Yesterday, the Supreme Court set forth a ruling in Facebook, Inc. v. Druid that shifts things up for companies required to be in compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), a federal statute restricting, among other things, certain communications by way of “automated telephone dialing systems” or “autodialers.” Although the unanimous decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the 1st of April, this ruling is no joke. Facebook, Inc.…
As a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Dickinson Attorney Andrea Rastelli has been selected to serve on the Privacy Bar Section of its Advisory Board. Comprised of legal-focused privacy professionals, the section leads and develops content for the organization, provides guidance and strategic input on how the IPP can best serve professionals working in privacy law and related fields, and serve as leaders in promoting programs and activities. Rastelli was also…
Dickinson Law is proud to announce that it has launched “Beyond Juris,” Iowa’s first syndicated legal podcast, discussing innovations in the law & the law for innovators.  Co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli, the podcast will be tackling new topics in the law in different fields, and will feature discussions with area business leaders and additional attorneys from Dickinson Law on issues that impact startups, established businesses, and consumers such as privacy law, blockchain,…
This past Friday, September 18, 2020, the Trump administration released its plan to ban Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok from U.S. mobile app stores. The Executive Order (EO) allegedly responds to a risk that the Chinese government has access to millions of American users’ personal data through the use of these apps. TikTok-loving Gen-Z’ers are only a portion of interested parties who will be affected by these bans. As of this morning, Monday, September 21, 2020,…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is delighted to announce that Grace Bogart and Rachel Soderstrum have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys. Both women began their legal careers at Dickinson Law as summer clerks in 2019. Grace Bogart Grace is a 2020 Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in political science (summa cum laude) from Iowa State University. As a member of the firm’s Banking,…
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland sent a preliminary order to Facebook ordering a suspension of data transfers from the EU to the US. This suspension order comes off the heels of the landmark ruling from the highest court in the EU, Data Protection Commission v. Facebook Ireland (Schrems II), which restricted the methods companies can use to transfer EU data to the US. Notably, this decision ceased the use of the widely popular “Privacy Shield”…
As COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of our daily lives, schools are having to make decisions about implementing online learning resources and applications. These online learning resources not only allow teachers to hold classes through video conferencing but they also assist schools in maintaining social distancing guidelines. While implementing apps and new technologies could make schools more efficient, schools—especially those funded by Federal Funds—have to pay close attention to the Family Educational Rights and…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys of the firm have been named by Best Lawyers® to its 2021 recognition lists for professional legal excellence, including: 21 attorneys with extensive experience were included in The Best Lawyers in America; Three distinguished attorneys were honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of law in Des Moines, and: Three rising lawyers were recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers:…
On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s highest court, issued its highly anticipated decision in the case Data Protection Commission v. Facebook Ireland, Schrems (Schrems II).  The General Data Protection Regulation (‘the GDPR’) provides that the transfer of personal data to a third country outside of the European Union may, with limits, take place only if the third country in question ensures an adequate level of data protection. This is most…
The Iowa Legislature just wrapped up its 2020 session. In the end, the COVID-19 pandemic dictated much of this year’s legislative agenda. There is little doubt that this interrupted several legislative initiatives, including one that could have significantly changed the privacy rights of Iowans. Proposed early in March, the legislation could have required Iowa businesses to provide privacy rights to consumers that are similar to the rights provided by the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).…