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Posted in Consumer Privacy

Seventh Circuit Joins Third and Eleventh Circuits in “Autodialer” Circuit Split

Slowly but surely, the U.S. Courts of Appeal increasingly agree on how to interpret the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. On February 19, 2020, a unanimous Seventh Circuit panel refused to revise a putative class action in Gadelhak v. AT&T Services, Inc. after concluding that the dialing system used by AT&T did not qualify as an autodialer. Like the Eleventh Circuit in Glasser v. Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC and Third Circuit in Dominguez v. Yahoo, Inc., the Seventh Circuit held that an “autodialer” must use “a random or sequential number generator” to either store or produce numbers. Because the system used by AT&T simply pulled numbers from a database, the court found that the system was not an autodialer and the texts did not violate the TCPA.

Posted in International/EU Privacy

Canadian CRTC Issues Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletins

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today issued two Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletins which attempt to clarify some of the issues surrounding obtaining express consent, the information to be included in commercial electronic messages and unsubscribe mechanisms.