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Senators push bill protecting interstate trade secrets amidst concerns over trolling

By Bhargav Srinivasan – Edited by Olga Slobodyanyuk

The Senate Judiciary Committee is deliberating a bill to provide US companies with extra legal protections for trade secrets for products or services used in interstate commerce. However, some legal scholars believe the bill creates strong potential for companies to engage in “trade secret trolling” by falsely accusing rivals of stealing trade secrets in order to stall their business. The ensuing debate now weighs the intent of the bill with the potential for legal bullying.


Posted On Nov - 18 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Senate Introduces Consumer Review Freedom Act to Protect Online Consumer Reviews

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Cristina Carapezza

On September 16, 2015, the Senate introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act (CRFA) of 2015.  The bill prohibits businesses from using “anti-review contracts,” provisions that prevent individuals from leaving reviews about a business’ product, service, or conduct.  The bill was originally introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD).  On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to discuss the bill.


Posted On Nov - 17 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California Paves the Way with New Privacy Laws

By Ann Kristin Glenster – Edited by Stacy Ruegilin

California’s newest digital privacy rights bill shifts the state’s legal framework closer to Europe’s more stringent data protection standards.


Posted On Nov - 11 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California Passes Landmark Digital Privacy Law

By Sheri Pan — Edited by Ariane Moss

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, thereby heightening privacy protections for digital records.  Under the new regime, state government entities must secure a search warrant to obtain the content and metadata of electronic communications.


Posted On Oct - 25 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Russia’s “Right To Be Forgotten” and China’s Right To Be Protected: New Privacy and Security Legislation

By Brittany Doyle – Edited by Ken Winterbottom

The legislatures in Russia and China took steps this month to tighten regulations over Internet companies with access to user data. In Russia, President Vladmir Putin signed a law ensuring a “right to be forgotten” reminiscent of the European Court of Justice’s right to be forgotten ruling of May 2014. And in China, the National People’s Congress released a draft cybersecurity bill that would formalize and strengthen the State’s long-standing regulation of websites and network operators.


Posted On Jul - 20 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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