There is no private cause of action under HIPAA, though there have been successful cases where the covered provider was successfully sued in state court using a HIPAA violation as evidence of negligence or failure to provide due care.
The patent office should be judging patent applications against the state of the art, or what obvious to anyone with knowledge in an area. Unfortunately, they don't have that knowledge and instead judge against the patent database, which has nothing to do with current ideas, development, or products that might already be shipping. Everything is new to them because they compare it against history. Nothing is obvious to them because they don't understand much of what comes before them.
I read the article and then decided before I looked that if the number of comments was over 30 then the article may have merit. There were over 40 so I guess the trolls showed up proving the point of the article. Hey trolls, keep posting. You are only proving the point.
When I act like a dick to a police officer I get exactly what most white men over 50 get - nothing. Why? Because it is my right. I don't have to show anyone respect and if I let a police officer know it they can over react and I will own their ass or they can control themselves and follow the law. The problem is that when they are facing someone they feel they can take advantage of many do so.
No one is due respect just for who they are or what they do for a living. No one. It is up to each individual to decide who they wish to show respect. Except... a police officer is expected to respect the law at ALL times and be in control of their adrenaline rushes.
What happened? Legislative bodies created bad laws that the citizenry did not agree with. In the last half century for instance, the 55 MPH speed limit taught the general population that police were the enemy.
Way before that, police were used to break unions and enforce the have for those that already had against the have nots.
It all started in 1847 in the US.
If we are to have a discussion on how to fix things then we need to roll back the frame of reference for the discussion concerning policing to before 1847 when police forces were put in place and put everything on the table.
Ah, back in the good old days when everyone in your town knew about your past and would happily hold it against you to the point that you might feel the need to uproot and move across the country where it was legal for someone to follow you, point, and shriek like you were a body snatcher.
There is a need to differentiate between workplace disciple and possible criminal investigation.
I would suggest that any contract that allows access to evidence in a criminal investigation is itself illegal and can not be made with an officer or the union because doing so would create a special class that would have equal protection problems.
Maybe if there is a question the department should temporarily forgo the discipline issue and should be more willing to conduct a criminal investigation independent of the department and union relationship should reasonable suspicion arise.
Related to this, Fiat Chrysler instructs their dealers to activate these systems before a new car leaves the lot. The end user isn't always the one who "accepts" the license agreement so no contract exists.
With a signal repeater you can bridge the distance between phone and car so that "proximity" is several hundred feet and security protocols don't need to be broken if transmission delay isn't computed.