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The technology and telecommunications industries are evolving at a rapid pace that places a premium on innovation. As these sectors mature, our tech and telecom clients face intensifying challenges, including demanding customers, a need to cut costs, and blurred market boundaries that bring competition from both market leaders and upstarts. 
 

Carlton Fields’ integrated technology and telecommunications team takes advantage of the synergies between these industries to offer comprehensive legal services with a focus on fostering our clients’ business growth. Our litigators and transactional and regulatory attorneys work together to address our clients’ challenges, including  intellectual property enforcement and protection; licensing; distribution; outsourcing; and issues related to privacy, fraud and data security.
 

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SEC: Ether and Bitcoin Are Not Securities

SEC: Ether and Bitcoin Are Not Securities

October 1, 2018

Cryptocurrency investors were concerned following the SEC’s July 2017 investigative report on digital token sales by a virtual organization known as “The DAO.”

Is Cryptocurrency Money? Depends on Your State

Is Cryptocurrency Money? Depends on Your State

August 29, 2018

Is cryptocurrency money? In America, the question is largely decided by the regulators charged with overseeing their state's money transmitter rules.

23 Attorneys General Challenge FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality

23 Attorneys General Challenge FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality

August 26, 2018

On June 11, the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, 33 FCC Rcd. 311 (2018) (the “Order”) took effect.

Supreme Court Rules Government Must Obtain Search Warrant for Mobile Phone Location Data

Supreme Court Rules Government Must Obtain Search Warrant for Mobile Phone Location Data

June 22, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot generally obtain mobile phone location data absent a warrant. This article discusses the decision, which ends years of uncertainty.

The Shared Economy

The Shared Economy

May 1, 2018

Before discussing how and whether the shared economy should be regulated, it is important to define the term. Simply, the shared economy is an economic model in which consumers grant each other access to their underutilized assets.

Telecom Carriers to Block Spoofed Calls From Reaching Consumers

Telecom Carriers to Block Spoofed Calls From Reaching Consumers

August 29, 2017

The FCC continues its focus on addressing the significant consumer problem of unwanted calls.

Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

July 12, 2017

While most people are vaguely aware, even if they are in denial, that their browsers give advertisers access to their search histories, they are probably unaware that information is being sold or given to third parties via the apps they use on their personal phones or mobile devices.

New York DFS Requests Information on Use of External Consumer Data and Information Sources in Life Insurance Underwriting

New York DFS Requests Information on Use of External Consumer Data and Information Sources in Life Insurance Underwriting

July 5, 2017

The New York DFS initiated an investigation into the use of external consumer data or information sources in connection with underwriting by issuing a Section 308 information request to all New York authorized life issuers.

FINRA Issues New Guidance on Social Media and Digital Communications

FINRA Issues New Guidance on Social Media and Digital Communications

June 23, 2017

In April, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-18, which reiterates previous rules and provides additional guidance regarding the application of several key rules governing communications with the public to digital communications

SEC Guidance Seeks Enhanced Disclosures by Robo-Advisers

SEC Guidance Seeks Enhanced Disclosures by Robo-Advisers

June 23, 2017

In February, the SEC staff issued a guidance update focusing on "robo-advisers," i.e., registered investment advisers (RIAs) who provide online, automated investment advice, through the use of an algorithmic program.

Catching Up on the Changing Landscape Regarding “Micro” Captive Insurance Companies and the IRS’s Strategy for Curbing Perceived Abuse

Catching Up on the Changing Landscape Regarding “Micro” Captive Insurance Companies and the IRS’s Strategy for Curbing Perceived Abuse

June 14, 2017

Starting with the 2015 iteration of its annual “Dirty Dozen” list, the IRS began an unprecedented crack down on suspected tax shelters using captive insurance companies.

Amazon Echo - Did Alexa Record a Murder?

Amazon Echo - Did Alexa Record a Murder?

April 17, 2017

Bates was arrested and charged with the murder of Victor Collins, who was found floating in a hot tub in November 2015, at Bates' home in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bates called the police, claimed he woke to find Collins dead, and explained it must have been an accidental drowning.

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