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Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation is working on cellphone rights. “The courts are all over the place,” he said.

Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Are warrantless cellphone searches legal? It is a question congress is examining as it determines whether to update  the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a 1986 law that regulates how the government can monitor digital communications. Courts have used it to permit warrantless surveillance of certain kinds of cellphone data, according to the New York Times Law enforcement authorities want the power to […]

by × December 7, 2012 × 0 comments

Whistle Blower

Blurring Espionage and Truth

NYT –  The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,” has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers. The Espionage Act, enacted back in 1917 to punish those who gave aid to our enemies, was used three times in […]

by × February 29, 2012 × 0 comments

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Advertisers want to ‘Fingerprint’ Phones, PC

Advertisers want to ‘Fingerprint’ Phones, PC

WSJ – IRVINE, Calif.—David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world. Companies are developing digital fingerprint technology to identify how we use our computers, mobile devices and TV set-top boxes. WSJ’s Simon Constable talks to Senior Technology Editor Julia Angwin about the next generation of tracking tools. […]

by × December 1, 2010 × 0 comments

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Fight brewing over the re-selling free TV

WSJ – In the latest cat-and-mouse game between media companies and technology start-ups threatening to undermine their businesses, the big networks are intensifying their fight to stop Internet services that stream TV stations online. Owners of the major broadcast-television networks are suing in federal court two start-up companies that stream broadcast TV stations online without their consent, arguing the start-ups are […]

by × November 25, 2010 × 0 comments

Internet

EU Web Privacy Rights Proposed

EU Web Privacy Rights Proposed

WSJ – The European Union on Thursday proposed new privacy rights for citizens sharing personal data with websites such as Facebook and Google—threatening to heighten tensions between European regulators on the one hand and U.S. tech companies and a fast-growing online advertising industry on the other. Both Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. have come under fire in the EU this year […]

by × November 25, 2010 × 0 comments

Internet

EU Struggles with Regulating Web Cookies

WSJ – Europe’s effort to regulate online “cookies” is crumbling, exposing how tough it is to curb the practice of tracking Internet users’ movements on the Web. Seeking to be a leader in protecting online privacy, the European Union last year passed a law requiring companies to obtain consent from Web users when tracking files such as cookies are placed […]

by × November 25, 2010 × 0 comments

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Online Health Sites Share Data With Marketers

NYT – QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and e-mail newsletters on a variety of topics, including diabetes, allergies, asthmaand arthritis. But according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, site visitors who provide personal details about themselves might not be aware that QualityHealth collects information about people’s medical conditions, […]

by × November 25, 2010 × 0 comments

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Judge Tells LimeWire to Disable Its Software

NYT – A federal judge in New York issued an injunction on Tuesday that will essentially shut down LimeWire, the big music file-sharing service that has been mired in a four-year legal struggle with the music industry. The case has already resulted in the company and its founder being found liable for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. […]

by × October 27, 2010 × 0 comments

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CyberBullying, Suicide and Punishment

CyberBullying, Suicide and Punishment

NYT –  TYLER CLEMENTI may have died from exposure in cyberspace. His roommate and another student, according to police, viewed Mr. Clementi’s intimate encounter with another man on a Webcam and streamed it onto the Internet. Mr. Clementi, an 18-year-old violinist in his freshman year at Rutgers University, jumped off of the George Washington Bridge, and now the two face […]

by × October 3, 2010 × 1 comment

Hate Speech

Michigan AG defends student’s right to wage hate speech campaign against gay student

Michigan AG defends student’s right to wage hate speech campaign against gay student

(CNN) — Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox defended an assistant’s constitutional right to wage an Internet campaign against an openly gay college student, even though he considers that employee a “bully.” “Here in America, we have this thing called the First Amendment, which allows people to express what they think and engage in political and social speech,” Cox told Anderson […]

by × September 30, 2010 × 0 comments