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What happens in Vegas can now be wiretapped in Vegas
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • June 13 2015

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled, in Sharpe v. Nevada, that the state's wiretap law, enacted in 1973, permits the interception by police of


Federal Wiretap Act does not preempt state law, court finds
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 12 2012

The federal Wiretap Act does not preempt more privacy-protective state legislation, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


USA FREEDOM Act signed into law, scaling back metadata program
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • June 13 2015

President Obama signed into law the USA FREEDOM Act, which ends the government's bulk telephony metadata program (after a six-month transition


Compliance with surveillance law is not "optional," court holds
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • April 23 2010

After a long and convoluted series of procedural ups and downs that rivals Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a federal court in California has held that the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program was illegal


Connecticut Supreme Court finds call records on cell phone protected by Fourth Amendment
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 21 2010

The majority of courts have held that telephone call records are not protected by the Fourth Amendment because those records are shared with third parties -- namely, the phone company


FCC publishes notice of inquiry on cybersecurity plan
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 21 2010

On May 11, the Federal Communications Commission's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on its proposal to create a voluntary cybersecurity certification program was published in the Federal Register


Immunity for telecoms may not equal anonymity
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2010

The Ninth Circuit has blocked, for now, a court order requiring disclosure of records that would identify the telecommunications companies and their agents that lobbied for an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that immunized companies that cooperated with the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program


FTC puts app makers in COPPA crosshairs
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • December 22 2012

Just days before issuing its amended COPPA rule, the FTC published its second survey of mobile apps for children, in which it examined the privacy


Ninth Circuit allows surveillance case to proceed against government, but not telecoms
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • January 7 2012

A law granting immunity to telecommunications companies that allegedly assisted the U.S. government in conducting warrantless surveillance on American citizens is constitutional, according to the Ninth Circuit


Another court requires a search warrant for cellphone tracking
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • December 10 2011

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas last month upheld a magistrate’s earlier ruling that the government must secure a search warrant before compelling cellular service providers to turn over historical cell-site location data