Kelly Frye Barnett

Kelly Frye Barnett

Kelly Frye Barnett is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section and the Business Litigation Group and the Data Privacy + Security Team. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Kelly was a law clerk at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford, where she assisted the Corporation Counsel in its duties as legal advisors to the Hartford City Council, the mayor, and all other agencies of the City.  Read her full rc.com bio here.

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Apple CEO Calls for Comprehensive US Privacy Laws

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, recently delivered the keynote address for a privacy conference, attended by policy experts and European Union (EU) lawmakers in Brussels, Belgium, where he advocated for new data privacy laws in the United States, similar to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Cook said that modern technology has led to the … Continue Reading

Data Sharing in Connected Cars

In the age of web-connected vehicles, the consumer’s relationship with the vehicle’s manufacturer takes on a whole new meaning. Not only does the relationship exist for the purpose of vehicle maintenance or future repairs, but the consumer also serves as a rolling information bank to the manufacturer. Indeed, nearly every new vehicle is by default … Continue Reading

Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

This week, a self-driving SUV operated by Uber—and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel—struck and killed a 49-year-old pedestrian as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona. It is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. In addition to the Tempe Police Department, the National Transportation … Continue Reading

Drones – When Things Go Wrong

Over the last several years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. From quick deliveries during rush hour to reaching an otherwise inaccessible military base, drones are proving to be extremely advantageous where humans are either unable to reach an area or are unable to perform specific tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Increasing productivity … Continue Reading

Repeal of FCC Privacy Rules Sparks Concern in U.S. and Europe

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules required providers such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to get subscribers’ permission before collecting and sharing their personal data. On April 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution rescinding those rules and sparking major concern both in the U.S. and Europe. Indeed, according to a … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Data Privacy

Last month, the President announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—a federal appeals court judge—to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch must still go through Senate confirmation hearings before officially becoming the ninth justice in our nation’s highest court, but some are already discussing Gorsuch’s potential impact on cybersecurity, technology and privacy law. Gorsuch is better … Continue Reading

Toys Not Immune from Scrutiny Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

In the wake of the holiday season, it seems that even toys are not immune from privacy and security pitfalls. Two “connected” toys, Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, have been accused of violating U.S. and European privacy, security and advertising laws. The toys at issue provide children with an interactive experience via … Continue Reading

Facebook Wins Appeal Over Storing Non-User Data in Belgian Court

The Belgian data protection authority has lost its legal battle with Facebook over whether the social network could track the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit Facebook pages. Belgium’s data protection regulator took Facebook to court a year ago, accusing it of breaking EU privacy law by tracking people without a Facebook … Continue Reading

Stolen user credentials account for over half of all data breaches in 2015

Verizon recently released its yearly Data Breach Investigations Report and as always, the report is a very informative read. The report gathered information from more than 64,000 security incidents worldwide in 2015, 2,260 of which were actual data breaches. One of the report’s most alarming statistics reveals that legitimate user credentials were used in most … Continue Reading

Fraternal Order of Police data breach

The nation’s largest police union recently suffered a data breach enabling hackers to steal hundreds of private internal documents including bargaining contracts, the names and addresses of several police officers, and controversial threads from the Order’s member-only online forum. The Fraternal Order of Police (the “Order”), which represents about 330,000 law enforcement officers across the … Continue Reading

European Union’s new general data protection regulation

Big changes are underway in the world of data protection within the European Union. At the end of December, the European Commission approved the final version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will have a significant and wide-ranging impact on businesses, imposing new compliance obligations and threatening significant sanctions for non-compliance. According … Continue Reading

The Office of Management and Budget announces the establishment of a new federal privacy council

On December 2, 2015, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), announced a new initiative that is being developed to ensure that government agencies are putting the proper privacy protocols in place. Specifically, Shaun Donovan, the Director of OMB, announced the creation of a new federal privacy council. The purpose of the council will be … Continue Reading

How to use the Rule 26(f) Conference to avoid data dumps

Back in the days of paper discovery—when productions came in bankers’ boxes and document reviews involved paper cuts—litigators would attempt to try to gain a tactical advantage by “burying” opponents under mountains of paper. The modern version of this litigation tactic is the “data dump.” Data dumps involve responding to discovery requests or subpoenas by … Continue Reading

Web.com Suffers Data Breach Affecting 93,000 Customers

The list of companies hit by cyber-attacks continues to grow.  This time, Florida-based web hosting company, Web.com, has announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised credit card information and other personal information belonging to about 93,000 of its customers. Web.com provides a variety of online services, including website and Facebook page … Continue Reading

Supreme Court declares warrantless searches of hotel registries unconstitutional

A 116-year-old Los Angeles city ordinance that allowed police to make unannounced inspections of hotel guest registries at any time without a warrant or subpoena has been ruled as an unconstitutional violation of privacy by the United States Supreme Court. The ordinance required Los Angeles hotel owners and operators to keep on record for 90 … Continue Reading

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management suffers largest breach in U.S. Government history

The United States Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) disclosed that it was the target of what has been described as the largest breach in U.S. government history, affecting the personal information of up to 14 million current and former federal employees, a far higher figure than the 4 million the agency initially disclosed. Officials believe … Continue Reading
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