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IoT is Watching, Always Watching: Data Privacy and the Internet of Things

By now, most people have heard the term Internet of Things, or IoT, and even more have used IoT devices, whether they’re aware of it or not. But what exactly is IoT? IoT refers to devices connected to the internet that allows data to be collected and exchanged. The ability to connect the IoT device

“Don’t You Be My Neighbor:” Jersey City Votes against AirBnB

Short term rental laws are no new concept, however apps such as Airbnb have presented recent and numerous questions for lawmakers and citizens alike. Should the government regulate an individual’s right to own and use their property as they see fit, or should reasonable regulation pertaining to zoning and safety be put in place? And

Upcoming 2nd Circuit En Banc Appeal Scares E-Commerce Giants

            Almost everyone has bought something online that didn’t turn out to function like we had hoped: a pair of headphones that fell apart in three days, a book stand that turned out to be cumbersome and flimsy, or a crockpot that lasted only 3 batches of chili. Often, we simply take the loss and

SCOTUS to Determine if “.com” Allows Generic Terms to Be Trademarked

      On Friday, November 8th, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to hear a case arising out of the Fourth Circuit. The case involves the trademarking of the namesake of the popular travel website, Booking.com and is aptly named United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V.. The case is likely

Amazon Alexa: The Privacy Concerns When Technology Must Understand Human Needs

            In the growing age of technology, companies have to continuously adapt their devices to meet consumers’ needs and expectations. Consumers access Amazon Alexa when they purchase Amazon products such as the Echo or Echo Dot. Alexa is to Amazon what comparatively Siri is to Apple. While Alexa is capable of answering human demands and

The CLOUD Act: US and UK Sign Agreement to Allow Law Enforcement Agencies to Share Data Regarding Serious Crimes

          On October 3, 2019, the United States and the United Kingdom signed the first ever Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act executive agreement, which allows cross-border sharing of electronic data with law enforcement agencies regarding serious crimes. The goal of the agreement was prompted by the countries’ interest in combating crime – including terrorism,

The Battleground of Net Neutrality

            Since the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules, the topic has been one of fervent debate.  The 2015 rules specifically prohibited three activities by ISPs: outright blocking of content, throttling (or increasing the load times) of content, and creating “fast lanes” (decreasing the load times) of content.  The now-repealed 2015 guidelines were a vital