Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

Welcome to Mind Your Business, a podcast on corporate responsibility and inclusion, hosted by Patsy Doerr, global head of corporate responsibility and inclusion at Thomson Reuters

Today's guest is James White with the Diversity & Inclusion team for the Americas at Credit Suisse.

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This episode starts out with the show's reaction and discussion of the latest movie trailer for the Star Wars - The Force Awakens. For the non-nerds in our listening audience, you can fast forward a couple minutes to get to the meat of the podcast. The guys jump into a discussion about a non-government related collection of Personally Identifying Information (PII) and how that differs from government sanctioned collection of data, and where it differs (if it does at all). The guys also discuss "opting-in" to PII collection ("Little Brother") versus the Orwellian version of Big Brother and how our choices effect this (or if we even have a choice anymore).

The discussion then evolves into a productive debate - with typical Wait, What? humor - over the importance, need for, and ramifications of collecting a person's data. This rolls nicely into a discussion about the apparent acceptance of video/audio surveillance in modern society and how people seem to simply to not care that they are being recorded.

The show is very pleased to announce that we will be attending Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. at the end of May. We hope to get some on-the-spot interviews with some celebrities and other attendees. Our next show will air on May 8, when we discuss the unintended consequences of technology.

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You can now speed through store checkout lanes just by waving your smartphone.  New mobile payment systems purport to be fast, convenient and secure.  Well, maybe not that last part.  Bob Benjy, an attorney with Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, who works with financial institutions, says mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet and CurrentC may present potentially serious security loopholes.

Meanwhile, the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has just issued a patent analysis examining all facets of smartphone security and finds that smartphone manufacturers are dramatically stepping up their global patent filings related to protecting the privacy of cellular callers.

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Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. Examples of net neutrality violations include when the Internet service provider Comcast intentionally slowed peer-to-peer communications.

On February 26, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband access as a telecommunications service and thus applying Title II (common carrier) of the Communications Act of 1934 to Internet service providers.

We spoke with Judge Daniel Brenner, who serves on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, about net neutrality and the legal issues surrounding it. Previously Brenner was a partner in the communications, media and entertainment group of Hogan Lovells US LLP in its Washington and Los Angeles offices. His practice concentrated on matters involving cable operators, programmers, and suppliers with a focus on policy, intellectual property, and regulation before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Copyright Office, and Congress.  Judge Brenner is the author of the book Cable Television and Other Nonbroadcast Video, published by Thomson Reuters.


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Welcome to a new edition of Ill Repute, a bi-weekly podcast on reputation and the forces in a 24 hour news cycle and social media that impact it. This week, Susan Martin is joined by colleague in Corporate Affairs, Gretchen DeSutter, as well as resident PR consultant, Leonard Lee. Listen as they discuss ramifications around the Rolling Stone retracted article, "A Rape on Campus," as well as their thoughts on brand management at the 2015 Masters Tournament.

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With the Annual Bar Association’s (ABA) Techshow 2015 coming up next week, we talked with WestlawNext-sponsored keynote speaker Nicholas Carr to get a preview on what he will be discussing. In this podcast, Carr also talks with us about the consequences surrounding our dependence on computers, how our relationship with technology has changed the practice of law, and his take on the Right To Be Forgotten.

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This episode starts off with a question regarding whether or not any of the guys have any embarrassing photos on the internet. This quickly leads into a conversation about the "Right To Be Forgotten" and whether or not people have a fundamental right to have their mistakes removed (or at least suppressed) from the internet. The guys talk about the expectation of privacy in personal life versus what someone should expect to have happen to them in a public setting; they also talk about whether or not it is disingenuous for a company or hotel to suppress negative reviews from search engines. The conversation evolves into a discussion of ownership of one's face, when consent is not given by one or more parties and the desperate need for the guys to find a lawyer to answer these questions for them.

Tune into the next show (April 24) when we hope to have our first guest.


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The second episode of Ill Repute, a podcast about reputation and the forces in the 24 hour news cycle and social media that impact it, is now available. In this episode, Susan Martin talks with Alex Cook, senior communications specialist, and Leonard Lee, Thomson Reuters resident PR consultant. They discuss election year reputation management, Ted Cruz, issuing a public apology and Guiliana Rancic. There's something for everyone!


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