Finding Friends is Fraught With Privacy Peril

Yelp's Loss Spells Legal Trouble for the Mobile App Industry

On Friday, September 8, Yelp became the latest mobile application maker to be held to account for potentially violating users’ privacy. The plaintiffs in a long-running class action lawsuit allege that Yelp and other app developers improperly uploaded address book data from their phones without their consent. The court’s ruling on Friday denied Yelp’s motion for summary […]

Why the Mugshots Case Matters Right Now

I write this post to share a thought that I didn’t get the chance to complete during my recent appearance on the Bloomberg Law Show. It’s about the July 14, 2016 decision in Detroit Free Press v. Department of Justice, in which the en banc 6th Circuit decided 9-7 to reverse 20 years of precedent that […]

Do You Know Who Is Watching Your Data Use? (Guest Post)

This guest post is authored by Kim DeLisle, a blogger for Kim says: “I am so excited to be writing for This website is a great source for information and interesting opinions. In particular I think readers would be well-informed by this piece which also touches on the topic of internet surveillance.” Your data […]

The Internet of Things That Eavesdrop and Invade Privacy

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit shed light on theories plaintiffs will use in privacy litigation against owners of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. Already known in the legal blogosphere as “the butt dialing case,” the court’s July 21, 2015 opinion in Huff v. Spaw considered federal […]

Privacy and Connected Cars

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our topic was “Privacy Issues Unique to Automated Vehicles,” though there was a lot of discussion about all degrees of “connected cars”–not just the “autonomous” kind. To put that topic in context, I surveyed […]

Privacy, Law, and Ethics in Augmented Reality Panel at AWE 2015 [VIDEO]

As AR comes into its own, the legal and ethical issues that come with it can’t be ignored. On June 8, 2015, I had the honor of hosting a 50-minute panel discussion on these topics with Dave Griesbach (Security Expert, Google), Jerri Lynn Hogg (Professor, Fielding University), and Dave Lorenzini (Founder, CEO, EFX). Not only did these […]

Privacy in Augmented Reality

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Mobile Monday Michigan meetup group on “Privacy in Augmented Reality.” The group also held a drawing for a free copy of my book, Augmented Reality Law, Privacy, and Ethics. A copy of my Prezi slides is embedded below. During the talk, I covered such […]

Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 1: Data Security & Privacy

“The Internet of Things” (or IoT) is an increasingly popular shorthand term for the emerging arrangement of physical devices (other than what we’d typically think of as “computers”) that come equipped with wireless internet connectivity. Examples include smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart refrigerators, smart cars–pretty much anything that marketers feel the need to insert the prefix “smart” in […]

Michigan Court Adopts “No Harm, No Foul” Standard for Data Breaches

Unintended releases of personal information stored on company servers are among the most talked-about and litigated issues in technology law over the past few years. Because privacy is primarily an matter of state, rather than federal, law, however, the standards for evaluating these claims vary widely. Now my home state of Michigan has entered the debate by […]

Digital Justice in Detroit

Earlier this week, I got the chance to speak at a Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) Code event sponsored by Creative Many (formerly “ArtServe Michigan.”) The theme was “Cities, Privacy and IP in the Digital Now,” and I contributed some of my ideas about protecting artists’ intellectual property and creative uses for augmented and other digital media. The […]