• On September 13, 2011, in response to privacy concerns from European authorities, Google announced that individuals can remove their Wi-Fi routers from Google’s database of mobile access points. Google uses the database to locate a user’s cell phone, which in turn is used by a variety of Google products, but notes that it has used only Wi-Fi access points that did not identify names. This is not the first time that Google has offered an opt-out option as a means of diffusing privacy concerns – earlier this year it began allowing German businesses and individuals to black out their images from Google’s Street View product. The opt-out mechanism should be in place this Fall. To read the blog post by Peter Fleischer, Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, click here.
  • Comments on the FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of microwave links for wireless backhaul are due October 4, 2011, and Reply Comments are due October 25, 2011. For more information, click here. To view the NPRM, click here.
  • Comments on the draft Mobile Medical Applications guidelines from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are due October 19, 2011. The draft guidelines are available here. Filing instructions are provided in the document.