Murder-Scene Law Raises Privacy, FOI Questions
A new law about to be signed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, which would give family members the right to keep private the photographs of victims of murder investigations, has the Freedom of Information Commission preparing for controversy. At issue is language in the bill referring to “unwarranted invasions of privacy.” “When does an ‘invasion of privacy’ become warranted,” wondered FOIC Executive Director Colleen Murphy, speaking with The Connecticut Post. The bill was initiated following the Sandy Hook shootings, and part of the law places a year-long moratorium on the release of police recordings surrounding the incident.
Are Your Telemarketing Practices In Line with TCPA Changes?
Business Law Today reports on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rule, scheduled to take effect in October. The Federal Communications Commission has revised the TCPA to include requirements for written consent when making autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls and text messages to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to landlines, the report states. The changes are intended to make TCPA more consistent with the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. In light of these changes and an upward trend in TCPA litigation, the authors recommend businesses assess their calling and text messaging practices to ensure they are in keeping with the amended rule.