Consumer Protection

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 2365 into law preventing businesses from including provisions that waive “the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.”

Cybersecurity

  • NATO issues a declaration that it would consider whether a cyber attack would lead to the “the invocation of Article 5″ on a case-by-case basis.

Drones

  • The Federal Aviation Administration allows drone use in a missing-persons search in the Dallas, Texas area.

Litigation

  • A New York federal judge issues a “fair use” ruling for media monitoring service TVEyes against Fox News.
  • A district court allows a plaintiff to switch to predictive coding to review documents that were initially screened with search terms.
  • A shareholder class-action lawsuit is filed in California federal court against SeaWorld for falsely claiming that attendance woes were unrelated to the 2013 documentary Blackfish and the resulting backlash.
  • A former CBS intern drops a proposed class-action suit against CBS and Worldwide Pants after having alleged violations of New York’s minimum wage and overtime laws.
  • A shopper files a putative class action lawsuit against fashion retailer Forever 21 alleging that the retailer’s requests and recording of shoppers’ credit card numbers and personal identification information at points-of-sale violated California law.

Privacy

  • The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reauthorizes the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk metadata collection program.
  • Formerly classified documents from a court challenge to the National Security Agency’s demand that Yahoo hand over data in 2007 and 2008 reveal that officials threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 per day if it did not hand over user information.
  • Major technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, demand congressional leaders allow a vote on the Email Privacy Act which provides new privacy protections to people’s emails.
  • Health-tracking device company Fitbit hires lobbyists after the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee expressed its privacy concerns with fitness technology and applications.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation initiates its new facial recognition system, a part of its Next Generation Identification program which is aimed at replacing its fingerprint-tracking system.

Technology

  • The House passes an “E-labeling” bill to allow manufacturers of radio frequency devices to use electronic labeling to show commercial use approval instead of physical labels.

Telecommunications and Net Neutrality

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announces that the FCC will vote on Sept. 30 to get rid of the decades-old sports blackout rule.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi writes a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler supporting the banning of Internet “fast lanes” regulating broadband companies.
  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expresses his views on the “Redskins” name for Washington’s NFL team.
  • Comcast denies threatening Tor users with termination of service.
  • Broadcasters drop opposition to the Senate TV bill after the Senate Commerce Committee circulated a new draft of it which appears to have dropped several provisions.
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