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Regulating Privacy: Big Tech Request Federal Assistance

Last June, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the nation’s most restrictive regulation on privacy, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The law takes effect on January 2020 and grants California residents: the right to know what personal information a business collected on the resident; the right to request the business to delete the

The S.E.C. and Elon Musk: Social Media Posts Cost $40 million?

Although social media has acted as a platform for world leaders and celebrities to make major controversial statements, it can also act as a platform for governmental regulation. Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission has vehemently pursued litigation against the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Elon Musk. The S.E.C.’s action was entirely related to events

Police Produce Podcast to Catch Fugitive Millionaire Murderer Suspect

Outside of the realm of crime scene analysis, the innovative use of technology is not often something we associate with the investigative practices of a local police department. Last week, however, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) announced the release of a podcast, written, produced, and narrated by the department itself, to bring fugitive Peter

The Federal Government Declares War on California Over Net Neutrality

On September 30, the federal government filed suit against California mere hours after the state passed what has been called the “toughest net neutrality law ever enacted in the United States.” The new law was enacted to restore net neutrality rules in California after Obama-era federal protections were repealed by the FCC in December 2017.

Fifty Million Facebook Accounts Compromised: Is There any way to Keep our Data Safe?

Another major data breach was reported on Friday, September 28th, when Facebook disclosed that nearly fifty million user profiles had been hacked. Facebook’s investigation is in the initial stages, and thus details are sparse, but the following is known. Hackers were able to steal “access tokens,” which are essentially digital keys that allow users to

Artificial Intelligence and Fourth Amendment Searches

In Kyllo v. United States, the court held that the use of “sense-enhancing” technology not in general public use to look at a criminal suspect’s house constituted a Fourth Amendment search. However, with the increase of the use of artificial intelligence in surveillance technology, this standard will likely need to be challenged in the near

Riding on the Edge: Will the Electric Scooter Rental Boom see a Reversal?

In 2017, it was fidget spinners; in 2018, it’s electric scooter rentals. If you’ve recently been in a major city, you’ve surely seen them parked along curbs, breezing through intersections, or even strewn about in unexpected locations. But the popularity of dock-free scooters offered by companies like Bird, Lime, Skip, and Spin has coincided with