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Stakeholders Developing Voluntary Code of Conduct for Use of Facial Recognition Technology

As millions around the world will tune in to watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in the coming weeks, the prestigious competition’s host country, Russia, is employing innovative technology to do some crucial watching of its own.  With high concerns regarding the possibility of security breaches leading up to the start of this year’s games, the

Innocent Until Proven Guilty…Unless You Wind Up On the Internet

In 2013, California State Senator Ellen Corbett introduced S.B. 501, a bill requiring social networking websites to comply with requests to remove sensitive or identifying information from their websites within 96 hours. This bill is one among many bills introduced in recent years that attempt to secure greater individual privacy rights on the Internet. Yet,

Inside the Numbers: Latest Round of Transparency Reports are Most Revealing Yet

Technology companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have recently given the first look at secret data requests made by the government in regards to national security issues.  These new details were published this past week and revealed both the scope and volume of requests that were made. The data requests by the government were

“ONLY LEMONS FROM THESE CROOKS!”: What Should Judges Do About Angry Social Media?

It is easy to be idealistic about the cultural effects of the internet—opening communication between different cultures, comparatively free and open information—until one gets to the comments section of any given interactive content-based website.  One of the negative things the internet is good at is stirring self-righteous indignation in even the best of us.  Recently,

The Last Stand of Lavabit: A Case to Watch

The details of government surveillance programs brought to light in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks have already spawned multiple lawsuits.  Klayman v. NSA was filed literally the day after the first revelations came out in The Guardian.  US District Judge Richard Leon called the government’s spying technology “almost Orwellian” in his widely cited

Justice Department May Reform Controversial Anti-Hacking Law

It’s almost impossible to talk about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”) without first mentioning Aaron Swartz. Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer and Internet activist who ran afoul of the Justice Department just a few years ago. Police arrested Swartz in 2011, after he allegedly accessed the computer network at the Massachusetts

State Legislatures Consider Bans on Municipal Broadband Initiatives

The current broadband Internet marketplace is, unfortunately, limited to a few competitors. Typically, the average household has access to options for high speed Internet from their cable company, telephone service provider, and possibly a fiber optic high-speed Internet provider (depending on their location). Many areas, especially rural areas, do not have access to these high-speed

More than Just ‘Friends’: Facebook Friend Requests from Judges Constitute A Request to Engage in Improper Ex Parte Communication

Under a ruling recently passed by the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, judges must live up to a higher standard than most in respect to their interactions.  A simple Facebook ‘friend’ request, while innocuous among members of the non-legal public, can merit a judge’s forced recusal from a case if sent from a judge

Silver Linings: Target’s Data Breach Could Lead to New Consumer Protections

For Target Corporation, December 2013 was an utter disaster. Just before Christmas, the company revealed that hackers had stolen personal information for as many as 110 million of its customers. From November 27th until December 15th, hackers accessed customers’ credit and debit card numbers, names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses. The breach was

Are Automatic License Plate Readers Invading our Privacy?

Automatic license plate readers are rapidly being adopted across the country for use by law enforcement agencies and private businesses. While license plate readers can quickly identify wanted vehicles and enhance public safety, many are questioning the lack of regulations behind the use of this technology. License plate scanners work with the use of cameras