CLA/TIP Monthly Call – Sacramento Update

Wednesday, December 11th at Noon Pacific Time Dial-in number 855-520-7605 / Passcode 1211276419# This fall I termed out as Chair of the Technology, Internet and Privacy (“TIP”) Working Group of the California Lawyer’s Association’s IP Section and as a member of the IP Section Executive Committee.  I currently am co-chair of the CLA’s Business Law…

California Follows Vermont Lead in Establishing Data Broker Registry

In 2019, the nation’s first registry of data brokers went online after Vermont’s data broker registry went into effect.  In October, California followed suit when Governor Newsom signed AB 1202 – the Data Broker Registration Act. In enacting the bill, the legislature explained: Companies regularly and systematically collect, analyze, share, and sell the personal information…

California Clarifies Independent Contractor Rules in Blow to “Gig Economy”

In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision redefined the definition of employee v. independent contractor through an “ABC test” followed by many states.  On September 18th, California Governor Newsom signed AB 5 which codified the Dynamex decision with certain exceptions. Embracing the Dynamex ABC Test Under AB 5, a worker is an employee and…

FTC Releases Disclosure Guide for Influencers

The Federal Trade Commission has released a new publication for online influencers that lays out the agency’s rules of the road for when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers. The new guide, “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers,” provides influencers with tips from FTC staff about what triggers the need for a disclosure…

Fed Court: Reasonable Suspicion Required for Search of Electronic Devices at Border

The number of electronic device searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased significantly. Last year, Customs and Border Control (CBP) conducted more than 33,000 searches, almost four times the number from just three years prior. In a recent case that gained national attention, an immigration officer at Boston Logan Airport reportedly searched an incoming Harvard freshman’s cell phone…

Freedom House: Internet Freedom Declines for 9th Year in a Row, Blames Social Media

Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world and publisher of the annual Freedom on the Net report, released a pessimistic 2019 report “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media“. The report found a decline in internet freedom for the ninth year in…

Cyber Security Tips – Falls 2019

Since October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, below are some cyber security tips we have tweeted out over the past few months covering protecting sensitive documents, protecting against hacking and ransomware and using Public WiFi spots. Use a flash drive with fingerprint protection for your most sensitive documents. https://t.co/NfblvILaQU #cybersecurity — Internet Law Center (@InternetLawCent)…