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The Illinois Supreme Court’s recent broad interpretation of the pioneering Illinois Biometric Identity Protection Act justifies close attention to legislative and regulatory developments regarding collection and protection of biometric identifier data.  Our previous report of this decision may be found here.  Two other states, Texas and Washington, already have biometric identifier privacy laws in place, although not with the breadth of the Illinois statute. For example, neither of those statutes provides for a private…
FCC COMMENCES INQUIRY ON ESTABLISHING $100M TELEHEALTH PILOT PROGRAM On August 2, 2018, The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) to establish a $100-million  telehealth pilot program. FCC seeks to identify how the agency can “help advance and support the movement in telehealth towards connected care everywhere and improve access to the life-saving broadband-enabled telehealth services it makes possible.” The NOI seeks public comment: initial comments by September 10 and…
PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC Majority Of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Supports 40%+ Annual Increase In Rural Health Care Program Funding – Following on a proposal to review annual funding for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which currently provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP), a majority of the Commission now support a proposed 40+% increase…
Noting that some 35 million telephone numbers are disconnected and made available for reassignment to consumers annually, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) took a further step last Thursday to address the “problem of unwanted calls to reassigned numbers.”  The problem with these calls already is well known to businesses that rely on phone calls or text messages to communicate with their customers: a caller places a call or sends a text  to a number for…
On March 16, 2018, in a long-awaited and much-anticipated decision, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated two important rulings from the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 declaratory ruling and order (FCC Order) concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA): (1) the Commission’s “clarification” of the types of calling equipment that fall within the TCPA’s definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS); and (2) the Commission’s treatment…
The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP), has now been published in the Federal Register. Interested parties may submit initial comments on the FCC’s proposals by February 2, 2018. Reply comments are due no later than March 5, 2018. Comments, which may be in letter form,…
Noting that technology and telemedicine are assuming an increasingly critical role in healthcare delivery, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP). These changes would potentially affect existing as well as future Program participants.…
Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France, Germany, the UK and the US. France Use of Email Content for Marketing Purpose Requires Consent on a Yearly Basis Germany “Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise” Issues Report on Right of Standing for Consumer Associations in Privacy Issues Bavarian Data Protection Authority Presents Activity Report for 2015/2016 UK ICO Imposes £70,000…
Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France, Germany, the UK and the US. EU MEPs Vote to Increase the Protection of Data Collected at EU Borders France French Data Protection Authority Launches RFP for a Privacy Impact Assessment Tool French Data Protection Authority Launches Consultation Conseil d’Etat Requests Preliminary Ruling from CJEU on Right…
Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection and Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from Germany, the UK and the US. Germany Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Adopts New Draft Regulation on the Use of Drones Federal Data Protection Commissioner: National Amendment and Implementation of the GDPR Must Be Improved Bavarian Data Protection Commissioner Presents Activity Report for 2015/2016 German Data Protection…