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From Global to Local: When Laws Limit the Free Flow of Data

Last month, LinkedIn decided it was time to remove Russia from its professional network. The company refused to comply with the Russia’s law requiring all online sites to store personal data on local servers, instead abandoning its 6 million Russian users. This full desertion comes after the site was blocked last fall for its initial

Does Spotify Actually Have the Rights to the Music It Streams?

Copyright protections in music are in place so that an owner of a song can enforce that ownership in the courts if needed. The copyright process is rather simple. Songwriters can follow these simple steps to get their music copyrighted if they so choose. Then, if someone uses your music without your permission, you should

Russian-Funded Ads and Facebook: Is It Time for the FEC to Revisit Regulations for Advertising Through Social Media?

Facebook announced on September 6, 2017 that it received approximately $100,000 for politically divisive ads between June 2015 and May 2017 from accounts “that were likely operated out of Russia.” However, in July 2017 the tech company said, “ seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads…in connection with the election.” In the announcement,

The Literal and Figurative Costs of Rapid DNA

In August, President Donald Trump, signed into law the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, with support of the National Association of Police Organizations and the National Fraternal Order of Police. Prior to the enactment, when law enforcement agencies would send DNA samples to government agencies for testing, it could take weeks or longer for DNA

Only Talk to Humans Again: FCC Proposal to End Robocall Scams

For most people, the perks of caller ID and voicemail has allowed them to not answer phone calls that we do not know or prefer to avoid. This practice has definitely reduced the effectiveness of solicitations and especially robocalls to some degree, but they are not gone. Last year alone, every US household received around

FBI Doesn’t Have to Release Its Rules for Secretly Collecting Information About Journalists

A district court judge in the Northern District of California recently sided with the Department of Justice in a case against the Freedom of the Press Foundation, who sued the DOJ over its refusal to disclose FBI procedures for issuing national security letters (NSLs). In short, NSLs are used to secretly collect information about people.

Forced Decryption and the Fifth Amendment

While the general population infamously understands very little about the Constitution or court system, most everyone has an understanding of the Fifth Amendment’s the right to remain silent. The protection against self-incrimination can cover a variety of activities other than direct speech, and in U.S. v. Apple MacPro Computer, decided on March 20, 2017, the

Augmented Reality: Nostalgic Escape, or Legal Nightmare?

In late July Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones, launched and instantly made headlines. For years, Niantic worked to create the first “real world gaming” platform, and created the app for a worldwide market. The game immediately gathered a huge following, with millions of people roaming parks, neighborhoods, and busy cities to catch virtual monsters.

Can a Monkey Do This Job? Maybe Not, but Artificial Intelligence Can

Discovery methods continue to evolve. Twenty to thirty years ago, lawyers, usually young and expensive associates, manually sifted through hundreds of pages of documents. Today, with advances in technology, the discovery process for a similar sort of case might require review of thousands or tens of thousands of pages of documents instead of only hundreds.