudhari – Edited by Grace Truong

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“the Federal Circuit”) reaffirmed its earlier order, dismissing Medtronic’s appeal against a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). The PTAB had dismissed Medtronic’s petition for inter partes review of Bosch’s patents, since Medtronic had failed to disclose all real parties in interest, as required by 35 U.S.C. §312(a)(2).

 

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California DMV Discuss Rules on Autonomous Vehicles

DOJ Release Guidelines on CFAA Prosecutions

Illinois Supreme Court Rule in Favor of State Provisions Requiring Disclosure of Online Identities of Sex Offenders

Research Shows Concerns for Crucial Infrastructure Information Leaks

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Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Cristina Azcoitia – Edited by Kayla Haran

FTC Explores Crowdfunding Oversight

Comcast Sues Nashville to Stall Google Fiber

FCC Imposes New Consumer Privacy Rules on Internet Service Providers

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Facebook InternationalBy Javier Careaga – Edited by Mila Owen

Many insurance companies and banks are attempting to leverage new technology to build more detailed risk profiles and expand services to customers who would not traditionally be eligible for insurance or loans. Vitality, for example sells the Apple Watch to monitor customers’ health and adjust health and life insurance prices accordingly.

Admiral Insurance took an additional and more intrusive step when it created an initiative called firstcarquote, which analyzes Facebook activity of first-time car owners. The firstcarquote algorithm determines risk based on personality traits and habits that are linked to safe driving through customers’ posts and likes. For example, a person may be determined to be conscientious and well-organized if they write in short concrete sentences and use lists , or to be overconfident of they use of exclamation marks excessively and frequently use the words “always” or “never” instead of “maybe”. The algorithm is designed to learn and evolve over time to find the best correlations between social media data and safe driving personalities. (more…)

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computer-typing1By Daisy Joo – Edited by Nehaa Chaudhari

Complaint to Declare Invalid and Enjoin Enforcement of Multiple Dwelling Law Section 121 & New York City Administrative Code Section 27-287.1, Airbnb Inc. v. Schneiderman et al., No. 1:16-cv-08239 (S.D.N.Y. October 21, 2016) Complaint hosted by Law360.

Airbnb filed a complaint in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York seeking to “enjoin and declare unlawful the enforcement against Airbnb by the City and State of New York” of the recently enacted law that prohibits  the advertising of illegal short-term rentals on Airbnb and other similar websites.  Airbnb argued that the new law violated its constitutional rights to free speech and due process, and that it was inconsistent with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, (“CDA”) which protects online intermediaries that host or republish speech from a range of liabilities. (more…)

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UnknownBy Nehaa Chaudhari – Edited by Grace Truong

Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. 2015-1977, 2015-1986, 2015-1987 (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“the Federal Circuit”) reaffirmed its earlier order, dismissing Medtronic’s appeal against a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). The PTAB had dismissed Medtronic’s petition for inter partes review of Bosch’s patents, since Medtronic had failed to disclose all real parties in interest, as required by 35 U.S.C. §312(a)(2).

The Federal Circuit, conducting this review of its earlier decision in light of the US Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee 136 S.Ct. 2131 (2016) (“Cuozzo”) held that based on 35 U.S.C.§ 314(d), it could not review either the initial decision of the PTAB, or the reconsideration of that decision by the PTAB. It opined, “It would be strange to hold that a decision to institute review would not be reviewable but a reconsideration of that decision would be reviewable.” (more…)

Posted On Nov - 14 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

By Li Wang – Edited by Henry Thomas

California DMV Discuss Rules on Autonomous Vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles discussed tentative rules to regulate autonomous vehicles. As Fortune reports, Google, as well as several automakers, objected to a rule that would require the maker of a self-driving car to generate and submit a year of driverless testing data before applying for an operating permit. Companies also challenged a rule that would require them to submit sensor data to law enforcement within 24 hours of a request, even without a warrant or a subpoena. On the other side of the debate, Consumer Watchdog argues that the proposed rules lack enforceability and suggests that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration take the first action toward legalizing the vehicles. The California DMV will continue the discussion of these proposed rules and consider changes in the coming months.

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Posted On Nov - 7 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

UnknownBy Cristina Azcoitia – Edited by Kayla Haran

FTC Explores Crowdfunding Oversight

The Federal Trade Commission has begun holding panels with leaders in the online crowdfunding industry about potential regulations to protect users from scams. Since its advent, online crowdfunding has been a largely unregulated and trust-based industry. Last year, the FTC settled its first case involving a crowdfunding scam and now looks towards creating more definite oversight over the industry in order to protect consumers. While industry experts accept the FTC’s enforcement actions against known fraud, many have expressed hesitance about the possibility of increased government involvement in online crowdfunding and hope that the FTC will allow the industry to further develop its own self-regulation. (more…)

Posted On Nov - 3 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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