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The DEA Spent Five Years Secretly Collecting Bulk Surveillance Data – Was it Legal?

A new report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) details a previously secret surveillance operation conducted by the DEA from 2008 to 2013. The program, which “took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts,” sought to identify potential drug traffickers by issuing administrative subpoenas to vendors in order to gain

YouTube’s Copy Strike Policy and Abuse of IP Rights

When designing intellectual property laws, the struggle inherent in legislating is designing a law that will ensure that creators and inventors have adequate incentives to continue revealing new knowledge to the public while also not overly limiting the public’s ability to interact with prior works or express their own useful ideas. This balance has been

FEMA Data Leak Brings Whole New Area of Privacy Concerns to Light

News broke last week that that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) provided the personal information of 2.3 million natural disaster survivors to a contractor working for the agency’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. The individuals whose information was exposed included survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. The contractor to

Corngate Continues: MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch for Trademark Dilution

The Patriots and the Rams weren’t the only ones going butting heads this past Super Bowl. As many of us have likely seen through one medium or another, back in February Bud Light aired a ballsy ad during this year’s Super Bowl, and the target was brewing mega-corp MillerCoors. The spot, called Special Delivery, depicts

Facebook Announces the Use of AI to Detect and Prevent “Revenge Porn”

Facebook recently announced the use of new technology to prevent the sharing of non-consensual intimate images, most commonly referred to as “revenge porn.” Facebook will now use “machine learning and artificial intelligence” to “proactively detect near nude images or videos that are shared without permission on Facebook or Instagram,” according to the company’s Global Head

The “Mob” and Its Opposition to the European Union’s Copyright Directive

It has been 18 years since the European Union (EU) developed an EU-wide copyright law platform. Following implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, EU lawmakers began working on new regulations within intellectual property. Of the 24 articles in its new copyright directive, Article 13 has caused the most controversy. Article 13,

Mandatory Kindergarten Computer Science Education

On February 28, 2019, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 267 which requires the state’s Board of Education to adopt and fund a policy describing the computer science instruction students receive at each grade level in K-12 schools. This move by Governor Justice makes West Virginia the first state to require a computer

Three-Dimensional Location Data for Emergency Calls Raises Privacy Concerns

On March 15 the FCC voted to advance a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that would require wireless carriers to provide more accurate location data for emergency calls. Under the proposed rules, wireless carriers would have to give first responders three-dimensional location data instead of two-dimensional location data as currently required. Commissioners acknowledged that