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On August 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Declaratory Ruling granting in part two separate petitions that were filed last year – one by the Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association, and another by Blackboard, Inc. – regarding application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) to certain types

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This is the second entry in a series on the “Industrial Internet,” focusing on the basic elements, legal issues and procurement implications, principally from the perspective of the end user.

Distinctions between the Industrial Internet and consumer IoT are not hard and fast. For example, many consumer IoT applications are implemented through smartphone apps.  On

The widely-anticipated commercial deployment of drones piques the interest of critical infrastructure industries, the agricultural sector, and technology companies such as Amazon. Consistent with this commercial interest and its Congressional mandate, the FAA is developing proposed regulations for commercial drone operations by the September 2015 statutory due date, which likely will not be met.
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The U.S. is Fast Becoming the Slowest Adopter of the Latest Advancement in Aviation – the Unmanned Aircraft System, Commonly Known as the Drone
Continue Reading The U.S. is Fast Becoming the Slowest Adopter of the Latest Advancement in Aviation – the Unmanned Aircraft System, Commonly Known as the Drone

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Lawsuits- class actions in particular- alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”) are on the rise.  The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has also been actively engaged in TCPA enforcement, and just last month released a Declaratory Ruling clarifying that sellers may be held vicariously liable for TCPA

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address on February 12, the White House released its much-anticipated cybersecurity executive order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.  The EO was an opportunity for the Administration to address widely acknowledged cyber threats to domestic critical infrastructure and to clarify Executive Branch authority to respond fully to cyber-attacks by

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The Obama Administration’s consumer data privacy framework released last month will impact companies’ data collection, use, and retention practices, and raises complex legal issues. As explained in a recent article by Keller and Heckman LLP, the notion of codes of conduct developed through a multistakeholder process, to be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”),

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Do you know whether and how your websites use “cookies” or other technologies to collect information from users and/or target advertising?  Do you know what information is being collected and how it is being used?  The Federal Trade Commission has endorsed an online “Do Not Track” mechanism, and recent inquiries, investigations, and lawsuits relating to