Illinois: Actual Injury Not Required for Privacy Lawsuit; Inviting Costly Litigation against Innovators

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Illinois found that a plaintiff could seek liquidated damages and injunctive relief under a state privacy statute without “[p]roof of actual damages.”

The case—Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment—was brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA or Act).  The Act imposes numerous obligations on private entities that collect biometric information, like fingerprints and retina scans.  If the entity fails to follow the obligations in the Act, any person “aggrieved” is provided a “right of action . . . against an offending party.”

Tech Companies: Expect DOJ to be Aggressive on Supply Chain and Tech under AG Barr

Attorney General Nominee William Barr weighed in on supply chain risks in his testimony yesterday, previewing a possible extension of the hard line the Administration has taken against what it sees as cyber and economic threats from Chinese companies and the government.  Barr testified that China—not Russia—is “the primary rival of the United States,” and specifically called out Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE.

The FAA’s Long-Awaited NPRM and ANPRM Have Arrived

Despite the government shutdown, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally released two highly-anticipated rulemaking documents related to commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations.  Yesterday, the agency published a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (draft NPRM) on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People and a draft advanced NPRM (draft ANPRM) on the Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. 

Advancements in Connected Cars: A View From CES

CES 2019 focused again this year on connected cars – not just fully autonomous vehicles but also improvements in connectivity that will be used to enhance both safety and the customer experience.  We’ve noted before that deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications have the potential to greatly improve safety.  The presentations at CES also highlighted that greater connectivity will be used to provide customized user experiences, enhanced entertainment options, and seamless integration with other IoT services (like voice assistants and payments).

Four Takeaways on Drone Regulation at CES—2019 Is a Year for Learning and Implementation (and hopefully Remote ID)

Drones featured prominently at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as in previous years.  While last year Intel dazzled attendees with a 250-drone light show above the Bellagio fountains using its Shooting Star drones, the drone-related events grabbing attention this year concern the applications and technologies that will bring commercial drones into the future.