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Mississippi Attorney General Hood Sues Google for Alleged Student-Data Mining

February 20, 2017 by Nicole R. Woods, Associate
The latest development in the feud between Google and Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood—a history that can only be described as soap-operatic—is a newly filed lawsuit by Hood against the tech giant. The tumultuous relationship began in 2014 when Hood’s office issued a lengthy subpoena to Google requesting documents and other information related to any “dangerous content” hosted on Google’s networks, under the guise of battling online illicit drug sales. However, shortly after the subpoena was served, the Sony hack occurred, which divulged vast amount of Sony data and emails to the public. Found in the hacked emails were communications that indicated that the Motion Picture Association of America was both instigating and bankrolling Hood’s subpoena in an attempt to crack down on piracy. 


Supreme Court Hears Disparagement Trademark Case

February 7, 2017 by , Of Counsel
The U.S. Supreme Courts conducted oral arguments in the In Re Tam trademark case. The question presented: “Whether the disparagement provision under 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) is facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.” Disparagement occurs when a mark “consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.”


Ice Miller Partner Michael Coleman Keynotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Columbus

February 1, 2017
Ice Miller partner Michael Coleman gave the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The event was hosted by the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. Attended by thousands of diverse supporters, the Breakfast is currently the largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Online Trust Alliance Releases IoT Trust Framework v2.0

January 31, 2017 by Blaine L. Dirker, Of Counsel

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an informal industry working group with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet, released version 2.0 of its Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.  The OTA describes the IoT Trust Framework v2.0 as providing a baseline set of requirements and recommendations which address the privacy, security, and sustainability of IoT devices (e.g., connected home, wearable technologies, etc.) The impetus behind the Framework is to provide a path for the private sector to demonstrate its commitment to security and privacy in IoT devices by adhering to the voluntary principles of the Framework.



Partner Phil Bayt Added to Midwest Real Estate News’ Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame

January 30, 2017
Ice Miller partner Phil Bayt has been named to the 2016 Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News in its December 2016/January 2017 issue. The publication begins each year by inducting members into its Hall of Fame. Phil is one of 75 commercial real estate professionals given this year’s honor.


Enabling Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure for IoT Expansion

January 26, 2017 by Lindsay M. Miller, Associate
As shared in the post by Susan Rector, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") released a green paper, Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things, on January 12, 2017. In the paper, the Department outlines its plans to work on Internet of Things (“IoT”) matters across four broad areas of engagement: enabling the nation’s infrastructure availability and access is one of such areas.


Department of Commerce releases a Green Paper Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

January 23, 2017 by Susan D. Rector, Partner
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on January 12, 2017 issued a green paper Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things to identify elements of an approach and areas of engagement for the Department to pursue as it seeks broad input in its future work on the Internet of Things (“IoT”). The paper asserts that the federal government needs to develop a long term strategy, a collaborative approach with the private sector and a global perspective to permit IoT technology to reach its full potential to create new industries and new consumer goods. It rejects the idea that standards for privacy and security can be left to market forces.


FTC Order recognizes certain security certifications qualify professionals to perform data security assessments

January 19, 2017 by Blaine L. Dirker, Of Counsel
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with the operators of AshleyMadison.com, resolving FTC and state charges of consumer deception and failure to safeguard 36 million users' account and profile information stemming from a data breach in July of 2015.  In the complaint, the FTC alleged that defendants engaged in practices that, when taken together, "failed to provide reasonable security to prevent unauthorized access to personal information on their network."


Federal Trade Commission Files (and Boasts About) New Internet of Things Lawsuit

January 13, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Blaine L. Dirker,

The FTC recently filed a complaint against D-Link Corporation (a Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer) and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that they failed to take reasonable steps to secure their routers and Internet Protocol cameras and, therefore, potentially compromised sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds.  The FTC has further been quick to characterize this case on its own blog as continuing the agency’s regulation of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) and challenging what it considers to be inadequate IoT security practices.



Federal Trade Commission Begins 2017 Privacy Conference With Sharp IoT Focus

January 12, 2017 by George A. Gasper, Partner
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held its second annual PrivacyCon on January 12, 2017 to address the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies.  As the Internet of Things (“IoT”) continues its rapid growth across all fields of business, it comes as no surprise that this year’s PrivacyCon began with a sharp focus on IoT issues.


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