FTC Releases New Privacy Recommendations for the Mobile Industry

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Kaitlin Powers The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on February 1st, released a new report offering recommendations for the mobile industry to achieve enhanced privacy for users. Although the report merely contains guidelines and is not binding, the move signals an increased focus by the FTC on the online privacy of

Patent Term Adjustment: A Technical Dispute with Great Financial Implications

Friday, February 1, 2013, by Seiko Okada In 1994, the patent term was changed from “seventeen years from issuance” to “twenty years from filing” under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.  In 1999, the patent term adjustment (“PTA”) was created under the American Inventors Protection Act to help maintain a minimum of 17 years of the

Loving Someone to Death: Safety, Precaution and Responsibility in Online Dating

Friday, February 1, 2013, by Teresa Cook With Valentine’s day right around the corner, the commercials for dating websites are out in full force. They paint the picture of a whirlwind romance and true happiness, but that was far from what a women in Las Vegas experienced. In a horrific series of event, Mary Kay

Unconcealed: NYPD Considering Radiation Scanners to Identify Weapons

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, by Ashley McAlarney The NYPD recently announced the pending use of portable radiation scanners on patrol that can “spot concealed guns from a distance.” The scanners interpret terahertz radiation, which naturally emits from people and objects. The devices can “see” past clothing and many other materials other than metals. So they

Cell Phone Lockdown: No More Copyright Exemptions for Unlocking Cell Phones

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, by Virginia Wooten As of this past Sunday, it became illegal to unlock your cell phone.  In essence, this means if you bought a cell phone with one company’s network, then you cannot unlock your phone so that it will work on another company’s network.  This new policy is not retroactive,

Google Determines Emails Are “Papers and Effects”

Friday, January 25, 2013, by Dylan Novak Many people in the world have an extreme misunderstanding of their right against government searches. The layman often believes that a person is guaranteed the right to privacy by the Constitution, and therefore, the government cannot electronically track a person or look at their personal data. In reality,

Google Reveals Government User Data Requests in Bi-Annual Report

Thursday, January 24, 2013, by Neil Barnes Google’s bi-annual transparency report, released this past Wednesday, divulges user data requests Google received from governments and government agencies. Richard Salgado, Google’s legal director for law enforcement and information security, affirmed Google’s commitment to transparency by promising that Google will “keep looking for more ways to inform you

HHS Changes Up Standard for HIPAA Breach Notifications

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, by Justin Mann On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released a final omnibus rule based on amendments to the HITECH Act.   HHS Director Leon Rodriguez heralded the 562 page document as “the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first

First Circuit Issues Copyright Decision in News Docudrama Case

Monday, January 21, 2013, by Laura Arredondo-Santisteban The First Circuit released a recent opinion addressing issues involving copyright and news photography, arguably refusing to expand the scope of copyright protection to independently existing facts captured by photojournalists. The case Harney v. Sony Pictures Television, Inc. involves a photograph, taken by freelance photographer Donald Harney, for

Anti-Hacking Law Criticized After Suicide of Internet Activist

Friday, January 18, 2013, by Anu Madan On January 11, 2012, software programmer, Internet activist, and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment.  According to New York City’s chief medical examiner, Swartz committed suicide by hanging.  As an advocate for Internet freedom, Swartz strongly believed that information, which could potentially benefit