I recently had the privilege of moderating a privacy panel discussion at an unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”) conference. UAS’s have been in the news lately, so you can imagine the interest and concern for privacy and this rapidly-evolving technology; concerns from both those working in the sector and those outside expressing concerns for their own privacy and security. UAS’s are indeed a “hot topic” and the technology, in many ways, is “bleeding edge.” Even so, the way to manage privacy concerns with unmanned aerial vehicle systems is hardly novel, as our panel reiterated throughout our discussion. In short, addressing privacy in developing, implementing and managing this technology, to include oversight and compliance, begins with a time-tested, universal principled approach to privacy.
Whether your product offering is a newsletter, online retail business, smart phone or yes, even a UAS, properly accounting for the privacy choices of your customer or industry is just plain good business. Furthermore, managing privacy does not need to be an onerous, overly burdensome process either. You simply have to frame privacy in the fair information practice principles. In various forms, these principles are not only the foundation for information management best practices, but they are often included in state, federal and even international regulations. Even easier, you probably have already encountered them in your day-to-day activities as a consumer, whether going to the doctor or buying something online.
Charles Faruki, Managing Partner of FI&C was recently selected as a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star MVP by BTI Consulting Group. All-Star MVPs are standout attorneys honored for delivering superior client service year after year. Charlie is among the 41 attorneys to return to The BTI Client Service All-Star list for two or more years in a row.
The 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars report from BTI Consulting Group Inc. (Wellesley, Mass.) lists a total of only 307 attorneys nationally, named by corporate counsel as delivering outstanding client service. The list is a definitive list of attorneys—identified through client feedback—standing out with corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 and other large companies as delivering the highest levels of client service. Charlie and the other lawyers were selected for their superior client focus, exceptional understanding of the client’s business, outsized value, exceptional legal skills, and outstanding results.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, No. 11-1450, and held that class action plaintiffs cannot plead around the Class Action Fairness Act’s (“CAFA”) jurisdictional amount in controversy requirement. Agreeing with petitioner Standard Fire, the Court declined to permit circumvention of federal removal jurisdiction under CAFA by stipulating in the complaint that the named plaintiff/putative class representative will not seek damages in excess of $5 million, the requisite jurisdictional amount under the Act.
The Court held that plaintiff, Greg Knowles, lacked the power to speak for the putative class when he stipulated that he and the class would not ask for more than $5 million. Justice Breyer, writing for the Court, explained that:
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