06/13/2014 - Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.
05/16/2014 - The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) settled a lawsuit with an activist who was selling merchandise using their logos. The NSA and DHS acknowledged that merchants who use images and names of government agencies on parody merchandise are not in violation of any federal laws.
05/16/2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to re-enter Second Amendment gun controversies and denied to hear three cases seeking clarification on the scope of an individual’s right to have a gun for personal self-defense.
05/16/2014 - A New York court has ruled that employees’ immigration status does not affect the employer’s rights under Workers’ Compensation Law section 11. Instead, employers have economic protections under the law regardless of employees’ immigration statuses.
05/16/2014 - A federal judge dismissed a case challenging the Obama administration’s use of unmanned drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas. In her opinion, Justice Rosemary M. Collyer wrote that the courts cannot create a remedy for targeted killings without intruding on the powers of the president and Congress to wage war.
05/16/2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s opinion, ruling that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. The plaintiffs had been employed by private companies that manage mutual funds for public companies that have no employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Court’s opinion, writing that its interpretation of the law “protects the employees of investment advisors, who are often the only firsthand witnesses to shareholder fraud involving mutual funds.”
04/22/2014 - A federal judge upheld Connecticut’s gun control law, which was passed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In his ruling, the judge wrote that while the law “burdens” individuals’ Second Amendment rights, it is related to the government’s interest of public safety and crime control.
04/22/2014 - A federal court allowed a man to pursue legal action against an investigative service that provided his personal information to a data broker. The court ruled that the service “failed to use reasonable care” in distributing the man’s information, which was later used for an improper purpose.
02/26/2014 - Court rulings on social media and the demotion of an untruthful federal employee are discussed. Also, California strengthens its data breach law, while Massachusetts introduces a bill to crack down on workplace bullying.
01/30/2014 - A company is not liable for injuries sustained in a vehicle accident caused by one of its employees. The employee, though driving a company truck, was acting outside the scope of his employment when the accident occurred because the employee was traveling to meet his wife on a purely personal errand.