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Facial Recognition: Data Privacy Concerns on Your Own Block

Facial recognition technology has experienced a boom this past year. Amazon launched Amazon Rekognition, which has been used in cities like Orlando, FL, to scan faces in public and flag criminal matches against its database. A handful of retailers have also begun using facial recognition cameras in their stores to primarily monitor shoplifting and stealing,

Fingerprint, or Fifth Amendment Protection?

In 2019, most of us still use keys to lock up the protected contents of our house and car. In contrast, our personal devices, often where we store our most guarded information, are only protected by an iris, or a fingerprint. Recently, the federal district court of the Northern District of California was faced with

AI Surveillance in Schools: Why?

This past February 14th marked the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history. Despite being the subject of several 911 calls, and two separate tips to the FBI, the 19-year-old shooter, armed with a rifle, left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since this

Tappy, T-Mobile, and the Huawei Indictment

Huawei Devices USA (Huawei), a Chinese-based smartphone super-corporation, has recently been hit with a 10-count indictment by the Department of Justice. Per the indictment, Huawei instructed its employees in the United States to steal valuable corporate trade secrets and various forms of intellectual property from American competitors. One allegation is that the company offered bonuses

Pokémon Oh! How Augmented Reality Can Threaten Trademark Owners

In July of 2016, Nintendo stock more than doubled in value over the span of two weeks, increasing Nintendo’s market value by $23 billion. However, shortly after this surge, Nintendo was forced to issue a press release clarifying that the game was made by Niantic, not Nintendo, and that Nintendo only had a 32% stake

Derailing the Packet Train: Capitol Records v. ReDigi, Inc.

As the “Malaco Soul Brother” Chuck Brooks once sang, “you can’t be in two places at the same time.” This is the underlying logic behind ReDigi Inc.’s argument to the Second Circuit that their “packet train” file transfer system does not violate the Copyright Act. ReDigi, Inc. was conceived as an online marketplace for digital